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2/21/2018

Some students are taking school safety into their own hands by designing devices to secure classrooms. A high-school student in Wisconsin has designed a heavy-duty door lock, which was then purchased by schools in his district and other neighboring districts.

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Quartz
2/21/2018

The newly formed nonprofit Jefferson Education Exchange, supported by the University of Virginia, is inviting educators to provide written reviews of education-technology products. Educators will be paid to document and share how using such products worked in their own classrooms, says Bart Epstein, who will serve as the nonprofit's president.

2/21/2018

Lawmakers in England plan to study whether social media and screen time are affecting children's health. Members of the Commons Science and Technology Committee will consider feedback from educators, students, government and industry.

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BBC
2/21/2018

Neuroscientists are studying how electric stimulation on the brain -- known as transcranial direct current stimulation -- can improve learning. However, Marom Bikson, a professor at the Grove School of Engineering at the City College of New York, says it's unclear whether students looking for an academic edge would benefit.

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The Hechinger Report
2/20/2018

YouTube has officially outlined sanctions that could be applied to creators whose videos promote violence or cruelty or could traumatize or cause pain to participants or viewers. Creators who cross this line will be removed from the platform's premium Google Preferred ad program, could have certain videos or channels demonetized and could be barred from the site's trending video feature.

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Forbes
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YouTube, Google
2/20/2018

A growing number of students nationwide are enrolling in computer science courses, thanks in part to the "Computer Science for All" approach adopted in some districts. A key motivation for the expansion of such programs has been to prepare students for the workforce, including in-demand jobs in computer science fields.

2/20/2018

The proper content-filtering solution supports instruction by providing access to learning content but blocking websites that are inappropriate, asserts Brian Thomas of Lightspeed Systems. In this Q&A, he shares how the industry has changed and what educators need to know about content filtering.

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Brian Thomas
2/20/2018

It's not the smartphone so much as the social media available through the device that leads to unhealthy degrees of attachment by both younger users and adults, according to a study by Common Sense Media. Social media "can create this fear of missing out if we're not online," said author Ana Homayoun.

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CNBC
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Ana Homayoun
2/20/2018

Mistakes will be made in the classroom -- sometimes too frequently, asserts sixth-grade teacher Kevin Hodgson. In this blog post, he shares some of his more memorable mistakes and what he learned, including an exercise involving Google slides and another in which students searched for song lyrics on YouTube.

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MiddleWeb
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Kevin Hodgson, YouTube, Google
2/19/2018

Countries with progressive cultures are producing fewer women in science, technology, engineering and math fields than countries with high rates of gender inequality, such as Algeria, where 41% of college graduates with STEM degrees are women, Olga Khazan writes. Researchers say that women from countries with a wide gender gap view STEM careers as their best pathway to financial independence, Khazan writes.

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The Atlantic online
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Olga Khazan