As the academic year winds down, a new generation of students are beginning their college careers and interacting with their schools’ digital capabilities. From registering for classes to selecting housing and applying for financial aid, students are seeing if their universities’ digital properties are up to snuff. However, a majority of students aren’t satisfied with […]

Career Day just went digital. The Reach Higher Initiative, a program started by first lady Michelle Obama, and the U.S. Department of Education recently announced five finalists in the Reach Higher Career App Challenge, a competition promoting the development of mobile application solutions that will help middle and high school students navigate education and career […]

Data provides parents, educators, and policymakers with the information they need to personalize and support student learning. “It’s incredibly important that the individual classroom teacher… [is] able to use data and access data to drive learning in their class,” said Chip Slaven, counsel to the president and senior advocacy adviser for the Alliance for Excellent […]

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson recently swore in John F. Kelly and Karen P. Tandy to the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC). “I welcome the new members to the advisory committee and hope they get to see the great work of our employees,” said Johnson. “And, I thank all the HSAC members for […]

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR) recently released an infographic, “Your Health Information, Your Rights,” to provide health consumers with facts on an individual’s right to access their medical records, examples of how to obtain medical records, […]

Forty-three percent of Americans would sacrifice their personal online security for faster Internet speed, according to a recent report. The survey, conducted by SecureAuth and Wakefield Research, dives into Americans’ perceptions around Internet speed versus personal security over public Wi-Fi, and shows Americans as a whole will latch onto any Internet connection they can get […]

Data professionals across the country will be combining their skills this weekend to improve Federal, state, and local government. The so-called National Day of Civic Hacking begins June 4. Each year, the event presents attendees with government-focused challenges and asks them to create the best digital solution to the problem. “National Day of Civic Hacking is a nationwide […]

Common Core is a hotly contested education issue in the 2016 election cycle, with Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, the presumptive presidential candidates, having radically different opinions on the initiative. What is Common Core? Common Core is a set of academic standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy. The purpose of the standards […]

The Department of Energy has started a podcast called “Direct Current”–telling stories of how the DOE generates and uses electricity, and what that means for the planet. The first episode discusses solar panels and the associated costs. Solar panels absorb energy from the sun and turn it into usable electricity. They do not give off […]

There is a growing, concerning gap between patient expectations and actual experience, according to panelists at the ONC National Meeting on Thursday. “Many of us still have issues getting or accessing our health information, and if you are like me, it seems to be a never-ending saga,” said Lana Moriarty, director of consumer health at ONC. […]

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