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6/18/2021

High-school students in Vermont are sharing their stories about alleged mishandling of sexual misconduct by their schools via Instagram. One post accused the school of having a culture that normalized sexual misconduct.

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VTDigger (Vermont)
6/18/2021

A potential cyberincident at the University of Massachusetts Lowell brought on-campus and online classes to a halt this week. An announcement posted on the school's website states, "The university is prioritizing the restoration of core academic systems and databases, including Blackboard and Zoom."

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University of Massachusetts
6/17/2021

Augmented reality can help to engage students in lessons, writes Christine Danhoff, K-12 technology integration specialist at Genoa Area Local Schools in Ohio. In this article, Danhoff shares seven tools, including Merge Cube, which allows students to virtually handle artifacts and objects, and Quiver Masks, which helps students to take on the persona of characters in a story.

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Edutopia
6/17/2021

A new website set up by Fight for the Future will monitor which colleges and universities use virtual proctoring software this fall. The software uses students' webcams and tracks body movements to determine if a student is cheating, a controversial practice that has backfired when students challenged accusations of cheating.

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The Verge
6/16/2021

Brown University economics professor Emily Oster is working to compile and organize all state data about pandemic-era school operations. The goal is to ensure the data is consistent and available for researchers to use in the future.

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Education Week
6/16/2021

A ransomware attack has affected operations at Des Moines Area Community College, leading to campus closures as well as online course disruptions. DMACC notes, "we cannot say for certain what information or data, if any, has been impacted as a result."

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AV Network
6/16/2021

The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences recently hosted an online Zoom session with Patchrat founder Chris Henning and CRAS graduate and Trace Audio owner Ben Sabin for 25 students and faculty. The event was developed to both educate and help inspire the next generation of audio professionals as they prepare to join the industry post-graduation.

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CRAS
6/15/2021

The newly formed Hybrid College Network is a collaborative coalition of online and nonprofits that offer courses in unconventional spaces designed to make higher education more accessible. The schools and nonprofits that provide supportive services follow competency-based, online degree programs aimed at providing a lower-cost streamlined experience.

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EdSurge
6/15/2021

Recent Kansas State Board of Education approval allowing computer science to fulfill one of a student's core requirements in math or science rounds out an existing "curriculum corridor" of classes in programming, application design and robotics. Such offerings will help students find a home in the evolving job market and boost the state's technical workforce, says board member Scott Rothschild.

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Scott Rothschild
6/15/2021

Educators are weighing the benefits and potential harm of TikTok for students, according to Nathalie Richards, director and co-founder of education social enterprise EduKit. This article highlights the potential downside, including harm to students' body image and potential for scams.

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TES (UK)