Do School Districts Need Their Own Data Centers Anymore?

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Google Apps, Evernote, Edmodo, and more are all web based. E-rate no longer pays for servers either. We use Backupify to backup and archive all of our Google Apps data and the other vendors backup the data to multiple locations. They are moving to Google Apps and Chromebooks (and moving all files to Drive) and are moving to have Pearson host PowerSchool instead of hosting themselves. Follow me on Twitter and Google+.

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Not Net Neutrality, but another potential FCC move – ending the E-Rate program. ” “A new analysis from the Center for American Progress found more than two dozen minority-serving institutions would fail a graduation rate requirement for funding in the proposed House update to the Higher Education Act ,” Inside Higher Ed reports. Pearson has added Snap chairman Michael Lynton to its board of directors. (National) Education Politics.

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Via Education Week : “ E-Rate , Other Universal-Service Funds to Be Transferred to U.S. ” The Google Memo. Via Motherboard : “ Google Employee’s Anti-Diversity Manifesto Goes ‘Internally Viral’ ” Via Wired : “Internal Messages Show Some Googlers Supported Fired Engineer’s Manifesto.” “​ Pearson to Lay Off 3,000 More Employees,” says Edsurge. (National) Education Politics.

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Via The Hindu Business Line : “ Pearson India set to launch K–12 online private school.” The non-speakers: James Damore, the fired Google engineer, and Lucian Wintrich, a journalist with Gateway Pundit. ” Via Inside Higher Ed : “A survey by e-textbook provider VitalSource has found that 50 percent of students who delayed buying textbooks because of high prices saw their grades suffer as a result.” (National) Education Politics.

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” “Schools, Libraries Miss Out on Millions in E-Rate Funds,” according to EdTech Magazine – some $245 million for the 2014 fiscal year. billion it agreed to pay Apple/Pearson for iPads, but what do I know). ” Google announces “Google Cloud Platform Education Grants for computer science.” ” Grit ™ – a blog post about a trademarked grit product by Pearson , of course. Education Politics.

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’” ( In related self-driving car regulation news : “ Google ’s ‘Cozy’ Relationship With Driverless-Car Regulators.” “A clause in the contract could, in the future, allow Nike to harvest personal data from Michigan athletes through the use of wearable technology like heart-rate monitors, GPS trackers and other devices that log myriad biological activities.” Education Politics.

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Wheeler supported e-Rate reform and “ net neutrality.” ” Via The New York Times : “ Google Effect Rubs Off on Schools in One Rural Oklahoma Town.” The BBC reports that “ Cuba signs deal for faster internet access to Google content.” ” Think again if you believe Google supports “ net neutrality.” Google search is fundamentally broken if this is the first result you get. The Trump Administration.

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Facebook, like Google, is an advertising company. E-Rate has been, since the origin of the fund in 1996, the main way in which schools and libraries were supposedly guaranteed “reasonable rates” on telecommunications services. million in E-Rate rebates.). And Silicon Valley tech investors, as well as large education corporations like Pearson, are behind this. This is part two of my annual review of the year in ed-tech.

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Via Education Week : “ FCC Chair Moves to Block E-Rate Funds for Companies Deemed ‘Security Risk’ ” (State and Local) Education Politics. ” Via the Google blog : “Rolling Study Halls: turning bus time into learning time.” ” The Verge covers the blog post : “ Google is equipping more rural school buses with Wi-Fi and Chromebooks.”

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