Telecommunications


Apple iOS 6 Guided Access Boon for High-Stakes Testing with iPads

During its Worldwide Developers Conference 2012 in San Francisco this week, Apple introduced a new feature that addresses both user accessibility and testing needs when its mobile devices are used in schools.

iPad Drives Tablet Growth While Android Tablets Slump

Worldwide shipments of tablets increased significantly in the first quarter of 2012, driven by strong sales of Apple's iPad. But owing to a slump in Android tablet sales, overall growth was weaker than expected. Meanwhile, on the smart phone front, Apple dropped to second place as Samsung more than tripled its unit shipments in the quarter to land in the top slot.

E-Rate Requests Cross $5 Billion Threshold

Schools and libraries increased the funding demands placed on the FCC's E-rate program, asking for more than $5 billion for infrastructure and telecommunications improvements for Funding Year 2012, according to consulting and compliance firm Funds For Learning.

'Banning Is Not the Answer' to Mobile and Social Tools in Schools

Before choosing to restrict the use of social and mobile tools in schools, policymakers and education leaders have to consider the negative impact such restrictions will have on learning. That's the premise of a new policy report released jointly this week by more than a dozen prominent education associations and advocacy groups.

Texting With Teachers Keeps Students in Class

One high school is using text messaging and free cell phones to keep students and teachers in constant contact with each other, and seeing dramatic results.

Revisiting Cell Phone Bans in Schools

Twenty-four percent of K-12 schools ban cell phones altogether, and 62 percent allow phones on school grounds but ban them in the classroom, according to the most recent national data available. But it's about time for those schools to rethink those bans, said Kevin M. Thomas, assistant professor of education at Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY, who spoke at the 67th ASCD Annual Conference & Exhibit in Philadelphia this weekend.

FCC Broadband Plan Draws Critics

In a statement yesterday, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced the expansion of the Universal Service Fund's Lifeline program to include broadband internet access for low-income, disadvantaged, and rural Americans. However, in response, the Civil and Human Rights Coalition expressed concern with the program's timeline and cost-controlling measures.

Samsung Pushes Apple Out of Top Smart Phone Slot

Samsung moved to the top position among smart phone manufacturers worldwide in the third quarter, bumping Apple, Nokia, and Research in Motion out of the way in the process.

Cisco Intros TelePresence Hosted Service for Small Organizations

Cisco has created a new TelePresence solution for small to medium-sized organizations with limited budgets and IT staff.

ParentLink Enhances E-Mail Communications

ParentLink has released a new suite of e-mail tools for its communication platform designed to improve e-mail communications between schools and parents.

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