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Report: 10 Security Functions Recommended to Info Security Officers

Educational Technology - July 19, 2014 - 7:29pm

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Information security in the education segment is becoming more demanding, and as a result the tools and tactics necessary for securing schools is churning. A recent presentation at Gartner’s Security & Risk Management Summit laid out 10 “top” technologies and approaches security professionals should consider adding to their security portfolios.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/07/08/report-10-security-functions-coming-to-the-forefront.aspx

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Shining Stars Montessori scrambling to find new home after charter’s building deal fails

Washington Post Education News - July 19, 2014 - 3:57pm

When his daughters’ school announced plans to move to a new building a few blocks from his Petworth home, Wayan Vota thought he had achieved an elusive dream in his search for a charter school: a great one in a convenient location.

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Strauss: Mom: My kindergartner was ‘work-sheeted to death’

Washington Post Education News - July 19, 2014 - 9:17am

This year I have posted a number of pieces  (here, here, here and here, for example) about the travesty that is now kindergarten in many public schools. Today, under this school reform in which standardized-test scores are the chief metric for “accountability” of students, schools, teachers, etc., kindergarten has in many classrooms become an academic workshop rather than a place where kids learn through structured play, which is how experts say young children learn best. Young children are often asked to sit for hours at a time, sometimes with little or no recess, to make sure enough reading, writing and math are covered. In this post, I detailed some kindergarten classroom schedules, and this post about “sweat shop kindergarten” drew reaction from readers reporting their children’s experiences.

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Technophoria: Avoiding Roommate Shock, Online

NYT Education News - July 19, 2014 - 8:40am
After decades of pairing students based on scant information, some colleges are giving them tools for making their own choices.

UConn to Pay $1.3 Million to End Suit on Rape Cases

NYT Education News - July 18, 2014 - 8:17pm
Five students charged that the University of Connecticut treated their claims of sexual assault and harassment with indifference.






A Classroom Leaves the Syllabus to the Students

NYT Education News - July 18, 2014 - 7:48pm
Lehigh University, in an attempt to foster innovation, is offering a program with no course credit, no set curriculum and no penalty for failure.






Research: Multi-Tasking in Class Reduces Test Scores

Educational Technology - July 18, 2014 - 7:40pm

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Susan Ravizza, an associate professor of psychology and director of the Cognitive Control Neurolab at Michigan State studied non-academic Internet use in an introductory psychology class with 500 students. Their working theory was that heavy Internet users with lower intellectual abilities (defined by ACT scores) would do worse on exams. They found that to be true; these students did do worse. But the same was true for those with higher ACT scores. Both groups had lower test scores. The results have impact beyond the idea of imposing policies on classroom device usage (an idea Ravizza is opposed to). Eventually, the researchers may come up with strategies for helping people ignore screen-oriented distractions by educating them on the impact, comparable to on-going efforts to remind people not to text while driving.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/07/08/research-the-proof-is-in-multi-tasking-in-class-reduces-test-scores.aspx

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Report: Smartphone Surge Continues as PC Decline Slows

Educational Technology - July 18, 2014 - 7:34pm

By Joshua Bolkan, Campus Technology

Worldwide device shipments, including mobile phones, PCs, tablets and unltramobiles, are on pace to increase 4.2 percent this year over last to reach 2.4 billion units, according to the latest forecast from market research firm Gartner. That growth will be enabled, in part, “by a relative revival of the global PC market,” according to Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner. PC shipments, which include desktop, notebook and premium ultramobile devices, declined 9.5 percent in 2013, but are on pace to contract by only 2.9 percent this year, according to the company. Traditional PCs, which include desktops and notebooks, will continue to drop more quickly, declining 6.7 percent this year and 5.3 percent in 2015, according to the company.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/07/07/report-smartphones-continue-to-surge-as-pc-decline-slows.aspx

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5 Epiphanies on Learning in a 1:1 iPad Classroom

Educational Technology - July 18, 2014 - 7:30pm

by Alyssa Tormala, Edutopia

I joined a cross-curricular group of my colleagues who were focusing on action research in their classrooms. Questions permeate good action research — mine was: “What does learning look like in a fully-committed 1:1 iPad high school classroom?” I gathered data from my three freshman English classes throughout the year while we engaged in a rich, ongoing cycle of experimentation, feedback, and discussion. As an English teacher, I use the word “epiphany” all the time. But this year I came to understand that term on a more personal level — not just once, but again and again. The following are a few of the most meaningful epiphanies that I experienced.

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/epiphanies-learning-ipad-classroom-alyssa-tormala

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D.C. charter board member has $195,000 contract with D.C. charter school

Washington Post Education News - July 18, 2014 - 6:58pm

A member of the D.C. Public Charter School Board is receiving $195,000 to do consulting work for a network of schools that the board is responsible for overseeing, according to a list of recent contracts the board published on its Web site.

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New college data give fuller picture of graduation rates — and show challenges

Washington Post Education News - July 18, 2014 - 3:05pm

Dozens of public universities across the country, including three in Maryland, report that fewer than half of their full-time freshmen in 2007 earned bachelor’s degrees after six years at those schools or after switching to other schools.

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Motherlode Blog: I’ve Ruined My Boys

NYT Education News - July 18, 2014 - 1:21pm
My sons—and my husband—expect me to wait on them. I can’t really blame them. I made my bed. And everyone else’s.






Motherlode Blog: Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

NYT Education News - July 18, 2014 - 1:19pm
Welcome to Motherlode’s weekly open thread. Do you have thoughts about the news this week, and how it affects families? A question to ask? A rant to share? This is your place. Go.






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