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Using a School News Program to Promote Positivity During the Pandemic

An elementary school newscast is bringing kids together and giving them a reason to smile during a tough year.

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This year, our school reopened on a hybrid schedule, which resulted in a bizarre combination of excitement, joy, anxiety, and grief over how drastically “back to school” had changed. We were back together, but only halfway, and many of our students had opted for full-time virtual school. Even on the days that students enjoyed being together, they were masked, separated by plexiglass, and restricted to air hugs and elbow bumps. Social and emotional learning rose to a whole new level of importance, but establishing a real connection was more difficult than ever.

For us, our morning news program became an important piece of the puzzle.

Increasing Student Engagement and Setting a Positive Tone

It feels normal: While we celebrated the innovation and resilience of our students and staff in adapting to hybrid learning, we found surprising comfort in the things that didn’t have to change. The school news looks and sounds like it always has. We say the Pledge of Allegiance and hear the lunch choices before we get to work. That familiarity has done wonders for our sense of security in a changed environment.

It provides a shared experience, even when we aren’t physically together: Sharing video links via Google Classroom helped fractured classes feel connected during hybrid instruction. With classes learning and traveling in “family groups” during face-to-face instruction, for many students, the morning news is the only glimpse they get of classrooms and grade levels outside of their own. Students could start their e-learning days at home in the same way that their classmates were starting in the school building, and our students in virtual school could watch with their online classes as well.

It’s a collaborative project that we can do safely: As a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) school, we take a great deal of pride and joy in group challenges and hands-on projects. As we find ways to help students safely collaborate in the classroom, the school news was one low-risk way to bring teamwork back.

It’s fun, and we all need that right now: Our school news helps us to start each day on a positive note. We announce and celebrate student achievements. We include a “Joke of the Day” segment and a blooper reel on Fridays. These shared laughs are some of the most valuable content that we pack into our broadcasts, lightening the load in this emotionally heavy time.

Another positive aspect of this project is that a school news program doesn’t have to cost much in terms of your budget or instructional time. Top-of-the-line video and sound equipment are nice, but not necessary for success. We record with an iPad Mini and a plug-in microphone. But a smartphone or a laptop with a camera is all you really need.

Strategies and Resources to Start a School Newscast

Apps like Green Screen by Do Ink and web-based resources like Animoto are great for making a low-budget production look more professional. I use the Green Screen app to add a newsroom background image to our broadcast and Animoto to create a quick intro for our show. My actual green screen is several yards of inexpensive green fabric that hangs on the wall. Green paper or a painted green wall would also work with the app. Again, these apps add nice, extra effects to our videos, but neither is a necessity. The school news can be just as impactful if students film themselves with a laptop on a desk.

Social distancing is required—and completely manageable—while filming the news. All students and classes are invited to participate. Some days, my news crew is a small group of seven or eight students, but often the whole class (up to 18 students) will come in to participate or observe. Everyone who wants to be on camera gets the chance. Even when working with an entire class on a recording, I film only one student at a time. Other students sit a minimum of six feet apart throughout the classroom and keep their masks on until they are seated at the news desk. Each student sits in their own chair (or stands) behind the news desk, which is wiped down to sanitize between takes.

Pre-Covid, our news was part of a fifth-grade club, which could meet only twice a week. We filmed everything in advance out of necessity. This year, I’ve opened the morning news up to all grades and classes. With every grade level operating on a different schedule, recording in advance is still the best fit for our needs. Teachers can request specific days and times to film via a Google form, and I schedule times with teachers as I receive them. Most classes record the news for the following day. This gives me plenty of time to edit and send video links to teachers.

I send all prerecorded news videos to our teachers and post them on our school website for our virtual families to access as well. Google Drive and YouTube are easy ways to share videos (but make sure you have parent permission before doing so!). With YouTube, I set all of our videos to be unlisted. That way, anyone with access to the link can view it, but they are not searchable.

Editing your video doesn’t have to be complicated. When our production was run almost entirely by fifth graders, they used Movie Maker (which has been updated to Windows Photos  on newer Windows devices) for editing because it was fairly easy to learn and accessible on student laptops. I continue to use it myself, because it allows me to easily combine videos from multiple sources. If you are using an Apple device, iMovie works similarly.

Our school news program hasn’t solved all of our problems, but it has had a huge impact on our morale as we face each new, challenging day. It’s a low-cost and efficient way to promote student engagement, collaboration, and social and emotional growth in a time when they are greatly needed.

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As a professional journalist, I know firsthand the critical role of news desks in shaping the news landscape in the U.S. News desks serve as the central hub where journalists and editors collaborate and communicate to ensure news accuracy and timeliness.

In this section, we will delve into the basics of news desks and their fundamental role in the fast-paced media industry. From news desk organization and management to newspaper desks , journalists’ workspaces, and editorial desks’ oversight, we will explore every aspect of news desk operations and their impact on news delivery in the U.S.

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As a journalist, I know firsthand the significance of a well-organized and efficiently managed news desk. News desk organization and management are essential for ensuring that news is delivered accurately and on time.

One of the key elements of news desk organization is workflow processes. A well-designed workflow ensures that journalists know what they need to do and when they need to do it. This makes it easier for them to focus on their work and produce high-quality content.

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It is worth noting that news desk organization and management are not just essential for the newsroom’s day-to-day operations but also for news outlets’ long-term success. By having well-organized and efficient news desks, news outlets can stay competitive and continue to deliver high-quality news to their readers.

Overall, news desk organization and management are critical components of the fast-paced media industry in the U.S. By investing time and resources into these areas, news outlets can stay ahead of the game and deliver the news readers need and deserve.

As a journalist, my workspace is my sanctuary. It is where I spend long hours researching, writing, and editing stories to meet tight deadlines. This physical space is commonly referred to as a newspaper or journalist’s desk. However, the desk is not just a place to sit and write; it is an essential component of a journalist’s work environment.

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Journalism is all about the pursuit of truth, and a well-designed workspace can enhance the process, making it easier for journalists to focus on researching and writing stories that matter. Newspaper desks and journalists’ workspaces are not just physical locations; they are essential tools in a journalist’s toolkit for producing high-quality and informative news content.

As a copywriting journalist, the editorial desk is crucial to my work. It is the central hub of newsroom operations, overseeing everything from fact-checking to story assignments. The editorial desk works closely with journalists to ensure that news stories are accurate, compelling, and meet editorial standards.

At the heart of the editorial desk’s workflow is collaboration. Editors and journalists work together to develop stories that inform and engage the public. The editorial desk also serves as a gatekeeper, ensuring that stories meet specific criteria before they are published. This includes verifying facts, checking sources, and ensuring that the story aligns with the publication’s editorial position.

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In summary, the editorial desk plays a critical role in newsroom operations. It is responsible for overseeing the development of news stories, ensuring their accuracy and editorial quality, and upholding ethical standards. Effective management and organization of the newsroom are essential for the editorial desk to function well, and for journalists to deliver the news that informs and engages the public.

In conclusion, as a professional copywriting journalist, I understand the pivotal role that news desks play in shaping the news we consume. A well-organized news desk with efficient management is essential for delivering accurate and timely news within the fast-paced media industry in the U.S. Understanding the physical workspaces of journalists and the role of the editorial desk in newsroom operations is also crucial to ensuring the quality and accuracy of news content.

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The news desk plays a fundamental role in shaping news within the media industry. It is responsible for gathering, verifying, and disseminating news stories to the audience.

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Newspaper desks or journalists’ workspaces are the physical spaces where journalists work. These spaces are designed to facilitate their tasks, such as writing, editing, and researching news stories.

The editorial desk plays a crucial role in newsroom operations. It oversees the quality and accuracy of news content, collaborates with journalists and editors, and ensures that the news stories align with the publication’s editorial standards.

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Second-graders, from left, Sarai Sepulveda, Jaxson Murchison and Parker Dubey balance on stability balls as they complete an art project at Thomas Hooker Elementary School in Meriden, Connecticut.

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MIAMI — There are no walls between the seven classrooms on the third floor of the Medical Academy for Science and Technology, a former hospital that houses a magnet high school for would-be doctors, nurses, physical therapists and pharmacists.

On a recent morning, the students in Isha Brown’s literature class were huddled in groups, analyzing the symbolism in “A Streetcar Named Desire.” At the other end of the basketball-court-size room, far enough to be out of earshot, students from another class took turns reciting speeches. A boy stood in front of a whiteboard in a corner, rehearsing his presentation on family planning. And on leather couches in the middle of the room, a cluster of students in scrubs chatted quietly, their IDs dangling from lanyards.

Isha Brown arranges tables in small groups for her literature class at the Medical Academy for Science and Technology (MAST) in Homestead, Florida.

The space, upgraded in the 2015-16 school year, is continuously changing. The seats in eye-catching blue, purple or orange might be lined up in neat rows, or rearranged in a circle for face-to-face discussion. All the furniture is fitted with wheels.

“The mobility helps in my debate class where I have about 37 students,” Brown said. “We can get three debates on three different topics going at the same time by just rearranging the tables. I can weave in and out, listening in, and then the kids rotate. More kids can participate. That couldn’t happen in a traditional classroom.”

The academy, known as MAST, is just one example of how schools are experimenting with classroom designs more conducive to the different ways students learn and, increasingly, the different ways teachers want to teach.

The idea isn’t new — there was a movement in the late 1960s to build “open classrooms” — but it’s made a comeback recently out of a desire to create a collaboration-minded workforce that will thrive in the open office spaces being built by companies such as Google and Facebook .

From 2015 to 2018, the school resources crowdfunding site DonorsChoose saw requests for funding for flexible furniture balloon from 110 to 21,163. On Instagram, there are 81,100 posts using the hashtag #flexibleseating, many from teachers sharing tips and photos.

