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4/11/2019

The share of US adults on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Pinterest has remained basically unchanged since 2018, according to a Pew Research Center report, even though consumers have voiced concerns in other Pew studies regarding data privacy and censorship. YouTube won the popularity contest with 73% of overall users, while younger demographics favor Instagram and Snapchat.

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Mashable
4/11/2019

A survey by educational software firm Ellucian shows that 97% of recruiters say specialized credentials on top of a college degree can give graduates an edge in the workforce, while 37% say they believe more education is needed to update skills. The report suggests that blockchain technology could be used to give digital credentials more legitimacy.

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Ellucian
4/10/2019

Instagram is a leading choice of platforms for college students wanting to make connections with their peers. Several incoming and current college students share how they are using Instagram to meet classmates, find roommates and more.

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Instagram
4/10/2019

States are spending more per-pupil on higher education -- with funding now reaching about half of what it was before the recession -- according to a report from the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association. However, the report finds, higher-education funding has not yet stabilized.

4/9/2019

An Alabama school district opened the Spark Lab -- a space for personalized professional development for teachers -- as it sought to roll out a one-to-one Chromebook initiative, writes Faith Plunkett, a technology coach in the district. The lab has served about 350 teachers since it opened about four months ago, offering strategic PD and a space for teachers to explore STEM concepts.

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EdSurge
4/9/2019

The Future of Privacy Forum released a guide Friday to help policymakers develop regulations to help protect students' data. The guide advocates for policies that balance providing student data for educators and guarding that data from inappropriate collection and use.

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EdScoop
4/9/2019

Leaders in several traditional public school districts in Pennsylvania are investing in positive brand awareness. Part of this effort includes a focus on social media outreach.

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Pennsylvania
4/9/2019

There are four key skills that help prepare today's students for their future careers, asserts Kelsey Irizarry, media specialist in a Minnesota school district. Those skills are typing, collaboration, problem-solving and coding, Irizarry writes in this blog post.

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SmartBrief/Education
4/9/2019

Essay mills and other organizations that offer to do college students' work for them are being targeted by higher-education officials seeking to minimize their influence. Some schools are using new technologies that analyze the metadata of papers to see if it matches other material handed in by students.

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National Public Radio
4/8/2019

Reading from a screen may be worse for students' comprehension than reading from paper, according to a report presented at the American Educational Research Association by University of North Dakota assistant education professor Virginia Clinton. Her findings suggest, she says, that reading from a screen is best-suited for "light pleasure reading."