Weekly News Round-up: 4.11.2014

By Alex Honeysett 04.11.2014 blog

ICYMI, here are some of the best education stories published in the trades this week.

Report: Student Social Network Use Declines as Social Apps Move to Take Their Place
According to a new report from Project Tomorrow, the number of students who have a profile on a social networking site, like Facebook, is down by nearly 40% in the last 5 years, and “social media apps such as Instagram, Snapchat and Vine are filling the void with participation by 44% of students in grades 6-12.” Check out this article from THE Journal for more interesting findings from the report.

Keeping Student Data Private
In this THE Journal article, five Chief Technology Officers discuss how they’re working with students and educators to keep student information safe – and what they’re most worried about when it comes to data privacy.

Vast Digital Divide Exists in K-12 Schools, E-Rate Analysis Shows
In their latest round of research, our partners at Education SuperHighway found that applications for E-rate money from schools around the country highlight the large gap between “poor and wealthy school systems’ access to high-quality technology.” Read more about Education SuperHighway’s research results in this EdWeek article.

How Is The Internet Changing Education?
This infographic, from our friends at Edudemic, shows how the Internet is giving students an increasing amount of power in their education.

More Than Half of Students ‘Engaged’ in School, Says Poll
According to a report release this week by Gallup Education, “students who have teachers who make them ‘feel excited about the future’ and who attend schools that they see as committed to building their individual strengths are 30 times more likely than other students to show other signs of engagement in the classroom,” explains this EdWeek article.

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