As threats multiply on social media, Harford police and school officials advise caution

Days after 17 people were shot and killed in a Florida school, Harford schools and police have dealt with at least three possible threats to three schools, all spread on social media and deemed to be unsubstantiated by police. Harford County Public Schools has responded by encouraging parents to talk with their children about making baseless threats, warning everyone about the misuse of social media and providing reassurances that, in light of the Feb. 14 shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., safety is its most important focus. (Aegis)

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Howard students to join calls for tighter gun laws

Howard County students are joining others from across the country who are organizing to demand stronger gun control laws in the aftermath of this month’s Florida school massacre. Anna Selbrede, a River High High School senior who is the student representative on the county’s school board, has been reaching out to student government groups to learn about their plans. (Ho. Co. Times)

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Walkersville Middle School students hold walkout to honor Florida shooting victims

A group of nearly 100 students walked out of Walkersville Middle School on Wednesday to pay tribute to the shooting victims in Parkland, Florida. As students organized walkouts across the country to protest for stricter gun laws a week after 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the walkout at Walkersville was described as more like a moment of silence, according to Michael Doerrer, Frederick County Public Schools communications director. (News-Post)

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School safety conference planned for tech school March 13

A school safety conference featuring nationally known speakers will take place in Worcester County next month. In the wake of the tragic school shooting in Parkland, Fla., the Worcester County Board of Education honored the victims with a moment of silence Tuesday. Officials also announced that a safety conference hosted by the Maryland Center for School Safety in cooperation with Safe and Sound Schools would take place at Worcester Technical High School March 13. (Dispatch)

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Hagerstown zoning board gives green light to 115-foot cell tower

A complicated case involving a controversial cellular tower at North Hagerstown High School was resolved Wednesday night, when members of the Hagerstown Board of Zoning Appeals gave the green light for the 115-foot structure being planned by Milestone Communications. The tower has generated concerns about possible hazards, and the issues again were raised Wednesday during the meeting at Hagerstown City Hall. (Herald-Mail)

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Local principal wins tech award

A Worcester County educator was recognized last week for her innovative approach to educational technology. Last week, Pocomoke High School Principal Annette Wallace was named the 2018 Maryland’s Outstanding Leader Using Technology by the Maryland Society for Educational Technology (MSET). Each year, MSET honors one leader and one teacher for their use of innovative and effective practice of educational technology. (Dispatch)

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Baltimore teacher's Black History Month door decorations go viral

The woman painted on Kimberly Tatuem’s classroom door stares fiercely into the hallway at N.A.C.A. Freedom and Democracy Academy II, a public charter middle/high school school in Northeast Baltimore. Her 3-D curly afro, made of rolled black construction paper, spills off the doorway. She wears a choker made of kente cloth. And her dress is covered with the faces of prominent black figures, including Baltimore natives Thurgood Marshall and Billie Holiday who get prime placement. (Balt. sun)

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Digital Learning Day introduces students to technology to boost learning

Juliette Bell connected a plastic wheel to two “Circuit Cubes.” She inserted a marker into a plastic clip on one side of the cubes, and flipped the “Circuit Cube” switch to on. “I think I did it wrong,” Juliette, 8, said as the wheel spun the cubes in circles, but the marker didn’t color on the page as anticipated. But seconds later, the marker began coloring the circles she had hoped they would. Juliette, who both attendd Brunswick Elementary School, was one of about 115 students to attend Digital Learning Day — a collaboration between Frederick County Public Libraries and Frederick County Public Schools to increase interest in and access to technology for students. (News-Post)

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