How Google Took Over the Classroom

CHICAGO — The sixth graders at Newton Bateman, a public elementary school here with a classic red brick facade, know the Google drill. In a social-science class last year, the students each grabbed a Google-powered laptop. They opened Google Classroom, an app where teachers make assignments. Then they clicked on Google Docs, a writing program, and began composing essays. Looking up from her laptop, Masuma Khan, then 11 years old, said her essay explored how schooling in ancient Athens differed from her own. “Back then, they had wooden tablets and…

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Four imprisoned over UK TOEIC fraud scandal

Harinder Kumar, Talal Chowdhury, Shaheen Ahmed and Mohammad Hasan were found guilty of trying to breach immigration law, in a scheme that made them more than £500,000 from students keen to extend their stay in the UK. “The defendants systematically and persistently used their knowledge of the system to make a significant amount of money” The fraudsters were paid large sums of money to read out the answers during examinations or find substitutes to sit tests on behalf of candidates, a jury at Southwark Crown Court in London heard. They…

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Apple sued over fatal ‘FaceTime crash’

An American couple, whose daughter was killed by a driver allegedly using FaceTime on his iPhone, have launched a lawsuit against Apple. The lawsuit alleges that the firm should have introduced a feature that disabled use of the video-chat application while driving. It points to a patent for a such feature for drivers filed by Apple in 2008. The iPhone maker has not yet responded to requests for comment. The accident happened on a Texan road on Christmas Eve 2014. Five-year-old Moriah Modisette subsequently died. The lawsuit states that the…

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Graduate sues Oxford University for £1m over his failure to get a first

An Oxford graduate is suing the university for £1m claiming the “appallingly bad” and “boring” teaching cost him a first-class degree and prevented him from having a successful career. Faiz Siddiqui, who studied modern history at Brasenose College, told the high court he believes he would have had a career as an international commercial lawyer if he had been awarded a first rather than the 2:1 he achieved 16 years ago. If he wins, the case could open the floodgates to similar claims from students complaining about inadequate teaching, unsuitable…

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Tesla criticised over Autopilot safety

Tesla has “pushed the envelope” on safety, former business partner Mobileye has said. Its zeal to extend its Autopilot system had led Mobileye to stop working with Tesla, said the chairman of the computer vision company. Autopilot has been under scrutiny since a fatal crash in May caused by the technology missing a lorry. Responding to Mobileye, Tesla said Autopilot was built to help drivers, not turn cars into autonomous vehicles. Taking control Mobileye executive Amnon Shashua told Reuters that the design of Autopilot threatened to push it beyond the…

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Moderate teachers’ union backs calls for industrial action over Government plan to force schools to become academies

Schools are being lined up ‘in preparation for wholesale privatisation,’ Mark Baker said PA A traditionally moderate teachers’ union has thrown its weight behind calls for industrial action over the Government’s plan to force all schools to become academies. The Association of Teachers and Lecturers voted unanimously in favour of urging its executive to consider action if the Government failed to listen to its opponents and withdraw the plan. The union’s move follows a decision by the National Union of Teachers over the Easter weekend to ballot its members on…

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Teachers consider taking industrial action with junior doctors over Government academy plan

Teachers may take joint action with the junior doctors as part of their campaign against the Government, National Union of Teachers general secretary Christine Blower has said. In her farewell speech to the NUT conference Ms Blower said she had received a letter of support from Yannis Gourtsoyannis of the British Medical Association’s junior doctors’ committee after her union had voted to back a ballot on strike action over the Government’s proposal to turn every state school into an academy. The junior doctors are also in the middle of a…

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Harvard law school drops official shield over slavery links

University committee rules shield donated by family that built wealth through slavery does not reflect institution’s values Harvard law school’s shield is based on the crest of Isaac Royal Snr, who built much of his wealth through slave labor in the Caribbean and Massachusetts. Photograph: Chitose Suzuki/AP Harvard law school will remove its official shield following months of protest at the symbol’s ties to an 18th-century slaveholder. A committee at the prestigious university, which counts president Barack Obama among its alumni, was convened to rule on the issue and on…

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Seattle Aquarium cancels octopus mating session over cannibalism fears

Turns out, bigger is not always better. Just ask Kong, an octopus whose mating session was canceled because he’s too big. Kong was scheduled to be the main attraction at a Seattle Aquarium event that showcases the mating of the eight-armed creatures. The aquarium invites visitors to watch an octopus couple mating every year on Valentine’s Day, CNN affiliate KOMO reported. It canceled the event this year because it could not find a female octopus large enough for Kong. The aquarium was concerned the 70-pound cephalopod could eat the creature…

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EU warns Burundi of `measures` over violence

The European Union, strife-stricken Burundi`s biggest aid donor, on Monday warned the country could face “appropriate measures” if it does not remedy its human rights record. Burundi has been in turmoil since President Pierre Nkurunziza in July won a third term, which the opposition said was illegal and in breach of an accord ending a horrific 1993-2006 civil war which left 300,000 dead. EU foreign ministers said talks with Burundi under the Cotonou agreement, which lays down strict rules for mutual cooperation including the promotion of human rights, had failed…

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