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U of Michigan Awarded Google Grant to Expand After-School Robotics Program

More students in Detroit Public Schools will be participating in after-school programs in science and engineering, thanks to a $250,000 grant from Google to the Michigan Engineering Zone, a makerspace project of the University of Michigan College of Engineering.

Microsoft Boosts OneNote Accessibility, Offers Free Accessibility Training Course for Educators

Microsoft has unveiled new accessibility features for OneNote, the company's collaborative note-taking app for Windows, macOS, iOS and Android.

U of Washington-Madison Twitter Account Up and Running After Hack

The University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-M) yesterday morning had its Twitter account (@UWMadison) hacked by an unauthorized user. The account, which has about 160,000 followers, published four tweets before UW-M staff became aware of the breach.

Blackboard Releases Accessibility Tool

Blackboard is rolling out an accessibility tool that it plans to make available for all major learning management systems.



Google I/O 2017: Standalone Google VR Headsets from HTC, Lenovo Coming Soon

At the annual Google I/O 2017 developer conference, Google unveiled an upcoming “revolutionary” standalone VR headset that will be manufactured by HTC and Lenovo.

Report Proposes Ethical Practices for Use of Predictive Analytics in Higher Ed

The latest report on predictive analytics from New America proposes five guidelines for ensuring the ethical use of student data in recruiting and retention, such as the avoidance of bias in predictive models and algorithms.

Washington Prisoners Get Chance to Pursue 2-Year Degrees

The Washington State Institute for Public Policy estimated that the state received a return on investment of $20 for every dollar invested in correctional education.

New Report Examines Use of Big Data in Ed

Even as "big data" is helping researchers better understand why some students seem to thrive while others don't, a growing backlash by parents and policymakers could hamper research efforts. On one side are concerns about "privacy breaches, hacking, the use of data by commercial software developers for marketing purposes and the possibility that sensitive information ... might limit future opportunities for students," as a new report from the National Academy of Education explained.

Trustee Guide Acts as Playbook for Institution Innovation

The 48-page report is a follow-on to one published two years ago, describing more than a dozen innovative initiatives undertaken at a "broad range of schools."

More Colleges, Universities Join Scholarship Platform to Fund Good Students

An online fundraising platform that has helped high schoolers raise more than $1 billion in scholarships for college is growing its community of academic institution partners.

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