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Offensive Facebook memes just cost 10 students their spots at Harvard
Per the student newspaper: In the group, students sent each other memes and other images mocking sexual assault, the Holocaust and the deaths of children, according to screenshots of the chat obtained...
Students Tackle Tough US Defense Problems
In their Hacking for Defense class, students at Stanford University in California don't hit the books or work on problem sets in the library. They go out into the field, tackling real world problems given...
Forget virtual reality - Microsoft's Surface Laptop shows it lives in another dimension
At Microsoft’s #MicrosoftEDU event, CEO Satya Nadella waxed lyrical about the importance of ‘democratising education’ by making technology – and educational tools – available to any student throughout...
Windows 10 S revealed, with Chromebook-like laptops to match
At the #MicrosoftEDU event today, Microsoft announced a brand-new version of Windows 10, Windows 10 S, which is aimed at students and is a competitor to Chrome OS – Google’s lightweight operating system...
Students 3D print prosthetic for disabled chihuahua
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. — Some San Juan Capistrano high school students hope their pet project will give a little dog a leg up on life, CBS Los Angeles reported.Isabelle, the chihuahua-terrier mix,...
VR puts Oakland students in the rooms where Hamilton happened
[...] on Monday, she and her classmates at Aspire Golden State College Preparatory Academy were able to travel virtually to historic sites related to the life of Alexander Hamilton, the nation’s first...
How cloud computing has changed homework time—for parents
EnlargeGeri Lavrov / Getty Images reader comments 1 Share this story How the Cloud Changes School Libraries have become a broadband lifeline to the cloud for students How teachers see the classroom redefined...
Libraries have become a broadband lifeline to the cloud for students
Enlarge / Three students—Jarquiese McCaskey, Jaquan Hawkins and Zaylan Randolph—hold computers as they enter the school library where they will attempt to do work on laptops with very limited Internet...
Critical thinking is one for the history books
Bigfoot cares for its young.Katy Kristin reader comments 25 Share this story The world as a whole has become increasingly reliant on science to provide its technology and inform its policy. But rampant...
WiFi-enabled school buses help students get online on the go
ST. STEPHEN, S.C. -- For eighth-grader Lakaysha Governor, her daily two-hour school bus commute had been spent catching up with friends and trying to tune out distractions from unruly preschoolers. Now,...
Students use ‘artificial intelligence’ to ‘bring back the dead’ in history class
Students at STEM School and Academy in Highlands Ranch, Colo. are using artificial-intelligence programming and 3D printing to bring historical figures “back to life” for their history class.They created...
Here's how one undocumented tech worker feels under President Trump
For now, tech workers benefitting from DACA may be keeping a low profile. "Almost all of the people that work with DACA in tech are not outspoken because they fear for themselves and their families,"...
Interventions with parents push kids to pursue science classes
reader comments 12 Share this story Ideally, we'd like some of the most talented students to get involved in STEM education—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. But many potentially talented students...
Twitter is being used in classes to help students learn Arabic
Can tweeting in Arabic help you learn the language?Etabeta/Alamy Stock PhotoBy Nicole KobieTwitter can sometimes feel like a language of its own, but one lecturer is using the social media site as a tool...
Minecraft expansion successfully tricks students into learning
Enlarge / Awesome Minecraft architecture by Arsian qchronod. reader comments 3 Share this story Two chemists, a materials scientist and a game developer (all professors), have created a Minecraft expansion...
Lab adapts toys for children with disabilities
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Because of her cerebral palsy, 4-year-old Scarlett Wilgis has trouble opening her hands and can’t get around without help. Her parents have scoured store shelves and websites for...
Experimental Silicon Valley School Abolishes Grade Levels
Employing a startup style, Khan Lab School brings back one-room concept to teach young students Silicon Valley, known for its innovative tech companies and startups, also is the birthplace of an experimental...
Kids on swift path to coding future
The site where mathematician Alan Turing cracked Nazi Germany's 'unbreakable' Enigma code will become home to the UK's first national college of cyber education when it opens in 2018. Students from St...
Silicon Valley School Uses Unconventional Methods to Train Entrepreneurs
Many future entrepreneurs first attend university and business school. In Silicon Valley, though, a place that celebrates innovation, there is a school aimed solely at current and future entrepreneurs...
Fake news, ads dupe Internet-savvy students, study finds
Internet powerhouses have for days been scrambling to come up with a way to answer those who blame them for an onslaught of fake news and false information that permeates the Web and, some believe, may...
College students find a way to fix "fake news"
Four college students came up with a fix to Facebook's "fake news" problem in just 36 hours. The team created FiB, which verifies posts based on credibility and sources. One of the students, Purdue University...
