National Education News

Prominent Ed-Tech Players' Data-Privacy Policies Attract Scrutiny

Education Week - April 14, 2014 - 7:04am
A review of the data-privacy policies of Edmodo, Khan Academy, and Pearson—which have access to information about tens of millions of students—yields concerns.

Ed. Industry Groups Outline Steps to Protect Privacy of Student Data

Education Week - April 14, 2014 - 7:04am
Companies and K-12 schools are struggling to plot their way out of what has become an emotionally charged and polarized atmosphere around data privacy.

Student-Data Privacy Guidelines: An Overview

Education Week - April 14, 2014 - 7:04am
Seven education and industry groups have outlined guidelines to help protect the privacy of student data.

For Science Standards, Begin at the Beginning

Education Week - April 14, 2014 - 6:56am
New science standards should roll out over time, not launch in all grades at once, Kim Kastens and Abigail Jurist Levy write.

Strauss: The big losers in NYC charter fight: students with disabilities

Washington Post Education News - April 14, 2014 - 5:59am

With big bucks from Wall Street supporters behind her, charter network operator Eva Moskowitz won a fight she started with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio over charter schools. De Blasio got politically hurt in the battle after being steamrolled by Moskowitz and Gov. Andrew Cuomo -- but in the end, it isn’t de Blasio who will pay the most. At P.S. 149, it’s students with severe disabilities.

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Strauss: Frequent school moves can harm children’s mental health -- study

Washington Post Education News - April 14, 2014 - 3:00am

A study conducted in England concludes that children who jump from school to school frequently are at increased risk of developing psychotic symptoms when they became preteens.

The study, titled “School Mobility and Prospective Pathways to Psychotic-like Symptoms in Early Adolescence: a Prospective Birth Cohort Study” and published online by the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, was conducted by researchers at Warwick Medical School in England.

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The Technology Disruptions of Today

Educational Technology - April 13, 2014 - 7:39pm

By Tanya Roscorla, Center for Digital Education

In the last five years, disruptive technology has widened the generation gap faster and further than it has in the past. Tech columnist David Pogue from Yahoo Tech talked about disruptive technology that is changing our lives in the closing keynote at the CoSN annual conference on Friday, March 21. Some of the technologies he highlighted include augmented reality, the Internet of Things and self-driving cars. The augmented reality app Word Lens, for example, translates words on a sign through live video, showing the English translation on the device’s screen. And the Internet of Things allows people to remotely control and monitor Web-connected devices like thermostats and security cameras.

http://www.centerdigitaled.com/news/Technology-Disruptions.html

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5 Education Problems that Superintendents Face

Educational Technology - April 13, 2014 - 7:35pm

By Tanya Roscorla, Center for Digital Ed

If we don’t change the way we teach, we could face a student revolt that will cause seismic shifts in how education works in the United States. Superintendents say this is just one of the things that has them concerned. Several shared their thoughts before and during a panel discussion at the 2014 CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) conference. When it comes to technology challenges, superintendents worry about device selection, student data privacy and helping educators get comfortable with technology tools. Let’s find out what problems they face and how they plan to deal with them.

http://www.centerdigitaled.com/news/5-Education-Problems-that-Superintendents-Face.html

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Can Online Teaching Improve Face to Face Instruction?

Educational Technology - April 13, 2014 - 7:30pm

by Michael L. Rodgers and Mary Harriet Talbut, Tomorrow’s Professor

In general, online courses require greater planning, more extensive resources, more formalized communication, and more detailed organization than do face to face courses. But, the work that goes into creating an online course, and the insights forthcoming from comparison of online and face to face versions of the course, can make the face to face course better in many ways.

http://cgi.stanford.edu/~dept-ctl/cgi-bin/tomprof/enewsletter.php

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Keep It Brief, Commencement Speakers! No One Will Remember Anyway

NPR on Education - April 13, 2014 - 3:59pm

Former college President Hal Wilde has endured dozens of graduation ceremonies. He says procuring the speaker was one of his most annoying tasks. And for what? Students rarely remember the message.

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Strauss: Statisticians slam popular teacher evaluation method

Washington Post Education News - April 13, 2014 - 12:12pm

You can be certain that members of the American Statistical Association, the largest organization in the United States representing statisticians and related professionals, know a thing or two about data and measurement. That makes the statement that the association just issued very important for school reform.

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Montgomery deputy superintendent is finalist for top schools job in Hartford, Conn.

Washington Post Education News - April 13, 2014 - 11:21am

One of Montgomery County’s top school leaders is a finalist for the superintendency in Hartford, Conn.

Beth Schiavino-Narvaez, one of the deputy superintendents in Montgomery County, is one of two finalists for the top job in Hartford, according to the Harford Courant.

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