K-12 Technology News
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The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union recently examined the privacy policies in place at 22 school districts that offer laptops for home use during the school year. All 22 districts revealed that their policies require parents to acknowledge that there is no expectation of privacy when a school issues a device to a student.
Ed tech company Hobsons has introduced new functionality into Naviance, a K-12 college and career "readiness" program that helps counselors match up student strengths and interests with their post-secondary goals. "Intersect," as the new feature is named, allows college admissions offices to publish information about their institutions to the high school users of Naviance and connect through a new "counselor community."
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Education technology company Vernier Software & Technology will once again offer its Summer Institute workshops, with 13 full-day training workshops scheduled for this summer.
Computer hackers, also known as cybercriminals, are infiltrating our world with ever-increasing sophistication. It is critical that students understand both the benefits and risks of their devices — especially their smartphones. Educators have an important role to play in helping students understand and safely navigate an internet-connected world.
- By Jacob Batchelor
A Microsoft project called "Project Torino" will teach blind students from seven to 11 years-old how to program and apply design thinking to projects.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
This article presents some ideas and suggestions to work towards being a more informed digital parent and guide children in an increasingly online world.
- By Stephen Spengler
The new “Protecting Privacy in Connected Learning, Version 3” toolkit serves as an "in-depth guide to key student data privacy laws," according to the Consortium for School Networking. The full toolkit is available for free.
More than 400 schools and eight higher education institutions across the United States will receive free 3D printers, metal printing machines and other supplies retailed at hundreds of thousands of dollars. GE is donating the supplies to help students build skills in computer-aided design and additive manufacturing.
With the upcoming training module, scheduled to be released in June, program participants will be able access courses “designed to teach observers how to conduct evidence-based observations and conversations to promote continuous growth."
Millions of classrooms worldwide using ThingLink image and video editors to create interactive digital content can now tap search filters on platform.