Education leaders should borrow a page from LeBron James' education playbook, which challenges traditional approaches to school reform, writes Julia Freeland Fisher of the Clayton Christensen Institute. Previous reforms emphasized academic standards, but James' school will focus on dismantling the poverty barriers that tend to impede student achievement, Fisher writes in this commentary.
More than 560 middle- and high-school girls took part in a weekend science, technology, engineering and math workshop held at Google's Sunnyvale, Calif., offices. The Google Girls Robotics Workshop aims to increase girls' interest in robotics competitions and STEM careers.
An 11-year-old girl took just 10 minutes to successfully hack into a replica of the Florida secretary of state's website and change the results of the 2016 presidential vote at this year's DEFCON hacker conference. The secretary of state said changing the website does not represent switching actual votes, but experts say the hack reveals security flaws in the system.
Remote proctoring systems can help schools keep pace with online education and preserve academic integrity and rigor, writes PSI's Rory McCorkle in this commentary. McCorkle outlines steps schools can take to guard against cheating and protect student privacy.
A new study from the Center for an Urban Future found that 38% of students receiving free college tuition under New York state's Excelsior program are currently enrolled in college, with 21% attending City University of New York schools. State officials noted that many students already receive enough financial aid to cover tuition and may not need the program.
The Trump administration announced Friday its plans to repeal the gainful employment rule that penalized mainly for-profit colleges and universities that graduated students with debts they were unable to pay. In place of the Obama-era rule, the Education Department plans to expand outcomes data in the federal College Scorecard but not impose penalties on schools.
Crafting social media policy can help schools support proper use of social networks and guard against potential privacy violations, writes Common Sense Media's Jeff Knutson in this commentary. Knutson outlines four keys to include when drafting a policy, such as parent opt-out forms and tying use to learning outcomes.
Updates to Google for Education now are live for all teachers and students ahead of the school year. The release includes a free toolkit, called Course Kit, designed to help educators use Google Docs and Google Drive as part of classroom lessons.
Building relationships with students will pay off for teachers, asserts veteran educator Chrissy Romano-Arrabito. In this commentary, she shares five strategies to help build connections, including using social media, sharing details about their lives outside of school and establishing classroom circles.
Boston Children's Hospital was an early user of Amazon Alexa and is testing it in clinical pilot projects, including a surgical checklist, a voice-conducted organ verification process for transplant teams and an ICU application allowing staff to quickly determine which practitioners are assigned to a specific bed. Devin Nadar of the hospital's Innovation and Digital Health Accelerator said 70% of interactions with the ICU pilot produced what the physician wanted.