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2/20/2018

YouTube has officially outlined sanctions that could be applied to creators whose videos promote violence or cruelty or could traumatize or cause pain to participants or viewers. Creators who cross this line will be removed from the platform's premium Google Preferred ad program, could have certain videos or channels demonetized and could be barred from the site's trending video feature.

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Forbes
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2/20/2018

A growing number of students nationwide are enrolling in computer science courses, thanks in part to the "Computer Science for All" approach adopted in some districts. A key motivation for the expansion of such programs has been to prepare students for the workforce, including in-demand jobs in computer science fields.

2/20/2018

The proper content-filtering solution supports instruction by providing access to learning content but blocking websites that are inappropriate, asserts Brian Thomas of Lightspeed Systems. In this Q&A, he shares how the industry has changed and what educators need to know about content filtering.

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Brian Thomas
2/20/2018

It's not the smartphone so much as the social media available through the device that leads to unhealthy degrees of attachment by both younger users and adults, according to a study by Common Sense Media. Social media "can create this fear of missing out if we're not online," said author Ana Homayoun.

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CNBC
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Ana Homayoun
2/19/2018

Virtual-reality tools could be affecting students' health, according to an ongoing study by Children and Virtual Reality. Researchers discovered some risks to students' health, including issues related to students' vision and balance.

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EdSurge
2/19/2018

Countries with progressive cultures are producing fewer women in science, technology, engineering and math fields than countries with high rates of gender inequality, such as Algeria, where 41% of college graduates with STEM degrees are women, Olga Khazan writes. Researchers say that women from countries with a wide gender gap view STEM careers as their best pathway to financial independence, Khazan writes.

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The Atlantic online
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Olga Khazan
2/19/2018

The Florida school shooting has sparked some debate about whether students are made more -- or less -- safe by carrying cellphones at school. Some say students with the devices can alert others that they are safe when getting to and from school or during an emergency, but others argue that phones can make students less safe during a crisis.

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National Public Radio
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2/15/2018

Students in a Kansas school district are prohibited from using cellphones in schools, but leaders there say the directive is largely being ignored. The district's superintendent will be asked to review the existing policy.

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2/15/2018

School leaders should withdraw support for tackle football, asserts Mark Serva, an educational consultant and associate professor at the University of Delaware. In this commentary, he cites research suggesting that any amount of tackle football may be harmful to children's health.

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2/15/2018

As the tragic mass shooting at a Florida high school unfolded Wednesday, students used social media, including Twitter, to share video and images from the scene. The imagery, such as students hiding in classrooms and school equipment damaged by bullets, are powerful scenes, according to this commentary.

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Slate
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