Education

Less-costly Chromebooks offer entry point to technology

They run through Chrome OS and store information on the web, known as the “cloud” – as opposed to school servers. In some Philadelphia schools, Chromebooks are changing outdated classrooms into modern hubs of learning through user-friendly applications and tools that promote collaboration between teachers and students, educators say.

Closing the gap between school and work

"We're losing a generation of kids who are bored out of their mind," Wagner says, noting that the push for standardized testing has resulted in more rote learning and less opportunity for students to learn how to solve problems and think critically. "Kids today want to be active, engaged and know why they should learn that."

As market surges, schools struggle to find the best tech products

As school leaders buy new technology, they're seeking to do more than just replace paper with laptops. They want products designed to be part of a philosophical shift in education, one that enables students to direct their own learning, and teachers to coach and encourage them. Technology is seen not only as an outlet for creativity, but also as a way to engage kids raised in a culture of YouTube and Minecraft.

App Security: Yet One More Thing Teachers Are Being Held Accountable For

Well, a teacher’s burden just got bigger! The New York Times reports that, “Scores of education technology start-ups … are marketing new digital learning tools directly to teachers.” Not surprisingly, teachers are trying out these new apps. But, in addition to deciding how to use an app with their students, a teacher now needs to figure out if that app provides adequate privacy and/or security for their students’ data.

Privacy Bill May Fail Student Data Protection

A bill aimed at safeguarding student privacy fails to secure children's personal information and protects the interests of companies more than kids, privacy advocates say about the congressional legislation introduced Monday. For one thing, the bill would not address situations like the one that came to light last week in which ​testing company Pearson was found to be monitoring student social media accounts to screen for attempts to cheat on tests.

No Expectation of Privacy

The Obama administration briefly considered but ultimately decided against expanding a new student privacy bill beyond K-12 education, according to sources with knowledge of the drafting process. The resulting draft is a “missed opportunity” for the White House to address privacy in higher education, legal scholars say. The bill was supposed to be filed on Monday, but by the end of the day, lawmakers were “still working through some of the technical nuances of the bill,” a spokeswoman for Messer said in an email.

Privacy bill wouldn't stop data mining of kids

“This bill doesn’t fulfill President Obama’s stated commitment to ensure that data collected in the educational context is used only for educational purposes,” said Khaliah Barnes, director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center’s student privacy project. Barnes said “huge loopholes” and “escape clauses” sprinkled throughout the 18-page draft undermine the positive elements of the bill.

Student Data Privacy Tops Dept. of Education’s Agenda

Many sectors, not just education, are rushing to find ways to use the tidal wave of electronic data created by digital devices. Those who deal with data tied to K-12 schools find themselves under special scrutiny because they’re working with children. Schools must find a balance that allows teachers to try new innovations and still ensures the programs used are secure, several officials speaking at SXSWedu said.

Where tech and education collide

Microsoft published a blog on March 10 that reiterated its concern for how student data is handled, even as the company noted that gathering personal information from students is necessary to create personalized learning experiences, particularly using cloud-based tools. This intersection between technology and education is both complex and fraught — and likely will remain so for some time...

Bill Would Limit Use of Student Data

In an effort to ease parent and teacher concerns, two congressmen are planning to introduce a bill on Monday. Called the Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act, it would place limits on how education technology companies can use information about kindergarten through 12th-grade students.

Goodbye, SAT: How online courses will change college admissions

While laptops and tablets have largely replaced paper-stuffed file folders in admissions office conference rooms, the process is still based on the same underlying information used generations ago: high school grade-point averages, SAT and ACT scores, extracurriculars, letters of recommendation and personal essays. But technology is poised to shake up the admissions game in a way that will level the playing field for students in America and abroad.

Questions To Ask About Ed-Tech At Your Kids' School

Manoush Zomorodi is host of the New Tech City podcast from WNYC and mother of the aforementioned 4-year-old. Recently I sat down with her and Adriene Hill, senior reporter for Marketplace's LearningCurve project on education and technology, to discuss ed-tech from parents' point of view. We came up with a list of questions that parents should be asking when they hear about new gadgets and gizmos coming to their kids' classrooms.

Bill in Congress would establish manufacturing universities

A bipartisan bill that would designate 25 manufacturing universities across the country and give each one $20 million over four years to step up advanced manufacturing in engineering programs was introduced Wednesday in Congress by lawmakers. The funds would be used to improve engineering programs, especially those related to manufacturing. With these grants, universities could support students with cooperative education and apprenticeships.

How One Education Evangelist Designs the Use of Technology in K-12 Classrooms

Incorporating technology within educational instruction is both an art and a science. While there are more digital resources today that can complement and enhance lesson plans than ever before, teachers need guidance about how to use them within the unique context of their own classrooms. The new hot app on the latest model iPad or wearable device may be useful for some classes, while completely irrelevant for others.

Student privacy, online exams cause concern for tech leaders

School technology leaders are concerned about whether districts are prepared to give online exams, the security of student data and having enough funding to meet the demands of district leaders. According to the 2015 survey released this week, less than 30 percent of those surveyed said they are fully prepared for online assessments, which are coming to districts around the country – including those in Georgia – this year. More than half reported they don’t have enough money to meet the expectations of school boards and district leaders, and more are increasingly concerned about the privacy of student data.

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