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Some of the experiments, like the one at MAST, have been costly, with cities and districts hiring top-line architects and updating technology. In all, Miami is spending $1.2 billion to upgrade outdated schools and open up cramped classrooms that used to have desks lined up, as one teacher put it, “cemetery style.” In New York, Chappaqua Central School District is in the midst of a $42.5 million overhaul, including more flexible furniture. In northern California, schools in the Campbell Union School District are getting a similar $72 million upgrade.

In other places, in the absence of schoolwide funding or administrative interest, the movement is grassroots as teachers revamp their classrooms themselves, spending their own money or even making their own furniture.

The idea of a classroom that can be rearranged to fit the activity — individual work, class discussion, group projects — has faced some pushback. Critics of the so-called open classroom argued in the 1970s that schools had attempted an overnight transformation without training teachers on how to adjust to the new space. Educators today have issued similar warnings.

Peter Barrett, the lead researcher for a 2015 study on classroom design in the United Kingdom and emeritus professor at the University of Salford, warns against “silver bullet” thinking. “I strongly believe teachers should be explicitly trained to see the physical classroom as a holistic element to be actively thought about and used to optimize children’s learning,” he said.

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For educators, this redesign movement isn’t about creating an Instagram-ready classroom filled with trendy standing tables and funky seating. It’s based on brain research that is still in the early stages but has shown that, when it comes to learning, space matters . A space that allows for movement can reduce student fatigue, improve performance and promote student collaboration .

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Barrett’s study of 153 U.K. classrooms in 27 schools found that adjusting particular classroom characteristics — light and temperature, the amount of flexibility and student choice — boosted academic performance in reading, writing and math by 16 percent over the course of a year. A quarter of that improvement was attributed to letting students decide when to get up and where to sit. In 2016, a study using brain imaging to examine the effects of standing desks on high school students revealed improvements in working memory as well as in students’ ability to plan, organize and finish tasks.

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“Brain research tells us that movement in a classroom matters, choice matters,” said Robert Dillon, director of innovation for the University City school district in St. Louis, Missouri. His work consulting with districts and schools across the country on how to make the most of classroom redesigns has tripled in the past two years. “If kids don’t have these things, they will make these things happen,” he said. “They will be disruptive. They’ll get sent to the office. They’ll ask to go to the bathroom, just so they can have some space and the chance to move.”

Tuyler Sanford, 17, a student in Isha Brown’s literature class, said the classroom’s flexible setup “allows you to work at your own pace.” When students work in groups, he’s able to walk around and ask his fellow students for help. “It’s really communal,” he said. “The freedom is amazing.”

Keeping an eye on students working across such a large space may sound exhausting, but Brown said the effect on students, who are energized by the arrangement, is worth the effort. “Kids love the idea of constantly moving around and doing different projects, because they get tired if they’re expected to just sit in a room. I would get tired, too, so it really works out.”

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According to the Miami-Dade Office of School Facilities, MAST is one of 329 schools out of 392 in the district — the nation’s fourth largest, with 345,000 students — getting some kind of overhaul. For seven years, the district has been renovating classrooms, along with cafeterias, gyms, athletic fields and just about every other aspect of school infrastructure. District leaders have used the redesign as a chance to rethink how students learn best. Hence, the moveable furniture, open spaces and technology upgrades such as interactive boards for every classroom and a much-needed expansion of high-speed Wi-Fi. The project is about two years from the finish line.

“What we’re seeing is a shift from seat time to engagement,” said Jose Murguido, a partner at Zyscovich Architects who has designed several schools for Miami-Dade, including MAST. “You really have to understand how people learn, so that the time in the classroom is productive as opposed to just doing the time. If the learning environment is static, it will result in disengagement in young people.”

‘Fewer breaks in learning’

Brooke Markle, a seventh grade language arts teacher in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, noticed several years ago that her students preferred doing their work anywhere but at their desks — on countertops, on the floor, under a desk, sitting on top of it. “I had 30 students, so the desks took up the entire room,” she said. “I decided they had to go.”

Two summers ago, she replaced the desks with vinyl, runnerless rockers and Adirondack chairs, adding spray-painted donated recycled tires and gallon-size plastic buckets with homemade cushions on top. She had no idea the results would be so striking.

“Kids stopped raising their hands to ask for bathroom breaks,” Markle said. “There were fewer breaks in learning. That was a pleasant surprise.”

Last year, the Mechanicsburg Area School District began replacing desks with whatever type of furniture teachers thought would work best. “We are thinking more strategically in the district as a whole about how to change the learning environment to help our students gain the skills they’ll need after they graduate,” Markle said. “Students will need to innovate and collaborate. We see these changes as helping them to achieve that goal.”

Seventh graders Evan-June Pineo and Grace Simpson say the variety of seating choices in their language arts classroom at Mechanicsburg Middle School, in Pennsylvania, helps to keep things fresh. Evan-June especially likes the floor-level rockers because the movement helps her to concentrate.

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At Thomas Hooker Elementary School in Meriden, Connecticut, two second grade teachers ditched the desks in their classrooms two years ago. On a recent morning in one of those revamped rooms, Melissa Sciarretto worked with a few students on their reading at a table, while the rest of the class sat on beanbag chairs and floor cushions, clicking through a game-based math program on their laptops.

Eight-year-olds Kamilla Armstrong and Juliette Ortiz sat on wobble stools next to a round table as they tackled math problems on their laptops. Kamilla pushed off on the table to set her chair spinning, fast. “This helps me think when my brain is full and I need a break,” she said.

“Actually, I think it distracts you,” Juliette said.

“Oh, really?” Kamilla responded. Juliette rolled her eyes and smiled before getting back to work.

Wobble stools allow second graders, from left, Zariah Atwater, Juliette Ortiz and Kamilla Armstrong to rock and spin in between solving math problems at Thomas Hooker Elementary School.

Sciarretto acquired the furniture using $4,000 in GoFundMe donations, combined with more than $6,000 from the school budget. “The seating is more collaboration-friendly,” she said. “When they look up, they see another kid, and so I think they naturally started going to each other for help from there.”

There are rules. Katie Somerset, 8, kneeled on a stability ball, balancing herself precariously as she worked. Sciarretto told Katie to sit correctly a few times, before sending her to a cushion on the floor. “I know I’m not supposed to kneel,” Katie said, “because it’s hard to control the ball. I could fall over.”

Small steps for success

It’s those types of distractions that drive some teachers crazy. Shaina Ramos, a second grade bilingual special education teacher at P.S. 257 in Brooklyn, knows the feeling well. Two years ago, she applied for grants through DonorsChoose to buy new furniture in her classroom: stability balls, floor rockers, wobble chairs, standing desks and tall stools.

The transition didn’t go smoothly at first. “I’d see a student moving out of the corner of my eye, and I would have to say ‘It’s OK; it’s OK’ to calm myself.”

But she stuck it out and the investment started paying off. Students with attention deficit disorder who were allowed to rock or wobble in their seats could concentrate for longer on tasks they usually dreaded, she said. They were writing complete paragraphs. They would get up, go to a dictionary, look up a word, walk over to a classmate and talk about the assignment.

“They weren’t just confined to their desks, forced to sit still and stare at a blank page,” Ramos said. “Eventually, I just told them, ‘As long as I see you’re working, go for it — rock, bounce, stand or move around.’”

Last year, Ramos’ school tried flexible seating in all special education classrooms. But it didn’t work out — the teachers were frustrated by how much the students were moving during class, Ramos said. Some teachers added all-new furniture and then had to remove it entirely.

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Lack of planning is the No. 1 reason the move to flexible seating doesn’t always work, said Dillon, the consultant who helps teachers prepare for classroom redesigns.

“Failure happens because people try to go from zero to 60, as opposed to saying ‘I am going to try this one little thing,’” Dillon said. He suggests teachers start by allowing kids to go to the back of the room and stand if they need to. Then, keep their attention and encourage collaboration by letting them use whiteboards. “The idea of ripping out all of your desks?” he said. “Setting yourself up for failure.”

But Murguido, who has designed more than 400 schools over the course of his 30-year career in Miami, across the country and as far afield as Germany, said classrooms need major changes to provide the right setting to help students succeed.

“Whatever the economy of the future, kids will need to learn to collaborate,” Murguido said. “The challenges that lie ahead are greater than any particular person can tackle individually.”

Brenda Iasevoli writes for  The Hechinger Report , a nonprofit, independent news website focused on inequality and innovation in education.

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We all want a work space that is comfortable and functional, and kids are no exception. And when schools are buying new furniture for classrooms, it’s not just a purchase, it’s an investment. The last thing you want to do is waste time and money. When you’re shopping online, something may look fantastic, but when you get it, the actual product isn’t what you expected. That’s why doing your homework is so important. Don’t have time to do the research? We’ve got you covered! Here’s a list of the best student desks for classrooms of all grade levels, along with tips and tricks from educators.

Open-Front Desks

1. open-front desk with book box by virco.

Open front desk with wood-look top and black metal adjustable legs and book box

Virco-brand desks are an educator favorite, and many prefer this traditional model with adjustable legs. Principal Jessica B. likes this style desk because you can arrange them in pairs, 4s, 6s, horseshoes, and circles. She adds, “They also stack top to bottom easily for summer floor waxing.”

Buy it: Virco Open-Front Desk With Metal Book Box at Worthington Direct

2. Natural Open Box Student Desk by Flash Furniture

Flash Furniture Student Desk

Principal Justin A. shares that he finds the best prices on student desks at Amazon. Here’s a budget-friendly traditional desk with adjustable legs that works for all grade levels.

