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School's out: Pakistani pupils struggle with lack of internet | Global development | Th... - 0 views

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    "Iqbal Khan works as a chauffeur in Lahore. His children are in his home village in a rural area north of Peshawar. Both of these very different areas of Pakistan have the same problem for many of their young people: no means of getting access to an education. Online learning was not an option for Khan's children as the pandemic locked down schools across cities and countryside. Even as he worked to pay the school fees, his two sons, aged 16 and 13, were unable to access any lessons as their schools went digital."
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Train firm's 'worker bonus' email is actually cybersecurity test | Rail transport | The... - 0 views

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    "West Midlands Trains emailed about 2,500 employees with a message saying its managing director, Julian Edwards, wanted to thank them for their hard work over the past year under Covid-19. The email said they would get a one-off payment as a thank you after "huge strain was placed upon a large number of our workforce". However, those who clicked through on the link to read Edwards' thank you were instead emailed back with a message telling them it was a company-designed "phishing simulation test" and there was to be no bonus. It warned: "This was a test designed by our IT team to entice you to click the link and used both the promise of thanks and financial reward.""
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In Hong Kong, this AI reads children's emotions as they learn - CNN - 0 views

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    "The software, 4 Little Trees, was created by Hong Kong-based startup Find Solution AI. While the use of emotion recognition AI in schools and other settings has caused concern, founder Viola Lam says it can make the virtual classroom as good as - or better than - the real thing. Students work on tests and homework on the platform as part of the school curriculum. While they study, the AI measures muscle points on their faces via the camera on their computer or tablet, and identifies emotions including happiness, sadness, anger, surprise and fear. "
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When your professor is dead, but teaches anyway | Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "What if this isn't just a one-off case of a popular professor dying. With so many classes online, why wouldn't universities just lay off any professor with a body of recorded lectures? We already know that tenure is harder to achieve every year, and schools are relying more and more on adjunct professors who teach a couple of classes on yearly contracts with no benefits. This scheme could save schools even more money! Of course, tuition will remain the same. One prof in the Twitter thread saw this possibility already."
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Pushback Is Growing Against Automated Proctoring Services. But So Is Their Use | EdSurg... - 0 views

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    ""Our job as teachers and professors is not to surveil and police our students, but it's to educate them," he says. "You are assuming that students are trying to cheat-rather than assuming students are trying to learn and help them learn." He sees the growing adoption of automated proctoring tools as a continuation of a trend started by plagiarism-detection services like Turnitin, which he says were built on the assumption that students want to cheat and must be policed. But despite early pushback by students and some professors, plagiarism detection has become ubiquitous. Parry worries the same thing could happen with automated proctoring."
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How machine learning is allowing thousands of students to sit exams at home - BBC News - 0 views

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    "The firm's software uses machine learning (ML), an advanced form of artificial intelligence, to detect patterns in user behaviour that could indicate attempts to cheat. Its technology can also automatically mark multiple-choice answers and mathematics exams. In addition, it checks each exam-sitter's identity using the webcam, to ensure that no-one else is sitting the test for them. The Better Examinations program also temporarily restricts access to the internet, or certain websites and applications on each person's computer. "
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Overzealous profanity filter bans paleontologists from talking about bones | Science | ... - 0 views

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    "Participants in a virtual paleontology session found themselves caught between a rock and a hard place last week, when a profanity filter prevented them from using certain words - such as bone, pubic, stream and, er, beaver - during an online conference."
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Parents Against Facial Recognition - 0 views

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    "To Lawmakers and School Administrators: As parents and caregivers, there is nothing more important to us than our children's safety. That's why we're calling for an outright ban on the use of facial recognition in schools. We're concerned about this technology spreading to our schools, infringing on our kids' rights and putting them in danger. We don't even know the psychological impacts this constant surveillance can have on our children, but we do know that violating their basic rights will create an environment of mistrust and will make it hard for students to succeed and grow. The images collected by this technology will become a target for those wishing to harm our children, and could put them in physical danger or at risk of having their biometric information stolen or sold. The well-known bias built into this technology will put Black and brown children, girls, and gender noncomforming kids in specific danger. Facial recognition creates more harm than good and should not be used on the children we have been entrusted to protect. It should instead be immediately banned."
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Screen-based online learning will change kids' brains. Are we ready for that? | Technol... - 0 views

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    "The difference between skimming and reading with all our intelligence is the difference between fully activated reading brains and their short-circuited, screen-dulled versions."
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How bad were Ofqual's grades - by Huy Duong - HEPI - 0 views

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    "Therefore even Ofqual's best model significantly worsened grade accuracy for most A-level subjects when the cohort size is below 50, which is common (almost 62% of the total in 2019). For GCSEs, even with larger cohorts, the best model would have worsened the grade accuracy for Maths and Sciences. A very conservative figure of 25% of wrong grades would have amounted to 180,000 wrong A-level grades and 1.25 million wrong GCSE grades."
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The lessons we all must learn from the A-levels algorithm debacle | WIRED UK - 0 views

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    "More algorithmic decision making and decision augmenting systems will be used in the coming years. Unlike the approach taken for A-levels, future systems may include opaque AI-led decision making. Despite such risks there remain no clear picture of how public sector bodies - government, local councils, police forces and more - are using algorithmic systems for decision making."
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New global data reveal education technology's impact on learning | McKinsey - 0 views

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    "The type of device matters-some are associated with worse student outcomes. Geography matters-technology is associated with higher student outcomes in the United States than in other regions. Who is using the technology matters-technology in the hands of teachers is associated with higher scores than technology in the hands of students. Intensity matters-students who use technology intensely or not at all perform better than those with moderate use. A school system's current performance level matters-in lower-performing school systems, technology is associated with worse results."
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Covid-19 makes it clearer than ever: access to the internet should be a universal right... - 0 views

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    "Life went on - with limited disruption, if not quite as normal. After all, I have enough space, equipment and internet connectivity to work comfortably from home. In some ways, life has become more efficient. Less jet lag. More sanity."
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Distance learning during the coronavirus pandemic is changing cheating - Vox - 0 views

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    "Raza wasn't the only one in her class who felt concerned about new levels of surveillance. Another student in the class, who did not want to be named, said that in addition to privacy worries, they were concerned that they didn't even have enough RAM to run the Proctorio software. Worse, the tool's facial detection algorithm seemed to struggle to recognize them, so they needed to sit in the full light of the window to better expose the contours of their face, in their view an indication that the system might be biased. "
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Solve e-learning issues, teachers urge | The Star Online - 0 views

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    "ISSUES with the online learning and teaching process has caused students from the low-income group to be left behind, said the National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP)."
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Will the Pandemic Usher in an Era of Mass Surveillance in Higher Education? - The Chron... - 0 views

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    "As colleges come under unprecedented pressure to downsize, from the pandemic as well as the steep enrollment decline that was already projected for 2025, some professors predict that the shift online might reinforce "corporate university" tendencies to track professors' productivity and use the results as an excuse to lay them off."
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Medical students take final exams online for first time, despite student concern | Educ... - 0 views

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    ""To the best of our knowledge, this is the first digital 'open book' exam delivered remotely for final-year students," said Dr Amir Sam, Imperial's head of undergraduate medicine. Open-book exams allow students access to any resource material they may need during the exam."
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Can computers ever replace the classroom? | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "With 850 million children worldwide shut out of schools, tech evangelists claim now is the time for AI education. But as the technology's power grows, so too do the dangers that come with it"
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