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Jerry P. Becker

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Two News Briefs: Tchr MacArthur Grant; Sts. outwit iPads
Posted: Oct 10, 2013 7:10 PM
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I. From Education Week [American Education's Newspaper of Record],
Wedneday, October 2, 2013, p. 4. See
Education Researcher Wins 'Genius' Grant

By Alyssa Morones

Educational research psychologist and former teacher Angela Duckworth
was named one of this year's 24 MacArthur Fellows.

All fellows named by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur
Foundation receive a no-strings-attached award-popularly referred to
as a "genius grant"-worth $625,000 that is paid out over five years.
The foundation awards fellowships to creative individuals who it
deems are demonstrating the potential to make important contributions
to the world.

Ms. Duckworth, frustrated by the lack of effort she saw from many of
her students, quit her job as a high school math and science teacher
to try to better understand the psychology behind educational
achievement. She joined the University of Pennsylvania faculty in
2007 as an associate professor in the psychology department.

Her research has focused on how children can learn strategies for
self-control, and how that can translate into instruction.

Now, Ms. Duckworth is working to develop interventions that foster
traits like grit and self-regulation in children that can then be
applied to education.


II. From Education Week [American Education's Newspaper of Record],
Wednesday, October 2, 2013, p. 12. See
Indiana Students Quickly Outwit School iPad Security

By Benjamin Herold

Hundreds of teens in the 7,500-student Center Grove, Ind., school
district circumvented the security devices on district-issued iPads
within hours of receiving the devices, according to a report last
week in the Daily Journal and republished by the Associated Press.

Between 300 and 400 students found ways to reprogram the iPads so
they could download games and apps for social media sites, according
to the report, which quoted Center Grove officials as attributing the
problem to their security program not being able to handle the number
of devices - more than 2,000 - that were distributed.

A Center Grove spokeswoman was unable to provide an update on where
the district's efforts to address the problem currently stand.

Districts are also facing increasing threats from outside hackers, as
my colleague Sean Meehan reported yesterday.

Keith Krueger, the CEO for the Consortium for School Networking, said
such problems are increasingly common as districts deploy an
increasing number of devices.

"Kids and adults find ways to hack through things, and it can spread
like wildfire," he said. "It's frustrating, and it's a huge challenge
for any district."

The best strategy, Krueger said, is to combine the best possible
security filters and other technology measures with a comprehensive
responsible or acceptable use policy that students and families must
sign and a commitment to enforcement.

"It's not surprising that a school district would have some
breaches," he said. "The question is how do you leverage it into a
teachable moment?"

Follow @BenjaminBHerold and @EdWeekEdTech for the latest news on
ed-tech policies, practices, and trends.
Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
625 Wham Drive
Mail Code 4610
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610
Phone: (618) 453-4241 [O]
(618) 457-8903 [H]
Fax: (618) 453-4244

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