Buy it: Natural Open Box Student Desk at Amazon

Desks With Attached Chairs

3. 420 series chair desk by scholar craft.

420 Series Chair Desk by Scholar Craft with wood-look top and blue plastic chair

For older students, desks that have attached chairs are a space-saving option. However, they don’t accommodate all students. “Desks and chairs that are separate are more flexible and accommodate students of different ages and sizes, plus those with disabilities,” explains principal Erica S. Principal Cynthia P. adds, “The same applies to adults if you have parent conferences or small team teacher meetings.”

Buy it: 420 Series Chair Desk by Scholar Craft at Worthington Direct

4. Solid Plastic Top Chair Desk With Bookrack by Virco

Virco Solid Plastic Top Chair Desk With Bookrack with black chair and neutral color surface

If you’re looking for a desk-chair combination, there’s an ergonomic option from Virco. This model has an extra-large writing surface and includes a bookrack underneath.

Buy it: Virco Solid Plastic Top Chair Desk With Bookrack at Worthington Direct

Collaborative Desks

5. berries trapezoid desk by jonti-craft.

Six Trapezoid desks put together in a circle.

Trapezoid desks are currently a popular choice because they fit together to create collaborative work spaces for small groups. Many models even have adjustable legs to accommodate students of all ages. Some educators, however, feel the trapezoid shape isn’t as versatile as traditional rectangular desks when arranging them in the classroom.

Buy it: Berries Trapezoid Desk at Worthington Direct

6. Premier Series Triangle Desk by Marco Group

Premier Series Triangle Desk by Marco Group with gray surface and red trim

These triangular desks fit together in neat pods of four when you’re ready to create a collaborative learning space. Plus they have adjustable legs, so they work well in all grade levels.

Buy it: Premier Series Triangle Desk by Marco Group at Worthington Direct

Standing Desks

7. correll adjustable standing height desk by jonti-craft.

Adjustable standing desk with wood look top and black metal legs

Older students appreciate flexible seating options just as much as younger kids. “I recommend buying two to four standing or taller desks for each room,” says Principal Sarah S. “My very tall juniors and seniors really appreciate having furniture that fits their bodies.”

Buy it: Correll Adjustable Standing Height Desk at Worthington Direct

8. AlphaBetter Stand-Up Desk With Book Box by Safeco

AlphaBetter Stand-Up Desk With Bookbox by Safeco filled with supplies

This standing desk deserves its place on any list of the best student desks because it has all the bells and whistles. It adjusts in height to accommodate students in grades 3-12. Additionally, it has a swinging footrest bar to help properly position students’ posture, which locks away when not in use. It even has a book box and an additional shelf to store supplies and lunches.

Buy it: AlphaBetter Stand-Up Desk With Book Box at School Outfitters

Whiteboard Desks

9. structure series open-front whiteboard desk by learniture.

Whiteboard desk with tablet and markers on top

This desk comes with adjustable legs so it allows kids in all grade levels to use the whiteboard surface. A word to the wise: “White board tops were problematic depending on the cleaning solution the custodial staff used. Sometimes the marker won’t erase/just smears,” shares teacher Stefanie C.

Buy it: Structure Series Open-Front Whiteboard Desk With Book Box at School Outfitters

10. Tilt-n-Nest Adjustable Markerboard Desk by Classroom Select

Tilt-N-Nest Adjustable Markerboard Desk by Classroom Select with white surface and black legs

These adjustable markerboard desks allow students to sit or stand while drawing or writing with dry-erase markers on the surface. They also nest together to create small groups for collaborative learning.

Buy it: Tilt-n-Nest Adjustable Markerboard Desk by Classroom Select at School Specialty

Rolling Desks

11. apex series trapezoid desks with wheels by marco group.

Apex Series Trapezoid Desks With Wheels by Marco Group

Tired of hearing desks screech across the floors when rearranging the furniture for group work? Try rolling desks. They  save floors from excessive nicks and scratches, so your custodian will thank you! The wheels on this model lock into place to keep your arrangement neat and organized when you’re not moving the desks.

Buy it: Apex Series Trapezoid Desks by Marco Group at Worthington Direct

12: Knob-Adjusted Wheelchair-Accessible School Desk by Populous

Knob-Adjusted Wheelchair Accessible School Desk by Populous 

This rolling desk has wheels and adjustable legs to accommodate wheelchairs of almost any size. Additionally, it includes a bookbox on the side, so students have a place to store supplies without giving up legroom.

Buy it: Knob-Adjusted Wheelchair-Accessible School Desk at School Outfitters

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Why Are Educators Learning How to Interrogate Their Students?

By Douglas Starr

A company that provides training to police officers and privatesecurity personnel is now offering its services to schools.

About a year and a half ago, Jessica Schneider was handed a flyer by one of her colleagues in the child-advocacy community. It advertised a training session, offered under the auspices of the Illinois Principals Association (I.P.A.), in how to interrogate students. Specifically, teachers and school administrators would be taught an abbreviated version of the  Reid Technique , which is used across the country by police officers, private-security personnel, insurance-fraud investigators, and other people for whom getting at the truth is part of the job. Schneider, who is a staff attorney at the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, was alarmed. She knew that some psychologists and jurists have characterized the technique as  coercive and liable to produce false confessions —especially when used with juveniles, who are highly suggestible. When she expressed her concerns to Brian Schwartz, the I.P.A.’s general counsel, he said that the association had been offering Reid training for many years and found it both popular and benign. To prove it, he invited Schneider to attend a session in January of 2015.

The training was led by Joseph Buckley, the president of John E. Reid and Associates, which is based in Chicago. Like the adult version of the Reid Technique, the school version involves three basic parts: an investigative component, in which you gather evidence; a behavioral analysis, in which you interview a suspect to determine whether he or she is lying; and a nine-step interrogation, a nonviolent but psychologically rigorous process that is designed, according to Reid’s workbook, “to obtain an admission of guilt.” Most of the I.P.A. session, Schneider told me, focussed on behavioral analysis. Buckley described to trainees how patterns of body language—including slumping, failing to look directly at the interviewer, offering “evasive” responses, and showing generally “guarded” behaviors—could supposedly reveal whether a suspect was lying. (Some of the cues were downright mythological—like, for instance, the idea that individuals look left when recalling the truth and right when trying to fabricate.) Several times during the session, Buckley showed videos of interrogations involving serious crimes, such as murder, theft, and rape. None of the videos portrayed young people being questioned for typical school misbehavior, nor did any of the Reid teaching materials refer to “students” or “kids.” They were always “suspects” or “subjects.”

Laura Nirider, a professor of law at Northwestern University and the project director of the Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth, attended the same session as Schneider. She told me that about sixty people were there. “Everybody was on the edge of their seat: ‘So  this  is how we can learn to get the drop on little Billy for writing graffiti on the underside of the lunchroom table,’” she said. One vice-principal told Nirider that the first thing he does when he interrogates students is take away their cell phones, “so they can’t call their mothers.”

The training included tricks to provoke a response that might indicate guilt. One was the punishment question: “What do you think should happen to the person who did this?” Schneider recorded in her notes that an innocent person will give a draconian answer, such as, “They should be suspended/expelled/fired.” A deceptive person will equivocate: “That depends on why they did it.” Another question involves baiting the subject with supposedly incriminating evidence. For example, you might falsely suggest that the school had surveillance cameras at the scene of the infraction and see how the student reacts. At one point in the workbook, the phrase “Handling tears” appears, with a blank space underneath for trainees to take down Buckley’s dictation. “Don’t stop,” Schneider wrote in her notes. “Tears are the beginning of a confession. Use congratulatory statement—‘Glad to see those tears, because it tells me that you’re sorry, aren’t you?’ ” Buckley’s only caveat during the session, according to Nirider and Schneider, was that children under the age of ten should not be interrogated. “It was pretty horrifying,” Schneider told me.

John E. Reid and Associates has been marketing its methods to school systems for several years. According to the firm’s Web site, it has offered training sessions to educators in eight states. Ed Leaders Network, a professional-development organization with affiliates around the country, offers Reid training as one of its webinars. Wendy Zdeb, the executive director of one of those affiliates, the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals, told me that her group is preparing to host its twentieth Reid seminar in the past eleven years, all taught by Buckley. “Our feedback has always been incredibly positive,” she said. “They habitually sell out, year after year.” Zdeb added that the fear that Reid training will distort her colleagues’ judgment is unwarranted: their educational background enables them to filter what they learn and to implement it appropriately. The training, she said, primes them to interview students (and teachers, if necessary) in a more conscious and organized way.

Other parties, though, have raised concerns about Reid-style interrogations in schools. By now, it’s well known that the brains of young people are not fully developed, especially in regard to executive function. Young people tend to be impulsive, suggestible, poor at risk assessment, and lacking an appreciation for long-term consequences—characteristics that make them vulnerable to false confession. For that reason, the International Association of Chiefs of Police warns against using even mildly coercive tactics with children. In its 2012 guide to interviewing juveniles, the association—without specifically naming Reid—decries several of the company’s common practices, including using body language as a clue to deception. Children and teen-agers “may commonly slouch, avoid eye contact, and exhibit similar behaviors,” the guide says. “Officers should not interpret these everyday teenage mannerisms as indicators of deception.”

This misinterpretation of cues may contribute to the relatively high proportion of juveniles who confess to crimes that they did not commit. In the largest and most recent study of its kind, Samuel R. Gross, a professor at the University of Michigan Law School and the editor of the National Registry of Exonerations, examined the cases of eight hundred and seventy-three people who were exonerated between 1989 and 2012. Among the cases that Gross surveyed, forty-two per cent of the juveniles who were exonerated had falsely confessed, compared with only eight per cent of adults. Nearly twice as many eleven- to fourteen-year-olds falsely confessed as did fifteen- to seventeen-year-olds.

