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Jayne Miller By Jayne Miller • June 3, 2016

Data Mining to Uncover a Chronic Absence Problem

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Hidey ho there, neighbor.

We're starting the weekend off with a story for the number crunchers and data nerds out there. NPR Ed has a good read about a school in Michigan that data mined and discovered that too many students were missing more than 10% of the school year. (Fact: that's actually only two days a month, but it adds up real fast.)

It's a great story about understanding what is happening at school through analytics and developing a plan of action.

Also on our list is Emerging EdTech's story about the edtech arms race. Are you collecting edtech to support learning goals or are you trying to keep up with the tech-savvy teacher down the hall? It's a fair question.

You'll also find picks on MOOCs, online students, and a lovely TechCrunch story about new efforts to share coding with Syrian refugees. Great stuff. 

What One District's Data Mining Did For Chronic Absence | NPR Ed

The Arms Race of Technology Integration – Teching Out for the Wrong Reasons | Emerging EdTech

Flatiron School teams up with Re:Coded to help Syrian refugees learn to code | TechCrunch

Are MOOCs in danger of becoming irrelevant? | Wired

Unpacking the Problem of Unmotivated Online Students | EdSurge

Why Emotions Are Integral to Learning | MindShift 

Pupil data are too hard to access, meaning that schools are losing out | The Economist

This is what it's like to grow up in the age of likes, lols and longing | The Washington Post

Why the Education Department’s New Equity Rule Might Not Be So Equal | The Atlantic

How one educator broke rules, influenced a state law and got all his students to graduation | The Hechinger Report

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