Today’s small children, aka Generation Alpha, are the first to grow up with robots as peers. Those winsome talking devices spawned by a booming education-tech industry can speed children’s learning, but they also can be confusing to them, research shows. Many children think robots are smarter than humans or imbue them with magical powers.
It was an unscientific experiment by administrators at Anderson Middle School: Take smartphones away from students at lunchtime on Fridays and watch what happens."We found student interaction increased significantly and kids seemed to be much less anxious without their phones and all the notifications," Anderson principal Michael Ross said of the cellphone ban tryout last school year.
Starting this year, students at San Mateo High School south of San Francisco will be part of a pilot program looking to find an answer to a question that has vexed educators for years: Does it make sense to ban cellphone use at school?
The head of the College Board said Tuesday that the company is dropping the so-called "adversity score" as a supplement to the SAT college admissions test after heavy pushback from critics. Amid growing scrutiny of the role wealth plays in college admissions, the New York City-based College Board introduced its Environmental Context Dashboard about two years ago to provide context for a student’s performance on the test and help schools identify those who have done more with less.
College may not pay off for all students, but those who pick their majors and alma maters wisely have a better chance of getting a return on their investment. That’s according to a new study from compensation-data firm PayScale, which analyzed salaries of graduates from thousands of colleges and universities across the U.S.
In many ways, cheating on high school and college exams used to be a lot harder than it is nowadays. What used to take an elaborate plot to discreetly spread answers across a classroom can now be done with a swipe on a smartwatch. You used to have to steal the answer key or have a cheat sheet hidden around your desk.
Banning white-hat hacker education is not going to stop someone from learning house to hack. Hackers by their very nature are creative, and criminals do not play by the rules. Eliminating white-hat hacker education is not going to stop hackers. Remember my earlier example of the school kids who used what they learned in computer class to figure out how to hack? Nobody explicitly taught them anything about hacking, and yet they were able to put together the pieces and figure it out for themselves.
Getting a college degree may no longer be significant for people’s careers, according to an expert in the education sector. Speaking to CNBC’s “Street Signs Europe” on Monday, John Fallon, CEO of education company Pearson, said shifting career expectations and longer life expectancies were reducing the importance of receiving a college education.
The software belonged to two of the biggest names in education tech: Blackboard and Follett. Combined, these tech firms provide online education products for more than half the schools in America. During Demirkapi’s freshman year, a mixture of boredom and aimless ambition led him to start investigating the companies’ interfaces.
Lopez defined what can transform a classroom environment with a simple phrase: “classroom agility.” Many teachers find themselves glued to their desk all day, stuck at the motherboard or command center of the classroom unable to fully engage with students. But, when armed with wireless tools like ScreenBeam’s wireless technology, teachers can leave their desk and freely navigate and command the whole room.