Devyn Mode

80 Added | 3 Magazines | @DevynMode | Journalism major, political science and creative writing minor at Mercer University. My inspiration and my purpose is to reform education.

Ransomware Hackers Blackmail U.S. Police Departments

Cyber criminals who have forced U.S. hospitals, schools and cities to pay hundreds of millions in blackmail or see their computer files destroyed are now targeting the unlikeliest group of victims — local police departments.<p>Eastern European hackers are hitting law enforcement agencies nationwide …

Cybersecurity

Cybercriminals steal over €500,000 from EU bank in just a week

Internet security firm Kaspersky Labs has discovered evidence of online criminals robbing more than 190 customers of a European bank.<p>The attack, …

Spyware, phone tracking apps rampant in Vietnam: pundit

<b>The recent discovery of a company selling an illegal phone tracking app in Hanoi is just the tip of the iceberg as the market of spyware and phone</b> …

Hacking the Fridge: Internet of Things Has Security Vulnerabilities

Source: Thinkstock<p>Back in the old days, people worried about their computers getting hacked. Today, they worry about their refrigerators being hacked.<p>…

Internet of Things

What Security Pros Need To Know About the State of the Internet | Sci

Akamai has released its latest State of the Internet Report, this issue covering the first quarter of 2014. While the report touches on everything …

Cybersecurity

Charter School Choice Could Involve Forfeiting Student Civil Rights

On March 15, 2016, education blogger Jennifer Berkshire (“EduShyster”) published a post entitled, “Signing Their Rights Away.” Berkshire opens her …

Education

The Water in Nearly Half of Newark, New Jersey's Public Schools Is Contaminated With Lead | VICE News

Lead has been detected in the drinking water of thirty schools in New Jersey's largest city, state and city officials announced Wednesday.<p>Throughout Newark, school water fountains have been shut off and notices not to drink tap water posted after annual testing by the New Jersey Department of …

Water

United States Public School Free and Reduced Lunch Program Eligibilty Heat Map

United States Public School Free and Reduced Lunch Eligibilty Heat …

State of Our Schools

America’s K-12 Facilities<p>School facilities have a direct impact on student learning, student and staff health, and school finances. But too many …

PRESS RELEASE: Gov. Fallin Signs Supplemental Funding Bills for Public Schools, Prisons

These Christian teachers want to bring Jesus into public schools

Finn Laursen believes millions of American children are no longer learning right from wrong, in part because public schools have been stripped of religion. To repair that frayed moral fabric, Laursen and his colleagues want to bring the light of Jesus Christ into public school classrooms across the …

Education

FOCUS: So Many Children Left Behind: An Interview With Educational Reformer Diane Ravitch

So Many Children Left Behind: An Interview With Educational Reformer Diane Ravitch<p>By Dennis J. Bernstein, Reader Supported News<p>he American Public …

Investment in Nation's School Buildings Falls Woefully Short, Report Finds

A new report on the state of the nation's school infrastructure calls for significant new investment in K-12 public school facilities.

School Districts

Teachers are using theater and dance to teach math — and it’s working

The children puffed out their chests and mimicked drama teacher Melissa Richardson, rehearsing their big, booming “rhino voices.”<p>“Giant steps, giant steps, big and bold!” the kindergartners yelled in unison in a classroom at Westlawn Elementary in Fairfax County.<p>In groups, the children were then …

Pedagogy

Design Thinking and PBL

Consider this conundrum: much of what we know about teaching comes from 16+ years of observation as students. In no other profession do you spend …

It's Time to Reform America's Bad Habit Factories

<b>Habits, more than anything else, dictate our behaviors and daily actions.</b> But society has come to view habits as external conditions that happen to …

Kaiser Family Foundation

Mr Andrews Online

We have moved<p>You will find all new blogs on the new Mr Andrews Online website: http://mrandrewsonline.co.uk/blog/<p><b>Design. Create. Inspire.</b><p>The Mr …

School conditions matter for student achievement, new research confirms

Move over, teacher quality. A new study on New York City schools could make school climate the next frontier in the ongoing quest to boost student …

How You Can Encourage Teamwork in Any Elementary Classroom

<b>TeamWork Made Easy – Thanks to ClassDojo</b><p>~ It’s never about the tool itself… it’s how you use it ~<p>I’ve used ClassDojo for a number of years in a …

4 Ways School Administrators Can Discover Their Unique Leadership Style

Each administrator has his own unique personality traits. So as can be expected, some leadership styles will appeal more to some school …

The Characteristics Of A Good School

<b>The Characteristics Of A Good School</b><p>by <b>Terry Heick</b><p><i>For professional development around this idea or others you read about on TeachThought, contact …

Sir Ken Robinson has a lot to say about U.S. school reform (it isn’t good)

The previous post is an excerpt from a new book by Sir Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica, titled “Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Changing Education.” Changing education is what Robinson has been all about for some years, as a professor, author, and adviser to governments and numerous …

Education

Mapped: The places where most public school children are poor

Earlier this year, the Southern Education Foundation reported that America's public schools had reached a dispiriting milestone: A majority of children attending them are now low-income. As The Post's Lyndsey Layton noted at the time, we haven't seen such demographics in public schools at any point …

Income Inequality

Massachusetts is making a change that could signal the beginning of the end of high-stakes testing in schools

Under intense pressure from both the right and left of the political spectrum, states have been practically tripping over each other to drop the controversial tests: Parents complained they were too hard, conservatives alleged they represented a federal takeover, and teachers' unions decried test …

Education

The New Preschool Is Crushing Kids

Today’s young children are working more, but they’re learning less.<p>Step into an American preschool classroom today and you are likely to be bombarded with what we educators call a print-rich environment, every surface festooned with alphabet charts, bar graphs, word walls, instructional posters, …

Education

Silicon Valley billionaires are appalled by normal schools — so they've created this new one

Kids take attendance on an iPad, complete a "playlist" of activities, and learn 3D modeling software to design a playhouse for the class pet.<p>Founder and CEO Max Ventilla previously helmed the personalization team at Google, where he helped build Google+ and other products that make the internet …

Online Education

Education reformers have it all wrong: Accountability from above never works, great teaching always does

Common Core or No Child Left Behind — reformers always try to manage change from above. It fails & hurts our kids<p>In late 2001, three months after the September 11 attacks, the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) passed both House and Senate with strong bipartisan majorities and was signed by a …

George W. Bush

Charter schools have become hotbeds of unvaccinated kids

Rates of unvaccinated children in charter schools—and to a lesser extent private schools—far outweigh non-vaccination rates in public schools, …