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2/12/2018

Researchers are working to pinpoint when students' minds wander as they use software programs. A study of students' eye movements found that they may "zone out" 20% to 25% of the time when using such programs.

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The Hechinger Report
2/12/2018

Facebook continues to add users, but younger ones are in decline, according to eMarketer. Many of these are turning to Facebook-owned Instagram, but a growing number are using Snapchat instead.

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Facebook
2/12/2018

Should school districts have policies that offer guidance on text messaging among teachers and students? Maybe so, some educators say, adding the medium represents a gray area in teacher-student communication that lead to complications.

2/9/2018

California Gov. Jerry Brown is seeking funding to launch an online community college program that lets students earn certificates and badges in high-demand fields, such as health care and manufacturing. Some faculty groups are pushing back, saying the plan segregates students ill-prepared to succeed in an online environment into a "virtual ghetto."

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Gov. Jerry Brown
2/9/2018

A growing number of school libraries and makerspaces feature breakerspaces, where students explore by taking items apart and to find out how they work, school librarian Katie Darty writes. Darty and a number of educators and librarians share how breakerspaces can be organized and offer tips and resources.

2/9/2018

An organization called Stop Sexual Assault in Schools has debuted the #MeTooK12 hashtag to give students a way to talk about their experiences with sexual harassment in schools. The organization also offers resources designed to help schools address the issue.

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#metoo, #MeTooK12, harassment
2/8/2018

Towson University's unused computers are getting a second lease on life through the "EduCycle" program. Under the program, the university's older computers are refurbished and redistributed to the Baltimore County school system and in the community.

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Campus Technology
2/8/2018

A survey has found that 60% of adults who do not have a bachelor's degree would like to return to college, but 70% say they can't afford tuition, while three-quarters worry about incurring new debt. The data also showed that the majority of adults who participated in the survey would prefer a traditional on-campus college experience over taking online courses.

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Campus Technology
2/8/2018

Forgiving the $1.4 trillion in student-loan debt held by 44 million Americans would, on average, boost the GDP by between $86 billion and $108 billion per year over the next decade, according to a report. Researchers say the data, which comes as Congress debates student-loan reform as part of the Higher Education Act reauthorization, also show that such debt cancellation could create an average of more than 1.2 million jobs over 10 years.

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Congress
2/7/2018

Rather than waiting for policymakers to take the lead, work should begin at the grassroots level to revolutionize education, Sir Ken Robinson said during his keynote address at Future of Education Technology Conference. His vision for the future of education includes one in which academics are paired with a focus on social connection, collaboration and emotions.

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