Students of a Pennsylvania school district are hauling educators to court over allegations that administrators remotely activated the webcams on school-issued laptops and used that remote access to spy on students and their family members.
Previously, the Lower Merion School District has insisted that they only ever spied on lost or stolen school-owned laptops. The latest court filings show this is patently false. School for spies, or spies for school, you decide.
Open source is playing an ever-expanding role in education at all levels. One school board thats embraced open source is the Penn Manor School District in Pennsylvania. The District has rolled out the largest open source student laptop program in the state, with 3,500 Linux-powered computers distributed to students.
At least one school district feels that giving laptops to students is a terrible idea, and these are the reasons why.
By the time Jerry Crocamo, a computer network engineer, arrived in Hoboken’s school system in 2011, every seventh, eighth and ninth grader had a laptop. Each year a new crop of seventh graders were outfitted.