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FERPA Ruling Provides Privacy Advocates and Educators with Clearer Interpretation of Rights

One of the most prominent legal issues in the edtech space revolves around the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a law passed in 1974 to protect the privacy rights of students.

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Smithsonian Forms ‘Strategic Alliance’ With Carnegie Learning to Build New STEM Products

Carnegie Learning, a Pittsburgh-based provider of math curriculum and training resources, is teaming up with the Smithsonian Institution on a “strategic alliance” to “develop new product solutions to help address the growing need for improved and expanded STEM education,” wrote Barry Malkin, Carnegie’s CEO, in an email.

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How a Master's Program From the '80s Quietly Keeps Up With Coding Bootcamps

For Ellen Spertus, teaching computer science has evolved greatly since she began working nearly 20 years ago as a professor at Mills College, a woman’s college in Oakland, Calif. Major tech booms have shaped the ebb and flow of students to the field, new coding languages have sprung up and free online resources have emerged to train workers in programming.

Consolidation, Collaboration or Closure? How Colleges Stay Alive in 2018

The last year certainly turned in its share of surprises. Prominent full-time MBA and law programs folded. Whole colleges closed, as did well-known bootcamps. Purdue and Kaplan University stunned the higher education world.

Will Online Ever Conquer Higher Ed?

The latest data on the nation’s college and university enrollment shows that online is steadily climbing its way up to more than a third of the student population—as face-to-face continues to plummet. That’s a surprising turn in the long-time arc of academic population growth.

New Survey Says Only a Third of College Students Feel Prepared for Job Market and Workplace

Overall, only about a third of college students feel prepared that they’ll graduate with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the job market and in the workplace.

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Why We Need Controversy In Our Classrooms

Ask any teacher about teaching about a controversial topic, and most will tell you to avoid it at any cost.Now is the time to teach students how to deal with controversial subjects and how to cope with a plurality of ideas and identities

A Clever Way to Measure How Students Actually Use Edtech (and Whether It Works)

If you buy it, you better use it. That especially holds true for K-12 school officials who altogether spend more than $8.3 billion on education software each year, according to estimates from the Software and Information Industry Association.Yet it can be tedious to manually keep track of how students interact with different pieces of software—or whether these tools are even being used. For many districts, it takes time and a bit of Excel wizardry to download data from each software provider, then combine and distill the information into a single dashboard.

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?With $2.65M Seed Funding, Creator of Ready4K Aims to Build ‘On-Demand Library for Parenting Tips’

“Fact: Shapes are everywhere. When you talk about shapes in your everyday environment, you build early geometry skills that will be important for math later on.”

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Betsy DeVos Touts Personalized Learning, Slams Common Core and Reform Efforts

U.S. Education Secretary spared no words in her critique of education reform efforts during the Bush and Obama administrations. “I don’t think there is much we can hold onto, from a federal level, that we can say was a real success,” she said at a Jan. 16 event organized by the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative public policy think tank.

Yet where she sees “promise” are movements to improve education at the classroom level, particularly through instructional approaches now often referred to as “personalized learning.”

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