students

Tue
23
Dec
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Virginia Tech Gunman Emails Made Public

Emails written by Virginia Tech gunman Seung-Hui Cho have been released to the media via the school's own newspaper, the Collegiate Times. The messages make up just one part of a the nearly 14,000 documents related to the slayings made available ... last week. It's been a year and a half since the violence at Virginia Tech. A calm has finally settled over the campus, but most students, professors, and staff still struggle to imagine what could have possibly led Cho, the gunman responsible for the deaths of 32 other students, to embark on such a deadly, vicious rampage. The massive store of ... (view more)

Fri
26
Sep
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Interactive Classrooms Use Interactive Desks!

When you think of an "interactive classroom" what are the first images that pop into your head? Is it a classroom filled with computers? Interactive activities shared using a smartboard? Teacher-led discussions being conducted via podcasts? While ... some of the above items have been adopted into modern classrooms already, a coalition of researchers at Durham University (UK) calling themselves the TEL (Technology-Enhanced Learning) Research Group have aspired to redefine the concept of an interactive classroom, with the recent introduction of the first available multi-touch student desks. Think ... (view more)

Fri
22
Aug
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Oops! Details Of 100,000 Students Leaked Online

A school testing company's blunder left personal details of more than 100,000 students publicly viewable on the web. The Princeton Review, which produces courses designed to help students prepare for tests including the SAT (the standard entry exam ... for US universities), recently switched Internet providers. During the move, password protected mechanisms were inadvertently disabled, allowing for full public exposure to sensitive student records. Among those which lost their cloaking were one file with names and birth dates of 74,000 Virginia students, and another with more extensive details ... (view more)

Wed
16
Jul
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How the Computer will Kill the Textbook

When you stop to think about it, the evolution of technology in the modern classroom is truly amazing. Schools have gone from having only a few computers in the entire building to having a few computers in each classroom to using computers as an ... educational tool when teaching everyday material. At Boston's Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School, over 650 students are given an Apple laptop each day. The teacher simply tells the students which applications to click on, and the class departs on an electronic learning adventure geared specifically to their own unique levels of understanding. The ... (view more)

Fri
27
Jun
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Teens Hack Grades The Modern Way

If you love your 80s teen movies, you'll be very familiar with plots in which geeky teenagers (often played by Matthew Broderick) use dial-up modems and green-screen monitors to hack into their school computers and change their grades. Two ... California students have recently been charged over similar incidents where they reportedly used a blend of 21st century hacking and old fashioned brute force. Rather than simply looking in the principal's assistant's drawer for the password, they allegedly broke into the school and installed spyware on staff computers so that they could remotely access the ... (view more)

Fri
22
Feb
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Microsoft Gives Free Software to IT Students

Microsoft is giving students free access to some of its leading tools for developing software and creating web sites. The project, called Dreamspark, is designed to encourage pupils to learn the skills needed for a career in the software and ... computing industry. The package includes Visual Studio (a facility for developing software), Expression Studio (which includes graphic and web design tools) and XNA Game Studio (which is used for creating video games). Around 35 million high school students in the US, China and several Western European countries are eligible for the scheme now. School ... (view more)

Mon
22
Oct
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One Step Forward, Two Back for RIAA?

A few days ago, I reported on the Record Industry Association of America (RIAA) victory over Jammie Thomas, a single mother and the first defendant in a crusade against a parade of supposed copyright offenders. As expected, many anti-copyright ... groups are now emerging to support Thomas in the fight against the increasingly despised RIAA. For those that missed it, Thomas was recently found guilty of "making available" about 24 songs (not even two full records) on Kazaa's now defunct illegal network. That essentially made the songs free and clear to be downloaded illegally by others, and that's ... (view more)

Fri
12
Oct
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Pencils, Erasers, Rulers...iPods?

It should come as little surprise that children take their iPods with them to school. Traditionally, the device has been referred to as a distraction for students during class time and most teachers will only allow students to take them out at ... designated periods of the school day. A student who takes out their device prematurely may face a detention, removal of their iPod or, in some extreme cases, an expulsion. (Source: nytimes.com ) However, a few schools in the U.S. are raising some eyebrows for handing out iPods to their students, while encouraging them to sing along to their favorite pop ... (view more)

Thu
20
Sep
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YouTube 101

"You'll never get anywhere by watching TV all day." That has been a popular refrain uttered by mothers for generations upon generations. Today's mothers may even be saying the same thing about the Internet's version of television, YouTube. Only, ... this time, they're wrong. You can get somewhere by watching YouTube. Well, if you attend Pitzer College, that is. Pitzer has added a new course to its curriculum. The subject: YouTube. (Source: yahoo.com ) "The class is a lot of fun but it is also meant to be serious," stated the course's instructor, Professor Alexandra Juhasz. "It's a serious class ... (view more)

Fri
03
Aug
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'Trashing' Facebook

Call it inevitable. As Facebook continues to take over the computer screens of bored cubicle dwellers and exhausted college students, the site has become the target of investigation at Oxford university in England. (Source: upi.com ) For those ... familiar with Facebook, it's entirely understandable that the site could be used for investigating one's activities, relationships, or general personality. Many of these details are listed on a user's page, under windows for events, groups, or simple banter between friends. Unfortunately, the administration at Oxford university, according to a few, have ... (view more)

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