Melbourne’s Ruyton Girls’ School, with 750 Kindergarten to Year 12 students, has deployed a new IT network to better support its new mobile and online learning initiatives.
In the past, educational content was stored on local drives of the school’s devices. Today, teachers and students access online course materials from Australia’s Academic and Research Network, adding strain on the school’s 1 Gigabit Ethernet link network.
Students are creating, consuming and sharing more media-rich voice and video content. The school also plans to allow students to bring their own devices, to support its move to eBooks.
IT Manager Chris Karopoulos knew that they had to upgrade the school’s network to support the changing learning needs and new mobile and online learning initiatives. His team also wanted greater transparency into networked devices to avoid supporting unknown devices.
The school needed a network with high bandwidth, reliability and resilience to support an average of 1,000 devices per day.
A key area of focus was the network core, which depended on a single switch that was identified as a bottleneck and a potential single point of failure.
To address this issue and increase bandwidth across the network, the school deployed Brocade ICX 6610 Switches at the network core. The switches are linked together using four full-duplex 40 Gbps stacking ports that provide 320 Gbps of backplane bandwidth with full redundancy.
This approach eliminates inter-switch bottlenecks while delivering wire-speed, non-blocking performance across all 1 GbE and 10 GbE switch ports.
New switches installed around the School ensured consistent user experience across the campus, including the gymnasium and swimming pool building.
In addition, the new switching infrastructure supports device-agnostic user authentication across the network and virtual private LANs that provide secure access to sensitive information assets.
It is so important for schools to have technology in their classes. It is essential to be relevant in most job markets and universities often assume you have basic training on most computer skills. It is especially important that this is getting girls more involved in IT as there is still a serious lack of female co-workers in the field. Knowledge is power and teaching students how to properly and responsibly use the technology gives them an amazing tool.
Holden, a subsidiary of General Motors, says it will stop making cars in Australia by the end of 2017, with almost 2,900 jobs to go.
Marissa Roy's insight:
The closing of both Holden (GM) and Ford has left thousands of automotive workers in Australia without jobs. The only car manufactorer left is Toyota and they are "highly likely" to move out as well, leaving even more unemployed. Overall, the reason is because it is too high to produce there and there is a small domestic market for those types of vehicles. It is an unfortunate circumstance for the workers, and will have definite impacts on the economy.
Divers witnessed a Carpet Shark eating a bamboo shark whole! This was in the Great Barrier Reef which is home to so many diverse sea creatures. It is interesting that a shark would eat another shark, even if they were not the same type of shark.
It is interesting that the Phillipines have a long history of aggression toward journalists. Perhaps the journalist make them feel threatened or judged, or maybe the journalist are thought of as "bad people" out making money on their misfortune. Either way, the recent shooting of four journalists after the Typhoon shows that there is not a lack of aggression yet.
An influx of gold certainly affectst the economy. However, it Southeast Asia the prices have not fallen much, though legal purchases have been slow. On the other hand, the black market is selling lots of gold right now, and it will be interesting to see if this changes as prices become deflated.
The torrential rains that caused widespread flooding in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, have left the city reeling...
This is a grim, but captivating photo gallery showing how people adapt to environmental disasters. Human settlements are vulnerable to disasters based on their environmental situations but people still display an amazingly capacity to be resilient in the face of danger. "The torrential rains that caused widespread flooding in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, have left the city reeling. Thousands of people remain in evacuation shelters, and those who stayed in their homes during the deluge face a major clean-up operation."
Pictures truly are worth a thousand words. Seeing the disaster occur in someone home, or seeing how a locasl business has lost so much due to the disaster is powerful. It is one thing to read an article and it is another to see precious photos ruined by the disaster.
Satellite images of one of North Korea's largest political prison camps suggests its inmate population is expanding, Amnesty International said Thursday in a report detailing rape and torture in the North's notorious gulag.The report by the...
Marissa Roy's insight:
Places such as the US are urging places such as China to stop supporting North Korea. According to satelitte images and the tales of an old guard, the prison has awful conditions. Prisoners are beaten, raped, starved and killed. They are in impossible living conditions.
January and February are sweet times for most Chinese — they enjoy family reunions during the spring festival, which this year fell on January 23, and they celebrate Valentine’s Day, which is well-liked in China.
