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March 27, 2015

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2:41 PM | One of the Biggest Threats to Student Privacy​? Failure to Communicate
Lorrie Faith Cranor, a professor of computer science and of engineering and public policy in her office at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa. PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Online programs bring new educational resources to classrooms and homes. And with them comes the responsibility to ensure children are safe when they log in to play games, chat with friends and explore the world. Policymakers, businesses and educators continue to debate appropriate controls. The U.S. Department of […]
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9:06 AM | Let’s keep talking: why public dialogue on science and technology matters more than ever
Experiments in public engagement, pioneered by the Sciencewise programme, are one of the quiet success stories of UK science policy over the past decade.The need for researchers to escape the lab or the seminar room from time to time, and talk to the wider public about the work that they do, and why it matters, is now such an established feature of the academic landscape that it’s easy to forget how far and fast we’ve travelled.From the paternalistic if well-intended talk of […]

March 26, 2015

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5:50 PM | Education Technology Hasn't Worked Yet. Why's It Going to Work Now?
It’s tempting to think technology can fix most of education’s problems. There have, in history, been lots of problems that seemed intractable and in need of vast complicated policy initiatives to address them. And then, in an instant, technology makes them disappear. During the 19th century, for instance, the streets of America were covered in horse excrement. Public health reformers puzzled for years about how to fix this problem, how to get the horse poop out so children could […]
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5:38 PM | Happy birthday to the bioweapons convention
Recent proposals for biological deterrence shouldn’t spoil the 40th birthday party of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention. But they serve as a reminder of the need to guard against the creeping legitimization of biological weapons. Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC), which entered into force on 26 March 1975. This disarmament agreement, which now binds 173 countries, prohibits the development, production, stockpiling acquisition […]
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2:33 PM | Three Cheers for Failure! Wait, What?
ATLANTA, Ga. - A faux evergreen tree set up inside a convention center hotel here last week was festooned with hand-written confessions from school leaders. “Inadequate WiFi density caused classroom technology to crash during Open House!” “Teacher technology stipends: All pain, no gain.” “Did not check references.” “Poor construction management destroys existing network.” Of course, most of the events at the annual conference for the Consortium […]
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8:51 AM | Remembering an overlooked treaty
On the 40th birthday of the Biological and Toxins Weapons Convention, we look back on an important moment in the history of science, technology and arms controlOn this day in March 1975 dignitaries gathered at ceremonies in London, Washington D.C. and Moscow to celebrate the entry into force of the Biological and Toxins Weapons Convention (known as the BWC). Entry into force meant the terms of this international treaty, outlawing germ warfare, had now gained legal traction. Today’s […]

March 25, 2015

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6:24 PM | What if a High School Diploma Guaranteed a Highly Paid Job?
WACO, Texas — At first glance, there’s nothing revolutionary about the Greater Waco Advanced Manufacturing Academy, a vocational school opened in 2013 to serve students in and around this central Texas city. The machines are fancy and gleaming, but the students here learn skills for the sorts of jobs that fueled America’s economy last century: welding, manufacturing, building homes. Around Waco, though, those jobs are still heavily in demand. And the academy offers a unique […]
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3:01 PM | A 'Promising' Way to Help Low-Income Students To and Through College
Maryville College, Photo: Maryville College Why do so few low-income students go to college? Is it simply because there is not enough federal financial aid available? Or are there other factors at play? These are vital questions to answer considering that the federal government spends about $35 billion a year on the Pell Grant program, which annually provides low-income students up to $5,730 each to help pay for college. Despite the government’s huge investment in the program, the […]
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2:51 PM | Tools That Use Student Data Show Promise, but Concerns About Student Privacy Remain Hotly Debated
On Monday, two Representatives, one a Democrat, the other a Republican, were putting final touches on a proposed new Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act, thus joining the White House in efforts to update federal data privacy law. Almost immediately after a draft of the legislation began to circulate Monday, some people said it did not alleviate all of the concerns. Generally speaking, the proposal would limit the ability of companies to tailor marketing or advertisements to students […]
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5:23 AM | Amid March Madness, Americans Express Concern About College Sports Spending
Sixteen men's basketball teams are still alive in the N.C.A.A. March Madness tournament, including No. 7 Wichita State which knocked off No. 2 Kansas over the weekend. Today March Madness brings to mind more than big upsets and broken brackets, though. The multi-billion-dollar college sports industry is increasingly answering questions about academic standards, player safety and growing inequities between coaches and athletes.With tuition and fees on the rise, a poll from Monmouth University […]
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4:16 AM | Moving Young Learners Forward
Last month, Conor Williams and I wrote a series of posts on how young learners, PreK-3rd grade, could be better supported in a newly reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind. An ESEA reauthorization is eight years overdue. No Child Left Behind waivers are the temporary law of the land, and Congress is attempting to find common ground in a mostly partisan process. Over the past several years, interest in pre-K and other early […]
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