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11/15/2017

Some colleges and universities are developing a new student portfolio, to accompany transcripts, that can better convey the learning outcomes a student has achieved. The portfolios can boost the value of transcripts by helping inform advisement discussions and showing employers the skills a student has earned, says Stanford researcher Helen Chen.

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Campus Technology
11/14/2017

Digital portfolios can help students reflect on learning growth and take pride in their accomplishments, writes Avra Robinson, director of online learning and an instructor for EdTechTeacher. In this blog post, she shares three tools to help students create digital portfolios.

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Edutopia online
11/14/2017

Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Richard Durbin, D-Ill., have released a report urging the US Education Department to expedite student loan debt-relief requests under the borrower defense rule. The report comes as formal negotiations begin to rewrite the rules meant to protect students from fraudulent practices at colleges and universities.

11/14/2017

More educators are integrating video to support their development, asserts middle-school teacher Andrea Friend. In this blog post, she shares three ways educators can tap the potential of video, including by sharing a videotaped lesson with a colleague.

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SmartBrief/Education
11/14/2017

School leaders in a Maryland district have eased cellphone rules in elementary and middle schools. The changes, which allow elementary students to carry cellphones and middle-school students to use the devices during lunch, have sparked criticism from some.

11/14/2017

The rate of children and adults in the US who drank sugar-sweetened beverages on any given day dropped from 79.7% and 61.5%, respectively, in 2003 to 60.7% and 50% in 2014, researchers reported in the journal Obesity. The findings also showed reduced consumption of 100% fruit juice, especially among teens and those older than 40, while sugary drink intake remained highest among adolescents, blacks and Hispanics.

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11/14/2017

More than 12 states have purchased cyberinsurance to pay for credit monitoring, legal fees and security assessments of state servers in case of a network hack. Fitch Ratings reports that insurance companies saw a 35% increase to $1.35 billion in premiums for such policies in 2016.

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Stateline
11/13/2017

Educators can enhance creativity in math lessons by adding textbook alternatives, asserts math teacher and adjunct professor Scott Newcomb. In this blog post, he shares several suggestions, including incorporating music, real-world situations and technology into lessons.

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Edutopia online
11/13/2017

Two professors at Pennsylvania State University are working to develop an algorithm that would identify fake news before it appears on social media. The goal, they say, is to weed out false content without being so aggressive that legitimate news stories are flagged.

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11/10/2017

Data released by Project Tomorrow finds that 58% of high-school students used personal devices to complete school assignments, while 56% reported using school-issued Chromebooks. The survey shows that about half of students in sixth through 12 grades used computers to take online tests, while more than 60% used them to play assigned games.

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T.H.E. Journal