A guide to Minecraft: Education Edition
After months of development and testing, Microsoft has finally launched Minecraft: Education Edition, a learning-focused version of the game that’s been designed for the classroom. To the uninitiated...
IBM Bolsters Its Watson Ecosystem, Adding Education Apps, Bots
IBM has introduced Watson into the online education market in a deal with Pearson, while others are using Watson Virtual Agent to streamline business operations. LAS VEGAS—IBM continues to field questions...
Technology Gives Students Innovative Tools for Cheating
Cheating on exams is not new. What is new is how students are doing it — they’re not writing answers on their hand anymore. Smart technology has transformed cheating, and stopping it requires smart, comprehensive...
Three schools partner with AltSchool
San Francisco education technology firm AltSchool on Tuesday named three schools outside of California as the first paying customers of its software. The software helps track students’ progress over time,...
Sprint Bringing Mobile Devices, Free Internet to 1M U.S. Students
The program aims to provide internet access to disadvantaged high school students whose families can't afford services at home. One million disadvantaged U.S. high school students whose families can't...
Students Live in Floating Shipping Containers
Living in tiny spaces is becoming a trend. Soon, some university students will find out what it’s like by living in a very unusual place – a shipping container. The recycled containers are located in a...
Researchers who sexually harass may have a harder time getting grants
Enlarge / Shot of a male coworker acting inappropriately in the workplacePeopleimages.com via Getty Images reader comments 6 Share this story Over the last year, there have been a series of revelations...
The ‘black box’ method can crack the admissions code at your dream college
"This is based on thousands of data points that we've collected. A lot of the data comes from our own students who we've helped in Singapore to get into top colleges in the U.S. and U.K.," Pasari says....
Wounds from childhood bullying may persist into college years, study finds
The study, which involved 480 college freshmen through seniors, indicated that the detrimental effects of bullying may linger for years, negatively affecting victims' mental health well into young adulthood....
Crafty! Beer-testing lab helps students learn chemistry
PORTLAND, Maine -- A Maine professor is hoping to brew interest in her chemistry class by keeping the topic on beer.University of Southern Maine professor Lucille Benedict tells the Portland Press Herald it...
Students make mockery of Census ‘amateurs’
Head of census 2016 says the ABS is not considering any backup plan amid fears of a low participation rate. QUT students Bernd Hartzer and Austin Wilshire build a better 2016 Census server that is four...
Can 42 US, a free coding school run by a French billionaire, actually work?
reader comments 1 Share this story Ars visits 42 US. Filmed by Chris Schodt/Edited by Jennifer Hahn.FREMONT, Calif.—As you read these words, hundreds of students are hunched over iMacs in a massive computer...
In depth: Take a step inside the classroom of tomorrow
Inside the classroom of tomorrowWhen you cast your mind back to the days of school, you probably think of dusty textbooks, graffiti and chewing gum, lessons that were both boring and unengaging, and many,...
New anti-bullying app developed in honour of Amanda Todd
A group of university students from Greece have created an anti-bullying app in honour of Amanda Todd.Amanda was 15 years old when she took her own life four years ago — just weeks after posting a video...
Northern Powerhouse: 7 northern tech startups looking to change the world
IntroductionThis article is part of TechRadar's Northern Powerhouse column, a series focusing on the development of the North of England's tech sector.How do you succeed as a technology business based...
Summer camp kids dig up ancient artifact
GENESEO, N.Y. -- Some young Indiana Joneses in the making have dug up an ancient artifact dating back thousands of years while attending a summer camp at a New York college.Officials at the State University...
TOS agreements require giving up first born—and users gladly consent
Here is the front door of a fictitious social networking site that study participants thought was real. All participants, US university students, agreed to terms that included demanding their first born...
Sustainable Chemistry students solve decades-old oxidation puzzle
A group of students has designed a new catalyst that can render important chemical processes more sustainable. Their catalyst can create selective peroxide-like reagents literally from thin air and uses...
Grade-school students teach a robot to help themselves learn geometry
Researchers create rTAG, a tangible learning environment that utilizes teachable agent framing, together with a physical robotic agent to get students away from the traditional computer monitor, keyboard,...
Stress contagion possible amongst students, teachers
Teacher burnout and student stress may be linked, according to a new study. The work is the first of its kind to examine the connection between teacher burnout and students' cortisol levels, which are...
Students make your plant spin, and they have other Internet of Things innovations, too
Internet of things, IoT, is a fast expanding network of consumer and industrial devices, i.e., “things”. One lab has a growing good reputation for letting the computer science students develop smart IoT...
