Head of S.I tech company admits to bilking program that helped kids at Brooklyn Catholic schools

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – The head of a South Beach-based technology company is on the hook for more than $133,000 and could spend up to 33 months behind bars after admitting he bilked a federal program serving disadvantaged kids in Brooklyn Catholic schools.

John Comito, 69, pleaded guilty Monday to wire fraud during a remote conference in Brooklyn federal court.

The defendant admitted to ripping off the E-rate program.

Comito, the chief executive officer of AutoExec Computer Systems Inc., said he submitted an invoice in October 2015, in which he falsely claimed his company had provided certain Internet services and equipment to schools under the program.

Brooklyn federal prosecutors said the company illegally obtained $433,000.

Comito personally profited to the tune of $133,240, said prosecutors.

Under the plea agreement, the defendant agreed to forfeit his illegal gains.

“I wish to express to the court how sorry I am for my

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Software keeps kids on school buses safe from sickness

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The company’s software can track students, drivers and the hygiene maintenance of buses. (Screenshots courtesy of Synovia Solutions)

Synovia Solutions has been in the business of making students safer on the school bus for almost two decades.

So it’s no surprise the Indianapolis-based maker of bus- and student-tracking hardware and software sprang into action when the pandemic swept across the United States.

Bus travel is seen as one of the most difficult parts of trying to contain the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus in schools—and yet the return to school depends on it.

Synovia, which was founded in 2001 and acquired by California-based CalAmp for $50 million last year, this spring began working on a new platform—Bus Guardian—that helps with contact tracing and hygiene verification for school buses.

Synovia officials say the offering—launched last month—can have a huge impact for the company, which last year had $31 million in

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Kids in 3,100 Buffalo homes lack internet as remote school starts | Education

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That could mean providing families a mobile hot spot to access the internet in their home, working with Spectrum to provide access or a combination of both.

The school district has been speaking with Spectrum about how the company might help bridge the digital divide for Buffalo families.

“It would work just like a normal Spectrum account,” Burden said. “The difference is it would be billed to the district and the speed and capacity might not be the equivalent of the top-of-the-line internet service that they have.

“They brought some options to the table and, in the spirit of that conversation, we asked them to give us an analysis, so we could estimate the cost for planning purposes.”

The district shared with the company a list of 18,354 household addresses that have students in the school system to determine how many and which ones had service. No identifiable information was

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These Kids Are Solving The World’s Problems With Their STEM Skills

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In a 2018 review by the National Science Board, on international assessment tests, 15-year-olds in the US scored below the global average in mathematics but have science scores at or slightly above the worldwide average. And according to Girls who code, 74% of middle school girls express an interest in engineering, science, and math. Still, only 0.3% choose computer science as a major in college.

In May 2020, twenty semifinalist teams with students aged four to 16, participated in a digital version of First LEGO League’s Global Innovation Awards. This year’s challenge was to identify a problem in the students’ community and identify a unique solution using Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) skills to make their community a better place to live.

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Natural History Museum Launches Online Summer Camps For Kids

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UPPER WEST SIDE, NY — With in-person summer camps and typical summer plans put on hold by the coronavirus pandemic, the American Museum of Natural History is stepping up to offer online programs for kids.

The historic museum on the Upper West Side of Manhattan recently launched a wide-range of thought-provoking online summer science camps for children between the second and ninth grade.

The online activities will include virtual hall visits, guest scientist talks, behind-the-scenes tours, and live-animal encounters. Additionally, there will be offline hands-on science projects, games, and crafts.

The camps will take place starting on July 27 and run until Sept. 2, ranging from $175 to $500 in price.

You can sign up for any of the online summer camps on the museum’s website.

Here are the different programs you can choose from:

Grades 2-3

Keys to the Kingdoms of Life

  • Session 1: Monday, July 27 — Friday,

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Parents and kids hate online learning, but they could face more of it

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In his suburban New Jersey home-turned-classroom this spring, parent Don Seaman quickly found himself in the role of household vice principal.

While his wife holed up in the bedroom to work each day, Seaman, a media and marketing professional, worked from the family room where he could supervise his children’s virtual learning. A similar scene played out in millions of American homes after schools shuttered and moved classes online to contain the coronavirus.

Now that the year’s over, Seaman has strong feelings about the experience: Despite the best efforts of teachers, virtual learning didn’t work. At least not uniformly, if his three children in elementary, middle and high school are any indication.

“The older kids were saying ‘This is hell,'” Seaman said. “My kids feel isolated, and they can’t keep up, and they’re struggling with it.”

But like it or not, remote instruction and virtual learning are likely to continue

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Parents and kids hate online classes. Going back to school likely will include more of it.

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In his suburban New Jersey home-turned-classroom this spring, parent Don Seaman quickly found himself in the role of household vice principal.

While his wife holed up in the bedroom to work each day, Seaman, a media and marketing professional, worked from the family room where he could supervise his children’s virtual learning. A similar scene played out in millions of American homes after schools shuttered and moved classes online to contain the coronavirus.

Now that the year’s over, Seaman has strong feelings about the experience: Despite the best efforts of teachers, virtual learning didn’t work. At least not uniformly, if his three children in elementary, middle and high school are any indication.

“The older kids were saying, ‘This is hell,'” Seaman said. “My kids feel isolated, and they can’t keep up, and they’re struggling with it.”

But like it or not, remote instruction and virtual learning are likely to continue

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Designers! Read this definitive guide on how to build apps for kids

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Impatience. Stubbornness. Restlessness. Attributes like these make building apps for kids a formidable proposition. However, with a bit of insight, designers can design experiences and build apps for kids that can improve their brain development and help them play and learn.

“I definitely wouldn’t have gotten into programming if I hadn’t played games as a kid,” said Mark Zuckerberg.

Designers can have a significant influence over future generations because creating a winning app for kids has an incredible but often underestimated power to mold the future. These winning apps may someday be responsible for creating the next Zuckerberg.

Building apps for kids isn’t easy. In fact, it’s often quite difficult. But the most popular interactive apps for kids have achieved success because they follow certain best practices.

We’ll look at:

  • The differences between designing for kids and adults
  • The similarities between designing for kids and adults
  • A framework for designing
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Reopening California schools is dangerous. But so is letting kids go a year without learning

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Sean Brandlin, an eighth grade social studies teacher at El Segundo Middle School, stands in his classroom. <span class="copyright">(Los Angeles Times)</span>
Sean Brandlin, an eighth grade social studies teacher at El Segundo Middle School, stands in his classroom. (Los Angeles Times)

With COVID-19 cases at very low levels within its borders, Israel fully reopened its schools in mid-May. By the end of the month, 130 students at a Jerusalem high school had tested positive for the virus, setting off a flurry of quarantines for people who’d had physical contact with the students and the closure of dozens of schools.

This is the kind of outcome American parents dread as they contemplate sending their children back to school sometime this summer or fall.

It’s a troubling scenario, but so is the remote-learning experience of the past three months. The reality is, more kids will do better if schools reopen than if they continue online-only classes. But regardless of how we proceed, we must do better.

With little direction or help from federal

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MyABCD for Kids, Software for Kids alphabet, numbers, games and music for children aged 1 to 5

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