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Findings In the early 1970s, in the wake of the civil rights movement, educators were faced with a social dilemma that had no obvious solution. All over the country, well-intentioned efforts to.. Read More
By Dian Schaffhauser 11/01/18   An Illinois school district has tapped into "big data" analytics through a subscription model to help improve student outcomes. Meridian School Distri.. Read More
By Sara Friedman 09/18/18 Some schools might have a problem on their hands when it comes to the use of educational technology and the need to protect student privacy, according to an alert i.. Read More
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How to Build a Better Educational System: Jigsaw Classrooms
Findings In the early 1970s, in the wake of the civil rights movement, educators were faced with a social dilemma that had no obvious solution. All over the country, well-intentioned efforts to desegregate America's public schools were leading to serious problems. Ethnic minority children, most of whom had previously attended severely under-funded schools, found themselves in classrooms composed predominantly of more privileged White children. This created a situation in which students from affluent backgrounds often shone brilliantly while students from impoverished backgrounds often s..
IL School District Turns to Subscription Model for Business Intelligence
By Dian Schaffhauser 11/01/18   An Illinois school district has tapped into "big data" analytics through a subscription model to help improve student outcomes. Meridian School District #223 is working with Qlik Analytics from the Copley Consulting Group. Previously, Meridian used a manual process to analyze district data and monitor school performance, but according to the school system, that wasn't delivering the desired results. Now, the district is paying $20 per student per year for access to the Qlik business intelligence and data analytics platform, which provides "g..
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FBI Issues Warning on Educational Technology
By Sara Friedman 09/18/18 Some schools might have a problem on their hands when it comes to the use of educational technology and the need to protect student privacy, according to an alert issued by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The alert warns schools that the widespread collection of student data could have privacy and safety implications if the information is compromised or exploited. The FBI recommends the following for parents and families: Research existing student and child privacy protections of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, the Protection of Pu..
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Gunshot Detection Technology Coming to Wisconsin Schools
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wisconsin schools bracing for the next mass shooting are turning to gunshot-detecting sensors that police across the country rely on, hoping the technology will lead to faster response times when there's an active shooter.   Halting Gang Violence in the Heartland The sensors are among various security upgrades schools are rolling out when classes resume this fall, using grants Wisconsin state lawmakers approved this year after the shootings in Parkland, Florida. Since then, the number of schools around the country expressing interest in ..
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10 Reasons Today’s Students NEED Technology in the Classroom
Technology is everywhere--entwined in almost every part of our culture. It affects how we live, work, play, and most importantly learn. With mobile and other wireless devices like the IoT becoming an increasing requirement across every industry today, it only makes sense that our schools are also effectively deploying mobile technology in the classroom. However, for many schools, implementing the latest technology is a difficult strategy to navigate. There are two main reasons for this: Schools are on the fence about the use of certain mobile devices; thinking they're more a burden ..
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Indianapolis Principal Mariama Carson Uses Language of Love To Aid Students
The staff start their emails with “Familia….” The teachers swing from the monkey bars at recess with their first-graders. The principal finds out students have stolen a bike and walks them home to tell their parents. Not many schools have the word “love” in their mission, and it’s a hard thing to quantify on a school report card. But Global Prep Academy — whose motto is “unlocking the world through language, expeditionary learning, and love” — is one of a dozen schools in Indianapolis doing things differently, including a dual-language immersion program beginning in kindergarten for its nat..
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Silicon Valley Coding School That Charges No Upfront Tuition
The idea of a coding school that charges no upfront tuition was intriguing to Ne-Yo. The Grammy winning artist (famous for songs like "Miss Independent") is certainly not the first musician to invest in Silicon Valley, but he's one that wants to put his talents and money into helping to solve the diversity challenges facing the tech industry. Holberton School plans to announce that Ne-Yo invested in the coding academy's most-recent $2.3 million funding round and is joining its Board of Trustees as a result.  "This is not a realistic career for people who came up like me. It's mo..
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How Students are Using Technology in the Classroom
Recently we looked at an EDUCAUSE STUDY showing the relationship students have with technology in the classroom and how it is both used and valued. The basis of the study was to shed some light on how students value technology and how they believe it helps them achieve their academic goals and prepares them for their future academic and workplace lives. Below are a few of the most surprising stats: Tweet This Stat - 76% of students said technology helps them achieve their academic outcomes up 1% from 2016 Tweet This Stat - 50% of students say e-books are important to their academic..
