Cloud Computing & SaaS


New Jersey REN Adds Amazon Web Services

A research and education network in New Jersey has signed a deal with Amazon to offer that company's web services to its members at reduced prices. Institutions, schools and districts that are members of N.J. Edge will be able to connect directly through the state's fiber connections run by N.J. Edge or create new ones through AWS Direct Connect, putting them, "one hop away" from Amazon's web services, according to N.J. Edge C.E.O. and President Samuel Conn.

Report: E-mail, Storage Are Top IT Functions in the Cloud

Fifty-nine percent of IT and network managers in a recent survey look to the cloud to support e-mail at their institution, and 41 percent for data file storage.

Amazon Writing Tool Taps AI to Help Students Become Better Writers

Amazon has introduced a new online writing curriculum for grades 4-6 that incorporates natural language processing technology for features like the Writing Coach, which delivers immediate feedback to students. The tool aims to make writing relevant and engaging for students, without compromising the writing process.

Report: InfoSec Spending to Grow 7 Percent in 2017

Global spending on information security is expected to hit $86.4 billion in 2017, according to a new forecast from market research firm Gartner.

Google Updates Classroom and Forms for Back-to-School

In time for back-to-school season, Google for Education has rolled out 10 updates to Classroom and Forms that are designed to help teachers save time and stay organized.

Texas District to Deploy Complete ERP Solution

Magnolia Independent School District has selected an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution that centralizes finance, human resources and student information.

New Tech Taps Blockchain to Secure Student Data

Blockchain records and keeps information safe by creating a decentralized record of data that can be confirmed and validated without relying on a single authority.

Cloud and Mobile to Drive Increase in IT Spending

According to the latest Worldwide Black Book forecast from International Data Corp., worldwide IT spending will increase by 4.5 percent in 2017, rebounding from last year's growth of 2.5 percent.

LearnZillion Partners with D2L to Help Create Blended Learning Experiences

LearnZillion, a K–12 curriculum-as-a-service (CaaS) company, is partnering with Canadian ed tech company D2L to integrate LearnZillion’s standards-aligned curricula into D2L’s Brightspace Lessons learning management system (LMS).

Kentucky Initiative Wants K–12, College Students to Reach for Cloud Careers

With more than 1.3 million positions in computer and mathematical occupations expected to be open by 2022, the Kentucky Department of Education, Amazon Web Services, Project Lead the Way and others are taking action to build a pipeline of talent for a cloud-enabled future workforce.

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