Editorial: SC education, economy depend on internet access, and we’ve got a long way to go | Editorials

john rambo

With $50 million in federal funding, S.C. officials have been moving quickly to provide students with internet service before classes resume and to expand high-speed service to unserved areas. So far, they’ve signed up 57,000 student households for free hot spot service through Dec. 31 at a cost of about $8 million.

That’s remarkable progress, considering that the state’s funding plan for the first three months of this year, which authorized the spending, was just signed into law June 25.



SC students will get Wi-Fi hot spots in time for school's start, but gaps will remain

On Tuesday, Nanette Edwards of the Office of Regulatory Staff told a legislative panel she expected about 150,000 Wi-Fi hot spots to be distributed by mid-fall and to still have about $4 million left over from the $20 million budgeted for student access. That money might be needed for filling gaps that arise before the end of 2020, the federal deadline for spending the money.

The hot spot

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Connecticut preparing for all schools to open, but state planning for online education if COVID-19 surges. Final decision will be made in a month, Gov. Lamont says.

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Connecticut is preparing for three different scenarios for the opening of schools and a final decision on how education will look will be made in a month, Gov. Ned Lamont said Monday.

Educators and the state are planning for all learning to take place in schools, but that could be modified to a mix of online and in-class learning or, if there is a coronavirus surge, all education will shift to at-home learning.

“Things change,‘’ Gov. Lamont said at his afternoon COVID-19 briefing, noting that San Diego and Los Angeles decided Monday to shift to an online learning model. “We still have very low metrics compared to San Diego and Los Angeles and most of these other states.”

How schools look “is going to be subject to where we are a month from now,‘’ Lamont said.

Fran Rabinowitz, executive director of the Connecticut Assoociation of Public School Superintendents, said that

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Don’t let online education turn into the next crisis that hits people of color hardest

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When historians look back at 2020, they might see some important lessons about how problems become really big problems when left to fester. 

First, COVID-19 shut down the American economy and killed over 112,000 Americans — disproportionately African American — because we failed to establish the proper public health response early to address it. 

Then, intense national protests erupted in every major city because of our persistent inability to address systemic racism, which manifested itself this time in the brutal police killing of George Floyd.

Problems don’t go away if we try to sweep them under the rug. They just get worse.

Another crisis now looms. Since tens of millions of Americans began sheltering in place in March, the nation’s schools have switched to remote learning. Many teachers, students and parents were unprepared for distance learning, which could become a permanent fixture of education. And once again, communities of color

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Kid Computers #1 Best Computer and Laptop for Kids and Education PC

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Children’s Library Center Kiosk Solutions

Education Station

Kid's Education Station Basic - Best Kids ComputerKids’ Education Station

The best solution for children’s library centers is our kiosk systems, the Kids’ Education Stations.

Now available with Windows 10, this computer offers over 100 educational programs and games for toddler to teen. Includes optional timed session and Internet safe browsing.

Packed with so much fun it is often used in children’s library centers and doesn’t need Internet support unless desired.

Education Stations

Budget Desktop

Library Computer | School Computer | Daycar ComputerKids Learning Station

This kids computer makes a perfection addition to any school or library.

A classical desktop computer unit with the same software solutions as the Education Station, but at half the cost.

We accept purchase orders on all computer systems from public libraries and daycare centers.

Computers For Kids

Refurbished Units

RefurbishedKids Re-PC

Looking for the most cost effect children’s Kiosk system? See our solution for refurbished computers.

We recycle computer systems sent

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Pathology images and text for medical education

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Pathology images and text for medical education – WebPath

The Internet Pathology Laboratory
for Medical Education

Hosted By
The University of Utah
Eccles Health Sciences Library

The WebPath® educational resource contains over 2700 images with text that illustrate gross and microscopic pathologic findings along with radiologic imaging associated with human disease conditions. For self-assessment and self-directed study there are over 1300 examination items. There are more than 20 tutorials in specific subject areas. These computer-aided instructional materials support educational programs in the health sciences.
Disclaimer: This resource is designed for students and workers in the health care sciences studying pathology. It is not a comprehensive guide to disease. As such the information may not be sufficient to address specific patient problems and these should be handled by health care providers familiar with the specific clinical details relevant to
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Computer Education Programs | PCC

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Credit & Degree

Courses for those interested in earning a degree or majoring in computing. Our credit classes can be taken individually or in pursuit of a degree.

