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Watches are Now Being Banned From GCSE and A Level Exams

It's no secret that people are willing to be big fat cheats whenever the opportunity arises, which is why things like smartphone and smartwatches are banned from exam rooms. Now, though, regular old watches are being added to the no-no list. Read More >>

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US Company Embedded a ‘Social-Psychological’ Experiment in Students’ Educational Software

Education and publishing giant Pearson is drawing criticism after using its software to experiment on over 9,000 mathematics and computer science students across America. In a paper presented Wednesday at the American Association of Educational Research, Pearson researchers revealed that they tested the effects of encouraging messages on students that used the MyLab Programming educational software during 2017's spring semester. Read More >>

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An Elaborate Test Cheating Scheme in Asia Involved Hidden Phones and Flesh-Coloured Earpieces

A tutor and several accomplices were recently caught running a complex exam cheating operation in Singapore that one prosecutor called “highly sophisticated.” Unfortunately for them, it apparently wasn’t sophisticated enough to avoid getting busted. Read More >>

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How Many Times Did Apple Make This Kid Lick the iPad?

Keeping with tradition, Apple has released an ad promoting its new iPad and educational tools for students and teachers after announcing the updated hardware and software during its education event. The heartwarming commercial is centred around “Group Three,” a cadre of five students who use an iPad to complete a class project about gravity. The ad, while highlighting the iPad’s new Pencil support and educational tools, raises another, perhaps even more important question concerning the actions of group member Thomas. Read More >>

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All the New Education Software Apple’s Bringing to iPads and Macs

At an education-focused event in Chicago, Apple announced more than just a stylus-friendly iPad. The company also revealed some new features coming to its office and productivity software, as well as new education tools for teachers, school administrators, and developers. All told, the event seemed like Apple’s way of saying something it’s been wanting to say for some time: Stop buying Chromebooks, please. Read More >>

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Oh Hey, There’s a New iPad with Pencil Support

While tablets don’t demand nearly the same kind of attention they once did, especially with Apple devoting much of its time to improving its pseudo-laptop replacement iPad Pro line, these handy little devices can still be pretty useful. Read More >>

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The Tabletification of Chrome OS Continues

What started out as a super lightweight OS for low-powered laptops has expanded to run on desktops, pricey 2-in-1s, and even mini PCs, while also adding support for most of your favourite Android apps. But now, it seems Chrome OS is headed to the classroom, in tablet form only, with the oddly named Chromebook Tab 10. Read More >>

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Calculators Aren’t Turning us into a Nation of Finger-Counting Simpletons

The pendulum of opinion regarding the use of calculators in schools has swung back into positive territory, with a new report finding that they help students of all ages engage with maths and formulate strategies for solving problems themselves -- as long as the teachers integrate them into lessons appropriately. Read More >>

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Universities Complain About Spread of Paid Essay Writer Ads

An essay writing company that claims it offers nothing more than assistance and guidance has been given a telling off by the Advertising Standards Authority, which ruled it was guilty of advertising itself as more of a direct homework-doing service than the vague study assistance adviser it is supposed to be. Read More >>

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A US Science Teacher Allegedly Fed a Puppy to a Snapping Turtle in Front of Students

According to a Monday report in East Idaho News, longtime science teacher Robert Crosland at Preston Junior High School is in trouble over what Preston School District 201 Superintendent Marc Gee says is a “regrettable circumstance involving some of the biological specimens” for use in Crosland’s classes. Read More >>

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The University of Arizona Tracked Students’ ID Card Swipes to Predict Who Would Drop Out

At the University of Arizona, researchers tracked the swipes of its freshman students’ ID cards to predict which students were most likely to drop out. The university sees this surveillance of student behaviour as a way to lower its dropout rate. Read More >>

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Proper Degree Yours Online for Just £16k

What appears to be the first full-strength university undergraduate degree taught entirely online is about to be made available by the University of London's Goldsmiths college, which will let anyone study for a three-year BSc in computer science from home. It had to be computer science. Read More >>

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Modern Kids Can Barely Hold a Pencil

The young kids of today spend so little time drawing and colouring in that they're arriving at school with fingers too weak to hold pencils properly, with researchers warning that the new generation's love of technology is ruining their fine muscle control and finger dexterity. Read More >>

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Teacher Hates His Spoilt Posh Rich Kids

The headteacher of a £30k-a-year boarding home for the offspring of the elite doesn't seem to enjoy teaching them very much, as he's branded his students a bunch of lazy, entitled wannabes who lack the determination to do anything more with their lives than sit back and watch the likes roll in. Read More >>

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Online School Offers ‘Nanodegree’ in Flying Cars

There are already a lot of degrees out there that sound a bit made up. But Flying Cars and Autonomous Flight? Get outta town! Read More >>