Facebook has agreed to settle a 2016 class-action complaint for an undisclosed amount brought by a group of marketers that charged the social platform inflated video view time metrics by as much as 900%, which led them to purchase ads based on inaccurate information. Facebook denies any claims that it knowingly inflated metrics, argues that ad rates were not impacted and established a "client measurement council" with Unilever, Nestle and other big brands to help figure out how to improve the system.
Boston is beginning a process to eliminate middle schools altogether after the city's school committee took a unanimous vote to do so Wednesday night. The policy aims to minimize the disruptions students experience when they change schools, and under the system they would go directly from elementary to secondary school at grade seven or nine.
Three educators in this commentary share best practices and tech tools that they use to boost student engagement. One of them, Georgia kindergarten teacher Victoria Mendoza, says she uses tech to offer video warm-ups and brain breaks with dancing and singing to engage her young students.
Minnesota Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker brings to the role the experience as a leader in teacher unions and a National Board Certified Teacher. In this interview, Ricker shares about her vision for her state, how important the certification process has been to her and that she has wanted certification "to be open to everyone."
Students at a Rhode Island middle school are participating in a Generation Citizen program to engage young people in civics by challenging them to develop action plans to address community issues. Students pitched their ideas -- on topics including bullying, drug and alcohol abuse and violence in schools -- to state lawmakers earlier this year as part of a statewide civics event.
Educators are increasingly advocating for classrooms and libraries to include a more diverse selection of books that reflect students' own experiences. Laura Jimenez, a lecturer in Boston University's education school, however says that simply having the books on the shelf will not curb stereotypes.
Enrollment of students from India at UK colleges and universities is on the rise, with most students pursuing business and engineering degrees, according to UK data. The numbers are a turnaround from declining enrollment of Indian college students coming to the UK in the past decade.
Alumni of a New Hampshire school district's career and technical education program are thriving, according to a recent survey. Data shows that 66% of CTE students graduating in 2012 went on to earn a secondary degree, with 36.6% of those students earning more than $50,000 a year.
Electronic signatures are convenient and beneficial in terms of record-keeping, but they present potential legal complexities, especially in high-risk transactions, write Anthony Diana and David Krone. They suggest organizations implement a governance program over e-signatures that considers authentication, adoption, nonrepudiation and admissibility.
The sun is capable of unleashing a superflare 100 times more powerful than the large radiation bursts it has produced in recent years that have been known to cause problems with Earth's electronics, according to findings presented at the 234th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society earlier this week. Researchers say superflares are more common among younger stars, but they note the sun can produce superflares every few thousand years or so.
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