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1/18/2018

Despite the growth in data technology, only 12% of college and university presidents in 2017 said evidence and institutional research are among their top five priorities, according to the American Council on Education's Center for Policy Research and Strategy. The report's authors say data and analytics have helped some institutions improve student outcomes and business models.

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Campus Technology
1/18/2018

College and university fundraisers can improve their success by using data and analytics technology to better identify potential donors, writes Caryn Stein, vice president of marketing at Ruffalo Noel Levitz. The use of such data can save time, Stein notes in this commentary, but it also can help gift officers personalize their approach and prioritize who to visit.

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Noel Levitz
1/17/2018

Some college professors and K-12 educators in Ohio are integrating cutting-edge technology in classroom lessons. Among them are high-school teacher David Kaser, whose students are using virtual-reality headsets in the classroom.

1/17/2018

A brain-mapping exercise helps to explain why some people are creative -- and others are not as creative -- suggests Roger Beaty, a postdoctoral fellow in cognitive neuroscience at Harvard University. In this commentary, Beaty, who led the study, explains what makes some people more creative than others.

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The Conversation (US)
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Harvard University
1/16/2018

Establishing virtual-learning programs in a rural community can be challenging, asserts Gerry Goyette, principal at Sutton Middle School in Massachusetts. In this blog post, Goyette shares four ways the school established an effective virtual program.

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SmartBrief/Education
1/16/2018

Elementary and middle-school students in an Indiana district have access to technology-free rooms. School resource officers introduced the rooms following concerns about the social and emotional effect of screen time on students.

1/16/2018

University professors can integrate Wikipedia into classroom lessons using tools and resources provided by Wiki Education's Classroom Program. The resources include free tutorials teaching students how to add and edit content on Wikipedia.

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Wikipedia
1/16/2018

School leaders may not need to create new policies and procedures to govern social media use, suggests Tanner Higgin, director of education editorial strategy at Common Sense Education. Instead, he writes in this commentary, social media can be seamlessly included in existing policies in four main ways.

1/16/2018

Nebraska's only public virtual school is evolving in its second year, says principal Wendy Loewenstein. The program offers a hybrid model in which students combine virtual and in-person learning.

1/15/2018

Students at a middle school in Washington state recently decided on questions that would be addressed through a live video link to Mark Vande Hei, a US astronaut on the International Space Station. Students asked about climate change on Earth and food in space.

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Crosscut (Seattle)