Opinion

Watch the response to the school data breach

The discovery this past week of the exposure of highly confidential Loudoun County Public Schools student and staff information should alarm everyone in the Virginia county. It raises serious concerns about the technical expertise of LCPS staff and the security protocols it and its contractors for technology services have in place.

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Searching for the intelligent use of technology

Bill Gates, the Common Core’s godfather and a personalized learning advocate, touts the “intelligent use of technology to develop innovative learning models and personalized educational pathways.” Inconveniently, on its pathway to a world where children access their education through a “personalized class portal homepage,” the technology express has veered off the rails.

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5 trends to watch in 2014

Something that has become abundantly clear in recent years is that whether your future seems bright or dim depends on where you live. Young people in Europe, for example, are facing an extremely tough time and face the prospect of being less prosperous than their parents' generation. But for their counterparts in India or China, expectations are entirely different, with many of them looking forward to a higher income than their parents.

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Too few girls and minorities study tech subjects

A big reason America is falling behind other countries in science and math is that we have effectively written off a huge chunk of our population as uninterested in those fields or incapable of succeeding in them. Women make up nearly half the work force but have just 26 percent of science, technology, engineering or math jobs.

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Technology training is the key to innovation

As cyber-native kids mature, they will require far less instruction on how to use technology and more education that prepares them to be the creators of it.

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Don’t let fears stop tech reform in LA schools

The $1 billion push to provide every student and teacher at Los Angeles USD with an iPad is attracting a lot attention. Schools have been overwhelmed in recent years by oversold, ill-designed and frustrating new gizmos. Questions about whether dollars allocated to new technology are being spent wisely deserve serious consideration.

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Broadband helps education, but it isn't a panacea

Technology billionaires Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg think education turns on faster internet. But is web connectivity really the key ingredient to a good education? The majority seem to agree with that statement.

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Strengthening the link between technology and education

Silicon Valley is widely regarded as the birthplace and nursery of digital innovation. Technology continuously arising from the Valley is substantial, and these leaps forward have fundamentally changed the way our world functions and thinks. There is a compelling argument that this model should be expanded to include education policy, where there exists a strong need to foster innovation, not limit it.

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Building STEAM among female students

The dearth of women in technology professions or girls taking STEM classes has been well-documented. But I found reason for hope recently one afternoon with young girls studying STEAM, in full-day Saturday workshops where the girls engaged in hands-on learning about robotics and gaming technology using NASA STEM education guidelines developed for the U.S. Department of Education.

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Educational innovations need more funding

High-tech plus high-touch equals high cost, an equation that has some Mead SD educators looking for extraordinary solutions. The Washington district’s Riverpoint Academy combines computer-based instruction with hands-on manufacturing. Keeping up with the latest technology is challenging, however, as few of the necessary tools on Director Dan Butler's wish list come cheap.

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