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Parity still far-off goal for women academics in STEM fields

May 31, 2016

Among the main challenges facing women in STEM fields are factors associated with marital and parental status. Women Ph.D.s are far more likely to be unmarried than male Ph.Ds., Sassler said; those who are married and have children spend fewer hours on their academic work, on average, and bear greater responsibility for housework and child care than their male counterparts.

Even Apple is acknowledging that the “iPads in education” fad is coming to an end

May 31, 2016

“A disaster.” “Largely gaming devices.” “Students use them as toys. Word processing is near to impossible.” “WE NEED LAPTOPS!!!” These were the findings from a survey of high school students and teachers in a district in the US state of Maine on how effective iPads were for learning and teaching.

What are hackers up to these days?

May 31, 2016

Two other reasons for the spread of malware in advertising include the complexity of ad networks and a lack of accountability, says Jonathan Voris, an assistant professor of computer science at the New York Institute of Technology. When a user visits an ad-sponsored site, "at least a dozen different websites are contacted in order to serve up that advertising content," he says.

Student data privacy: Moving from fear to responsible use

May 30, 2016

In the last two years, there has been a perfect storm on the topic of student data privacy. The role of technology within schools expanded at an unprecedented rate, general awareness of consumer data security and breaches increased, and student databases at the state or national level were established or proposed, which drew great public scrutiny and fear.