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Who is keeping student data safe in the era of digital learning?

The Hechinger Report – Tara García Mathewson

“When Baltimore County Public Schools started giving every student a computer for daily use in the classroom, teachers sought out more online learning materials to go with them. That meant more partnerships with third-party vendors, some of whom tracked student performance or required personal information about students to open new accounts. Parents in Baltimore County became concerned. Was their children’s private data going to be safe even outside the district’s hands? Baltimore County has become a leader in student data privacy and security, and is one of only 13 districts in the nation to earn a Trusted Learning Environment seal from CoSN, the membership group representing the nation’s K-12 school technology leaders.”(more)

Positive Words Go a Long Way

Edutopia – Alyssa Nucaro

“When I started teaching, I didn’t truly understand the power of words and their ability to influence the lives of students. I quickly learned that the effectiveness of my lessons and the classroom culture are heavily influenced by the language I use and how I use it. One of the hardest things I had to do was learn how to change my “teacher” language so that I could encourage and empower students on a daily basis. Using powerful and effective teacher language takes a lot of practice and awareness. Therefore, one of my goals each year is to ensure that my communication with students is encouraging and empowering, in order to guide them toward achieving their ultimate goals. I want them to learn how to make constructive choices by reflecting on past decisions.”(more)

Why Math Is the Best Way to Make Sense of the World

Wired – Ariel Bleicher

“When Rebecca Goldin spoke to a recent class of incoming freshmen at George Mason University, she relayed a disheartening statistic: According to a recent study, 36 percent of college students don’t significantly improve in critical thinking during their four-year tenure. “These students had trouble distinguishing fact from opinion, and cause from correlation,” Goldin explained.”(more)

Will the Evolution of STEM Education Produce a More Advanced Generation of EEs?

All About Circuits – Heather Hamilton-Post

“The need for additional applicants in STEM fields continues to rise, and students who begin these studies earlier are better equipped to fulfill these roles. From programming robots to working with satellites and remote vehicles, students are more interested than ever in STEM programs, which offer more real-world experience and interactivity than more traditional methods of education. And, as companies and researchers collaborate to meet the unique needs of STEM in the classroom, teachers are getting onboard, too.”(more)

Want to Give Students More Voice and Choice? Start with Teachers

Ed Surge – Michele Eaton

“Stop me if you’ve seen this one before: In an effort to encourage teachers to abandon traditional, lecture-style instruction in favor of next-generation learning models, we sit them down and ask them to listen for an hour or two. Or, in other words, we lecture teachers on the merits of ditching the lecture. Conversations around personalized learning are nothing new for the staff at the M.S.D. of Wayne Township in Indianapolis. Teachers in our virtual high school and blended learning programs, which I help direct, have been having them for a few years now via webinars and seminars. The discussions are always rich and engaging, but, perhaps unsurprisingly, our efforts to scale them were always coming up short.”(more)

How freezing credit after Equifax will shut you out of some student loans

USA Today – Susan Tompor

“Here’s something student loan borrowers don’t want to hear: The Equifax data breach now could cast a shadow on applying for some college loans, too. After the Equifax data breach hit in early September, many consumer watchdogs —including the Federal Trade Commission and U.S. PIRG — advocated that consumers consider putting a freeze on their credit report if they felt their Social Security number and other data had been compromised.”(more)