EASI: Bringing science and tech to students and teachers | Local News Stories

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For over a decade local science teachers have banded together to form the Eastern Arizona Science Initiative. Together, these educators put on annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Math summer camps and provide teacher support.

Paul Anger is the EASI chairperson and one of the creators of the non-profit group in 2008. Anger is also the director for the Eastern Arizona College Discovery Park campus, where the group holds their meetings and multiple youth summer camp activities.

“Teachers meet once a month to go over planning activities to help each other as teachers. A big factor is the extracurricular activities during the summer for the youth,” Anger said. “The idea is Discovery Park will be the hub of science and STEM activity of Graham and Greenlee County.”

Anger said over the years the initiative’s summer STEM camps have grown in popularity. While the cost of attending the three to four-day camps

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Six Ways to Prepare Students for Voting

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It’s more that just helping students register to vote


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My 22-year-old stepdaughter recently told me that she wasn’t planning to vote this year, and then she admitted that she never had before, either.

Two reasons for this came to light. Apathy was not one of them. Instead, she didn’t know what to expect at the polls or have information about local candidates, and she didn’t believe that her vote would matter anyway.

She was nervous to go to the polling place because she had no idea what to expect. As an educator, I have always emphasized the importance of registering to vote to my students. I’ve even helped register several first-time voters over the years. But in my haste to register my students to vote, it never occurred to me to discuss with them the actual act of voting.

My stepdaughter wasn’t

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Early School Supplies & Gadget Deals Reviewed by Deal Tomato

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Here’s our review of the best early school supply deals for teachers & college students for Amazon Prime Day 2020, featuring deals on iPads, Fire HD tablets, MacBooks, Chromebooks, and Microsoft Surface laptops.

Here’s our review of the best early school supply deals for teachers, college students, and K-12 students for Amazon Prime Day, together with the best offers on school devices, headsets, webcams, and more back-to-school supplies. Shop the best deals using the links below.

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Every year, Amazon’s two-day Prime Day sale delivers a huge number of deals on the latest must-have

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Who ya gonna call? Remote learning help for teachers and parents

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Not long after schools closed because of the coronavirus last spring, a Rhode Island nonprofit launched a hotline for teachers who were struggling to launch new technology for remote leaning and trying to figure out how to teach with it. Within a few weeks, hundreds of teachers — and eventually parents, too — were flooding the line with calls for help.

The “dream team” of experts answering calls all had stellar credentials: They were teachers themselves, with training in how to deploy technology for learning and years of classroom experience.

This team of educators was part of the Fuse RI initiative, a fellowship program that teaches educators, administrators and local education agencies in the state how to integrate blended and personalized learning and technology practices into classrooms. The program was launched by the Highlander Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to creating “more equitable, relevant, and effective schools,” and funded by the

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How to sign up for Spotify Premium on your iPhone or desktop computer, and get a free trial

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a close up of a device: You can subscribe to Spotify Premium on your iPhone or a computer. Reuters

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You can subscribe to Spotify Premium on your iPhone or a computer. Reuters

Gone are the days of carrying around bulky iPods that could only hold a limited amount of music. These days, streaming services like Spotify have made it easier than ever to have access to literally any and every song you can think of, wherever you are. 


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With a library of over 50 million songs, there’s something for everyone on Spotify, whether you love showtunes, rap, country, or classical — or any other genre, for that matter. 

While Spotify is free to use, those with free accounts have to listen to and view ads within the app, both on desktop and on mobile devices. If you’d like to listen ad-free, you can sign up for Spotify Premium for a small monthly subscription fee. 

