Lewd educational apps

More Chinese children own their own mobile phones now as China becomes increasingly dependent on digital devices. The idea of using one’s beloved phone for educational purposes is in fact scientifically sound, hence the boom of many educational apps for kids made by businesses driven to profit from this emerging market. However, lewd content has been found in many so-called educational apps targeting Chinese children and students. These apps, designed by unscrupulous businesspeople, are disguised as either homework tutoring or providing mentoring help or Q&A wikis, but are in fact…

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K–12 Experts Weigh In on Training Teachers to Use Education Technology

For K–12 schools implementing new classroom tools, professional development is crucial to guaranteeing that both teachers and students make the most of such investments. A recent PwC report notes that of 2,000 K–12 teachers surveyed, only 10 percent reported feeling secure in their ability to incorporate “higher-level” technology into their classrooms, highlighting a need for quality training programs to develop teachers’ skills with emerging tech. Getting teachers up to speed on how to effectively teach with technology isn’t just about teaching them how to use tech tools, however. Any professional development plan needs to focus on encouraging…

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