On September 28, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the Student Online Personal Information Protection Act (SOPIPA), which prohibits online service providers from selling student data or using it to target advertising to students. The sweeping measure, which was introduced by California Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, also requires online service providers to maintain adequate security procedures and to delete student information if requested by a school or district.  Continue reading

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The latest education standards in the United States reflect a dual focus on academic learning and real-world application. Still, nearly everyone agrees that the goals of education must extend even further. In today’s complex world, students must be able to communicate their ideas effectively, think creatively, work collaboratively to solve problems, and manage their own learning. They also must learn how to confront new challenges, take initiative, and persevere.  Continue reading

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While today’s youngsters may be adept at texting and using the latest social media apps, many lack skills in using the Web to find reliable information, according to an article in The New York Times. The article cites a new research study led by University of Connecticut professor Donald J. Leu.

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Developers of the latest generation of educational games say they are coming closer to figuring out how to unlock kids’ passion for gaming to turn them into voracious learners, according to an article in The Hechinger Report. The article spotlights the developers of Zulama (a curriculum that lets students design and build games), Zeal (a math and English game), and Globaloria (which aims to teach students Science, Technology, Math, and Engineering material by having them design and code games).  Continue reading

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In a rare show of bipartisanship, two education bills have cleared important hurdles in Congress, according to an article in Education Week. On September 17, the Strengthening Education through Research Act was passed out of the Senate education committee with only minor changes from the House-passed version. The bill, which would reauthorize federal education research through the Institute of Education Sciences, would require periodic outside evaluations of IES and its centers and cap the number of centers and labs.  Continue reading

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