A new California law limits the use of student data for advertising, The law, effective January 1, 2016, was signed into law in 2014 by Governor Jerry Brown and prohibits the operators of education websites, online services, and apps from using any student’s person information to create targeted advertising or a commercial profile.
On December 10, President Barack Obama passed into law the revisions made to the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, collectively called the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). These revisions, which totaled 1,059 pages, include support for education technology. The bill authorized $1.65 billion for education technology and includes training for teachers to use new technologies in the classroom
Global organizations are wasting money on software that is not used, according to a new report from Software Lifecycle Automation company 1E. The report The Real Cost of Unused Software analyzed the results of a four-year study of more than 1,800 software titles deployed on 3.6 million desktops, in 129 enterprises, across 14 industries.
Penn State University announced the creation of the Ed Tech Network, part of President Eric Barron’s $30 million Invent Penn State initiative, designed to “leverage the University’s size and broad research strengths to be a driver for job creation, economic development and student career success.”
Biometrics is the emerging trend in identification and authentication, from fingerprint scanning to facial recognition.
New York City may be converting solar-powered smart trash cans into Wi-Fi hotspots, particularly in under-served neighborhoods, according to Popular Science.
Education is transforming. Brick-and-mortar classrooms open up to rich media content, subject matter experts, and to one another via technological and pedagogical trends of the past decade.
Radio frequency identification (RFID) is set to revolutionize and reinvent the shopping experience, according to advisory firm KMPG.
While digital signage may be prominent in areas like New York’s Times Square, it’s also used in markets and niches including education, hospitality, shopping malls and retail stores, hospitals, gyms and spas, houses of worship, and financial institutions.
Educational institutions — and the government — is concerned with protecting sensitive information of their students, and legislation regarding student information privacy has been emerging in the past year. Proposed regulations could help define how student data can be stored and used.