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5/18/2018

A Georgia high-school student is behind the viral audio illusion that has people debating whether an audio clip says "Laurel" or "Yanny." The student says the original video clip that she posted was part of a homework assignment, and her literature teacher now has said she will get a 100% on the assignment if celebrity Ellen DeGeneres responds via on social media.

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Ellen DeGeneres
5/18/2018

Students at a school in China will be monitored using a "smart classroom behavior management system." The system is intended to record and analyze students' expressions and movements to ensure they are paying attention in class.

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Reuters
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AI
5/17/2018

Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania will help its students prepare for careers in artificial intelligence when it starts an AI undergraduate program in the fall. The program, believed to be the first its kind in the US, will enroll between 30 and 35 students annually.

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Carnegie Mellon University, AI
5/17/2018

Using data to help identify potential academic problems has helped Georgia State University raise its graduation rate from 32% in 2003 to 54% in 2017. The approach has allowed the school to improve retention among its low-income students.

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Georgia State University
5/17/2018

Faculty voices largely have been absent from the effort to support open educational resources, writes Jasmine Roberts of Ohio State University. In this commentary, she shares several ways faculty can be engaged in the OER movement.

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EdSurge
5/16/2018

The new chief information officer for Hawaii's Department of Education discusses the five-year technology plan that will roll out to the 259 schools, serving 180,000 students, included in the massive statewide district. The plan, divided into three computing categories, aims to provide an infrastructure that is secure, reliable and supports student growth.

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Department of Education
5/16/2018

Facebook is preparing to launch a Youth Portal to educate youths about the social media platform and offer online safety guidance. The portal also includes information about Facebook's own privacy policy.

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Gizbot (India)
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Facebook
5/15/2018

Ninety-four percent of teachers in the US spend their own money on classroom supplies, according to a survey by the National Center for Education Statistics. On average, teachers spend about $479 annually, with teachers in higher-poverty schools spending the most.

5/15/2018

Some students at a Pennsylvania school used Google's "Tour Creator" tool to create a virtual-reality tour of an area farm. The video, now available online, was a collaboration among students studying agriculture, English and technology.

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Google
5/15/2018

Some public library and education-technology leaders support a resolution that would reverse an attempt by the Federal Communications Commission to repeal net neutrality rules. The measure is expected to be voted on as part of the Congressional Review Act.

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EdSurge