Technology

Why Are Hackers Targeting Young Students?

When Celeste Gravatt first heard about a data breach in her kids’ school system in February 2023, it sounded innocuous. “I didn’t really think anything of it at first,” Gravatt says. Officials at Minneapolis Public Schools called it a “system incident,” then “technical difficulties,” and finally, “an encryption event.” She says it was only when she checked social media that she realized the true extent of the attack, and what it could mean for her…

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Technology in Modern Education

We usually think of technology as a progressive thing in education, but any technology dates itself immediately through its form. Electricity, the wheel, paper, the printing press, metalworking, mass transportation, masonry, and more are all forms of technology. Technology isn’t a ‘leading edge’ but a tool of human practice. On a day-to-day basis, human processes are based on prevailing local technology. That is, we usually use what’s available to us to express our collective humanity…

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Technology Extracurricular Activities for Students

Engaging in technology extracurricular activities offers practical, hands-on experiences that enhance your problem-solving abilities, foster creativity, and provide opportunities for collaboration. These activities go beyond the confines of a classroom and allow you to apply your knowledge in real-world scenarios. By actively participating in extracurriculars, you not only gain technical expertise but also develop critical thinking, communication, and teamwork skills. Here are some ideas for technology extracurricular activities. 1. Computer science clubs and organizations. These…

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Teens Connect by Sharing Tech Skills with Seniors

The United States now has 46 million people age 65 or older. That’s a record number, according to a study by the Pew Research Center. More of these senior citizens are adopting tech, but most also say they need help using new electronic devices such as smart phones. Falling behind on technology puts seniors at risk for social isolation, which makes them vulnerable to poor health and earlier death. It’s also expensive. A study by…

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Can ChatGPT Be Used to Cheat?

In his university teaching days, Mark Schneider watched as his students’ research sources moved from the library to Wikipedia to Google. With greater access to online information, cheating and plagiarism became easier. So Schneider, who taught at State University of New York, Stony Brook for 30 years, crafted essay prompts in ways that he hoped would deter copy-paste responses. Even then, he once received a student essay with a bill from a paper-writing company stapled…

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Teens and Social Media Use

The statistics are sobering. In the past year, nearly 1 in 3 female teens reports seriously considering suicide. One in 5 teens identifying as LGBTQ+ say they attempted suicide in that time. Between 2009 and 2019, depression rates doubled for all teens. And that was before the COVID-19 pandemic. The question is: Why now? “Our brains, our bodies, and our society have been evolving together to shape human development for millennia… Within the last twenty years, the advent…

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Technology for Serving Different Learning Needs

Just as all students are different, so are all instructors. We need to ensure we are implementing instructional technology tools that fit our teaching style, availability, and technology skill level. If any instructor wishes to incorporate a new technology tool, it is vital we first assess the tool’s “goodness of fit” for both student population and course content. An instructional technology tool with a “goodness of fit” for a particular course and student group demonstrates…

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Limiting Screen Time and Social Media for Teens

U.S. teens spend more than eight hours a day on screens, and there’s growing concern over how social media and large amounts of screen time per day may be affecting their mental health. Now, a new study published by the American Psychological Association validates what some parents have experienced when their teenagers cut back: they seem to feel better about themselves. Perhaps you’ve seen this in your own kids when they return from summer camp…

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Using Websites as Digital Portfolios for Students

The English Composition I course at New Jersey City University is designed to prepare students to meet the requirements of writing for university course work. The course learning objectives focus on the achievement of basic communicative skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Instead of completing a traditional essay or oral presentation as the signature assignment for the course, students were asked to build websites using skills honed over the course of the semester in…

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Here’s How to Build Your Digital Literacy Skills

If you’ve ever looked for a new job, you’ve probably seen skills like attention to detail, customer service and collaboration listed in job postings. These skills, like digital literacy, fall into a broad category of abilities that are fundamentally important to success, and yet are sometimes easy to overlook. Digital literacy is everywhere, and everyone possesses some level of it. Have you ever seen a child pick up a smartphone and start using it intuitively?…

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