When you want to set up an application, most likely you will need to create an administrative account and add users with different privileges. This scenario happens frequently with content management, wiki, file sharing, and mailing lists as well as code versioning and continuous integration tools. When thinking about user and group centralization, you will need to select an application that fits your needs.
If the application can connect to a Single Sign On server, users will be happy to remember only one password.
In the proprietary landscape of directory servers, Active Directory is the dominant tool, but there are directory servers that can also satisfy your needs. The LDAPprotocol is the base for all the directory servers, independently of how they are implemented. This protocol is an industry standard and allows you to create, search, modify, and delete your users or groups. And, if the application is able to connect to an LDAP server, you will not have to be concerned with understanding the protocol.
Since 2014, large network players such as Brocade, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Microsofthave been working to develop a standard for 25 Gigabit Ethernet. According to experts, 2016 will be the year the technology finally makes its way into large data centers.
The emerging standard for 25 Gig-E addresses the need for speeds greater than 10 gigabits per second between servers and top-of-rack switches in what its proponents deem is a cost-efficient manner.
Kevin Tolly, founder of independent testing and validation firm The Tolly Group, expects data centers across vertical industries, including K–12, higher education and business, as well as state, local and federal government, to adopt 25 Gig-E.
Did you ever wonder if education has a role to play in stemming the obesity epidemic sweeping across all OECD countries? Or what the impact of increasing urbanisation might be on our schools, families, and communities? Or whether new technologies really are fundamentally changing the way our children think and learn?
Trends Shaping Education examines major trends affecting the future of education and sets the background on upcoming challenges for policy makers and education providers alike. This work does not give conclusive answers: it is not an analytical report nor is it a statistical compendium, and it is certainly not a statement of OECD policy on these different developments. It is instead a stimulus for thinking about major tendencies that have the potential to influence education, and conversely, the potential of education to influence these trends.
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Apple Inc. said it acquired education-technology startup LearnSprout, which creates software for schools and teachers to track students’ performance.
Apple is working on education tools for the iPad, which will allow students to see interactive lessons, track their progress, and share tablet computers with peers. "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans," said Colin Johnson, a spokesman for Apple.
LearnSprout Chief Executive Officer Franklyn Chien didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. More than 2,500 school districts in 42 U.S. states use LearnSprout’s software, according to the company’s website.
The San Francisco startup has raised more than $4 million from investors, including Andreessen Horowitz and Formation 8. Bloomberg LP, the owner of Bloomberg News, is an investor in Andreessen Horowitz. LearnSprout competes with Clever, which has raised more than $40 million from Sequoia Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and other investors.
Technology offers a huge opportunity for schools to personalize learning for each student, but there is limited high-quality evidence to show which products are effective. And, even when product developers provide evidence, school leaders often lack the time or research expertise to analyze study results and determine whether the evidence is strong enough to support a purchasing decision.
To help district leaders quickly evaluate the evidence developers provide, we teamed up with colleagues at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Research and Reform in Education to create a tool to analyze product evaluation studies.
The tool includes 12 multiple-choice questions on the relevance, source, and design of a product evaluation study. The final score can help district leaders decide whether to run a pilot in their own schools, or if they can move on to consider other aspects of a technology purchase, such as cost, fit with current IT system, and required professional development. If a pilot is needed, leaders can check out Digital Promise’s tips to guide the pilot process, and a report on how districts across the country run technology pilots.
Three years into our nationally recognized 1-to-1 technology initiative, High School District 207 is taking the final step to ensure that all of our 6,400 students can utilize Internet access for school work, including our students whose families do not have Internet access at home. Community members can assist in this process by sponsoring the hotspots being made available to students for this purpose.
District 207 now has a limited number of WiFi hotspots available for checkout. Students at Maine East, South and West who need an Internet connection to get schoolwork done may sign out a device for overnight use. These hotspots will provide filtered wireless Internet that can be connected to a student Chromebook.