Other research has shown that Reid training influences the perception of juveniles by the people who use it. In 2009, Jessica Kostelnik and N. Dickon Reppucci, psychologists at the University of Virginia, found that Reid-trained police were less aware of the developmental differences between adolescents and adults than police who did not receive the training. The researchers sent questionnaires to more than eighteen hundred officers in ten agencies throughout the country, asking their attitudes about the competence of young people to face interrogation. About a third of the police had received Reid training. While both groups understood that children under fifteen are highly suggestible, a smaller proportion of the Reid-trained group felt that way about adolescents, meaning those aged fifteen to seventeen. The Reid-trained officers also tended to believe that adolescents were just as capable as adults of withstanding psychologically coercive questioning, including deceit.

Things get especially complicated when interrogations take place in school, where students have fewer legal rights than in a police station. School officials do not need a warrant or probable cause to search a student’s locker or backpack, nor are they required to give a Miranda warning prior to an interrogation, no matter how severe the offense. According to Barry Feld, a professor at the University of Minnesota Law School and a specialist in juvenile law, the power differential between students and administrators has a significant effect. “All these kids are thinking is, ‘How do I get out of here without my parents finding out?’ ” Feld said.

Using Reid-style interrogation in schools can also run counter to educators’ efforts to keep their students out of the criminal-justice system. In 1994, Congress passed the Gun-Free Schools Act, which mandated that students who brought a weapon to school be expelled. This zero-tolerance policy was later extended to other behaviors, including drug use, but none of it has actually made schools safer. On the contrary, studies show that such policies disproportionately affect minority students, create a hostile school atmosphere, and do not effectively discourage misbehavior. In  a report published last May , the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing called for an end to zero tolerance, noting that it has expanded “the school-to-prison pipeline by criminalizing the behaviors of children as young as kindergarten age.” In January, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education issued a letter calling for a therapeutic approach toward students who misbehave. “There’s been a real pendulum swing,” Naomi Goldstein, a professor of psychology at Drexel University and the director of the Juvenile Justice Research and Reform Lab, told me.

Neither Buckley nor Schwartz agreed to be interviewed for this article. In an e-mail, Schwartz said that the I.P.A. has modified its workshop to take better account of the rights and vulnerabilities of young people, expanding the portion of the training that deals with what he called “non-interrogative interview techniques.” Buckley referred me to a ten-page letter that he wrote to Schneider in February. He emphasized that the technique is not coercive when used correctly, and that practitioners take “extreme caution” when questioning juveniles. Schneider said that this runs counter to what she observed and does nothing to alleviate her organization’s concerns. “What a lot of students need is a sense that there are adults in authority they can trust,” she said. Reid-style techniques, she added, can undermine that trust. “We don’t think this kind of training should be offered at all.”

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Remember that little desk/chair combo used by millions of students—and maybe even you—in school?

They’re still a mainstay in K-12, but there are rumblings that they’re on their way out. And good riddance, say some school leaders, educational furniture providers, and industry observers.

What’s replacing them is school furniture that may be on wheels, adjustable for height, more versatile and more comfortable. These desks, tables, and chairs give educators more flexibility about how they arrange a learning environment, or rearrange it, for collaboration or teaching with computers.

“Those ‘old school’ combo desks don’t offer that flexibility,” said Kyle Boudreau, the educational product marketing manager for KI , a Green Bay, Wis.-based company that is discontinuing that model of desks, which it called Intellect Wave. Sales of that style combo desk have been down. School customers want furniture that promotes student engagement and peer-to-peer connections, he said.

“In our school, we have lots and lots of desks,” says Robert Dillon, the director of innovation learning for the 2,800-student  School District of University City  in St. Louis, Mo., “and we have classrooms moving to some variety. Some have standing desks, some traditional chairs and tables. We’ve broken the momentum that 25 of anything is the right answer.”

Across the U.S., what’s getting in the way of wider adoption of flexible furniture in K-12 is “inertia, momentum, and tradition, which lead a lot of decisions around furniture purchases,” said Dillon, who has written and co-authored books about learning spaces, the most recent  The Space: A Guide for Educators .

In school redesign, selecting furniture that fits the learning environment is considered a “key system element,” said Sujata Bhatt, a senior fellow at Transcend Education , a national nonprofit dedicated to accelerating innovation in the core design of “school.”

Traditional Classroom ‘Looks’ Go Way Back

Transcend Education uses a slide deck showing classrooms in the late 19th century, 1950 and today as part of its presentations to help educators re-imagine school. The visual is a powerful message about “what’s changed, and what hasn’t,” she said.

Kevin Stoller, CEO of   Kay-Twelve , a Phoenix, Ariz.-based national company that provides furniture to schools, gets the same message across on LinkedIn with images he’s grabbed from movies and TV shows across the years, from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” to “Superbad,” from “The Simpsons” to “The Goldbergs.”

“Most of the RFPs and projects we’ve been working on—for the past 12 months in particular—it’s very rare that it specifies one type of desk or type of chair,” he said.

More evidence that schools are beginning to broaden their furniture horizons is coming from the marketplace.

“The trend is really away from classrooms that put students in stationary desks in rows,” said Jim McGarry, president and CEO of the Education Market Association , which sponsors an annual EDspaces conference  about educational facilities.

Ergonomics Research and K-12 Seating

Researchers reviewing 25 studies concluded that a better fit for a student’s seat and desk resulted in “an improvement in posture,” as well as reduced discomfort or pain.

Getting a better fit included using adjustable furniture, sit/stand furniture and tilt tables and seats.  Researchers cautioned that students need to be taught how to raise and lower furniture to fit their bodies. The findings were published in the journal Ergonomics in March 2016.

“What should students be sitting in—or what should the learning environment look like?” asked Tim Springer, who was professor and chairperson of the Department of Human Environment and Design at Michigan State University where he developed and led the graduate program in Facilities Design and Management. “I don’t know that there’s a good prescriptive answer. I do believe it should be different from most classrooms we see.”

Springer said he once conducted a study in a private California middle school where 7th and 8th graders were given a variety of tables, chairs and work surfaces to configure as needed for each class, returning them to their original “nested” position at the end of the period.

“The teachers ended up saying, ‘If we can relinquish a little bit of control, we see the benefit in autonomy and focus and learning, collaboration and engagement,'” Springer, who is now semi-retired, said in a phone interview.

The challenge was that the researchers tried to replicate the approach in an elementary school on the south side of Chicago where students were younger—4th graders—and from socioeconomically challenged backgrounds. When the furniture was delivered, the facilities personnel at the school objected, asking “How are we supposed to lock this down?” Springer told them, “You don’t. You let the students arrange it.” Even a willing, creative teacher in that classroom found it difficult to relinquish control and make the most of that adjustable furniture, he said.

The Future in K-12 Furniture

The infusion of technology in K-12 classrooms is one impetus behind experimentation with different learning environments.

“Once schools went to more of a 1-to-1 [students to device] environment, it eliminated the need for a big desk with storage for books,” said Stoller. “That prompted the change to do more with collaboration…and it blew up the floor plan.”

How long will it be before K-12 schools get rid of the rows of desks that put teachers at the front of the room in what is often called the “sage on the stage” teaching scenario?

They won’t disappear overnight, everyone interviewed for this article agrees.

“We’re talking about intentional design and syncing instructional practices with technology, tools, and physical space,” said Dillon. “We have lots and lots of teachers who say, ‘I get this,’ but it doesn’t feel like a building-wide change.”

Another issue is whether a school’s or district’s budget can support a purchase. New classroom furniture often comes after approved bond measures help build new schools or renovate older ones. But when money is tight, a perceived need for new furniture configurations is one of a long line of demands.

Finally, there’s the question of whether educators are invited into the decision-making process, and asked for their feedback about how furniture in their classrooms fits with their pedagogical plans for a space.

“For the next 10 years, I think we’ll see maintenance directors and operations people making decisions via inertia, momentum, and tradition,” Dillon predicted. That’s what happens in districts where “students, teachers and curriculum leaders aren’t at the center of these decisions.”

McGarry at the Education Market Association concurred that change could be slow. “It can be a cultural thing, and in many cases, it has to come from the top. If a school isn’t embracing one-to-one learning or project-based learning, the facility’s not going to change.”

Let’s see when Hollywood picks up on the change, and broadcasts it to audiences far and wide.

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I just enjoyed your article on new styles of furniture for school rooms. You are correct in that most school districts cannot replace desks en masse until a bond issue comes forward (new construction and renovations are both places we have seen new and improved classroom furniture). Our new 6-12 campus has a wide variety of seating within classrooms. It was startling to some teachers, just like the ones referenced in your story. One item that all of us at the high school agree on: wobbly short stools are horrible for most kids. They are fine in collaborative areas or temporary work areas, but uncomfortable and dangerous for adult-sized teens in regular classrooms. The adjustable height and swivel chairs are great for students and staff alike. I would recommend that teachers bring in a few small tools to keep nuts and bolts tight – there is no way our custodians could keep up with foot rails and other highly movable parts. Different furniture is definitely the way to meet the physical needs of young people who need to do academic work all day long. Hint: before you purchase, ask sales reps for some pieces to experiment with for several months.

I finally got separate tables and chairs- much more flexible. Those old one-piece desks are brutally unfair to left-handed students!

Why are there no pictures of the new ideas??? That is literally why I clicked on the article. I KNOW the old stuff is on the way out, what I’m wondering is what are some of the new ideas. We got two classrooms of some cool new things, but I don’t know what the other options were. I would write a proposal for my room if I knew what the major companies were, or what they were offering in terms of options. Please think of illustrating articles like this more and with forward-looking photos instead of old ones. Believe me, we know what the old stuff looks like.

