A group of students at a school in England recently were tested on whether they could spot "fake news" -- untrue stories posing as real news and often widely shared online. Overall, the students had a good understanding of what accurate sources of information were and were able to identify the fake news.
Statistics provided to the FBI by select campus police departments show an increase in hate crimes on college campuses, up from 257 in 2016 to 280 in 2017. The data show that most reports involved vandalism or property destruction and the most frequent targets include multiracial victims, Jews and African-Americans.
Schools increasingly are focused on ensuring that education technologies are available to all students, including students with slow internet connections and those with disabilities. This increased focus is putting pressure on the education-technology industry to make accessibility solutions more affordable.
World Wide Web creator Tim Berners-Lee is initiating a campaign aimed at advocating principles that protect users from threats, such as false news and hate speech, among others. The campaign, based on a "Contract for the Web" has received support from Facebook and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
A study done by Boomerang EMEA shows that nearly half of children have between four and seven hours of extracurricular activities each week and that 11% are putting in eight to 10 hours. The study also found that 34% of parents don't encourage children to watch shows that aren't educational and that almost 90% cited cartoons as their children's favorite TV genre.
Narrow artificial intelligence, which uses deep-learning algorithms, may be able to help colleges and universities boost retention by predicting which students are at risk of leaving, writes Joshua Kim of the Dartmouth Center. The AI systems, which curate data from numerous sources, also will produce recommendations aimed at helping these students succeed, Kim writes.
Some of the top 10 technology trends for 2019 are making inroads in the classroom, according to Gartner. Autonomous machines, augmented analytics and smart spaces are among the emerging trends, with some educators already using them for engaged learning.
Facebook is touting Oculus Go with a 60-second spot that shows stars, including Jonah Hill, Wiz Khalifa, Adam Levine, Leslie Jones and Awkwafina, being entertained by the virtual reality headsets. The purpose of the campaign is to show consumers what's possible with VR technology and to "normalize" it, said Facebook's Rebecca Van Dyck.
A San Antonio high school next fall is planning to open a Pathways in Technology Early College High School focused on cybersecurity education. It will be one of more than 30 such high schools in the state where students can earn diplomas, associate degrees, certifications and undertake work-based training.
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