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Communicating in a foreign language takes emotion out of decision-making

Science Daily – Staff Writer

“If you could save the lives of five people by pushing another bystander in front of a train to his death, would you do it? And should it make any difference if that choice is presented in a language you speak, but isn’t your native tongue? Psychologists know communicating in a foreign language matters. In a new study, they take a major step toward understanding why.”(more)

Op-Ed: Is the Investment in STEM Education Paying Off?

The U.S. News and World Report – Meghan Groome

“For more than two decades there has been a hefty investment in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in the United States. There is no question that this investment has, at the very least, brought the positives derived from better STEM education practices into the national conversation.”(more)

For Schools, an Eclipse Conundrum: To Open or Close? For Fun or for Science?

The 74 Million – Tim Newcomb

“As America prepares for the moon’s shadow to darken the sun’s path across the United States on Monday, Aug. 21, school districts from Idaho to Colorado to the Southeastern states are buying protective glasses so students can witness the nation’s first coast-to-coast solar eclipse in 99 years with their own eyes.”(more)

Understanding transitional kindergarten: a quick guide

Ed Source – Ashley Hopkinson

“Transitional kindergarten is an option for younger children, who are not old enough for kindergarten, to gain social and academic experience. The program, like kindergarten, isn’t mandatory but children must have their 5th birthday by a certain month to even qualify.”(more)

Digital Note Taking Strategies That Deepen Student Thinking

KQED News Mind/Shift – Beth Holland

“As digital devices become more common in classrooms, teachers and students are discovering that what worked in the analog world may not be as effective in the digital one. Nowhere is this more clear than with note taking, a long-standing and important practice in most classrooms. For this reason, few empirical studies may be more detrimental to encouraging the use of technology in education than Mueller and Oppenheimer’s (2014) “The Pen is Mightier than the Keyboard” as well as Carter, Greenberg and Walker’s (2016) “Effect of Computer Usage on Academic Performance.”(more)

How to view the solar eclipse online, on TV, via apps

USA Today – Jefferson Graham

“Not everyone will be lucky enough to get a front row seat to view the total solar eclipse. If you’re not one of the masses headed to Oregon, Idaho, Kentucky, South Carolina or any of the other areas within the “path of totality,” there’s always TV, online and apps. The USA TODAY network will showcase the eclipse live from several locations on the path of totality, beginning in Newport, Ore. on Monday at 9 a.m. ET. USA TODAY will also livestream from locations across the entire path of totality from Oregon to South Carolina on Instagram.”(more)