Online textbooks can harbor malware, report says | Tech firms help prepare students for workforce | National Board joins effort to train STEM teachers
September 6, 2019
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Online textbooks can harbor malware, report says
Online textbooks can harbor malware, report says
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Digital textbooks include hard lessons in cybersecurity, with Kaspersky Lab reporting that 122,000 attacks over the past year involved malware disguised as online textbooks. More than 30,000 users tried to open dangerous files, which were often hidden in free essays and in English, math and literature books.
CNET (9/3) 
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eLearning
Tech firms help prepare students for workforce
Amazon Web Services, Facebook, Google and other technology firms are working to help shape curriculum at two-year colleges. Colleges say the programs -- some of which are offered for free -- help prepare students with in-demand skills that they need to enter the workforce.
Education Dive (9/4) 
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National Board joins effort to train STEM teachers
National Board joins effort to train STEM teachers
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The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards has joined 100Kin10, a national network working to prepare 100,000 STEM teachers by 2021. The National Board is among 41 organizations to recently join the network, which has trained 68,000 STEM teachers since 2011.
Education Dive (9/5) 
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Report: 5G, Wi-Fi convergence necessary
Integrated networks that allow devices to use both 5G and Wi-Fi without providing identity credentials could pave a path toward a seamless internet ecosystem, the RAN Convergence White Paper report states. The report was created by the WBA and NGMN Joint Task Force using data and input from telecom equipment manufacturers, mobile carriers and Wi-Fi advocates.
TechRepublic (9/4) 
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Managing Budgets
Could more per-pupil spending boost graduation rates?
The most efficient way to increase college-graduation rates at public four-year institutions is increasing per-pupil instructional spending, according to an analysis of competing proposals. While 70% of 2018 high-school graduates enrolled in college, fewer than 50% will earn a bachelor's degree, Lauren Bauer, a fellow in economic studies with The Hamilton Project, writes in this blog post.
The Brookings Institution (9/5) 
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Schools and Social Media
Principal gives books as birthday gifts
An elementary-school principal in North Carolina gives students a book for their birthday to help engage with students and promote reading. He shared the idea on Facebook and has received hundreds of donated books to jump-start the effort.
Good Morning America (9/5) 
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Last Byte
Pinterest: Users organize their lives before fall
Pinterest: Users organize their lives before fall
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Pinterest has revealed consumer insights related what it calls a pre-fall "Back to Life" period, which include a 78% year-over-year increase in life organization searches, a 230% rise in organization video searches and a 3,298% spike in searches regarding financial budgeting. Goal planning searches were up 128%, travel dreams spiked 2,178% and radiating positivity searches rose 103%.
Adweek (tiered subscription model) (9/4) 
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