Archive for March, 2014

EdTech Reports – March 2014

The various types of cloud technology services available to the K-12 sector are discussed in K-12 Edtech Cloud Service Inventory from the Berkman Center, Harvard University. Also from the Berkman Center – Youth Perspectives on Tech in Schools: From Mobile Devices to Restrictions and Monitoring – examines their use of digital technology in an educational setting and what they can, and cannot, do with it. Cellphone, smartphone, and Internet usage/ownership in developing economies are the foci of the Pew Center’s Emerging Nations Embrace Internet, Mobile Technology. Numerous statistical tables along with breakdowns by age add to the utility of this report. Teens & Technology: The Digital Landscape (Pew) interviews students 12-17 years of age and elicits from them how they use with social media/mobile technology in their everyday lives. Children from low-income families face barriers when trying to interact with the digital world. Using Early Childhood Education to Bridge the Digital Divide from the RAND Corporation shows how this level of education can help overcome this deficit. Where we are now with the internet and where we will be going is the focus of an ongoing series of reports issued by Pew on its The Web at 25 site. Recent statistics on online higher education and the survey questions that generated them are at Grade Change: Tracking Online Education in the United States.

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National Security Reports – March 2014 Update

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2014 Jersey City Budget

Here is Mayor Fulop’s budget as he introduced it; it calls for a tax decrease.

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Status of the Global Climate

The World Meteorological Organization has just issued its latest annual report of the state of the world’s climate. It ain’t pretty: “…it is clear that the planet is experiencing an overall warming trend. Thirteen of the fourteen warmest years on record have all occurred in the twenty-first century….”(Foreword) It reviews the severe weather that impacted the world in 2013 from a record number of tropical cyclones to abnormally cold weather. And so it goes.

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Incidence of Autism on the Rise in New Jersey

According to the the recent report from the CDC – Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among Children Aged 8 Years — Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 11 Sites, United States, 2010 – 1 in 68 children have autistic spectrum disorder; New Jersey’s overall rate is 1 in 45. Occurrence  varies by sex,  race and intellectual disability (meaning that 46% of those children with ASD have an IQ above 85). Key findings can be reviewed.

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Read the Internal Report from Gibson Dunn That Exonerates Governor Christie

The internal report that examined thousands of pages of documents on Bridgegate was released yesterday. According to the report, Governor Christie played no role in the lane closures of the George Washington Bridge. Here is a release from the governor’s office highlighting the key points. Extensive coverage is provided by NJ Spotlight, The Star-Ledger, and The New York Times.

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Economic Crisis – March 2014 Update

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