The use of students' academic and attendance data in a Florida district to predict whether they might commit crimes later in life is drawing scrutiny. Law enforcement officials say the data, which has not been shared with the roughly 400 students identified, is used to target students who need additional support and mentorship, but experts say it could be illegal.
The pandemic has forced many institutions to center virtual learning technologies. With classes going remote or hybrid, questions are inevitable and support is key for facilitating success. Now more than ever, campus stakeholders need trusted resources to help them navigate unfamiliar territory. The importance of a consolidated, streamlined help desk cannot be overstated.
Thirty-nine percent of principals and school district leaders surveyed say they no longer will close schools for inclement weather, instead adopting remote learning days, and another 32% say they are considering the move, according to EdWeek Research Center data. Other leaders say they will maintain snow days to provide students with a bit of normalcy during an unprecedented year.
Timing is everything. For UNC, Charlotte, their evolution of their technology solutions and security practices happened at just the right time. With integrated solutions from Cisco already in place, the team was able to quickly pivot when COVID lockdowns began, ensuring a secure shift to remote learning.
While the COVID-19 era has been fraught with disruption in higher education, the desire for professional development opportunities remains strong among staff. Consistent professional development opportunities go beyond helping workers build skills and boost team-based operations. Solid PD also boosts employee satisfaction, promotes retention and fosters individual growth.
For researches at Carnegie Mellon, Facebook offers a unique opportunity for tracking the spread of COVID-19. Leveraging the social-media platform has helped deliver millions of survey responses. These large swaths of data, in turn, help pinpoint potential outbreaks and assess risk levels in certain areas.
Mission Viejo, California's Saddleback College is now "riding high" with a new outdoor sports complex home to the school's football, soccer, track and other teams. Among the complex's long list of modern amenities is superior sound thanks to an L-Acoustics K2 loudspeaker system installed by Los Angeles-based Streamline Integration.
As digital learning is expected to expand, data shows 67% of K-12 schools -- affecting 31.5 million students -- do not meet the recommended threshold of 1 megabits per second per student, according to a report by Connected Nation. Yet, data shows some improvement in median bandwidth per student and costs.
Abrupt school closures in the spring related to the coronavirus pandemic resulted in learning loss in math, according to a report from Renaissance Learning, an online testing program. Data shows, in some cases, the amount of learning lost equaled the springtime period -- almost as if that time was a "giant pause button" -- said Gene Kerns, Renaissance's chief academic officer.
The coronavirus pandemic has altered how students interact with school libraries. In one example, Susan Gauthier, a library services director in a Louisiana district, says that six years ago she directed librarians to limit spending on e-books to 10% of their budgets, but now e-book usage is on the rise and she is reconsidering the future of schools' collections.
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