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Montana computer program relocated to college campus to offer new opportunities

Montana Tech will now be home to the CodeMontana program, which is made up of 1,200 junior high and high school students across the state. The computer programming initiative will offer more mentorship opportunities for the high school students at its new location from the college's current computer science students.

Saving money on textbooks using technology is not that simple

The use of electronics instead of textbooks is logical from an economic standpoint, but we must question whether students’ educational experiences are also being put at a disadvantage. Limitations in accessibility to personal devices outside of the classroom as well as the challenge of sustaining the hardware make this option less desirable when more than just the price tag is factored into the equation.

Social media monitoring raises thorny legal questions

Laws in different states provide varied leeway when it comes to monitoring students’ public and private social media activity. Many districts take part in rudimentary monitoring. While there’s probably no criminal liability, comprehensive monitoring could put schools in difficult positions.

Bill aims to protect student privacy in tech-heavy classrooms

A new House bill would bar school technology providers from targeting advertising to students, selling students’ information to third parties and creating profiles of students for non-educational purposes. At the same time, the proposal allows providers to use data to personalize students’ learning and, when the information is de-identified, to improve their products.

Middle-school girls learn the art of cybersecurity

About 50 middle school girls from across California's Silicon Valley showed off their cybersecurity skills at the first ever CyberGirlz Silicon Valley Summit. The new CyberGirlz after-school programs teach cryptography, networking, forensics, web exploitation and basic programming skills.

Why the technology gap in Missouri's largest school district is so large

A recent audit of technology provided by Springfield Public Schools shows significant disparity between schools, programs and even classrooms on the same hallways. Officials for Missouri's largest district contend the lack of a long-range, strategic technology plan is the main obstacle and schools with the best ratios likely benefited from staff who actively sought additional technology.

Education tech funding soars - but is it working in the classroom?

Technology has captured the American education system. As it does, the money keeps flowing in — and so do questions about its impact. Education technology can be beneficial but it must meet students’ needs and enhance curriculum and should support, not supplant teachers.

Policy makers discuss what technology can mean to education

Despite being the home of Silicon Valley, California struggles to implement long-range technology plans for classroom instruction. Technology plans should provide students with laptops and other digital devices they need to connect wirelessly to the Internet to download lessons, how-to videos and problem-solving tutorials, and to collaborate on projects.

Technology gave rise to cyberbullying. Can it also stop it?

Recent updates from Twitter, which include a broader definition of violent content and an enforcement option against abusers, are the latest in efforts by social networks, tech companies, researchers and others to put a stop to online abuse and harassment, often using the same kinds of innovations that gave cyberbullying room to grow in the first place.

Florida testing glitches argue for greater flexibility

High-stakes testing was supposed to end the era of making excuses for poor performance, so it's insufficient to hear excuses from those in charge. Granting testing flexibility through a Florida Standards Assessments waiver is a sensible way temporarily to exorcize critics' growing frustration and student harm.

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