BenQ Cares Program Launches Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign
Company to Donate $10 to Breast Cancer Research for Every Colorific HT1075 Projector Sold in October COSTA MESA, Calif. — Oct. 20, 2014 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of visual display solutions and the No. 1-selling DLP(R) projector brand in The Americas(1), today launched its latest “BenQ Cares” campaign. In honor of [ Read More ]
Education Social Media Icons Launch Edchat Interactive
Steven Anderson, Tom Whitby and Mitch Weisburgh Revolutionize online Professional Development New York, NY (October 20, 2014) – Today Edchat Interactive announces the platform that replaces talking head webinars with an interactive, online Professional Development web experience. Nationally recognized authors and social media icons, Steven Anderson, and Tom Whitby join with humanitarian and veteran edtech [ Read More ]
New York-Based Institute for Student Achievement High Schools Effectively Build Students’ College and Career Readiness Skills
School leaders nationwide invited to observe schools’ exemplary practices during upcoming school visits CARLE PLACE, New York, October 20, 2014 –Through a partnership with the Institute for Student Achievement (ISA), more than thirty high schools in New York City have successfully prepared students for college and career success utilizing ISA’s comprehensive approach to school design. [ Read More ]
Overcoming the top barrier to school connectivity
Funding remains the largest and most-cited obstacle when it comes to updating schools' infrastructure and installing high-speed broadband internet access, according to a survey from the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN).
CoSN's second annual E-rate and Infrastructure Survey, conducted with AASA and MDR, reveals that 58 percent of school districts said monthly recurring and ongoing expenses are their biggest barrier to connectivity.
In all, 60 percent of surveyed districts said funding is their biggest challenge when it comes to meeting the Federal Communication Commission's short-term goal of 100 Mbps/1,000 students.
Twenty-seven percent of districts said not a single school in their district could meet the FCC's short-term goal, and 69 percent of districts said not a single school could meet the FCC's long-term goal of 1 Gbps per 1,000 students.
Eighty-four percent of responding districts said the E-rate's current funding levels don't meet their needs.
Of all the districts surveyed, just 9 percent said they have enough bandwidth to support online assessments and digital content.
Forty-five percent of school districts said they don't have the ability to deploy a one-to-one initiative, but according to the report, this is a 12 percent improvement from last year's survey.
“This survey boldly underscores that our nation has a funding and bandwidth crisis,” said Keith Krueger, CoSN's CEO, in a statement about the survey. “The FCC’s short- and long-term goals for connectivity will not be reached until there is a substantial increase in funding to meet the unmet needs of school districts across the nation, particularly in rural districts.”
The survey also reveals that rural districts have slower internal data connections, and their Wi-Fi is "much less likely to meet current technical standards."
One school puts its mark on Maker Movement
Something happened when technology became so cheap that getting a new TV, DVR player, heck, even new clothes--was cheaper than fixing the broken or torn one.
The creative, tinkering brain atrophied, and quite logically, people began to think they couldn’t solve the problems they see in the world, says Leigh Mansberg, assistant head at St. Mary’s Episcopal School.
That mentality is caving in at the private East Memphis school, where two computer labs (obsolete now that every student has her own laptop) have been turned into “makerspaces”--Spartan, industrialized work areas designed so they can be swept clean and ready for the next burst of creativity.
Prominent in the south makerspace is St. Mary’s new 3-D printer, the one piece of technology that’s come to symbolize the maker movement. No one was paying it a lick of attention late one afternoon this week. Instead five tables of girls, ages 8-12, and their parents were concentrating with all their might on simple magic tricks, suspending an ordinary paper clip on a thread in a plain glass jar (with the help of a magnet in the lid), or inserting a grommet in playing cards, the pivot in a card trick that took about 20 minutes to perfect.
Brows furrowed, and lips were chewed in concentration (and frustration). But 75 minutes into a workshop led by Mark Frauenfelder, editor-in-chief of Make magazine, no one had given up or as much as asked permission to get a drink of water.
“I think frustration is a natural tendency, and it’s something people have to learn to get used to when they are making things, Frauenfelder said. “People are so used to buying solutions to their problems rather than inventing solutions, they naturally expect an easy fix. But when you are forced--or choose--to create a solution to your problem, you often end up with something that is better or at least unique and personal.”