Floppy disks and computer games "Where in the World Is Carmen San Diego?" and "Oregon Trail" are all examples of technology that educators and students will remember from the 1990s. This commentary offers those examples and more, as well as their 2017 equivalents.
A record number of girls and minorities took computer science Advanced Placement exams in 2016, according to data from the College Board and Code.org. This year marked the debut of the Computer Science Principles exam, which Code.org's Cameron Wilson says was designed to reach a more diverse group of test-takers.
Some educators are taking a more open approach to students' use of mobile devices. Morgen Larsen, with the Northwest Council for Computer Education, says it's time to shift from "staying ahead of the digital native" to allying "ourselves with our youth so they can help us protect them."
The School District of Philadelphia, in partnership with other groups, will host a Minecraft-themed fundraising event. The goal is to raise money for education technology in schools and support an advocacy group focused on health care, child care, public education and family stability.
There may be more incidents of cyberbullying on Instagram than other social-media platforms, according to a survey of more than 10,000 people. About 42% of Instagram users reported being bullied, compared to 37% on Facebook, 31% on Snapchat, 10% on YouTube and 9% on Twitter.
Silicon Valley insiders say smartphones are already being optimized for augmented reality, writes Mike Elgan. For instance, Apple is reportedly developing a rear-facing 3D laser system into its new iPhone 8, and Microsoft is creating a Surface-branded Windows 10 phablet optimized for AR.