Gender roles in cultural norms change from country to country. What also needs to be understood is how the demographic situation of a given country influences these patterns.
It is interesting to see this as in American culture, marrying in your 20s is not a necessity anymore, it's almost unexpected. With so many men to choose from, these girls have time to find a man. The culture is going to shift as these ladies get married later in life.
"China's one-child only policy and historic preference for boys has led to a surplus of marriageable Chinese men. Young women are holding out for better apartments, cars and the like from potential spouses...30 to 48 percent of the real estate appreciation in 35 major Chinese cities is directly linked to a man's need to acquire wealth — in the form of property — to attract a wife."
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This article makes an argument for having a girl rather than a boy in China. With all of the males, brides are in high demand. Their demands for gifts are also high, as they can be picky with so many grooms looking for husbands. Parents of boys must pay for the apartment for the couple as a wedding gift and this puts a heavy financial strain on the family, especially when there are multiple boys.
Pakistan's Khyber Pakthunkhwa province lacks mechanisms to deal with rising environmental pollution.
Marissa Roy's insight:
The amount of pollution is causing many people living in the area to have respiratory problems and they are at higher risk of HIV/AIDS. This is because of the waste that is being put everywhere. Although the EPA has slapped people with fines in an attempt to clean up the area its making little impact.
This is pretty interesting video from World Comics Network – a growing network of mostly female creators who are utilising the comics medium and comics workshops to empower women and address social issues pertaining to gender in their part of the world, and also build on those strips to use them for other social commentary and discussion (such as creating comics addressing widespread issues of official corruption). Always great to see people making their own comics and using the medium for something with positive social influences. As the video shows most of the women here are creating work in Pakistan, but they also pick up on some unusual uses of comics in India (and if the medium helps any cross border co-operation between those two countries that can surely only be a good thing) and goes on to talk about how they would like to create a network across Asia of comics creators using the medium to highlight social concerns and develop comics journalism. Interesting stuff and more power to them:
Really great video. Women in South Asia are using comics and the internet to get their message out. Whether it be for gender equality or to inform the world of events that have occured in places such as Pakistan and India, there message is being heard by internet users around the globe. What an interesting use of technology and creativity to advocate for human rights!
Google India has launched 'Helping women get online' in order to address the gap among women Internet users. In a country with over 200 million Internet users, it is hard to imagine that only one third of India's online users are women.
Education is a powerful tool in any society. If women are able to gain easier access to the internet and learn how to use the tools the internet can provide it will certainly improve their lives. It is amazing that there is such a gap in that only one third of India's internet users are women, and I feel that this will be a step in the right direction to getting women more interested.
When will Sierra Leoneans be able to benefit from their own natural resources, instead of being cursed by them?
Sierra Leone is a country that has been 'blessed' with excellent natural resources, and remains in political chaos with one of the lowest HDI scores. For a national economy, having abundant natural resources does not guarantee economic prosperity. This is baffling to many that don't see the political and geographic context that shapes various economic sectors. This is good a way to demonstrate that context.
Thousands of Sierra Leoneans are fleeing the country in search of a better life. Corporations see the country as a land of opportunity, because of the rich resources. Diamonds put the country into a civil war. Now, wood is threatening to do the same thing. Natural resources can be more precious than anything else to some people. They are seen as worth fighting for.
Not too long ago (Jan. 2012), the arbitrary International Date Line (roughly opposite the Prime Meridian) was moved to better accommodate the regional networks and economic geography of the area straddling the line. American Samoa, although politically aligned with the United States, was functionally more integrated on the Asian side of the Pacific Rim when it came to their trade partners and their tourism base. Dynamic economic networks, political allegiances and cultural commonalities create a beautifully complex situation near this 'border.'
My class examined this and we agree that it makes sense that American Samoa would want to be those they do business with like Asia, Australia and New Zealand. ALthough American Samoa is a US territory, it definately does more business with the countries who are nearby and therefore they should be pushed to the other side of the dateline.
Lake Hillier in f Western Australia is one of the many you can find around the world. The pink color comes because of the high salinity composition. A particular algaes found in salt water then produce organic pigments with a reddish/pinkish coloration. It is mysterious and interesting, as we are not accustome to it.
