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12/7/2017

Kindergarten students at one Wyoming elementary school are using the game "Kodable" to learn basic computer science concepts by helping a fuzzy blue alien find his way home. The lesson was part of the school's Hour of Code program.

12/6/2017

Jessica Ladd, a survivor of sexual assault in college who says she was then traumatized by the reporting process, has developed a platform designed to make it easier for other survivors to give their account. The program, Callisto, now in use at 12 colleges, includes a feature that helps identify repeat offenders.

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12/5/2017

Fourth-grade students in the US slipped to the 16th spot on international rankings of reading comprehension, according to data from the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study. PIRLS also measured students' online reading skills, where data show US students scored above the international average.

12/5/2017

New York City educator Jessica Silva is teaching computer science by having students unplug their devices at first and then use interactive games to learn about algorithms that can be used to code. Silva's school is one of 23 elementary schools taking part in the city's Computer Science for All initiative, now in its second year.

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12/5/2017

Children diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder who played a video game for four weeks showed signs of improvement in a study of 348 children between ages 8 and 12. The company that produces the game plans to seek approval from the US Food and Drug Administration to make the first prescription video game.

12/5/2017

Laptops are seen as an important tool for studying by 86% of college students, and 53% say they prefer classes that use digital tools, according to McGraw-Hill Education's 2017 Digital Study Trends Survey. The data also showed that 60% of students feel that digital tools have helped improve their academic performance.

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12/5/2017

Google announced Monday it would be taking several steps to flag and remove objectionable content from YouTube following criticism about some videos that seem to show child abuse. Google plans to hire up to 10,000 people who will ensure that content complies with YouTube's policies.

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The Guardian (London)
12/4/2017

Some critics and parent groups in Baltimore County, Md., are frustrated with the district's laptop program and are pressing school leaders for evidence that it's effective. Excessive screen time, slow repair times for broken computers and students circumventing school firewalls to visit pornography sites were among the frustrations named by parents.

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The Baltimore Sun
12/4/2017

School voucher programs may need to do more to inform parents of students of children with disabilities about potential changes to federal special-education rights when parents consider such programs, according to the Government Accountability Office. The study considered 27 private school-choice programs in 15 states.

12/4/2017

Facebook has developed a messaging program for children younger than age 13. Messenger Kids does not require children to have a Facebook account and comes with enhanced privacy and security settings.

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