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IBM helps schools tackle ransomware

IBM on Thursday announced it plans to distribute $3 million worth of in-kind grants to public school districts around the country in an effort to help the education sector defend itself from the ongoing scourge of ransomware attacks. The announcement of the new program, which will be parceled out among six school systems that the company will choose later this spring, comes as the ransomware threat against schools only worsens, including an estimate from the FBI and Department of Homeland Security that 57% of all ransomware attacks reported last August and September targeted K-12 organizations. Benjamin Freed has the story.

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New Mexico libraries offer HS diplomas

A new program targeting adult learners led by the educational publishing company Gale and the New Mexico State Library now allows students to earn a high school diploma while studying from home. The company, which is a division of the edtech firm Cengage, announced on Tuesday that six New Mexico libraries are participating in its Career Online High School program, which is advertised as offering students “a second chance.” Enrollment is limited, but free, the company said, requiring only a library card and for the students to be at least 19 years old. Colin Wood has the details.

'Mynerva' teaching platform

A professor and former student at the University of Michigan have developed a new interactive platform that combines conventional learning materials with digital assessments and tools. The cloud-based platform, called Mynerva, allows instructors to customize lessons based on a system of “codices,” presenting material to students as they’re ready for it. Each codex can be built using various types of questions — such as multiple choice quizzes or auto-graded exercises — that students must answer before advancing to the next section. Read on.

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