Laos People’s Democratic Republic, the only landlocked member of the 10-nation Asean bloc, is considering building a national oil pipeline system, according to the country’s Asian Council on Petroleum (Ascope) representative.
As Laos is the only country landlocked in the Asean Bloc, they do not want to pay the high fees of importing oil that right now they have no choice but to do. If they were to build a national pipeline system, they would be able to get oil cheaper over time.
Jakarta's traffic is legendary and locals have now become experts at finding ways to get around the jams, with some even making money out of them.
The population of Indonesia is heavily concentrated on the island of Java, and the capital city of Jakarta faces a tremendous strain on it's transportation network. This video show that resourceful people will find inventive ways to make an unworkable situation manageable.
Due to the populations overgrowth, traffic is impossible. People can wait in traffic for hours entering or leaving the city. The government has put rules in place that there must be passangers in every vehicle and some are taking advantage of this by charging drivers to take them into the city so they avoid a fine. It is a very difficult situation and the government will need to get creative in order to correct this.
One month after Typhoon Haiyan tore through six Philippine islands, the death toll stands at 5,924 and 1,779 people are still missing, according to government figures released Sunday.
Marissa Roy's insight:
A month later, the death toll is still rising sharply and there still over a thousand people reported missing. This disaster is so messy and there are still so many places to look, I would think that the death toll will unfortunately continue to rise. ALso, with the lack of resources and medical care that Phillipinos can access, I think that more may die from starvation, malnutrition or lack of sanitary conditions.
China's reputation as a low-cost manufacturer hasn't translated into low-cost prices. Many goods, particularly luxury items, have higher price tags in China than abroad. One economist blames the transportation system and corruption.
Industrial geography in today's climate shows that China has clear economic advantages over most of the world to manufacture good cheaply. Why would this not necessarily translate to cheap consumer goods for China's domestic market? High taxes, steep internal shipping costs and a market flooded with knock-offs all contribute to this paradox.
Although the products we buy from China are cheap for us, it is not necessarily cheap for the ones making it. The tax on goods in China is very expensive. It is also because the government is plagued with corruption, and that is where the taxes come in. It is suprising that many cannot afford the goods they make.
China's Shanghai region easily beats rest of world in maths, reading and science, according to OECD education rankings Asia's rising economic success has helped China's hi-tech corridor to take a clear lead in the latest OECD international...
It is interesting to read how China compares with the rest of the world. The article attributes having a safe environment helps students learn and I bet that with China's one child policy, there are less children to educate and parent's can focus more attention on them.
Relaxing the one child policy will have many social impacts. In the article a few couples remarked that they would prefer to have 2 children as one child can be bored all alone. I bet that the number of abortions will fall and the number of female girls will increase as well.
South Asia is likely to become the fastest growing region of waste by 2025, according to a paper published in the Nature journal on Thursday.
The paper said that although the member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) are the largest waste generators, producing around 1.75 million tonnes per day, East Asia today is the world’s fastest growing region of waste.
The authors of the study said that in the past century, as the world’s population has grown and become more urban and affluent, waste production has risen tenfold, and that by 2025 it will double again.
“Rubbish is being generated faster than other environmental pollutants, including greenhouse gases. Solid-waste management is one of the greatest costs to municipal budgets,” said Daniel Hoornweg, Perinaz Bhada-Tata and Chris Kennedy, in a commentary on Nature journal.
This is a serious environmental issue, as 2025 is quickly approaching. It is unclear how they can approach this situation. The population is growing quickly, the area they have is small and the trash has no where to go. It will be interesting to see how they will manage the waste.
"It’s rare that a video from a brand will spark any real emotion--but a new spot from Google India is so powerful, and so honest to the product, that it’s a testament not only to the deft touch of the ad team that put it together, but to the strength of Google’s current offering."--Forbes
I watched this short commercial with my geography class. While watching, you could almost forget that it was only a commercial. The commercial brings up that the internet can be a great tool in finding information. It also shows that the internet breaks down boundaries that had been impossible to get over physically.
My geography class watched this. It is an interesting example of how different cultures can mesh together, such as the Burka Avenger and Wonder Woman. It is really interesting that the Burka Avenger is a school teacher by day, which shows how highly educators are thought of in the society.
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