There are five key ways that technology could accelerate transformation in K-12 education, according to a recent report from the Consortium for School Networking. Among them are the use of mobile devices, blended learning and cloud infrastructure.
Educators at an elementary school in Arkansas are working to keep students engaged and excited about reading over the summer by hosting a weekly read aloud on Facebook. Teachers select the books and post a new story each week.
The use of smart speakers and voice-activated learning tools in K-12 classrooms is the focus of several sessions at this week's International Society for Technology in Education's annual conference. Maureen Yoder, a professor at Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass., says such devices can help respond to some student questions and facilitate foreign-language learning.
The US Supreme Court's decision expected this week on whether to allow a citizenship question on the upcoming Census could have implications for education equity, according to Tarika Barrett, chief operating officer at Girls Who Code. In this commentary, she writes how the move could be a setback for efforts to close the gender gap in the tech sector and build a more diverse workforce.
Consolidation is in the legal technology market's future, says Nathan Hayes, director of IT at Osborne Clarke, with mergers happening in and among legaltech companies and law firms and partnerships with academia. "We're going to see different entities evolving rather than these siloed organizations," Clark said.
Touchdown Ventures principal Alex Nwaka talks legaltech investment growth and why legaltech firms are investing and in this Q&A interview. "While the amount of investment over the last five to 10 years within legaltech from the financial VC community has been relatively small, we have seen over the last 18 to 24 months quite a bit of activity with a number of deals that would be considered legal tech getting a lot of capital and attention," Nwaka says.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell, in their latest Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast, discuss how the "deep fake phenomenon" can affect a law practice. Kennedy and Mighell address the implications on the legal industry of increasing counterfeit data photos, audio and video online.
A Brooklyn-based startup called Overtime is capturing video footage of high-school athletes and sharing it on social media. The founders of the company say the videos are intended to put student-athletes in a positive light.
Technologies such as e-billing and artificial intelligence can give legal departments a boost in terms of workflow efficiency, writes Raj Sethuraman, chief technology officer at Wolters Kluwer ELM Solutions. AI and machine learning can be leveraged to automate tasks and red flag possible violations.
Judge Richard Posner, who left the federal bench in 2017, has joined Legalist, a finance firm that uses data and machine learning to make funding decisions. Judge Posner will work in litigation finance, which is in its infancy in US law firms.