By studying students' Facebook profiles, researchers found that college students are more likely to make friends with their roommates or students studying the same major rather than students from similar racial backgrounds. Researchers at Harvard University and the University of California at Los Angeles studied the Facebook profiles of first-year students at a university to gather data.
An Ohio school has developed an open-access technology policy -- with some limitations -- giving students Wi-Fi access and including more technology in classroom lessons. The school allows students to access the Internet from approved devices, and teachers have their own classroom rules regarding technology. Overall, educators say that students are respecting the system, and discipline referrals are down since the school removed its ban on most technology.
Some South Dakota students will take state writing assessments using Pearson's WriteToLearn Web-based software. Students will be assessed three times each year, rather than once at the end of the school year. A state education official said the program will allow educators to "monitor progress, intervene where necessary and ensure that all learners are on track to meet learning goals."
Apple has created a section in its App Store that features special-education applications for its iPhone and iPad devices. The section has 85 programs, including those designed to help with life skills, communication and emotional development.
Chipmaker Intel and a slew of Taiwanese tech vendors are focused on making a standardized data-center system that costs half of what today's systems require. The goal is to debut prototypes by year's end.