The foundation for this hotspot program was built in the summer of 2015, when District 207 received a “ConnectED” grant through Sprint Corporation. The ConnectED program is in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education. As part of this grant, Sprint will provide 3Gb per month of filtered Internet connections per device for four years (a value of $1,680 per hotspot). This program is described athttp://tinyurl.com/SprintConnectEdHotspots
While Sprint is making the data available, the cost of the hotspots still must be covered outside of District 207’s budget, which is why community sponsorships are important. For a one-time cost of $100, a sponsor can enable District 207 to purchase a hotspot. Anyone who would like to sponsor four years of Internet for a student may fill out and return a form found at: http://tinyurl.com/207Hotspot. Any donor has the option of being added to the sponsor recognition list on the District website. This is an excellent way for businesses or individuals to be recognized for helping students in this important way.
Thank you, in advance, to our sponsors. The 2015-16 school year is the first in which students at all four grade levels in District 207 use Chromebooks as an integral part of learning. District 207 is among only 11 districts in the country to receive a 2015 Digital Content and Curriculum Achievement Award, presented by the Center for Digital Education to recognize schools for their innovation in digital content and curriculum program implementation.
This is a common expression that, perhaps like me, you’ve heard many times. For the girls at the Young Women’s Leadership school where I teach in New York City, this is – sadly — the case. My students couldn’t see themselves as women in STEM careers, and in fact, knew little about the opportunities offered within the field.
That’s why I made it my mission to bring computer science to our school.
My principal was excited at the idea of incorporating computer science (CS), but took me by surprise when she said I would have to teach it. As a certified Spanish teacher, I had no background in CS other than being digitally competent. But, after starting to learn through an online training program, I decided to blend computer science into my advanced Spanish speakers class because I figured why not have students learning Spanish dive into coding, too.
Education plays an important role in ensuring that women and men have the same opportunities in their personal and professional lives, through formal schooling, shaping attitudes and transforming behaviours. Yet old stereotypes die hard, and gender still plays a role in a number of ways. This Spotlight takes a look at the issues both in society and in the educational field itself.
Blog: Gender equality in education
Trends Spotlight #6: Modern Families
Families in the OECD are changing. The nuclear family – mother and father, married with children – is becoming less common. The number of reconstituted and single-parent households is rising, families are becoming smaller and individuals are deciding to have children later in life, or not at all.
Blog: Education and the modern family
Trends Spotlight #5: Infinite Connections
ICT has influenced almost all aspects of our lives and has changed the way we communicate, work and socialize. Education plays a key role in ensuring that everyone can reap the benefits of our technology-rich world, as well as help mitigate some of the risks.
Blog: Infinite Connections: The digital divide
Trends Spotlight #4: Think Green
Education plays a crucial role in raising awareness of environmental challenges and shaping the attitudes and behaviours that can make a difference. For basic education as well as vocational education and training, policy measures such as work-based learning and the provision of better career guidance can be powerful tools to strengthen the link between skills development and the green-growth agenda of countries.
Blog: Think Green: education and environmental awareness
Trends Spotlight #3: Urban Life
The rise of urbanisation poses both opportunities and challenges for education – most notably, in developing policies that will ensure that education thrives in tandem with increasing urbanisation.
Blog: The urban paradox
Trends Spotlight #2: Body and Society
The growing rate of obesity is one of the most significant health trends in OECD countries and increasingly, in Brazil, Russia, India and China, the “BRIC” countries. Perhaps surprisingly, this health trend is also strongly linked to lower educational attainment – both as a cause and as an effect.
Blog: Sweet smarts: fighting the child obesity epidemic
Trends Spotlight #1: Ageing Societies
Countries across the OECD are in the midst of a rapid demographic transformation. Average life expectancy across OECD countries has risen from 69 years in 1970 to an average of 79.7 years in 2010. Countries where life expectancy was once low, such as Turkey, are rapidly reaching the OECD average. Indeed, by 2100, the median age across all OECD and BRIC (Brazil, Russian Federation, India and China) countries is forecasted to reach 45 years. As the average age increases, so too does the proportion of the elderly (> 80 years).
