Millions of hacked LinkedIn IDs advertised 'for sale'

"A hacker is advertising what he says is more than one hundred million LinkedIn logins for sale. The IDs were reportedly sourced from a breach four years ago, which had previously been thought to have included a fraction of that number." | 0 Comments

UC students' suit claims Google scanned accounts without permission

"Legal action against Google by four UC Berkeley students has ballooned into two lawsuits by 890 U.S. college students and alumni alleging the firm harvested their data for commercial gain without their consent." | 0 Comments


Why smart kids shouldn’t use laptops in class

"Now there is an answer, thanks to a big, new experiment from economists at West Point, who randomly banned computers from some sections of a popular economics course this past year at the military academy. One-third of the sections could use laptops or tablets to take notes during lecture; one-third could use tablets, but only to look at class materials; and one-third were prohibited from using any technology.
Unsurprisingly, the students who were allowed to use laptops — and 80 percent of them did — scored worse on the final exam. What’s interesting is that the smartest students seemed to be harmed the most." | 0 Comments


A Moment of Clarity on the Role of Technology in Teaching

"A recent report from MIT about online education argues that the right way to use technology is to help professors do what they already do, but better." | 0 Comments


Oh hey, look, someone dropped a USB drive!

"Researchers dropped nearly 300 flash drives, of different types, in 30 different locations on the Urbana campus, including the main quad, south quad and engineering quad, as well as in parking lots, hallways, classrooms, libraries, cafeterias and, yes, sidewalks. | 0 Comments


University partners with Homeland Security to create infrastructure protection center

“Led by the University of Illinois, CIRI is developing new technologies and business approaches to improve the security and resiliency of critical infrastructure,” said a statement released by the Department of Homeland Security." | 0 Comments


Understanding the Origins of Ed-Tech Snake Oil

"Personalized learning! Adaptive learning! Brain science! Learning science! Big data! New and improved! The marketing for "personalized" educational products can feel a little like a late-night infomercial. Rather than getting common-sense explanations of how the products work or being provided with peer-reviewed research to justify ambitious (if vague) claims, we are simply reassured that a product works because it is "based on the science of neuroplasticity." | 0 Comments


The future of textbooks looks like this

"Faculty and students may still prefer print to digital, but spikes in print costs, as well as a demand for personalization, is pushing digital textbooks and course materials to the…" | 0 Comments


Survey finds grade inflation continues to rise at four-year colleges, but not at community college

"A is by far the most common grade on both four-year and two-year college campuses (more than 42 percent of grades). At four-year schools, awarding of A's has been going up five to six percentage points per decade and A's are now three times more common than they were in 1960." | 0 Comments


How Sal Khan Hopes to Remake Education

"Khan Academy has become a force. Its founder, Salman Khan, talks about his vision for the future, and what he thinks the college of tomorrow should look like. " | 0 Comments


Using dance to design robotics control systems

"Amy LaViers, assistant professor of mechanical science and engineering at the University, is using this connection in her upcoming research project that aims to create a multi-platform robotics control system inspired by the way humans move." | 0 Comments


Underserved students thrive with university's new format

"A new collaboration between Carnegie Mellon’s learning company Acrobatiq and National Louis University has created a new, innovative undergraduate program aimed at expanding access to underserved learners and improving student achievement through adaptive-powered, competency-based learning." | 0 Comments


Direct Deposit Breach Strikes Illinois State

"The university's chief of staff, Jay Groves, told the newspaper that the break-in resulted when somebody accessed the university logins of the people who were affected, allowing the hacker to access their accounts and change their direct-deposit information. To prevent that from happening again," | 0 Comments


Shmoop releases computer science, technology courses

"In the core Computer Science course, students will start by writing simple programs that can type and doodle. Once they’ve mastered the basics, they’ll work their way up to writing programs that take charge and teach them computer science—or something like that. In Introduction to HTML and CSS, students will find out how CSS is the web-equivalent of the stylist who takes off the female protagonist’s glasses and discovers she was beautiful all along. And both coders and luddites will benefit from courses like The History of Technology and The History of the Internet." | 0 Comments


Box Delivers New Integrations With Microsoft

"The integrations between Microsoft and Box let people store their documents in the cloud on Box and work with them in Microsoft Office, adding to the list of Microsoft products that work together with Box. The online file storage and sharing service previously introduced integrations with Office 365 on the desktop and Office for iPad and iPhone. The company also offers the Box app for Windows 10 and Outlook apps for iPhone and iPad." | 0 Comments

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