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4/27/2017

The board of trustees in an Indiana school district approved spending nearly a half-million dollars to upgrade its network ahead of a planned roll-out of one-to-one devices. The plan to connect high-speed fiber-optic lines likely will quadruple capacity.

4/26/2017

Organizations that view cybersecurity as a cost drain and apply only minimal protections may be inviting a cybersecurity crisis, Sean Cassidy writes. These organizations can help avoid a catastrophe by keeping security at the core of its business and by implementing security measures across departments and technologies.

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Network World
4/25/2017

Telepractice has become an important part of a Washington state school district's speech-language therapy program, writes Peggy Jadack, director of pupil services for the district. In this blog post, she offers several tips for launching telepractice programs.

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4/25/2017

Lynn Mahaffie, acting assistant secretary for postsecondary education, has directed postsecondary institutions to accept other forms of information about families' tax returns as part of students' applications for financial aid. The guidance follows a decision by the IRS and US Department of Education to disable an online tool that FAFSA applicants had used to upload tax-return information.

4/25/2017

Students in a California school district received digital training to curb bullying via social media. Lessons included information about the long-term effects of social media posts and how to engage in positive online conversations.

4/25/2017

Educator Brendan Finley is using Skype to give third-graders a tour of the US. Finley says the sessions help student learn geography and communication skills.

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4/25/2017

Individuals who are "digital thinkers" relentlessly push for change, embrace risks, and view data as tools for transparency and growth on their campuses, Joshua Kim writes. Colleges and universities can help their analog institutions move forward by putting these individuals in non-IT leadership roles, Kim writes in this commentary.

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InsideHigherEd.com
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4/25/2017

Scientists are getting some help cataloging the structures of neurons in mouse and human brains thanks to a video game called "Mozak." The game, created by University of Washington computer science professor Zoran Popovic, has points, levels and leaderboards just like other video games, but the players are actually tracing neuron shapes that will help map and analyze the brain's billions of neurons.

4/24/2017

A four-step process can help teachers determine the effectiveness of education technology, asserts education professor Candace Roberts. In this commentary, she shares the process, noting that such practices can help prepare teachers for technology that does not yet exist.

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4/24/2017

Artificial intelligence will bring enormous change to higher education, including increased personalized learning and faculty transitioning from the role of instructor to researcher, says Joseph Qualls of the University of Idaho. In this Q&A, Qualls says educators may become less student-oriented over the next 20 years as AI takes over.

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