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5/26/2017

Remote clickers, which allow students to indicate answers to multiple-choice questions during class, can help with rote memorization but may harm conceptual understanding of classroom lessons, according to a study led by Amy Shapiro of the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. A professor who uses the devices says the biggest advantage has been a boost in attendance.

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5/26/2017

Police officers in Indiana recently asked high-school students to teach them about popular social media platforms, including Snapchat. The tutorial also included information about apps that were unknown to the officers, such as Monkey and Houseparty.

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social media apps, social media
5/25/2017

Millennials typically don't enjoy speaking on the phone because they've grown up using phones for anything but voice calls, writes Lindsey Pollak. Leaders should work to demonstrate the advantages of phone calls, such as being able to hear tone, building relationships through small talk and eliminating the back and forth of email.

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Lindsey Pollak
5/25/2017

Wichita State University saw enrollment in online classes double in 2013 after developing a successful digital-marketing plan for the courses. Online Executive Director Mark Porcaro says three key components made the plan work, including understanding workforce trends and aligning degrees to industry demand.

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Wichita State University
5/25/2017

Many public-school facilities are in desperate need of upgrades, and one estimate puts the annual cost of repair and maintenance at $145 billion. Lawmakers are now considering a proposal that aims to fix a loophole in the tax code and allow schools to take advantage of historical preservation tax credits.

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5/24/2017

Young students may get an academic boost from using iPads to learn, according to a two-year study of primary and nursery-school students in Northern Ireland. The study reveals a boost in engagement and motivation, plus improvements in English, math and communication skills.

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5/24/2017

Colleges and universities must strike a delicate balance between protecting data and providing open access to information, ESET security researcher Lysa Myers writes. Myers shares three tips for securing campus networks, including taking a full inventory of all data and physical assets.

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Lysa Myers, campus networks, ESET
5/24/2017

Educators can create virtual learning experiences by using online discussion boards for students and free apps that provide lessons and simulations, educational consultant Matthew Lynch writes in this blog post. Lecture capture technology also can be used to reinforce lessons and boost student interaction, he suggests.

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Matthew Lynch
5/24/2017

Mobile ransomware attacks increased globally during the first quarter by 253%, with the US hit the hardest, according to a report from Kaspersky Lab. This article outlines four ways users can better protect themselves, including doing regular scans on devices to check for infection.

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Kaspersky Lab
5/23/2017

It takes courage to buck the pressures of social media and post real, unaltered images of oneself online, teenager Sarah Kendrick writes in this commentary. Kendrick urges her peers to ditch image-editing tools and embrace the beauty of their imperfect, natural selves.

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