A Texas school district is considering hiring a security company, Social Sentinel, to help scan social media to identify potential school threats. Some officials have raised concerns over data privacy, but the company says it does not access private messages or data.
Students' internet needs have changed, and college students now expect that colleges will provide appropriate bandwidth on their Wi-Fi networks. At Elon University, Christopher Waters, chief information officer, said the campus has two Wi-Fi networks, with one just for smart devices and gaming consoles.
Researchers at the University of Oregon, in partnership with a consulting firm, will begin a pilot program this spring that uses virtual reality to help teachers recognize implicit bias in how they discipline students. The program will teach educators skills such as breathing techniques to reduce disproportionate disciplinary actions against minority students.
Digital tools can help educators collaborate within a school or across the globe, writes Kyleen Gray, a teacher in a rural part of Ontario, Canada. In this blog post, Gray shares how she uses tools including Google Docs and Slides documents.
Colleges and universities are focusing more on fully online courses than blended courses, according to 55% of higher-education chief online officers interviewed for a new survey. The data also showed that most COOs see competition growing in the online market, and the majority of leaders at four-year institutions say they'll add more than 10 new online programs in coming years.
The Educator's School Safety Network, a nonprofit organization led by mother-daughter duo Amy Klinger and Amanda Klinger, has created a live online tracker to tally the threats made to schools. The organization has been manually tracking school threats using media reports since 2014, but they moved to a live tracker after the Parkland, Fla., high-school shooting.
The University of Virginia is expected to spend $50 million to become the first institution in the state to roll out a cloud-based human resources system. Under the new UFirst system, expected to be implemented by next January, the hiring process will be streamlined and the data generated will be used to improve recruitment and retention, says Chief Human Resources Officer Kelley Stuck.
In this commentary, Michele Eaton, director of virtual and blended learning in an Indiana school district, shares five steps that schools can take when implementing open educational resources. For example, Eaton suggests making it easy for teachers and students to access such resources.
Transportation expenses can be more than 10% of school districts' budgets, and administrators in some states are reducing costs by planning more efficient routes and by adopting new technology. In Boston, officials expect to save between $3 million and $5 million for the 2018 academic year with efficiencies discovered through the use of MIT's supercomputer network.
A computer glitch affected New York students taking statewide English assessments this week. The issue appeared to be resolved, but officials have asked their vendor Questar Assessment to investigate the matter and report back.