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Many students will be engaged in remote learning this coming school year. Remote learning naturally requires access to a device and a reliable Internet connection. Unfortunately, many American schools are currently facing a major shortage of laptops. Educators throughout the United States are deeply concerned about how this shortage will impact learning, especially the learning of vulnerable students. Lenovo, HP and Dell have all stated that they have a shortage of nearly 5 million laptops. There are several factors that are contributing to this shortage. First, there is simply a higher demand for devices now than there was prior to the outbreak of the pandemic. Second, many laptop producers... Read more...
U.S. schools and libraries are about to receive $1.5 billion in additional funding for broadband Internet, thanks to the FCC. The money will bolster the Universal Service Fund (also known as E-Rate), which helps schools across the country obtain affordable high-speed Internet access and wireless networking equipment, often through subsidies. The decision means you will see an increase in fees on both your landline and mobile phone bills. FCC Chairman Thomas. E. WheelerU.S. citizens already pay 99 cents per phone line each month to the E-Rate program. That fee will increase to $1.15. “If demand for E-rate funds from schools and libraries ramps up to reach the full $3.9 billion cap, the estimated... Read more...
The ambitious, deeply troubled effort by the Los Angeles, Calif. school district to provide every student with an iPad ended this week with FBI agents seizing documents under a federal subpoena. Federal officials are investigating questions regarding the $1.3 billion contract. Ramon C. Cortines, the superintendent for L.A. schools, put an end to the contract yesterday citing controversy surrounding the failed plan. Agents reportedly removed about 20 boxes of documents during the raid. Image credit: AppleThe effort to equip students with iPads was experiencing problems in the classroom, as well. A review by a Washington, D.C.-based group concluded that most of the schools were not using the iPads... Read more...
Lenovo is hoping to attract the attention of schools and students with the introduction of a new laptop that has been ruggedized for education. Lenovo recognizes that kids can be hard on electronics, so the company has designed the new ThinkPad X130e with a reinforced and extra durable top cover, keyboard and hinges. Key durability features include a top cover rubber bumper, reinforced and recessed ports, stronger hinges, and a stronger bezel. This 11.6-inch ultraportable laptop offers AMD Fusion E-300 and E-450 or Intel second generation Core i3-2367M ULV processors. You'll also find AMD Radeon or Intel HD-powered graphics onboard. The ThinkPad X130e weighs less than four pounds and touts a... Read more...
18 U.S. Schools Named Intel Schools of Distinction Finalists Schools Honored for Science and Math Programs 18 U.S. Schools Named Intel Schools of Distinction finalists Awards for math and science excellence include cash, goods and services 6 to be named Intel Schools of Distinction, 1 a "Star Innovator", in September SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Intel Corporation today named 18 U.S. schools as finalists in the 2010 Intel Schools of Distinction Awards. The finalist schools, to be honored in September at an awards reception in Washington, D.C., serve as outstanding examples of leaders in preparing tomorrow's innovators. Each of the 18 schools will receive a $5,000 award from the Intel Foundation and... Read more...
It seems that we can't turn around in our cubicles without a new story about some European government or agency mentioning Microsoft and anti-trust in the same breath.The latest example is from the United Kingdom where the educational technology group Becta has asked for an immediate halt to any licensing of Vista and/or Office 2007 for educators.  Becta claims that the Redmond Giant is violating anti-competitive laws even in the academic software licensing arena.  For the time being the government has agreed to halt all license agreement signing until the issues can be cleared up.The issues that Becta wants to see resolved center around the readiness of Vista and the license agreement... Read more...
48 Schools Named Finalists For Intel And Scholastic Schools Of Distinction Awards Elementary, Secondary Schools Honored for Innovative Programs that Support Student Achievement NEW YORK, April 11, 2006 - Forty-eight schools have been named as finalists for the Intel and Scholastic Schools of Distinction Awards. The awards honor schools for implementing innovative and replicable programs that support positive educational outcomes. The schools will compete for $190,000 in grants from the Intel Foundation and additional prizes from sponsoring companies will be presented at an awards ceremony in October. The 3-year-old awards program is sponsored by Intel, the world's leader in silicon innovation... Read more...