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Microsoft Looks to Regain Lost Ground in the Classroom
By NICK WINGFIELD And NATASHA SINGER MAY 2, 2017 REDMOND, Wash. — Last week, Satya Nadella, the chief executive of Microsoft, slipped on a glove made of cardboard and clenched his hand into a fist, causing a robotic hand with fingers made of drinking straws to mimic his movements. The glove was one of several engineering projects built in a makeshift laboratory on Microsoft’s campus. The company spent the last year talking to thousands of teachers and designing high-tech experiments that require mostly low-cost parts. It will give the designs to schools for free so teachers can use them ..
Google Partners with Howard University to Develop Future African-American Engineers
  On Thursday, Google announced a new program partnered with Howard University in an effort to recruit more young minds from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Howard has opened a campus at the Googleplex, called Howard West, “a physical space on campus where Howard students and Googlers can grow together,” and hopefully will encourage diversity in a field that sorely needs it. In a press release, Howard University President Dr. Wayne Frederick said: "Howard West will produce hundreds of industry-ready Black computer science graduates, future leaders wit..
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Robotics Magnet School Comes to L.A. Unified School District
LAKE BALBOA — A powerful earthquake sends tremors rippling across the San Fernando Valley, toppling buildings, sparking fires and trapping thousands of residents among the rubble. But instead of police and firefighters picking through sharp-edged debris, an army of robots is dispatched to search and rescue. At least that was the exercise last week at the first Los Angeles magnet school for robotics. "I like working on this stuff," said Jessica Carrillo, 11, of Van Nuys, after tinkering with the wheels of her small off-road bot, which she'd programmed for search and rescue at Mulholland R..
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Indiana State University Offers Drone Training
 Indiana-based Seed Company Beck’s Hybrids is looking to Indiana State University to train employees under a new Federal Aviation Administration rule related to use of drones for commercial purposes.   The program involves FAA certification for Beck’s employees so they can help customers assess crops for any potential problems during growing season. Jim Love, Beck’s light robotic manager, said the partnership with ISU “will allow us to make sure that the individuals operating those UAVs [unmanned aerial vehicles] are trained at the highest level.” So far, about 60 people fro..
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ITPartsHelp Provides Premier Support To All School Districts And Educational Platforms
Education   ITPartsHelp acts as an advocate for the school system by working with administrators and school officials to determine the best solutions for each.     As School Systems throughout the country have started "1 to 1" Programs, ITPartsHelp has become a key partner in supporting their IT Infrastructure: We offer technical training to School Systems performing their own repairs. We offer dedicated stock for Chromebook models being deployed across school districts throughout the country. We provide insurance cost assessments to help school systems ..
How to make everything bigger in Windows 10
Some user interface elements are just too darn small. Here's how to fix that       Sarah Jacobsson Purewal/CNET   Windows 10 has had some issues with display scaling on high-resolution screens -- you may have noticed that some of your legacy apps on Windows 10 have (or had -- they've been slowly fixing this) minuscule user interfaces, with icons and text so tiny you can barely see them, let alone click them. Well, I have some good and bad news for you. The good news is that there a..
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Google looks to cost-cutting, mobile and YouTube for the future
Google looks to take a more measured approach to spending.Bloomberg via Getty Images Google has become known as the "moon shot" company, but there are signs it's starting to come back to earth. The search giant has become the talk of Silicon Valley for its costly projects, ranging from driverless cars, Wi-Fi-enabled balloons and radar-based chips. The goal: Find a new source of revenue and potentially change the world along the way. Google isn't giving up on those efforts, but its approach to spending is beginning to change. The company has been slower to add to its headcount and..
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APPLE PATCHES DOZENS OF FLAWS IN IOS 8.4, OS X 10.10.4 by Dennis Fisher  June 30, 2015 , 2:28 pm   Apple has released new versions of iOS and OS X, both of which include a significant number of security patches, several for bugs that can lead to remote code execution and other serious issues. Version 8.4 of iOS contains fixes for more than 30 security vulnerabilities, including bugs in the iOS kernel, WebKit, and CoreText. Apple also patched the vulnerability that leads to the Logjam attack, an issue with servers that support weak Di..
