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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LA schools didn't do iPad homework

Education
by Laura Edghill
Posted 10/03/13, 09:25 am

Just one week into the Los Angeles Unified School District’s plan to equip all 640,000 of its students with iPads, the district abruptly halted the device rollout after hundreds of students hacked them to access locked features like Facebook and Twitter.

This initial phase of the rollout cost the district $30 million, and is just part one in a plan that will eventually cost $1 billion. District officials expressed admiration for the students’ ingenuity, but critics say they should have seen this problem coming.

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Christians aren't exempt from campus speech protections

Free Speech
by Laura Edghill
Posted 9/25/13, 04:15 pm

Mary Beth Tinker was just 13 when she spoke out against the Vietnam War by wearing a black armband to her Iowa school in 1965. When the school suspended her, she took her free speech case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and won. Now 61, she’s quit her part-time job as a nurse and is traveling across the country championing free speech in public schools.

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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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