TeenTech Weekly: Cheating, student loans, Obama Facebook threats

The weekly roundup of Generation Y and student resources you may have missed.
Written by Charlie Osborne, Contributing Writer

This edition of TeenTech weekly rounds up the resources concerning Generation Y and student tech that you may have missed. This week we've read about gesture-based technology, student loans, privacy and cheating.

1.) Gesture-based tech: A future in education?

It was not all that long ago when classrooms were devoid of technology. The most sophisticated devices that were supplied to teachers would be a cassette player -- still often in use -- the occasional projector, and even rarer still, a computer. Where does gesture-based technology fit in modern classrooms?

2.) Will universities evolve? (Content Marketing)

Careers in marketing -- particularly digital media, content marketing and analytics -- are growing. Are U.S. universities failing to graduate marketable digital natives, and why?

3.) Grading student loans. (Liberty Street Economics)

New findings obtained from the FRBNY Consumer Credit Panel -- a unique and nationally representative data set sourced from Equifax credit reports -- paints a bleak picture of the state of student loans across the United States.

4.) Employer vs Facebook: Is there a point to privacy settings?

The jobseekers of today are becoming more technologically aware of the blurred divide between a physical identity and its online counterpart, but it seems that changing one's privacy settings to bar the prying eyes of potential employers now is not enough. Privacy settings may have briefly blinded the eyes of spying potential employers -- but how far will they go to pry in to your social networks?

5.) Does technology make a difference? College and university leadership weighs in. (Bradenton Herald)

Inside Higher Ed's annual survey, "The 2012 Inside Higher Ed Survey of College & University Presidents," gauged the effectiveness of institutional investments in information technology in eleven key areas. In more than fifty percent of respondents, not one key area received a 'very effective' rating.

6.) 45,000 caught cheating at Britain's universities. (The Independent)

Over the past three years, over 45,000 students at 80 institutions have been caught and found guilty of 'academic misconduct' from smuggling cheat-sheets into exam halls to paying private companies to write their essays for them. Is plagiarism and cheating on the rise, or are we simply able to detect it more often?

See also: How do students use tech to cheat?

7.) Next-gen consumers: Bringing companies to their knees.

We may not be able to hashtag our way to ending wars or world hunger, but social media can be a means in which to broadcast our positive opinions, or our displeasure, when it comes to businesses across the world. This phenomenon has already lead to changes in business models and systems. What influence does Gen-Y have on future businesses?

8.) Rutgers Spycam Trial: Tech expert expected to testify. (CBS News)

A Rutgers University computer systems manager is expected to be the next person to testify in the trial of former student Dharun Ravi, who is accused of using a webcam to spy on his roommate's sexual encounter. The student who was spied upon later committed suicide.

9.) College student pleads not guilty in Facebook threats to President Obama. (Miami Herald)

A Miami Dade College student accused of threatening to kill President Barack Obama on Facebook pleaded not guilty Friday morning in federal court.

10.) Next-gen textbooks? It's the ecosystem, not the device.

Christopher Dawson, EdTech: I love hardware as much as the next geek, but solving our ed tech problems will require one heck of an ecosystem; hardware is a tiny piece of the puzzle.


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