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USB Type-C: One cable to connect them all
Look around your house and chances are you that have a least a few devices equipped with Universal Serial Bus (USB) cables. On average, some 3 billion USB ports are shipped each year, by far the most successful type of peripheral connection. In years, though, USB is getting competition and it now trails behind the new Thunderbolt standard both in speed and ease of use. This is the gap that the latest in USB development, the USB Type-C,finalized just earlier this month, intends to fill. Before you can understand USB Type-C, however, you need to know the difference betw..
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Staying safe on public Wi-Fi
  Free public Wi-Fi is incredibly convenient, but security can be an issue. Here's how to minimize the risk, whether you use a laptop, smartphone, or tablet. by Lexy Savvides     @lexysavvides June 3, 2015 4:33 PM PDT ​           Stuck without a data connection on the road? Free public Wi-Fi is one of those little luxuries that can make travelling easier, but you do need to exercise caution in how you use it. Here are some tips on what to look out for whe..
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How to reserve your free copy of Windows 10
A new notification prompts Windows 7 and 8.1 users to reserve an upgrade to the upcoming OS, due to debut July 29. by Lance Whitney @lancewhit June 1, 2015 7:24 AM PDT   You can now reserve your free copy of Windows 10, if you meet the necessary requirements. Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET   Microsoft is now pushing Windows 10 via a notice suggesting you reserve a copy. On Monday, the software giant announced that Windows 10 will officially roll out July 29. That means it will be available on any PCs you p..
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Microsoft's Windows 10 finally has a release date: July 29
The next iteration of the software maker's operating system is slated to arrive in two months. by Nick Statt @nickstatt June 1, 2015 1:00 AM PDT   Nick Statt/CNET   Microsoft has set a release date for Windows 10 to arrive in the summer. The software maker announced Monday that it will begin offering its newest software to power PCs and tablets as a free upgrade on July 29. Windows 10 Mobile, the company's companion software designed to power smartphones, is expected to arrive later this year. Windows 10 will be fr..
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    Stealthy Linux GPU malware can also hide in Windows PCs, maybe Macs Lucian Constantin May 11, 2015 8:32 AM A team of anonymous developers who recently created a Linux rootkit that runs on graphics cards has released a new proof-of-concept malware program that does the same on Windows. A Mac OS X implementation is also in the works. The developers are trying to raise awareness that malware can infect GPUs and that the security industry is not ready for it. Their goal isn’t to tip off malicious hackers, but the source code..
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Two new Chrome accessibility extensions released by Google
~ By Martin Brinkmann on May 8, 2015 in Google Chrome - Last Update: May 9, 2015 8 Google's Accessibility team has released two new Chrome extensions recently that improve the browser's accessibility in two specific ways. Animation Policy is a Chrome extension that gives you more control over animated image formats in the browser. Animations run in a never ending loop in Chrome by default which is not always the best usability experience especially since there is no quick option  to stop the animation once the image has loaded fully in the browser. Animation Policy prov..
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   WRITTEN BY DOUG BONDERUD  CATEGORY AppleHow-To's October 24, 2014               You want a new smartphone, but you don’t want to pay too much. Buying pre-owned is one option for getting a great deal on a high-quality device, but now you’re wondering: What’s under the hood? Here’s a quick comparison of mobile operating systems (OS) to help you decide which pre-owned smartphone gives you the best value for your money. iOS If you’re considering an Apple product, iOS is the backbone. Any iPhone ..
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Tips For Your New Computer
You purchased a new computer. Congratulations! Now what? Do you just go along your merry way surfing the web, creating spreadsheets, playing Solitaire or changing your desktop background to a picture showing three furry kittens in a basket? No. There are several essential things you must do when you boot up your computer for the very first time. If you do not do these crucial steps, your computer experience will be less than wonderful in the months and years to come.   What To Do After You Boot Your New Computer So you’ve unboxed the new PC. You’ve attached the monitor and plugge..
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How to replace your HP Pavilion dv5000 motherboard
This is a video illustrating how to replace your DV5000 motherboard. ..
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