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Q&A: Making the best university application during the COVID era Special

For many students, attending high school is part of a larger goal: to attend a university whose education and community will shape one’s life. But what is the best way to apply and how has this changed under COVID-19?

Schools forced to postpone after ransomware attacks Special

For many the school year has just begun. Not so in Hartford, Connecticut, where officials were forced to postpone the first day of the new school calendar year after a ransomware infection impacted the city's IT network.

Under-20s half as likely to contract coronavirus: study

Paris - People under the age of 20 are half as likely to contract COVID-19 than the rest of the population, according to new modelling released on Tuesday that suggests four out of five infected young people show no symptoms.

Back to school? Officials move warily as challenges loom

Paris - Authoritiesworldwide face the formidable challenge of returning millions of children to classrooms shut due to the coronavirus outbreak, weighing the need to limit the educational damage against the risks of fuelling a surge in new cases.

No fun and games as French kids head back to school

Paris - Younger children will start heading back to class across France next month after eight weeks at home in coronavirus lockdown. But there will be no ball games or contact play under strict new guidelines to limit infections.

FBI warns schools of cyber threats during COVID-19 crisis Special

Schools in the U.S. have been warned to be especially careful about cyberattacks during the the time of the coronavirus and the subsequent increase in home schooling activities.

Q&A: Strategies for home schooling children during COVID-19 Special

While many schools will have provided some curriculum based tools to keep kids learning, what should do parents with your preschool children? Looking into this is Founder and CEO of Roybi Robot, Elnaz Sarraf.

Q&A: Expert tips for online school courses due to coronavirus Special

Attending classes online used to be an infrequent but it's become the norm for colleges as well as K-12 schools across the country and around the world due to coronavirus. Zach Sims of Codecademy looks into the issue.

Q&A: Vulnerabilities in education apps and coronavirus Special

There has been an increase in school apps (to tell parents what to teach their kids at home) and video conferencing tools, since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic began. How many apps are vulnerable, according to Kelli Vanderlee.

Q&A: How K-12 school districts are rapidly adopting technology Special

K-12 school districts are rapidly adopting technology to improve student experiences. However, at the same time, districts are increasingly experiencing cybersecurity incidents that put student and staff at a great risk, explains Charlie Sander.

Schools set to close as UK steps up coronavirus response

London - British schools close indefinitely on Friday as part of tougher government measures to stem the coronavirus pandemic, following similar shutdowns in Europe and across the world.

California takes a data-led stance for later school start times

There is news that California has become the first state to mandate later school start times. Effective 2022, the law will prohibit middle schools from starting before 08:00 and high schools before 08:30. This is based on a data assessment.

Safe for Catholic schools to reopen: Sri Lanka army

Colombo - Sri Lanka has tightened security ahead of the reopening Tuesday of some Catholic schools for the first time since the Easter bombings that killed 258 people, the army chief said.

Thousands of young Belgians protest for climate action

Apo - Thousands of young people rallied in Belgium to demand action on climate change Thursday as part of a wave of demonstrations led by high school students aimed at intensifying pressure on governments.

Countdown to legal pot in Canada still raises questions

October 17 is fast approaching for the legalization of recreational pot in Canada. And it is no surprise that many institutions have failed to address how marijuana use in schools and in the workplace should be handled.

'#ENOUGH': US students stage walkout against gun violence

Washington - From Washington to Los Angeles, students walked out of US classrooms Wednesday in the largest grassroots protest against gun violence seen in years, demanding action one month to the day after a deadly shooting rampage at a Florida high school.

'Never again!': US students stage walkout against gun violence

Washington - Students across the United States walked out of classes on Wednesday in a nationwide call for action against gun violence following the shooting deaths last month at a Florida high school.

US students to stage walkout against gun violence

Washington - One month to the day after a 19-year-old shooter unleashed a hail of gunfire at a Florida high school, tens of thousands of American students will stage a school walkout in a politically charged tribute to the victims.

Braving rebel shelling, students back to Damascus schools

Damascus - Hanan anxiously waved goodbye as her 11-year-old daughter headed into class in Syria's capital after more than a week at home under escalating rebel shellfire."I can't describe my anxiety from the moment Lina leaves for school, until she returns.

High pollution shuts schools in Tehran

Tehran - Primary schools will be closed on Monday in Tehran as thick fog caused by pollution smothers the Iranian capital and most of the surrounding province, local authorities said.

Google announces £1m investment in U.K. computing lessons

Google has announced it will provide £1m to train U.K. computer science teachers. The grant will support the U.K. government's £100m initiative to improve computer science education in the country, where only 11 percent of school pupils take the subject

Microsoft takes its Teams enterprise chat app to classrooms

Microsoft has announced it's preparing a set of classroom-centric features for Teams, its enterprise chat service built to rival Slack. Teams will take on a new role in schools, letting students check assignments and discuss work while in class.

Op-Ed: Brazilian Capoeira seeks to help schools 'Get Empowered!' Special

Oakland - This past Sunday concluded the annual mega-celebration of Carnival in Sao Palo, Brazil. As ‘a last indulgence’ before the observance of Lent, Carnival is Brazil’s version of Mardi Gras.

Communities using technology to improve education in Africa

Many parts of the Africa are evolving and developing and there’s an air of optimism in many regions about the improving economic outlook. One driver for an improved economy is education, and here technology is being utilized for positive results.

U.K. schools break data protection laws by using spyware on PCs

Schools across the U.K. are failing to comply with data protection laws by installing specialist "classroom management" software on their computers. The findings were made after civil liberties group Big Brother Watch contacted 1,000 secondary schools.

Tyson Foods recalls more chicken because of plastic pieces

New Holland - If you have children in school in Missouri or Illinois, you need to be aware that Tyson Foods popcorn chicken products served in school lunch programs may be contaminated with plastic pieces.

Australian Government provides grant to enhance digital literacy

Australian Turnbull Government granted a $4 million fund to schools to enhance digital literacy. The new grant is a part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda, a program that aims at helping students and teachers to embrace the digital age.

South Africa invests in e-chalkboards for schools

South Africa is to begin implementing so-called e-chalkboards into schools, as a replacement for traditional chalkboards.

California appeals court restores state's teacher tenure system

Los Angeles - A California appellate court has restored the state's system of awarding job security to teachers after two years on the job.

Bomb threats affect schools in New Jersey and Virginia on Friday

It has become a world where no place is really safe anymore, as thousands of children in New Jersey and Northern Virginia found out on Friday after automated phone calls were made to dozens of schools with bomb threats.
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The fetus dolls were distributed to 7 to 10 year old students along with religious themed literature at the Norfolk Virginia elementary school.
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'Get Empowered!' programs uses dance and music as a means of helping students to participate more in interactive activities and build community.
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Drug sniffing canine searching lockers for drugs.
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France is imposing a nationwide ban on mobile phones in schools to try to reduce distractions
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'Get Empowered!' program utilizes drumming, music and dance to help students be more interactive, connected to community and to be inspired.
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A Greenpeace radiation expert checks contamination levels at the Minami Fukushima kindergarten
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The system is broken. Let's fix it.
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Children in school in Mali.
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In a poll of 1,180 headteachers in England, 70 percent believed it appropriate for schools to promote British values
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Obama addressing the issue of academia
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