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Over twelve years of researching, writing and publishing the Keeping Pace report, we have seen the online and digital learning space grow and evolve. Keeping Pace has always attempted to anticipate shifts in where such activity is concentrated, how practices are changing, advances in technology and devices, and the degree to which state policy impacts digital learning. Online learning has steadily become a more integral strategy for schools and districts in their efforts to offer students greater access to the courses they need. Where in the past, much of the online learning activity happened at the state level or regional level, more and more schools are exercising greater control over their online and digital learning programs as affordable options are now more available, schools’ expertise grows, curriculum and technology products improve, and teachers become more skilled at integrating online courses and techniques into their instruction. The 2015 edition of Keeping Pace reflects this change in the online and digital learning landscape, placing greater emphasis on the users and suppliers of online learning, and how these interrelationships help define the digital learning space, rather than a state-by-state chronicling of activity. In this edition of Keeping Pace, we are providing a greater number of snapshots of digital learning activity to illustrate the why and how behind school and district implementation, and in some cases the policies that shape them. Some snapshots show how suppliers partner with schools to deliver online products and services, and highlight the breadth and depth of activity at the state, district, and school level. Keeping Pace is also more streamlined than it has been in recent years. One goal for Keeping Pace 2015 has been to provide more visual representations of data and information, including greater use of tables and graphics to allow readers to more easily analyze, compare, and contrast findings.
Stan Silverman—Director of Technology Based Learning Systems at the New York Institute of Technology—has decades of experience in distance learning and education, but also boasts a significant technology background along with a deep belief in the education system and the value that brings to children. This last quality, in particular, really resonates with the educators he deals with on a daily basis.
According to Silverman, school leaders need support in how to be change agents in making 1:1 a viable reality for schools and districts.
“Devices are now a critical component of our educational system, and if we don’t provide technology and equality for all students, we will further create silos in schools for kids who have access and those who don’t," Silverman explains. "I didn’t get in the education technology game to create ghettos of technology. I want all kids to be able to excel to the best of their abilities: and every one of them needs a powerful, education-friendly device for that to happen.”
Read the entire interview with NYIT's Stan Silverman.
Going Toe-to-Toe for One-to-One: An Interview with Stan Silverman
Like many of my peers in higher education IT, we at Barry University support an open, collaborative learning environment. And that means embracing campuswide mobility and a bring-your-own-device policy. To minimize the risks associated with mobility and BYOD, we now use an Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) defense. It’s a vital and necessary precautionary measure to protect the university’s network from mobile devices that we neither own nor manage.
See how the Intel Compute Stick—a PC that fits in the palm of your hand—can help today’s educators and administrators transform learning for students. See how the Intel Compute Stick—a PC that fits in the palm of your hand—can help today’s educators and administrators transform learning for students.
In November 2010, almost a year to the day after I joined President Obama’s administration, my office at the U.S. Department of Education released the National Education Technology Plan (NETP) – just the third such plan in our nation’s history. Today, as my successors release the NETP of 2016, I’ve
Learning management systems, personalized learning, and emerging ed-tech products are among the topics at this year's conference sponsored by the Software & Information Industry Association.
As K-12 schools continue to adopt technology and integrate it into education, about 200 ed-tech company executives are meeting here for a two-day conference to identify trends, share experiences, and spot opportunities.
Among the topics covered in conversations on Tuesday’s opening of the Education Business Forum include the future of learning management systems, the value of adding students’ interests and preferences to educational technology to support their learning, and new products being introduced into education.
The Education Technology Information Network of the Software & Information Industry Association is sponsoring the event, which draws representatives of companies interested in finding out what’s happening in the market so they can make decisions, partnerships, and investments.
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