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Technology Aids Understanding Science of Learning

A group of scientists who research learning came together from around the country for a National Science Foundation conference to share their "latest findings, lessons learned [and] new directions."

To Parents, 'STEM Careers' Doesn't Mean Teaching; It Means Engineering

A new survey by Harris Poll of 644 parents of children under 18 living in the household found that only 9 percent said they would encourage their kids to become teachers of science, technology, engineering or math.

OECD: Teacher Professionalism Needs Improvement Worldwide

There are no hard and fast rules for figuring out what makes for a quality teaching force, which is a problem especially for those schools that could most benefit from them. That's the overall finding of a new international study put out by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development that examines "teacher professionalism."

Report: PARCC and Smarter Balanced Get High Marks

The seven states that have dropped the use of Smarter Balanced or PARCC tests may want to reconsider their decision. A two-year study by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute has found that the assessments developed under those two state consortia do the best at matching the content and depth goals laid out by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) for English language arts/literacy and math.

iPad Shipments Plummet as Detachable Tablets Double

Shipments of Apple tablets, including iPad and iPad Pro, dropped nearly 25 percent in the last quarter of 2015, leading an overall decline in the tablet market. Meanwhile shipments of detachable tablets — devices that include removable keyboards — actually doubled in the same period.

Study Finds Late School Start Improves Teen Behavior

A new study in the journal Sleep has confirmed the idea that there could be positive outcomes if high schoolers were able to start school later in the morning.

Report: Wearable Devices To Top $28 Billion in Sales in 2016

Wearable electronic device shipments will increase 18.4 percent year over year to hit 274.6 million sales in 2016, according to a new forecast from market research firm Gartner.

MIT Unveils Multiple Initiatives To Improve Digital Learning from PreK to Continuing Ed

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology will significantly expand its research programs looking into online and digital education from preK through residential higher ed and lifelong learning.

Report: Phishing Attacks on the Upswing

Phishing attacks are up 13 percent and spear phishing attacks are up 22 percent from 2014, according to new research from Wombat Security Technologies.

Survey: Teachers Say Tech Distractions More Concerning than Privacy, Security

Most teachers in the United States are more worried about the potential for technology in the classroom to distract students than they are about privacy and security, according to a new survey from Instructure. Respondents also said, however, that they are optimistic about technology's potential to improve learning outcomes, increase access to education and boost the efficiency with which it's delivered.

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