Hi M. Emery – I work with VS America, a K-12 school manufacturer of ergonomic, flexible furniture. We have lots of images of example classroom layouts; if you want me to email you some just send us a note at [email protected] .

Hi M. Emery, I work with Kay-Twelve, a school furniture dealer. Our CEO Kevin Stoller, was mentioned in this article. New classroom designs have come a long way and there are so many options. We offer a wide variety of these options and we also have some great 3D renderings I would love to send to you to show what today’s classroom can look like. If you’re interested, please send me an email at [email protected] and I would be happy to send some examples over! Thanks!

Sounds great. I’d love to have more flexibility in classroom design. But the fact is this: most school districts will buy the cheapest furniture they can find in the catalogue, design notwithstanding.

T aught in a public school in Florida for over 32 years and I never had the desk/chair combination pictured. I had either tables ;trapezoid shaped or desks and separate chairs.

Taught in a public school in Florida for over 32 years and I never had the desk/chair combination pictured. I had either tables ;trapezoid shaped or desks and separate chairs.

This could become the “open office” plan of education. The open office plan was and is promoted by professionals from the most successful architect and design firms , all the major office furniture manufacturer’s, dealers, and commercial real estate firms. Open office saves on the real estate foot print cost because you put more people on less space. Good for the company, right? Prople can collaborate and be more productive. Excellent, right? And the private spaces will allow for areas of concentration. Just what is needed’ right? Privacy, the last benefit, is the only aspect that works. Open office creates more absenteeism and less productivity than your standard office. You can look up studies on the web sites of Gensler or JLL Real Estate. My point is change alone does not create a successful educational environment. I think furnitue should not be the priority. Balanced Literacy may be more important. Reading on grade level at 3d grade, and beyond, is more important. Furnitue is a noun. Learning should be a verb. Dont get caught up in the Emperor’s New Clothes syndrome. Our educational has done much better with much less.

I agree that change is needed but spending millions on new plastic furniture without more information is premature. Discipline , focus,experiential projects based learning should be first.

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Yes I used similar type chair in classroom. But in these days it will be modify with pc desk chair where any one can use laptop or mini pc. Overall the best . Thanks

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I used to sit on similar chairs when I was in college. But these chairs aren’t that much comfortable so had to face problems during the whole class. Nowadays I started using comfortable office chair in my home and office. However thanks for this valuable article.

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A much-needed post! There is a need to transform traditional classrooms into a flexible learning environment. It is time for old classrooms to go for a renovation. Researchers help right in choosing the right type of classroom furniture. Work with trustable furniture suppliers to come up with a productive learning environment.

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Thanks Michele Molnar for this informative content. The chairs we used in our school time was not much comfortable.

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Thanks for sharing this post. I remember those days when I use to sit in the classroom and the boys make noises too much I really miss those days

Thanks for amazing content, the color of chairs looks good, but this type of chairs not comfortable.

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I like your way of writing which you adopt in this article. I appreciated but I don’t like this type of chairs and table. Because this is not comfortable for any class room. This old type rigid furniture is soo bad for student. They don’t feel comfortable when they want to sit on a long time. I think every district school should think about it and replace this rigid furniture with a comfortable chairs and table.

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You really write amazing texts. But I used chairs when I was a college student. For me, this chair is not much comfortable. Nowadays I started using comfortable chairs for the office.

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This desk chair was brilliantly made for children in the class. Comfort is killing our bodies.

Yes. I agree that a change is required. But as Dale mentioned in the comment, schools will continue to purchase budget-friendly chairs. Let’s hope that schools make an investment in buying comfortable chairs.

Yes. I agree that a change is required. But as Dale mentioned in the comment, schools will continue to purchase budget-friendly chairs. Let’s hope that schools make an investment in buying comfortable chairs.

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Screens are everywhere in schools. do they actually help kids learn.

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By Jessica Grose

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A few weeks ago, a parent who lives in Texas asked me how much my kids were using screens to do schoolwork in their classrooms. She wasn’t talking about personal devices. (Smartwatches and smartphones are banned in my children’s schools during the school day, which I’m very happy about; I find any argument for allowing these devices in the classroom to be risible.) No, this parent was talking about screens that are school sanctioned, like iPads and Chromebooks issued to children individually for educational activities.

I’m embarrassed to say that I couldn’t answer her question because I had never asked or even thought about asking. Partly because the Covid-19 era made screens imperative in an instant — as one ed-tech executive told my colleague Natasha Singer in 2021, the pandemic “sped the adoption of technology in education by easily five to 10 years.” In the early Covid years, when my older daughter started using a Chromebook to do assignments for second and third grade, I was mostly just relieved that she had great teachers and seemed to be learning what she needed to know. By the time she was in fifth grade and the world was mostly back to normal, I knew she took her laptop to school for in-class assignments, but I never asked for specifics about how devices were being used. I trusted her teachers and her school implicitly.

In New York State, ed tech is often discussed as an equity problem — with good reason: At home, less privileged children might not have access to personal devices and high-speed internet that would allow them to complete digital assignments. But in our learn-to-code society, in which computer skills are seen as a meal ticket and the humanities as a ticket to the unemployment line, there seems to be less chatter about whether there are too many screens in our kids’ day-to-day educational environment beyond the classes that are specifically tech focused. I rarely heard details about what these screens are adding to our children’s literacy, math, science or history skills.

And screens truly are everywhere. For example, according to 2022 data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, only about 8 percent of eighth graders in public schools said their math teachers “never or hardly ever” used computers or digital devices to teach math, 37 percent said their math teachers used this technology half or more than half the time, and 44 percent said their math teachers used this technology all or most of the time.

As is often the case with rapid change, “the speed at which new technologies and intervention models are reaching the market has far outpaced the ability of policy researchers to keep up with evaluating them,” according to a dazzlingly thorough review of the research on education technology by Maya Escueta, Andre Joshua Nickow, Philip Oreopoulos and Vincent Quan published in The Journal of Economic Literature in 2020.

Despite the relative paucity of research, particularly on in-class use of tech, Escueta and her co-authors put together “a comprehensive list of all publicly available studies on technology-based education interventions that report findings from studies following either of two research designs, randomized controlled trials or regression discontinuity designs.”

They found that increasing access to devices didn’t always lead to positive academic outcomes. In a couple of cases, it just increased the amount of time kids were spending on devices playing games. They wrote, “We found that simply providing students with access to technology yields largely mixed results. At the K-12 level, much of the experimental evidence suggests that giving a child a computer may have limited impacts on learning outcomes but generally improves computer proficiency and other cognitive outcomes.”

Some of the most promising research is around computer-assisted learning, which the researchers defined as “computer programs and other software applications designed to improve academic skills.” They cited a 2016 randomized study of 2,850 seventh-grade math students in Maine who used an online homework tool. The authors of that study “found that the program improved math scores for treatment students by 0.18 standard deviations. This impact is particularly noteworthy, given that treatment students used the program, on average, for less than 10 minutes per night, three to four nights per week,” according to Escueta and her co-authors.

They also explained that in the classroom, computer programs may help teachers meet the needs of students who are at different levels, since “when confronted with a wide range of student ability, teachers often end up teaching the core curriculum and tailoring instruction to the middle of the class.” A good program, they found, could help provide individual attention and skill building for kids at the bottom and the top, as well. There are computer programs for reading comprehension that have shown similar positive results in the research. Anecdotally: My older daughter practices her Spanish language skills using an app, and she hand-writes Spanish vocabulary words on index cards. The combination seems to be working well for her.

Though their review was published in 2020, before the data was out on our grand remote-learning experiment, Escueta and her co-authors found that fully online remote learning did not work as well as hybrid or in-person school. I called Thomas Dee, a professor at Stanford’s Graduate School of Education, who said that in light of earlier studies “and what we’re coming to understand about the long-lived effects of the pandemic on learning, it underscores for me that there’s a social dimension to learning that we ignore at our peril. And I think technology can often strip that away.”

Still, Dee summarized the entire topic of ed tech to me this way: “I don’t want to be black and white about this. I think there are really positive things coming from technology.” But he said that they are “meaningful supports on the margins, not fundamental changes in the modality of how people learn.”

I’d add that the implementation of any technology also matters a great deal; any educational tool can be great or awful, depending on how it’s used.

I’m neither a tech evangelist nor a Luddite. (Though I haven’t even touched on the potential implications of classroom teaching with artificial intelligence, a technology that, in other contexts, has so much destructive potential .) What I do want is the most effective educational experience for all kids.

Because there’s such a lag in the data and a lack of granularity to the information we do have, I want to hear from my readers: If you’re a teacher or a parent of a current K-12 student, I want to know how you and they are using technology — the good and the bad. Please complete the questionnaire below and let me know. I may reach out to you for further conversation.

Do your children or your students use technology in the classroom?

If you’re a parent, an educator or both, I want to hear from you.

Jessica Grose is an Opinion writer for The Times, covering family, religion, education, culture and the way we live now.

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BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2024 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — A reminder to parents: all Palm County public schools are closed on Wednesday, April 10th. The closure, listed as a “Spring Holiday,” comes just days after students returned from spring break. The “Spring Holiday” syncs up with the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr which marks the end of Ramadan.

Once students and teachers return, school will continue until the Memorial Day holiday on May 27th. A few more days of school follow until it’s all over for the year on Thursday, May 30th. Teachers end a few days after students.

The 2024-2025 calendar shows that teachers return for the new school year on August 5th, while students return for the new school year on August 12th. They’ll both spend six days in school before a holiday on August 20th. Then they’ll spend a few more days in school before everyone is off again for the Labor Holiday on September 2nd.

