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Lit Fiber Leads Latest E-rate Funding Requests

Right now the biggest area for category one funding requests in the E-rate program is for lit fiber — major bandwidth connectivity. That line item in applications for the 2016 funding year totals $1.3 billion in pre-discount dollars, a request that trounces every other type of category one service included on applications by at least a factor of five-to-one.

EBSCO Integratess New Analytics Widget in Search Results

EBSCO has added the Plum Print widget to its EBSCO Discovery Service and EBSCOHost databases in an effort to offer users new research insights by viewing modern metrics.

Visionaries: A Spotlight on ISTE 2016 Keynote Speakers

This year's conference will feature three keynote presentations focusing on topics ranging from STEM to social justice to innovative teaching practices.

Privacy by the Numbers: A Deep Dive into the Structure of Privacy Policies

As part of our work for the Common Sense District Privacy Evaluation Initiative, we spend a lot of time reading through the text of privacy policies and terms of service of educational software. However, we are also looking at the mechanics of how these policies are articulated and delivered. Over time, as we evaluate more policies, we will be looking for possible patterns or correlations between technical and stylistic details, and the contents of policies.

Aerohive to Showcase and Demonstrate New Products at ISTE

Aerohive Networks, a wireless, cloud networking platform company, is showcasing new products at ISTE 2016 in Denver, June 26-29.

Billings District Upgrades Broadband Network

Billings Public Schools has replaced its aging copper-based network with a new FiberLAN system to provide broadband access throughout the district.

Lifeliqe Creator Allows Educators to Create Their Own 3D Content for Free

Lifeliqe, a platform for interactive, educational 3D, virtual reality and augmented reality, today launched Lifeliqe Creator, a program that gives teachers the power to create and publish interactive presentations and e-books that integrate 3D models, rather than 2D images.

Worldwide Smartphone Sales to Grow at Slower Pace in 2016

Global smartphone sales will continue to grow, but not in the double digits anymore, according to market research firm Gartner. Smartphone sales are expected to grow 7 percent worldwide in 2016 and reach 1.5 billion units. That is significantly down from 14.4 percent growth in 2015, but it’s still substantial growth.

Worldwide PC Market Expected to Slump in 2016 and 2017

Worldwide PC shipments are expected to decline by 73 percent year over year in 2016, according to a recent forecast by the International Data Corporation’s (IDC) “Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker.”

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