Spotify Premium costs $9.99 per month normally, but if you’re a

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Is The Govt Providing Free Internet to All Students For Online Classes? Here’s The Truth

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A lot of misinformation and fake news has flooded social media ever since coronavirus hit India and not everything we read on the internet is true. Now, a post which claims the government is providing free internet to students has gone viral on messaging app WhatsApp. The post further says that 10GB internet data is being provided to every student in the country by the government so that they can study and appear for exams amid the pandemic. Here is what the post reads: “Due to Corona Virus Schools and colleges have been closed and because of this, the education of students has been affected, so the government is providing free internet (10GB per day) to all the students. So that students can complete their education and also give exams with the help of the internet and online classes (sic).” However, no
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Tax perks await donors of gadgets, computers to public schools for new normal in learning

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MANILA, Philippines—With blended learning and online classes in full swing, donors of computers and other gadgets to public schools will be rewarded with tax deductions under the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) said on Thursday (Oct. 8).

Revenue Regulations (RR) No. 26-2020, signed by Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III and Internal Revenue Commissioner Caesar R. Dulay, said the tax perk under Bayanihan 2 applied to donations of personal computers, laptops, tablets, mobile phones, printers and other similar equipment to be used by teachers and students in government-run schools, including state universities and colleges (SUC) and vocational institutions under the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda).

The tax incentive will apply to donations made during the implementation of the Bayanihan 2 Law from Sept. 15 until Dec. 19.

The BIR said donors will enjoy tax deduction from their gross income equivalent to

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Juice WRLD’s Mom Pens Open Letter and Announces Live Free 999 Website Launch on World Mental Health Day

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In conjunction with World Mental Health Day, Juice WRLD‘s mom has launched the official website for Live Free 999—a charitable organization founded posthumously in the rapper’s honor.

Carmella Wallace announced the launch in an open letter Saturday, about 10 months after Juice—birth name Jarad Anthony Higgins—died of an accidental drug overdose. Wallace reflected on her relationship with her son, recalling everything from his unyielding passion for music to his struggles with addiction, anxiety, and depression. 

“I recognized that what Jarad was dealing with was a disease and I know he truly wanted to be free from the demons that tormented him,” she wrote in a letter shared with Complex. “As a parent, I believed early on and supported Jarad having access to counseling. I encouraged him to always share his feelings.”

Live Free 999’s primary goal is to support programs that help young people successfully address their mental

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how schools are meeting the need during remote learning

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The two bright-eyed second graders huddled together looking at a laptop during music class in their makeshift remote classroom at the Boys and Girls Club in Paulsboro.

a person using a laptop computer sitting on top of a table: Josciah engaged in a Zoom session with his music class at the Paulsboro Boys & Girls Club in Paulsboro, NJ, on Oct., 2020. In Paulsboro, about 25 students come to the Boys and Girls center from 8 am. to 5 p.m. to do their school work remotely.

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Josciah engaged in a Zoom session with his music class at the Paulsboro Boys & Girls Club in Paulsboro, NJ, on Oct., 2020. In Paulsboro, about 25 students come to the Boys and Girls center from 8 am. to 5 p.m. to do their school work remotely.

The girls, Ocean and Laila, 7, happily shared the device for hours during the school day because the district cannot provide enough computers for every student, a scenario playing out across the country as families struggle to educate their children without access to online programs and technology for remote learning.

“This is a huge challenge,” said Patti Withington, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Gloucester County, which operates

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Donaldson Donates 200 Laptops to Support Educational Success for Underserved Students’ Remote Learning at Prodeo Academy

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Leaders at Donaldson Company, Inc. and members of the company’s corporate tutor team delivered 200 laptops to Prodeo Academy, a network of tuition-free preparatory schools in the Twin Cities metro area that develop students in PreK-8th grades to be critical thinkers and reflective leaders.

When the pandemic necessitated the transition to online learning, Prodeo asked the public for donations to help secure computers, as it only had laptops for approximately half of its 700 students. Donaldson Company, with a long history of addressing the needs of its local communities and helping transform lives, leaned into the opportunity of providing technology to support underserved students and promote educational success. Donaldson purchased the computers from Best Buy, which helped provide the laptops that can be tough to find due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We stand united, together with the broader business community, in our commitment to creating lasting, sustainable change,” said

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