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Tennessee lawmakers pass bill to require anti-abortion group video, or comparable, in public schools

Tennessee would become the latest state to require public school students to watch a video on fetal development produced by an anti-abortion group, or something comparable, under legislation heading to Republican Gov. Bill Lee’s desk

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee would become the latest state to require public school students to watch a video on fetal development produced by an anti-abortion group, or something comparable, under legislation that is headed to Republican Gov. Bill Lee's desk.

The GOP-dominated Senate passed the legislation Thursday, with the five Democrats in attendance and one Republican voting to oppose.

The Senate voted down various Democratic amendments: to let parents opt their children out of watching the video; to let school districts decide whether to show it; to show a disclaimer that it's scientifically inaccurate political propaganda; and to let schools teach comprehensive sex education.

“This cutesy, shiny, pink video is offensively childish and it diminishes the complexity of reproductive health," said Democratic Sen. Heidi Campbell. "It’s insulting to women and it’s insulting to the medical profession.”

The bill's sponsor, Republican Sen. Janice Bowling, argued the video is accurate.

“It does show conception and it’s an AI-type of film, but it’s medically correct,” Bowling said. “And it shows the moment when the sperm unites with the egg, and that is the beginning of life.”

The bill mirrors similar proposals that have popped up this year in Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, and West Virginia, have all been backed by Live Action, an anti-abortion organization. North Dakota was the first state to adopt the idea last year.

Live Action has been approaching states pushing them to use their three-minute animation in classrooms that they say helps visualize a fetus developing in the womb. The fetus in the video is referred to as Baby Olivia.

The clip depicts an egg being fertilized and implanted then progressing through embryonic and fetal developments occurring throughout a pregnancy. A voiceover also introduces viewers to Olivia as an illustration of a fully developed baby in utero appears on screen. Olivia’s mouth and eyes open and close, and her hands move.

“Though she has yet to greet the outside world, she has already completed an amazing journey,” the narrator says.

However, the video has been criticized by some educators and physicians, who argue the video is deceptive and problematic for a young audience. Furthermore, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a professional organization with over 60,000 members, has said that the video is anti-abortion misinformation “designed to manipulate the emotions of viewers.”

Live Action says the video was made in consultation with doctors.

Under the Tennessee version, public schools would have the option to show a different video, but the legislation contains strict requirements that it must be at least three minutes long and contain “a high-quality, computer-generated animation or high-definition ultrasound” that shows “the development of the brain, heart, sex organs, and other vital organs in early fetal development.” It's unclear how many other organizations offer something similar.

The bill says the video must be shown as part of a school's family life curriculum.

Democrats said requiring the video goes against Republicans' claims that they prioritize parental choice in education.

“I’ve heard many members in this body talk about school choice, parent choice as the lay of the land and how it should be," said Democratic Sen. Charlane Oliver. "But it seems to be only convenient when it fits a certain political ideology.”

During the same floor session, the Senate also voted to send the governor a bill that would require annual firearm safety instruction in public schools, including safe storage, avoiding injury if a student finds a gun and informing adults if one is discovered. No live guns, ammo or firing could be involved.

While Lee hasn't publicly weighed in on the video legislation, it's likely to win the Republican's signature. The governor has never vetoed a bill since taking office in 2019 and he has repeatedly stressed his opposition to abortion. Under his administration, Lee enacted a sweeping abortion ban that went into effect shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in 2022 and approved sending more tax dollars to anti-abortion organizations often known as crisis pregnancy centers.

The Baby Olivia legislation has not made as much progress in other states as in Tennessee. West Virginia's Senate signed off on the measure in February that specifically applied to eighth and twelfth graders, but the Legislature adjourned before it could clear the House of Delegates.

In Iowa, lawmakers are debating whether to remove specific references to the Baby Olivia video and instead require any video depicting the “humanity of the unborn child.” Meanwhile, the bill has not advanced in Kentucky and Missouri.

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Tennessee bill to require age-appropriate gun training in schools goes to governor’s desk

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A bill to require public schools in Tennessee to teach children age-appropriate firearms safety concepts as early as pre-kindergarten is going to Gov. Bill Lee’s desk after a final Senate vote Thursday. 

Members of the Tennessee Senate passed House Bill 2882 in a party-line vote of 24 to 3 on Thursday morning. It passed the House of Representatives in February . 

If signed, school children would be taught “age-appropriate and grade-appropriate” concepts about guns beginning in the 2025-26 school year. Proponents of the safety concepts training have likened it to mandatory school fire drills. 

“This curriculum would be developed to instruct children on how to properly stay away from a firearm if they happen to see a firearm, and what to do as far as reporting if they find a firearm,” said Sen. Paul Bailey, R-Sparta. 

Republicans voted down an amendment Thursday that would have allowed parents to opt their children out of the instruction.

Training would be conducted through viewing of videos and online content. Live ammunition, live fire and live firearms would be prohibited. The bill does not specifically prohibit non-functional model weapons. 

Parameters for the curriculum, and appropriate ages for it to be taught, would be determined by the Tennessee Department of Education, the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

Schools would be required to provide instruction on: 

  • Safe storage of firearms.
  • Safety relating to firearms.
  • How to avoid injury if a student finds a firearm.
  • Never to touch a found firearm.
  • To immediately notify an adult of the location of a found firearm.

Sen. Jeff Yarbro, D-Nashville, argued Thursday that the training requirement represents a hurried effort to address the symptom of a systemic problem, and lawmakers should be doing more to address the root cause. 

“Children are already bearing an incredible brunt of the escalation that we’ve seen in gun violence – that is widely reported in our own state government’s data. Data demonstrates that children are increasingly likely to become victims of firearms in homicides, suicides, gun violence, accidental deaths,” Yarbro said. “But rather than deal with the fact that there are firearms that are negligently and recklessly left somewhere by adults, we’re trying to teach children how to deal with that negligence.”

Sen. Charlane Oliver, D-Nashville, argued the state should allow parents to opt their children out of the firearms training.

Sen. Richard Briggs, R-Knoxville, said the state does not require parental permission or allow parents to opt children out of mandatory school fire drills or active shooter drills. Briggs called the legislation "one of the most important bills we have, that could potentially save lives."

The bill requires that instruction be “viewpoint neutral on political topics, such as gun rights, gun violence, and the Second Amendment.” School districts could determine what day and time the instruction would occur. 

Bailey worked with House sponsor Rep. Chris Todd, R-Madison County – who voted against a bill last year that would have required safe storage concepts to be included in state-approved handgun safety courses. The bill , which became law despite Todd's opposition, also directed the state to provide free gun locks to Tennessee residents on request and exempted gun safes from sales tax.

The bill now awaits Gov. Lee's signature.

Vivian Jones covers state government and politics for The Tennessean. Reach her at [email protected] or on X at @vivian_e_jones. 

Bill bringing harsher penalties for youth who make mass violence threats moves to Gov. Lee’s desk

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - The Tennessee General Assembly has sent a bill that would bring harsher penalties against youth who make mass violence threats on school property or at a school-related activity to Gov. Bill Lee’s desk.

House Bill 1698 , sponsored by state Rep. Robert Stevens, R-Smyrna, adds loss of driving privileges or the ability to obtain a driver’s license against juveniles who make the threats.

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“Threatening to commit mass violence is a serious offense, and by strengthening the disposition and suspending driving privileges, I hope it will deter juveniles from making these senseless threats,” Stevens said.

If the juvenile already has their license, they would lose it for a year and if they don’t have a license, they would lose the ability to obtain one for one year.

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MEC for public works donates 100 desks to school in Mkhondo

The handover comes after the mec’s visit to the school at the beginning of this academic year. he believes the furniture will aid in the successful learning processes at the school..

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The Mpumalanga MEC for public works, roads and transport, Mandla Ndlovu, donated 100 classroom desks to Amadlelo Aluhlaza Secondary School in Mkhondo on Tuesday April 9.

The donation came after Ndlovu visited the school and saw a need for more desks during the school’s reopening programme in January.

“I believe that education is crucial for success. As the MEC, I was determined to make this donation a reality for the students. It is the government’s responsibility to provide quality education and sufficient resources for its future leaders.

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“As a former school teacher, I am delighted at this gesture of good will to the children. The desks will eliminate one challenge out of many in the plight to create a purposeful environment that will encourage learning in our schools. I believe the only weapon to any child is education which always opens the doors of success,” said Ndlovu.

He also interacted with the learners and encouraged them to take pride in their school work.

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Ndlovu was accompanied by the Mkhondo Local Municipality’s executive mayor, Ngelosi Ndlovu, traditional council and representatives from the Mpumalanga Department of Education.

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Ukiah Unified School Desk: Get out and play!

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By Tom Rawles, principal, Nokomis Elementary 

As an elementary school principal, I understand and value the work of parents, teachers, and paraprofessionals in educating our students. Every school day is essential, and we do our best to fill it with the teaching and learning of reading, writing, math, science, social studies, and social-emotional learning.

However, I suggest that, sometimes, many folks overlook the importance of simple outdoor play. Playing outside has many benefits for children. Outdoor physical play helps kiddos understand their bodies better and create awareness of the beauty of Ukiah.

Katie K. Lockwood, MD, a pediatrician at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Primary Care, Flourtown, shares some tips about how families can get active together. First, unstructured physical activity improves the health of your child. It reduces the likelihood of obesity and weight-related health concerns, which are becoming more significant issues for families today.

Outdoor play also improves mental health as a result of physical activity. Second, screens and the time your child spends engaging with a device are vital reasons outdoor time should be a scheduled activity. “Scheduling time to play outdoors actively sets a natural limit on the amount of time your child can spend with a device (such as TV, smartphone, or video game),” says Dr. Lockwood. “It promotes active engagement with their peers and the natural environment, and helps them develop respect for the world and consideration for others around them.”

