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Kid raising hand in school to tech industry: Hands up who can help cut teachers' admin

The British government has admitted teachers need help tackling lesson workloads and admin burdens – but wants tech firms to fix the problem. In a speech to the World Education Forum, education secretary Damian Hinds called on the industry to revolutionise UK schooling. His department is looking to startups and Silicon Valley …
Rebecca Hill, 8 Aug 2018

Pleasant programming playground paves popular Python path

To help aspiring programmers start writing code, researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology in the US have developed a free web-based platform called Code Shrew. The site – built with Django (Python 3), PostgreSQL, the Skulpt in-browser Python interpreter and the JavaScript-based CodeMirror editor widget – relies on …

Victoria's educational apps-for-students let creeps contact kids

Updated Google and the Victorian Department of Education have set parents, students, teachers, and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner a poser: at what point does a feature become a vulnerability? Or just too creepy to put in front of kids? Victoria's teachers and students have adopted a system based on Google Apps …
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US schools' IT systems drop out after weekend firmware update misery

A botched network switch firmware update caused school IT systems to fall over in the US state of Washington, it is claimed. WSIPC, which provides technology and software for classrooms in the Pacific Northwest, said its Skyward and IEP Online services were both out of commission for three and a half days this week while it …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Apr 2018
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The first rule of maths class: Don't start a fight club

A bored substitute maths teacher from Connecticut has been cuffed for allegedly starting a fight club in his lessons. Ryan Fish, 23 years old, was charged with two counts of risk of injury to minors, four counts of reckless endangerment, and breach of peace for allegedly supervising fights during October 2017. Police were …
Kat Hall, 13 Apr 2018
schoolchildren celebrate - throw papers in the air expected to quit controversial harvesting of schoolchildren's nationality data

Campaigners have welcomed reports that the UK government is planning to cease monitoring pupils' nationality in its mass school data slurp. The school census, a statutory survey that takes place three times a year, collects a range of information about students, including country of origin and nationality. Civil rights and …
Rebecca Hill, 10 Apr 2018
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Apple, if you want to win in education, look at what sucks about iPads

For us crazed weirdos who work in education – that's primary schools for me – I'll admit it was mildly encouraging to find our world was the main thrust of an Apple event this week. The updated, marginally cheaper iPad with pencil support isn't about to set hearts ablaze, but the mostly stable and reliable environment of iOS …
Giles Hill, 30 Mar 2018
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Apple turns hat around, sits backwards on chair, pitches iPad to schools

Apple is trying to reclaim its status as the cool kid in class with a fresh round of products aimed at the education market. The Cupertino music distributor chose a Chicago school as its venue on Tuesday when execs introduced a new iPad model along with a new iWork suite and a set of Apps aimed at classrooms. Pencil works its …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Mar 2018
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Parents blame brats' slipping school grades on crap internet speeds

Without the distraction of pissing around online, you'd think kids might stand a better chance of doing their homework. But it seems some parents blame their darlings' performance at school on crap broadband speeds. One in seven think sub-par internet speeds are negatively impacting their child's education, according to a …
Kat Hall, 27 Mar 2018

Students: Duh, of course we're blowing our loan bucks on crypto coins

University students are opting to use their student loan money to invest in cryptocurrency, rather than school. This according to a survey this month from the Student Loan Report, which asked 1,000 college students in America if they had used their loan money to buy cryptocurrency, only to have 212 confirm. In other words, …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Mar 2018

Perv raided college girls' online accounts for nude snaps – by cracking their security questions

Jonathan C. Powell, who hacked into over 1,000 email accounts in search of sexually explicit images and videos of college-aged women, was jailed for six months for computer fraud, the US Department of Justice said on Thursday. Arrested in November, 2016, Powell, a resident of Phoenix, Arizona, pleaded guilty last August in a …
Thomas Claburn, 25 Jan 2018

Firms pushing devices at teachers that let kids draw... on a screen? You BETT

Hold on to your hats, Reg readers - Microsoft has some ground-breaking news to offer you: kids of the future are going to need collaboration, problem-solving, critical thinking, and creativity skills for work. Ever the committed educationalist, Redmond has commissioned McKinsey & Co to carry out some research that shows how …
Rebecca Hill, 22 Jan 2018
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National Audit Office report blasts's 'muddled' STEM strategy

The UK government's "muddled" attempt to boost skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) risks wasting taxpayers' money, according to a report by the National Audit Office today. Since the early 2000s there has been growing concern about how to achieve higher productivity and economic growth in an era …
Richard Priday, 17 Jan 2018

UK exam chiefs: About the compsci coursework you've been working on. It means diddly-squat

GCSE computer science coursework will no longer count toward the final grade after answers to set tasks were leaked online last year. Exam regulator Ofqual announced that non-exam assessment will not count to the final mark in GCSE computer science in 2018 or 2019. Previously the 20-hour assessment had accounted for 20 per …
Kat Hall, 8 Jan 2018
dunce_cap_648 told: Your frantic farming of pupils' data is getting a little creepy

Plans to expand the vast National Pupil Database to include information on why kids leave mainstream education have been slammed by privacy campaigners. The government's stated aim is to better understand how and why pupils end up with alternative provision (AP) by adding more detail to the information collected in the annual …
Rebecca Hill, 13 Dec 2017
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GCSE compsci kids' work may not count after solutions leaked online

The new compsci GCSE has been plunged into chaos after solutions to coursework tasks were found leaked online. Now the UK Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) is considering changing how this year's course will be graded. Schools first began teaching the new computer science GCSEs in September 2016 …
Andrew Silver, 28 Nov 2017

Computing in schools improved, but still needs major patching – report

Computing based education has improved in the UK since 2012 but there's still more to be done, according to the Royal Society A new report by the science group, titled After the reboot: computing education in schools, made six major recommendations – offer computer-based subjects more widely, improve the diversity of students …
Richard Priday, 10 Nov 2017
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Programming bootcamp compiles $375,000 check after triggering New York AG's error handlers

Analysis New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman last week agreed to settle charges that New York City-based code bootcamp Flatiron School operated without a license and failed to adequately disclose information about the employment outcomes of graduates. Flatiron School has agreed to pay $375,000 in restitution to eligible …
Thomas Claburn, 18 Oct 2017

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