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10/17/2018

Chance the Rapper recently drove undercover for Lyft to raise funds for arts programs at Chicago Public Schools using Lyft's app feature "Round Up and Donate." The rapper, who wore a disguise and called himself John, chatted with passengers about different topics -- including giving to education -- before revealing his real identity.

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10/17/2018

Pearson's investment in electronic books, online courses and other digital ventures appears to be paying off, as the company reported a 27% increase in shares in the past year. About half of Pearson's sales of higher-education courseware were digital last year.

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10/17/2018

As some teens forge successful -- and lucrative -- YouTube careers, a growing number of teens are seeking to follow in their footsteps. Damian Salas, assistant dean of Drexel University's Entrepreneurship Programs, says while YouTube can be a successful business, a college degree remains necessary.

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10/16/2018

A one-on-one laptop program in a North Carolina school district had a much more limited effect on students' academic performance than was previously thought, according to a study co-authored by Marie Hull, an economist at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The study shows that students who received the laptops read less -- only 40 minutes per day, down from 45 minutes.

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The Hechinger Report
10/16/2018

A group of New Jersey middle-school students wanted to build an invention that would help prevent concussions after a friend was affected by one. In this blog post, teacher Jonathan Harvey shares how his students won the Samsung Solve For Tomorrow contest with their football helmet sensor that helps to detect sudden movements in the head and signs of a concussion.

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10/16/2018

School districts are experimenting with various ways to provide broadband access for students who lack service at home, a problem that particularly affects rural and minority children, the Department of Education says. One solution to the "homework gap" problem: mapping out areas where students can gain access to free Wi-Fi.

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10/16/2018

Social media bots that operate without human involvement to post content and interact with human users are a growing concern related to the spread of political misinformation online. A Pew Research Center survey shows that 8 in 10 Americans aware of the bots believe they are used for malicious purposes.

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10/16/2018

As more donors use Bitcoin to donate to colleges and universities, leaders are seeking to understand the cryptocurrency and shape policies around the acceptance of such gifts. Some universities, including Cornell and the University of California at Berkeley, recently have accepted Bitcoin donations.

10/15/2018

Some students struggle with in-person communication and prefer to communicate via text message, asserts Curtis Chandler, an education professor at Brigham Young University. In this blog post, Chandler shares several activities to help students build better social communication skills, including some that integrate digital tools.

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MiddleWeb
10/15/2018

The House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee in England is studying how social media affects the health and well-being of youths. Officials are gathering information from the public, experts and technology companies, including social media firms, about how inappropriate material and illegal content are being addressed.

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TES (UK)