“Asthma prevalence has increased dramatically over the past 30 years, which suggests that some as-yet-undiscovered environmental exposures may be implicated.” A study done by Columbia University suggests that Bisphenol A, or BPA, a chemical commonly used in plastics manufacturing, may be partly responsible.
Schools in several states are digitizing student information in an attempt to more efficiently track student progress across schools and school districts. But is it ethical to do so? How do parents feel about their children’s information being shared district (or state) wide? What are the privacy issues? Can such a system ever truly be secure? Technology startup In Bloom says yes. Educators and parents aren’t so sure.
Keith Hughes talks about data, testing, and the futility of reducing human beings to datapoints. (YouTube Video)
Explain Everything, an iPad app for educators, is also useful for school counselors.
Eating disorders haven’t been in the mainstream news much lately, but this is interesting. “Scientists have for the first time reported successful use of a brain-stimulating implant to help patients with severe anorexia whose condition had not improved with other treatments.”