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Students at all grade levels have difficulty distinguishing facts online, according to a report from the Stanford History Education Group and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. “Overall, young people’s ability to reason about the information on the Internet can be summed up in one word: bleak,” the report stated.






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Digital Promise, a nonprofit organization authorized by Congress to spur innovation in education, released an eight-step ed tech pilot framework that all schools can use during the ed tech pilot process.






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The U.S. Department of Education announced the potential grantees for the Investing in Innovation (i3) competition, which awards more than $103 million to launch and expand evidence-based practices to support educators and students.






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Experts are optimistic about the future of data-driven education, given that teachers are provided the appropriate training. Schools are using data to move toward personalization, evidence-based learning, efficiency, and continuous education, according to a report from the Center for Data Innovation.






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The White House has made an effort over the past year to improve STEM education and increase access to STEM opportunities for underrepresented groups such as women and minorities. “We need to make this a priority to train an army of new teachers in these subject areas, and to make sure that all of us as a country are lifting up these subjects for the respect that they deserve,” said President Obama on National STEM Day.






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The U.S. Education Department launched the EdSim Challenge on Wednesday for simulation-based learning solutions. The cash prize pool includes $680,000 with additional winnings from IBM, Microsoft, Oculus, and Samsung. The challenge asks virtual reality specialists, video game developers, and education professionals to create ideas for educational simulations that would prepare students for future careers.






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