Laura Edghill

Laura Edghill is a freelance writer, church communications director, and public school board member living in Clinton Township, Mich., with her engineer husband and three sons. She is a graduate of the WORLD Journalism Institute's mid-career course. Follow Laura on Twitter @LTEdghill.

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Virtual reality violence too real to ignore

Technology
by Laura Edghill
Posted 9/21/13, 10:30 am

Police arrested a Louisiana high school student last week for posting a YouTube video of himself simulating the shooting of classmates using the augmented reality (AR) app “Real Strike.” 

The app works by overlaying a first-person shooter view that includes a choice of guns on what the player actually sees as they look through their smartphone’s camera. The synthesis of augmented and actual reality creates the illusion that the player is shooting at items he is viewing: In this case, the student’s classmates. The student recorded the episode and posted it on YouTube.

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Ditching standardized tests

Education
by Laura Edghill
Posted 9/11/13, 02:14 pm

Last spring, while his eighth-grade classmates took state standardized tests, Tucker Richardson woke up late and played basketball in his Delaware Township, N.J., driveway.

Tucker’s parents, Wendy and Will Richardson, are part of a small but growing number of parents nationwide who are choosing to opt their children out of standardized testing by keeping them home on test days. 

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Associated Press/Photo by Peter Dejong

Malala Yousafzai awarded Children's Peace Prize

Education
by Laura Edghill
Posted 9/09/13, 02:35 pm

Lumbering yellow buses, empty Walmart shelves, and squeals of children at recess mark  the beginning of a typical school year in America. But for girls across the globe, going to school is anything but typical. 

The face of this struggle is 16-year-old girls’ education advocate Malala Yousafzai, who made international news last year when the Taliban attacked her and two friends on their way home from school in Pakistan. 

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