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1/15/2018

Blockchain technology -- driving cryptocurrencies, such as bitcoin -- could have implications for the education sector, according to a recent report from the European Commission's Joint Research Center. The report outlines four ways blockchain technology could affect education, including eliminating the need for paper records and simplifying payment processes.

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Big Think
1/15/2018

Some school leaders in Indiana and Ohio are using solar energy on their campuses. Officials say the option has gained some traction over the past decade as the costs of installing solar panels have decreased by 67%.

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solar panels, solar energy
1/12/2018

Amazon has reopened its Amazon Inspire platform, which allows educators to share and access online educational materials. The platform was temporarily closed because of concerns over copyright infringement.

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EdSurge
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Amazon, copyright infringement
1/11/2018

A research-based algorithm can help to identify and eliminate human bias from the creation of standardized tests, asserts Mark Moulton, whose firm Educational Data Systems designs exams. In this commentary, he writes about how the exams are created, how mistakes can happen and how they can be improved.

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EdSurge
1/11/2018

Title II funding for education could be cut if a proposed bill to fund the federal government through September 2018 is passed, assert Candice McQueen, Tennessee's commissioner of education, and Tony Smith, Illinois' superintendent of education. In this commentary, they promote maintaining Title II funding.

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The Hechinger Report
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Candice McQueen, Tony Smith
1/11/2018

School-based telemedicine and supervised medication therapy may help reduce emergency room visits for students with asthma, according to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics. Data show such interventions reduced ER and hospital visits by about half.

1/11/2018

Basic digital competence is a necessary skill for all journalists -- particularly as they increasingly become targeted by hackers. However, a survey of 32 journalism schools by Citizen Lab finds that about half of those schools offer digital security training.

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Citizen Lab
1/11/2018

Nebraska attorney Karen Haase discussed the legal consequences of inappropriate social media activity -- in particular, sexting and cyberbullying -- during a recent talk with middle- and high-school students. Some students said they were surprised by the definition of cyberbullying and the severity of punishments for some activities.

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Karen Haase
1/10/2018

Some teachers have turned to online marketplaces to sell lesson plans, a trend that has raised concerns among some about collaboration and lesson quality. Adam Freed, CEO of Teachers Pay Teachers, says about two-thirds of teachers in the US use the platform.

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PBS
1/10/2018

Participating in TED-Ed Clubs -- an offshoot of TED Talks -- can help students recognize the power of their voice, writes Marcos Navas, a technology facilitator for the Union City Board of Education in New Jersey. In this commentary, Navas offers insights into implementing TED-Ed Clubs.

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TED Talks