Knowing the importance of outdoor play is the first step in scheduling it. Knowing where to play is the next step. The Ukiah Valley has many options for outdoor play. All Ukiah Unified campuses are open to the public after the school day ends. Todd Grove Park, Low Gap Park, and Vinewood Park are nearby. There are many ways to get outside close to home.

Consider the following activities: Have a scavenger hunt. You can look for specific objects or be a bit more general, like things that begin with the letter B or something for each rainbow color. Or perhaps do leaf rubbings. All you need are paper, crayons, and any new leaves you can find. Dig in the dirt. Find worms and bugs, make mud pies, and flip over rocks to see what you’ll find.

According to UC Davis Health, getting outside into nature helps improve your health. First, nature can help us improve our thinking, reasoning, and mental abilities. When we’re in urban environments or the office all day, we can experience sensory overload, resulting in tension and mental fatigue. Studies have shown that our minds and bodies relax in a natural setting.

According to National Library of Medicine studies, being outside increases feelings of pleasure and can help us concentrate and focus more effectively. Secondly, nature can improve physical wellness. Getting out into nature can lead us to want to walk, bike, hike, or kayak more often. People typically engage in regular physical activity when they’re in nature.

Furthermore, studies have shown that being in nature positively affects our bodies by reducing cortisol levels, muscle tension, and demands on our cardiovascular systems (lowering heart rate and blood pressure). Being out in nature often may lead to lower rates of heart disease.

The great outdoors can also help you increase your vitamin D level, essential for your bones, blood cells, and immune system. Additionally, you may sleep better when you are regularly outside. Daily exposure to natural light helps regulate sleep/wake cycles. By ensuring you get outside in sunlight every day, you can improve your ability to sleep at night.

After all, playing outside and being outside helps adults and kids and makes us better learners.

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Elektrostal is a vibrant city located in the Moscow Oblast region of Russia. With a rich history, stunning architecture, and a thriving community, Elektrostal is a city that has much to offer. Whether you are a history buff, nature enthusiast, or simply curious about different cultures, Elektrostal is sure to captivate you.

This article will provide you with 40 fascinating facts about Elektrostal, giving you a better understanding of why this city is worth exploring. From its origins as an industrial hub to its modern-day charm, we will delve into the various aspects that make Elektrostal a unique and must-visit destination.

So, join us as we uncover the hidden treasures of Elektrostal and discover what makes this city a true gem in the heart of Russia.

Key Takeaways:

  • Elektrostal, known as the “Motor City of Russia,” is a vibrant and growing city with a rich industrial history, offering diverse cultural experiences and a strong commitment to environmental sustainability.
  • With its convenient location near Moscow, Elektrostal provides a picturesque landscape, vibrant nightlife, and a range of recreational activities, making it an ideal destination for residents and visitors alike.

Known as the “Motor City of Russia.”

Elektrostal, a city located in the Moscow Oblast region of Russia, earned the nickname “Motor City” due to its significant involvement in the automotive industry.

Home to the Elektrostal Metallurgical Plant.

Elektrostal is renowned for its metallurgical plant, which has been producing high-quality steel and alloys since its establishment in 1916.

Boasts a rich industrial heritage.

Elektrostal has a long history of industrial development, contributing to the growth and progress of the region.

Founded in 1916.

The city of Elektrostal was founded in 1916 as a result of the construction of the Elektrostal Metallurgical Plant.

Located approximately 50 kilometers east of Moscow.

Elektrostal is situated in close proximity to the Russian capital, making it easily accessible for both residents and visitors.

Known for its vibrant cultural scene.

Elektrostal is home to several cultural institutions, including museums, theaters, and art galleries that showcase the city’s rich artistic heritage.

A popular destination for nature lovers.

Surrounded by picturesque landscapes and forests, Elektrostal offers ample opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and birdwatching.

Hosts the annual Elektrostal City Day celebrations.

Every year, Elektrostal organizes festive events and activities to celebrate its founding, bringing together residents and visitors in a spirit of unity and joy.

Has a population of approximately 160,000 people.

Elektrostal is home to a diverse and vibrant community of around 160,000 residents, contributing to its dynamic atmosphere.

Boasts excellent education facilities.

The city is known for its well-established educational institutions, providing quality education to students of all ages.

A center for scientific research and innovation.

Elektrostal serves as an important hub for scientific research, particularly in the fields of metallurgy, materials science, and engineering.

Surrounded by picturesque lakes.

The city is blessed with numerous beautiful lakes, offering scenic views and recreational opportunities for locals and visitors alike.

Well-connected transportation system.

Elektrostal benefits from an efficient transportation network, including highways, railways, and public transportation options, ensuring convenient travel within and beyond the city.

Famous for its traditional Russian cuisine.

Food enthusiasts can indulge in authentic Russian dishes at numerous restaurants and cafes scattered throughout Elektrostal.

Home to notable architectural landmarks.

Elektrostal boasts impressive architecture, including the Church of the Transfiguration of the Lord and the Elektrostal Palace of Culture.

Offers a wide range of recreational facilities.

Residents and visitors can enjoy various recreational activities, such as sports complexes, swimming pools, and fitness centers, enhancing the overall quality of life.

Provides a high standard of healthcare.

Elektrostal is equipped with modern medical facilities, ensuring residents have access to quality healthcare services.

Home to the Elektrostal History Museum.

The Elektrostal History Museum showcases the city’s fascinating past through exhibitions and displays.

A hub for sports enthusiasts.

Elektrostal is passionate about sports, with numerous stadiums, arenas, and sports clubs offering opportunities for athletes and spectators.

Celebrates diverse cultural festivals.

Throughout the year, Elektrostal hosts a variety of cultural festivals, celebrating different ethnicities, traditions, and art forms.

Electric power played a significant role in its early development.

Elektrostal owes its name and initial growth to the establishment of electric power stations and the utilization of electricity in the industrial sector.

Boasts a thriving economy.

The city’s strong industrial base, coupled with its strategic location near Moscow, has contributed to Elektrostal’s prosperous economic status.

Houses the Elektrostal Drama Theater.

The Elektrostal Drama Theater is a cultural centerpiece, attracting theater enthusiasts from far and wide.

Popular destination for winter sports.

Elektrostal’s proximity to ski resorts and winter sport facilities makes it a favorite destination for skiing, snowboarding, and other winter activities.

Promotes environmental sustainability.

Elektrostal prioritizes environmental protection and sustainability, implementing initiatives to reduce pollution and preserve natural resources.

Home to renowned educational institutions.

Elektrostal is known for its prestigious schools and universities, offering a wide range of academic programs to students.

Committed to cultural preservation.

The city values its cultural heritage and takes active steps to preserve and promote traditional customs, crafts, and arts.

Hosts an annual International Film Festival.

The Elektrostal International Film Festival attracts filmmakers and cinema enthusiasts from around the world, showcasing a diverse range of films.

Encourages entrepreneurship and innovation.

Elektrostal supports aspiring entrepreneurs and fosters a culture of innovation, providing opportunities for startups and business development.

Offers a range of housing options.

Elektrostal provides diverse housing options, including apartments, houses, and residential complexes, catering to different lifestyles and budgets.

Home to notable sports teams.

Elektrostal is proud of its sports legacy, with several successful sports teams competing at regional and national levels.

Boasts a vibrant nightlife scene.

Residents and visitors can enjoy a lively nightlife in Elektrostal, with numerous bars, clubs, and entertainment venues.

Promotes cultural exchange and international relations.

Elektrostal actively engages in international partnerships, cultural exchanges, and diplomatic collaborations to foster global connections.

Surrounded by beautiful nature reserves.

Nearby nature reserves, such as the Barybino Forest and Luchinskoye Lake, offer opportunities for nature enthusiasts to explore and appreciate the region’s biodiversity.

Commemorates historical events.

The city pays tribute to significant historical events through memorials, monuments, and exhibitions, ensuring the preservation of collective memory.

Promotes sports and youth development.

Elektrostal invests in sports infrastructure and programs to encourage youth participation, health, and physical fitness.

Hosts annual cultural and artistic festivals.

Throughout the year, Elektrostal celebrates its cultural diversity through festivals dedicated to music, dance, art, and theater.

Provides a picturesque landscape for photography enthusiasts.

The city’s scenic beauty, architectural landmarks, and natural surroundings make it a paradise for photographers.

Connects to Moscow via a direct train line.

The convenient train connection between Elektrostal and Moscow makes commuting between the two cities effortless.

A city with a bright future.

Elektrostal continues to grow and develop, aiming to become a model city in terms of infrastructure, sustainability, and quality of life for its residents.

In conclusion, Elektrostal is a fascinating city with a rich history and a vibrant present. From its origins as a center of steel production to its modern-day status as a hub for education and industry, Elektrostal has plenty to offer both residents and visitors. With its beautiful parks, cultural attractions, and proximity to Moscow, there is no shortage of things to see and do in this dynamic city. Whether you’re interested in exploring its historical landmarks, enjoying outdoor activities, or immersing yourself in the local culture, Elektrostal has something for everyone. So, next time you find yourself in the Moscow region, don’t miss the opportunity to discover the hidden gems of Elektrostal.

Q: What is the population of Elektrostal?

A: As of the latest data, the population of Elektrostal is approximately XXXX.

Q: How far is Elektrostal from Moscow?

A: Elektrostal is located approximately XX kilometers away from Moscow.

Q: Are there any famous landmarks in Elektrostal?

A: Yes, Elektrostal is home to several notable landmarks, including XXXX and XXXX.

Q: What industries are prominent in Elektrostal?

A: Elektrostal is known for its steel production industry and is also a center for engineering and manufacturing.