Google Offers Computer Science Students Free Access to Cloud Platform
Google will give students enrolled in computer science and related courses at accredited U.S. colleges and universities free access to all of its Cloud Platform applications. Google has launched a new...
Disadvantaged students stay in college if they’re told everyone struggles
US State DepartmentLower-income and minority college students often have trouble sticking with higher education. But past studies have indicated they would be less likely to drop out of school if they...
Autonomous robots throw down in the sumo ring
Ars was invited to the end-of-year sumo competition, where the victor was “Taetay.” Shot/Edited by Jennifer Hahn. NEW YORK—For the past ten years, professor Brian Cusack has been teaching robot design...
Students design prosthetic foot for high heels
After losing a leg to injury or disease, women adjusting to life with a prosthetic limb face the same challenges as men, with perhaps one added complication: how to wear high-heels? Students have developed...
Residents claim alien sighting
TERRIFIED residents have claimed they saw an “alien being” emerging from a UFO, climbing through trees and walking around their neighbourhood. Three students claimed they saw a strange mysterious object...
Alberta high school students attempt to create a rapid blood coagulant
Six teams from around the province met in Lethbridge this weekend to learn about synthetic biology, and work with researchers to create a biological device designed to quickly coagulate blood.Alberta’s...
How high-tech gadgets are helping Thai students cheat on med school exams
BANGKOK – Glasses with embedded cameras and smartwatches with stored information seem like regular spy equipment for the likes of James Bond, but for three students applying to medical school in Thailand,...
High-tech Devices Take Cheating to New Level in Thai Schools
Glasses with embedded cameras and smartwatches with stored information seem like regular spy equipment for the likes of James Bond, but for three students applying to medical school in Thailand, they were...
Teach-U: VR uses virtual reality to let anyone learn piano or drums
NYU Shanghai students Sean Kelly and Sam Shi wanted to use VR to help increase access to information. Over the weekend at the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon in New York, the duo initially looked at...
Microgravity contest takes students and experiments on the vomit comet
FOX’s “Xploration Outer Space” show is teaming up with Arlington, Va.-based ZERO-G Corporation, which operates weightless flights from U.S. airports. The reason they’re collaborating: to create...
STEM: Inspiring young minds to embrace what is all around them
Science, technology, engineering and math – or STEM for short – are areas of education that are so vital to our daily life they cannot be ignored. Science surrounds us in our natural world with the sun,...
‘It’s the future’: Brain-powered drones race for the first time in history
Imagine you could use your brain beyond telling yourself to walk forward or sideways or perhaps pick up that cup of coffee.It was a test of concentration, but a group of students at the University of...
"Most amazing" student inventors honored by Samsung
When Grayson Fast, a student at Horizon Middle School in Aurora, Colorado, first started working on a school project aimed at designing an artificial limb for a local veteran, she did not realize that...
Creative Tech Labs Give Jolt to ‘Zombies’ in Vietnam Schools
When U.S. diplomats made a trip to Danang last year, Vietnamese students presented the visitors with a small replica of the White House, which they had just created using a 3D printer. That and other machines...
LinkedIn Students App Aims to Help College Grads Find Jobs
The all-new app, for iOS and Android users, can help college students home in on the careers and jobs that appeal to their interests and skills. LinkedIn has launched its first LinkedIn Students app that...
The new push toward competency-based education
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LinkedIn's big play for students
"It's no mystery that these types of concerns are shared by students across the country," product manager Ada Yu wrote in the post. "An understandable trend given the uncertainties that come with an economy...
LinkedIn’s app for graduating students who now need a job
LinkedIn on Monday is releasing a mobile app for millions of graduating college students who might be trembling at the harsh reality that they need to find a real job. The work-oriented social network...
Cramer: This market is scared of Amazon, and it's fighting back
In a market that has plenty to worry about, whether it be the Senate health care bill, retail's demise, or impending deflation, Jim Cramer says it is preoccupied by one thing only: Amazon. "I think the...
Amazon aims to charge $2.8 million for NFL ad packages: Sources
For each game, Amazon can sell 10 30-second spots, one of the sources said. The spots run on the live-stream while local ads air on network TV. Under the terms Amazon is offering, buyers also get to run...
We now have a closer look at how Alexa will look on the Echo Show screen
Thanks to an Amazon developers kit, we now have a good idea how Alexa will look on its new smart speaker/screen the Echo Show.The developer kit has been released so that developers can start programming...
Amazon Fire 7 (2017)
We’ve built up some pretty straightforward expectations for a new Amazon Fire 7 tablet. Each iteration is going to be a solid but basic mini tablet that acts as a 7-inch window onto the sprawling Amazon...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark