Countless schools have already made the switch to Google as Chromebooks take over as the computing device of choice, and many more are continuing to make this same transition. Your school may have recently made the switch, and while you have some familiarity with Google from personal use, you may not know the full potential that lies within the Education app suite.
Just seven weeks after WannaCry caused an international cybersecurity crisis, another ransomware attack struck earlier this week on June 27, 2017. This strain was initially thought to be Petya, but now has been determined to be a variation of Petya with a stronger encryption. Subsequent naming has changed to “NotPetya” or “GoldenEye” in reference to this most recent, more sophisticated attack.
Social media has often been viewed as a bane of K12 educators – a perpetual distraction of students armed with their smartphones. However, more schools and teachers are started to utilize social media to leverage its benefits whether it is teacher-to-teacher, teacher-to-parent, teacher-to-student, or student-to-student interaction. You can also utilize social media to promote your school for recruiting or enrollment. There is quite a lot to be gained from using social media platforms when securely executed in a controlled environment.
In the past, cybersecurity issues were something that only larger companies worried about. Enterprises worried that data would be stolen, viruses would be implanted, and that the regular business of the company would be interrupted. Interruptions to regular business cost money.
You may be a highly respected, experienced IT director for your school district. You know the ins-and-outs of implementing technology hardware in your school having done so for many years. But the technology and its use continues to change, new vendors develop, and it never hurts to continue learning. The same can be said of any professional working in any field.
So how to do this? There are, of course, conferences, classes and other events to attend. But one of the easiest ways to stay on top of the latest developments, or simply to expand your perspective for a deeper understanding of education technology and student outcomes, is simply to read the books other industry experts have put out there that are specifically geared toward people such as yourself.
After much speculation, Microsoft announced last week that it was indeed acquiring Israeli cybersecurity company Hexadite for its remediation tool powered by artificial intelligence (AI). The solution is intended to add on to Microsoft’s offering for Windows 10 commercial users through Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (WDATP) which shields from zero-day attacks, ransomware and advanced cyberthreats. This last piece from Hexadite will provide an agentless, automated remediation solution for endpoint security which business consumers will likely find highly attractive, and will set Microsoft apart from its competitors.
Tablets for education have revolutionized the special education experience in many classrooms across the world. The devices help with different areas of learning, catering to the specific needs of children with various disabilities. Parents and educators can both take advantage of the ever-growing number of apps developed specifically for their child’s development needs.
Have an upcoming business trip? Whether you’re meeting with clients, undergoing training, or attending a conference, it’s easy to get distracted when you’re dropped into a completely new setting. But someone is spending money to send you to this destination, so you’ll want to make sure you’re making the best use of your time and your employer’s resources.
Despite the notion that virtual reality is some kind of futuristic technology concept, the fact remains that virtual reality has been around for a long time. Virtual reality has actually existed in some form since the 1950s, and yet it is only just starting to break into the mainstream. While virtual reality startups have raised over $1 billion since 2012, the industry is expected to grow to $15.9 billion by 2019, according to Citi analyst Kota Ezawa.
When buying hardware for your small business, we understand that you’ll want to get the most bang for your buck. So how do you choose what machines will be best for your employees? There’s factors of consideration to help narrow your selection: Who are the machines for and how much computing power do they need? Are you an IT company, or a marketing company that requires superior graphics and fast processing speeds? Or maybe your needs are more basic, and a basic workstation or tablet will suffice for your sales and administration team. Perhaps it is a mix of both.