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5/18/2018

Engaging students in conversations about the ethics of technology and what they need to consider as they pursue careers in this field is the goal of MIT's humanist chaplain, Greg Epstein. In this interview, he says he will encourage students to consider the "broader community" and not make decisions in isolation.

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5/18/2018

Cornell University altered its outreach and application processes to help grow diversity in its computer-science PhD program, PhD admissions chairman David Bindel says. New application questions, including one asking candidates what unique outlook they bring to their research field, helped draw applicants from underrepresented minorities, including Native American and Pacific Islander.

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EdSurge
5/18/2018

Of the estimated 1.7 million students in the US who are home-schooled, about 8% are African-American, according to federal data from 2016. This article highlights what motivates black families to pursue home-schooling, including a desire to incorporate lessons about black culture and history into their child's learning.

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The Atlantic online
5/18/2018

Students at a school in China will be monitored using a "smart classroom behavior management system." The system is intended to record and analyze students' expressions and movements to ensure they are paying attention in class.

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Reuters
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5/17/2018

Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania will help its students prepare for careers in artificial intelligence when it starts an AI undergraduate program in the fall. The program, believed to be the first its kind in the US, will enroll between 30 and 35 students annually.

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Carnegie Mellon University, AI
5/17/2018

Using data to help identify potential academic problems has helped Georgia State University raise its graduation rate from 32% in 2003 to 54% in 2017. The approach has allowed the school to improve retention among its low-income students.

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Georgia State University
5/17/2018

Faculty voices largely have been absent from the effort to support open educational resources, writes Jasmine Roberts of Ohio State University. In this commentary, she shares several ways faculty can be engaged in the OER movement.

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EdSurge
5/16/2018

The new chief information officer for Hawaii's Department of Education discusses the five-year technology plan that will roll out to the 259 schools, serving 180,000 students, included in the massive statewide district. The plan, divided into three computing categories, aims to provide an infrastructure that is secure, reliable and supports student growth.

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Department of Education
5/16/2018

Facebook is preparing to launch a Youth Portal to educate youths about the social media platform and offer online safety guidance. The portal also includes information about Facebook's own privacy policy.

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5/15/2018

Ninety-four percent of teachers in the US spend their own money on classroom supplies, according to a survey by the National Center for Education Statistics. On average, teachers spend about $479 annually, with teachers in higher-poverty schools spending the most.