Training and Certification
Training & Certification

For the curious and the professional. Our non-credit training classes vary from introductory concepts to highly technical, industry recognized certifications.

Non-Credit computer classes
Non-Credit Classes

Community Education offers a wide range of non-credit computer classes. Join us for fun, or to learn a valuable new skill.

Find courses on a particular computer topic

To find the individual computer classes offered each term, use our class schedule. Just key in the topics that interest you, for example, “Internet”, and you’ll find both credit and non-credit classes related to that topic. Listed below are a few to get you started. You can also narrow your search by choosing specific class days, locations and more in the advanced search:

Or, choose your path

At PCC,

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Office Technology, Education & Healthcare Technology Solutions

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  • Designtex

    Casper Cloaking Technology

    Casper Cloaking Technology by Designtex is an architectural film for glass walls that obscures digital screens to outside view.

  • Steelcase

    Steelcase Roam

    Introducing Steelcase® Roam™ a system of mobile stands and easy-to-install wall mounts co-developed with Microsoft for the Surface Hub 2, turning any place into teamwork space.

  • Steelcase

    media:scape

    media:scape integrates technology and furniture to bring people, space and information together for a greater collaborative work environment and more productivity than ever before.

  • Steelcase

    Virtual PUCK

    Virtual PUCK is a digital collaborative tool that allows meeting participants to share content wirelessly from a laptop from anywhere in the room.

  • Steelcase

    RoomWizard

    Find and reserve space with confidence. RoomWizard is a room scheduling solution that makes it easier to

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Open Education – Office of Educational Technology

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Open Education

We believe that educational opportunities should be available to all learners. Creating an open education ecosystem involves making learning materials, data, and educational opportunities available without restrictions imposed by copyright laws, access barriers, or exclusive proprietary systems that lack interoperability and limit the free exchange of information.

Openly Licensed Educational Resources

In the 2017 National Education Technology Plan, the Department defines openly licensed educational resources as teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under a license that permits their free use, reuse, modification, and sharing with others. Digital openly licensed resources can include complete online courses, modular digital textbooks as well as more granular resources such as images, videos, and assessment items.

#GoOpen Initiative

The U.S. Department of Education’s #GoOpen initiative supports States and districts choosing to transition to the use of openly licensed educational resources to transform teaching and

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22 Advantages and Disadvantages of Technology in Education

john rambo

The modern classroom has taken several steps forward in its evolution of the learning environment in the past 25 years. Many of the benefits that we have seen in this setting are due to the introduction of new technology options for students. Instead of having a single computer for a class to use or a laboratory environment for the entire school placed in one room, we can now help students learn at their table or desk with items issued to them directly.

Our development of the Internet since 1989 has helped us to include more technological access to information in the modern classroom as well. If you grew up as an 80’s kid, then you had the A/V cart come into your class to watch educational videos and maybe have a snack. Now students get to play interactive learning games, compete against other students, and have their educational statistics tracked

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Technology, Innovation, and Education | Harvard Graduate School of Education

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The Technology, Innovation, and Education (TIE) Program nurtures creative leaders in education toward researching and designing new technologies and media that promote powerful teaching and engaged learning.

TIE asks you to consider, “Who are the users, and what educational challenges are they grappling with?” — choosing the medium or technology that delivers the most effective learning experience for your specific goal. Technology is the means, not the mission, for harnessing innovation and creativity to improve educational outcomes for all learners.

Whether it’s a course on designing cutting-edge technologies, a practicum on large-scale distance learning, or a course on evaluating the impact of educational apps, we concentrate on the cognitive, affective, and social dimensions of learning, not on the bit rate.


Senior Lecturer Joe Blatt, faculty director

TIE is a one-year program for people from a wide variety of academic, professional, and personal backgrounds. No previous computer

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