Q: Are there any universities or educational institutions in Elektrostal?

A: Yes, Elektrostal is home to XXXX University and several other educational institutions.

Q: What are some popular outdoor activities in Elektrostal?

A: Elektrostal offers several outdoor activities, such as hiking, cycling, and picnicking in its beautiful parks.

Q: Is Elektrostal well-connected in terms of transportation?

A: Yes, Elektrostal has good transportation links, including trains and buses, making it easily accessible from nearby cities.

Q: Are there any annual events or festivals in Elektrostal?

A: Yes, Elektrostal hosts various events and festivals throughout the year, including XXXX and XXXX.

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Your guide to the 2024 total solar eclipse: Path, time, glasses, live stream, more

It's april 8, 2024, the day of the great american eclipse. we explain how to watch it, how to get glasses, how to live stream the celestial experience and more..

It's finally April 8, 2024, the day of the total solar eclipse . We've waited for this day for years , and we won't have another one like it for decades .

Starting at 2:27 p.m. Eastern time, the Great American Eclipse's path of totality crosses the continental United States, from southern Texas to nothern Maine, over the course of 68 minutes. The path is also predicted to cross portions of Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan , Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont and New Hampshire.

An estimated 34 millions Americans are expected to witness the celestial phenomenon. But the rest of America, weather permitting , will have a chance to view a partial eclipse with proper eclipse glasses or an eclipse viewer, such as a pinhole projector or even a kitchen colander . Do not dare try to look at it with your bare eyes or sunglasses !

Have you procrastinated on preparing for today? Not to worry; we have your guide on everything you need to know about the 2024 solar eclipse.

What is a solar eclipse?

Solar eclipses occur when the moon passes directly between the sun and Earth’s orbits , creating an eclipse of Earth’s view of the sun. The term "eclipse" traces its roots to the Latin  “eclipsis,” drawn from the Greek  “ekleipsis.”

The  path of totality  is the predicted path of the eclipse; in this case, from Mexico, through the U.S. across Texas and North America to the coast of Newfoundland, Canada. States  in the path of totality  for the 2024 solar eclipse include Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

What is the 2024 solar eclipse path?

Use the map below to see NASA's prediction of the April 8 solar eclipse's path of totality. Keep in mind that this is a prediction, and predictions can vary, but they may only affect you if you're on the very edge of the path .

When is solar eclipse 2024? When does the solar eclipse start near me?

The 2024 solar eclipse is Monday, April 8, 2024. Its path of totality will cross the United States from approximately 2:27 p.m. to 3:35 p.m. Eastern time. That's when, if you're in the path, the sky will darken for several minutes and the air will get colder.

Use the ZIP code locator below to find out when the eclipse begins and ends in your area — and what it will look like. Plan for up to 2.5 hours for eclipse viewing . (Can't see it? Hit refresh.)

What time is the solar eclipse in Michigan?

Only one small sliver of Michigan is in the 2024 eclipse's path of totality, in southeastern Monroe County. That includes Luna Pier, which sits along Lake Erie, just north of Toledo. Its residents are getting excited , albeit a little concerned about potential traffic snarls.

Most of the rest of Michigan will see somewhere between 90-99% coverage of the sun , though it won't be visible to the naked eye; you'll need special glasses or a viewer (more on that later).

When is the solar eclipse in Detroit?

In Detroit, where there will be 99.4% coverage of the sun, the 2024 solar eclipse will begin at 1:58 p.m. and reach maximum totality, or coverage, around 3:14 p.m. It will conclude with a final partial eclipse at 4:27 p.m.

What is the eclipse weather forecast in Michigan?

Clear skies will be essential to viewing the eclipse, especially since most of Michigan doesn't fall in the path of totality. The good news is forecasters are predicting the lower part of the state to be in "good shape" for viewing .

As of Monday,  AccuWeather  predicts a high of 69 degrees in Detroit on Monday, with a mixture of clouds giving way to sunshine. Weather.com is predicting the same clearing of clouds in the afternoon with a high of 73. Forecasters at the  National Weather Service  are predicting a 30% chance of sky cover during the eclipse time in southeastern Michigan.

If these predictions hold up, that would give eclipse viewers in southeast Michigan  a chance to see the eclipse at least somewhere within the 2.5-hour window, as long as the clouds break at any point.

How to find 2024 solar eclipse glasses

First of all, make sure the eclipse glasses you're searching for are safe. According to  NASA's eclipse safety website , the agency does not recommend specific eyewear for eclipse viewing but  does  recommend glasses that come with an IOS compliance label, or standard, of 12312-2, on the packaging. The eyewear may also be labeled IOS 12312-2:2015. According to NASA, torn, scratched, or otherwise damaged eyewear should be discarded.

While local hardware and big box retailers may have eclipse eyewear on their shelves, buyer beware, especially if they claim to be endorsed by NASA. NASA does not make specific recommendations.

Here's where you can try to find eclipse glasses , though keep in mind they could be sold out in many places. Try calling ahead to be safe:

  • Check your local library: You also may be able to find free eclipse glasses at your local public library in Michigan, along with special programs. Check your library nearest you for details.
  • Check these retailers: The American Astronomical Society says some locations of these retailers may sell eclipse glasses: Walmart, Lowe's, Menards, Kroger, Meijer, Staples and 7-11.
  • The American Astronomical Society  has a list of approved solar-eclipse glasses suppliers  here , though it's too late to order online.

Here's more information on how to safely view the eclipse. Also try the the American Astronomical Society's website  or  NASA .

Watch for eclipse glasses scams!

Please don't forget the scams. Consumers should exercise caution when buying eclipse-related experiences or goods, according to Melanie Duquesnel, president and CEO of BBB Serving Eastern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.

So far, she said, the Michigan BBB has not received eclipse-related complaints or scam reports. Even so, you want to take extra care to avoid fake products, like counterfeit eclipse glasses, and rip-offs, like too good to be true deals for  special tickets  or deals on hotel rooms. Here's finance columnist Susan Tompor with more tips on avoiding eclipse glasses and hotel scams.

How to make an eclipse viewer

Want to watch the eclipse without glasses? You don't necessarily need special glasses or filters, but it takes a little creativity and a handful to household supplies to make your own pinhole box or pinhole projector, also known as a pinhole camera.

Here's what to know, including step-by-step instructions , about building your own eclipse viewer.

Will the eclipse affect my pets? Will it affect other animals?

There are four things likely to happen to animal behavior during the April 8, 2024 eclipse, according to Erica Cartmill, professor of anthropology, animal behavior and cognitive science at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana:

  • Animals won't do anything unusual.
  • Animals will do evening behaviors. For example, if a dog is used to a bedtime treat, he may go to the kitchen to wait for it.
  • Animals will display signs of increased anxiety such as scratching, yawning, circling and pacing or if they are animals that typically flock together, they will start grouping.
  • Animals display unexpected behavior.

Here's more on what to know from reporter Jamie LaReau .

Will schools close during the solar eclipse?

In Michigan, most schools don't appear to be closing for the April 8 solar eclipse, though other states in the path of totality are doing so .

Is it safe to drive during the solar eclipse?

Yes, but exercise caution. There doesn’t appear to be a ton of data on how eclipses affect road safety, but places that saw a total eclipse in 2017 attracted lots of visitors and extra road activity. Officials are asking drivers to be extra cautious on the roadways, especially near the path of totality.

Here’s what AAA Michigan recommends:

  • Keep your vehicle’s headlights on.
  • Put the sun visor down to block your view of the sun.
  • Don’t wear eclipse glasses while driving.
  • Don’t try to photograph or video the eclipse while driving.
  • Don’t pull over to the side of the road, highway or interstate to view the eclipse.
  • Exit the roadway and park in a safe area away from traffic to view the eclipse.
  • Be mindful of pedestrians who may be walking around with their eyes on the sky.

Here's Eric D. Lawrence with more .

Solar eclipse viewing tips

  • We can't say this enough: Don't stare at an eclipse without proper eyewear! Here's the kind of damage you can do to your eyes if you do so.
  • Looking for a viewing party? Here is a list of events happening for the April 8 solar eclipse in metro Detroit. Also check your local and state parks for potential gatherings.
  • Wear red or green today! The Purkinje effect is a real thing , and it causes certain colors to either pop or vanish during a total solar eclipse.
  • During a total solar eclipse, you might be able to catch a glimpse of 5 plants and 1 star. Here's how .
  • Today's Spotify playlist: Songs about eclipses, the sun and the moon .

When is the next solar eclipse after 2024?

Not for another 20 years. According to NASA, after the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024, the next total solar eclipse that can be seen from the contiguous U.S. will be on Aug. 23, 2044 . Here's how we're able to predict eclipses so far ahead of time.

It'll be much longer before another solar eclipse's path of totality crosses Michigan. The next solar eclipse to cross the state will be Sept. 14, 2099, when  the path of totality crosses the southwest Lower Peninsula .

How to watch the 2024 solar eclipse live stream

There are a few ways to watch the 2024 solar eclipse from your device, if you're watching from afar:

  • NASA plans to live stream the total solar eclipse as it crosses the United States, starting around 1 p.m. You can watch the NASA live stream here . You also can watch it on  NASA+  or on  YouTube ,  Facebook  or  Twitch .
  • USA TODAY will live stream the eclipse across the United States here .
  • The United States Space Force will host a  live stream of the eclipse , starting at 1 p.m. 
  • The Detroit Free Press will live stream the 2024 solar eclipse from northern Ohio, within the path of totality, starting a little before 3 p.m. Stay tuned for the live video link here.
  • Disney Plus will air a live stream of the solar eclipse as it passes over parts of Mexico, the U.S. and Canada. Look for "Eclipse Across America" on the streaming service.

Happy viewing!

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