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Google I/O Youth: Hands-on Digital Storytelling, CS Ed for Bay Area Students

Alongside Google’s annual developer conference last week, the company held its fourth annual Youth I/O event at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA. Neary 150 students in grades 5-7 from around the Bay Area participated in activities that focused on digital storytelling, inventing, science and computer science (CS), according to a company blog post.

Designing Your Online Course: Learning From an Expert

Christine Voelker teaches other teachers how to build their own online courses. She’s the K–12 program director for Quality Matters, a nonprofit educational organization based in Annapolis, MD. She'll be presenting an all-day workshop at ISTE Sunday, June 25.

Google Expeditions Adds Augmented Reality for Classrooms

At Google I/O 2017 this week, Google revealed plans to bring augmented reality to its immersive education platform Google Expeditions. Expeditions AR will enable students to see 3D models of objects like volcanoes, DNA molecules and more up close in a virtual environment.

Google I/O 2017: Standalone Google VR Headsets from HTC, Lenovo Coming Soon

At the annual Google I/O 2017 developer conference, Google unveiled an upcoming “revolutionary” standalone VR headset that will be manufactured by HTC and Lenovo.

Privacy Advocates Release Toolkit for Parents to Protect Student Data

The Parent Coalition for Student Privacy and the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood earlier this week released a free, online toolkit that offers guidance to parents on how to protect their children’s personal information.

Fashioning a Framework for Maker Education

Jaclyn Gerstein will be presenting at two sessions during the ISTE conference: “A Framework for Maker Education: Frontloading and Reflecting on Maker Experiences,” on Sunday, June 25; and “Design Thinking and Universal Design for Learning for Makerspaces, STEM and STEAM” on Monday, June 26.

Edmodo Investigates Millions of User Accounts for Sale on Dark Web

A hacker going by the name "nclay" claims to have stolen more than 77 million user accounts from Edmodo, a K–12 social learning network of 78 million teachers, students, parents and other members, and has put the data for sale on the Dark Web.

Leslie Fisher Thinks Augmented Reality First, Then VR in the Classroom

Leslie Fisher has turned her name and talents into her own successful ed tech consulting company. She will present at seven different sessions during the ISTE conference, June 25-28, in San Antonio, TX.

CodeREV Expands Tech Summer Camps Throughout CA and Beyond

Evan Boorman started CodeREV after running a successful tutoring company. He spoke with THE Journal to discuss the CodeREV summer camps, as well as the necessities of teaching coding and STEAM to young people.

Cyberattacks Increasing, But Defenders with CS Education Are Not Growing at Same Rate

Cyberattacks appear to be on the rise; however, young professionals equipped with computer science (CS) skills to combat those threats are not growing at the same pace as the need. That’s the assessment from various recent sources and reports, from news sites to companies that track cybersecurity.

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