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2/20/2019

Students in rural communities were almost twice as likely as their peers in non-rural areas to describe their home internet access as "unpredictable," according to a report from the nonprofit ACT. The report also found that 27% said they do not have access to broadband access in rural areas and 24% of students in rural areas said they have just one digital device at home.

2/20/2019

College students who are already inclined to multitasking, such as texting and web surfing, are more likely to do it during online courses than in physical classrooms, according to a new study. Researchers recommend online course developers create strategies to increase student focus and discourage multitasking.

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Inside Higher Ed
2/20/2019

A growing number of school districts are turning to online programs, such as Edgenuity, as they struggle to recruit enough certified teachers. The programs deliver online lessons while an in-person facilitator oversees the classroom.

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The Hechinger Report
2/19/2019

The human brain was not designed to read, and in the digital age people increasingly are skimming rather than reading in depth, according to two university educators. This trend could affect critical thinking and empathy that is fueled by deeper reading, asserts Maryanne Wolf of the University of California, Los Angeles.

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EdSurge
2/19/2019

This week marks 10 years since President Barack Obama earmarked $100 billion for education as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Alyson Klein details how the dollars were allocated and reveals that the track record for programs funded through the stimulus has been mixed.

2/18/2019

Many of the concerns about the Community Eligibility Provision for school meals may have been unfounded, according to a study by researchers at the University of Missouri. Jill Barshay writes in this column that data show the number of students receiving free or reduced price lunch increased by just 2.3 percentage points.

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The Hechinger Report
2/18/2019

Students at a New York state middle school have been enlisted to help make minor repairs to school-issued technology. The students, who are members of the Tech Team Junior Program, work to repair cracked screens, change batteries and troubleshoot other issues.

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2/15/2019

A report from the US Education Department's inspector general's office has found that the Federal Student Aid office has been lax in overseeing the companies that service approximately $1.4 trillion in federal student loans. Education Department officials disputed the report, which found servicers failed to inform borrowers of repayment options and miscalculated monthly payments.

2/15/2019

Mississippi State University's new Center for Cyber Education has teamed up with telecommunication and tech services company C Spire to address the dearth of cybersecurity experts in the public and private sectors. The partnership will focus on working with students in K-12 to encourage more enrollment in computer science education to prepare for jobs in the cybersecurity workforce.

2/14/2019

Some companies have developed artificial-intelligence programs designed to search for warning signs of potential threats in students' emails and texts, among other sources. Gaggle.net, which uses machine learning and human experts to analyze data, says its service has helped prevent 542 potential deaths by suicide and 240 instances of students bringing a weapon to school.

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USA Today