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Online voting isn't ready yet, university researchers say

With the internet encroaching on daily life, it was only natural for online voting solutions to arise. But university researchers from around the country told EdScoop that the technology isn't yet secure enough to be widely deployed. One of those researchers, Philip Stark, an associate dean of mathematical and physical sciences at the University of California, Berkeley, counts himself among the skeptics. "Experts are almost universally agreed that online voting is the worst possible option from a security standpoint. Online voting is simply not ready for prime time. There are far too many vulnerabilities in online voting proposals that would leave our elections too susceptible to hacks." Betsy Foresman reports.

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Aggie Homework Helpline lends preK-12 students a hand

Students at Texas A&M University who are studying to become teachers last week got a new opportunity to practice their skills by assisting preK-12 students around the country who need a little extra help with their homework. The university launched the Aggie Homework Hotline to help young students, especially those who are struggling with remote learning environments that have been widely deployed during the pandemic, and to help their own students get some practice working with kids. Families need homework help for their children and Aggie undergraduate students are motivated, adaptive and committed to selfless service,” said Valerie Hill-Jackson, professor and assistant dean of educator preparation at A&M. Betsy has the story.

UT Austin beams in hologram professor

In case you missed it: To improve safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, a business class at the University of Texas, Austin, has adopted new technology that allows the professor to beam a 3D hologram of himself directly into the classroom. The university’s McCombs School of Business contracted with the Austin-based technology startup Contextual Context Group to develop the technology. “We knew we could make the digital experience better,” said Joe Stephens, senior assistant dean and director of working professional and executive MBA programs. Colin Wood has the details.

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