Linnette Attai, a privacy expert, writes that 2019 could be a perfect storm of activity related to protecting privacy. In this opinion piece, Attai shares five privacy-related events to watch for in the coming year, including federal and state legislation, plus a focus on the privacy of young people.
The Sarasota County school district in Florida soon may stop filtering comments that appear on its schools' Facebook pages under a potential policy being considered by the school board. Currently, the district hides the majority of comments, but board members in favor of the change would like more open communication with parents through Facebook.
The US Department of Education will release a plan to help teachers who have been hit with large debts because of problems with the TEACH Grant program. The move comes after it was discovered that some teachers who complied with the requirements of the program had their grants wrongly converted to loans because of paperwork mishaps.
Children ages 9 and 10 who spent at least seven hours on screens per day had thinning of the part of the brain that controls sensory processing, and those who had more than two hours of daily screen time had lower language and thinking test scores, according to an ongoing study from the National Institutes of Health. The study will follow over 11,000 children for 10 years to see how prolonged screen time affects the brain.
A survey of Generation Z high-school and college students in 17 countries shows 80% want to work with cutting-edge technology as part of their careers, and 57% say their education has prepared them for a job. The data also show 98% have used technology during their education and 52% are confident in their tech skills.
A New Jersey middle school has adopted an alternative to suspensions -- called Schoolhouse Adjustment -- principal Michael Gaskell writes. In this commentary, he describes how the approach, borrowed from law enforcement, has helped to curb incidents of bullying and suspensions at his school.
Administrators in a Florida school district say a social media post created by and shared by students is responsible for the panic during an unannounced active-shooter drill. Students, who thought the threat was real, posted and shared messages about a "code red" and texted their parents that there was a shooter on campus.
Member institutions of The Council of Independent Colleges are now offering students the chance to enroll in discounted online courses through its partnership with College Consortium. CIC President Richard Ekman says the goal is to help smaller colleges without online resources boost retention and graduation rates.
Digital portfolios can help students take responsibility for their learning and offer an interested audience for students' work, elementary-school principal Matt Renwick writes in this commentary. He shares four tips for setting up digital portfolios, including letting students be in control and to focus on the process.
School administrators nationwide looking for ways to prevent violent incidents on campus are using social media to help identify potential threats. The practice, particularly involving students' accounts, has sparked debate over security and students' rights.
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