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4/21/2017

Despite enthusiasm for virtual and augmented reality technology, it has yet to catch on in K-12 classrooms, according to a report from Project Tomorrow. Researchers found about 5% of classrooms are using such technology, with the rate slightly higher among in high schools.

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4/21/2017

A mother shared a note online written by her 7-year-old son, suggesting that his teachers wanted him to stay up late playing video games. The note, signed "the school," suggested the boy was performing poorly in "video game class."

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4/20/2017

AP government and civics teacher Jo Boggess Phillips says online games have provided a "safe harbor" to teach students about civics "without being bombarded by partisan rhetoric." Tools educators are using include iCivis, Civic Action Project and One and All.

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The Hechinger Report
4/20/2017

Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, is calling for an overhaul of the E-Rate application process. Pai outlined issues with the online application portal, which has caused delays for some applicants, in a letter sent this week to the CEO of the Universal Service Administrative Company that manages the process.

4/20/2017

Officials in Maryland and New York are working to help curb the cost of college by transitioning to open-source textbooks. In Maryland, grants are available to community college and four-year college professors who use open educational resources.

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Quartz
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4/19/2017

Some parents are concerned about how their students' data could be collected and used by companies that supply school-issued technology, according to a survey from the nonprofit Electronic Frontier Foundation. The report also found many parents are uneasy about the schools' privacy protections and security protocols.

4/19/2017

The International Society for Technology in Education is preparing to release updated standards for teachers -- a framework for learning, teaching and leading -- in June. Revised standards are put forward every seven to 10 years.

4/18/2017

Education needs to overhaul its standard curriculum to better equip students with the skills they will need when they enter the workforce, writes education fellow Jonathan Grudin. In this commentary, Grudin argues that technology can help expose students to career fields and give them experience in multiple disciplines.

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T.H.E. Journal
4/18/2017

To properly secure connected devices on college campuses, IT departments should perform an inventory of devices, along with frequent vulnerability checks, writes Mike Chapple of the University of Notre Dame. Scans can help identify devices still using default passwords or not applying security upgrades.

4/18/2017

High-school English teacher Jenny Flower looked to Twitter this month to mark National Poetry Month and call attention to education policy issues. Flower, who recently was recognized during a segment on National Public Radio, said she is using hashtags #NPRpoetry, #OklaEd and #OKLeg to reach a larger audience.

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Tulsa World (Okla.)
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