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5/23/2019

The Army STEM Experience, a mobile exhibit from the United States Army, lets students participate in a mock humanitarian effort to give them a sense of how Army engineers apply STEM principles in their work. The exhibit is one of five free programs in this STEM roundup that teachers can use to give students a real-world perspective of STEM.

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SmartBrief/Education
5/23/2019

Delegation can be useful tool for school leaders, but there are times when you should not delegate, according to Naphtali Hoff of Impactful Coaching & Consulting. Hoff shares 13 tasks that should be completed personally, including modeling positive behaviors, public relations and crisis management.

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Naphtali Hoff
5/23/2019

In a letter to the US Education Department's acting inspector general, several advocacy groups are asking for a probe into Secretary Betsy Devos' reluctance to disallow the use of Title IV-A funds from the "Every Student Succeeds Act" to train and arm teachers. In a hearing before US Representatives last month, DeVos asserted that the department has "not advocated for nor against" such use of the funds.

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ABC News
5/23/2019

As more schools integrate virtual reality in the classroom, some researchers are cautioning teachers to limit VR time and take other steps to curb potential negative effects on students. A report from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop also asserts that VR experiences should be "positive, productive and safe."

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Education Dive
5/22/2019

Natural language processing and other artificial intelligence technologies are fundamentally changing the way legal professionals work, Heretik Chief Technology Officer Andy Abbott says. Tools can cut down on research time to allow attorneys to focus on strategy, though many lawyers remain unaware of the benefits of these technologies, Michael Payne writes.

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5/22/2019

Taking high-school courses online may help students graduate, but it may not help them learn, according to a study of students at 18 Milwaukee schools. The Milwaukee district operates the courses through a partnership with Edgenuity.

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Chalkbeat
5/22/2019

Funding for legal technology startups exceeded $400 million in the first quarter of 2019, according to a Bloomberg Law analysis, as investors put money into e-discovery, legal research and legal artificial intelligence. As a result, lawyers are increasingly shifting career paths to move into legal-tech ventures.

5/22/2019

Thirty-one percent of US lawyers and 38% of UK lawyers are considering a career change in the next year, and 19% of those cited outmoded technology as the reason, revealed a survey by Intapp and YouGov. Only 20% of US lawyers surveyed said law firms need to invest more in legal technology, compared with 42% of UK lawyers.

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Lawyer Monthly
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UK, Intapp, YouGov
5/22/2019

A desire to build on its blockchain and financial-technology practices led Seattle-based Perkins Coie to move its New York City offices from Rockefeller Plaza to Avenue of the Americas. The firm has long served as a legal adviser to technology companies.

5/22/2019

With recent research indicating that 47% of consumers don't trust artificial intelligence technology in legal services, the Legal Services Consumer Panel says regulators need to monitor the development of such technology to ensure consumer protections. The panel also wants regulators to offer incentives for providers to adopt legal tech.

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Legal Futures (UK)