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  • Cuomo Touts Smart Schools Bond Act At Mineola Middle School Tour

    first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo championed his plan to provide $2 billion in tech funding to statewide schools Monday during a tour of Mineola Middle School, touting its goal of expanding classroom broadband and wireless connectivity and unveiling an advisory board’s final report on the initiative.The proposed “Smart Schools Bond Act” to fund such upgrades will be put to a public vote on Nov. 4.“As technology continues to shape the world we live in, it is imperative that we utilize its capacity to strengthen the learning environment for our students and bring our schools into the 21st century,” declared Cuomo. “That’s what the Smart Schools Commission is all about—identifying the best practices and strategies to transform New York’s schools into modern centers of learning that are fully equipped for the opportunities of tomorrow.”Joined by his Chief Digital Officer and Deputy Secretary of Technology Rachel Haot, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, and members of his advisory “Smart Schools Commission”—Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, nonprofit Harlem’s Children’s Zone President Geoffrey Canada and Auburn School District Superintendent Constance Evelyn—Cuomo and the panel presented the commission’s final recommendations laying out its roadmap and the technology improvements required to bring schools into the 21st century while equipping students to be competitive in the global marketplace.The report’s findings are summarized as seven “Keys to Success,” which include: embracing and expanding online learning; utilizing transformative technologies, such as tablets, laptops and interactive whiteboards; connecting every school to high-speed broadband; extending connectivity beyond the classroom; providing high-quality, continuous professional development to teachers, principals and staff; focusing on in-demand STEM skills; and rigorous planning.Cuomo and his panel collectively dubbed the plan “The Great Equalizer” on Monday.Following a tour of the middle school and video presentation that featured a 3-D eyeball, panelists met with reporters, school officials and 10 Mineola middle and high school student council members.“I can just see the advances this technology brings to our students,” remarked an enthusiastic Mangano after viewing the multi-dimensional eyeball. “[It] really is amazing.”“I might want to be an eye doctor after seeing that,” said Evelyn.The Cayuga County school administrator outlined five ways in which technology could be used to improve education: increasing student engagement (”It will go through the roof!” she declared); allowing teachers to tailor curriculum to the individual needs of the students; extending learning beyond the classroom to students’ homes; equalizing students’ access to education, because it “tears down the walls of economic and geographic disparities and allows our children access to those courses and curriculums that, perhaps because of those barriers, they would not otherwise have access to,” she said; and preparing students to face a 21st century workforce.Schmidt discussed the “overwhelming need” for higher-capacity broad width.If passed by voters, each district will be responsible to submit an investment plan to a review board—led by NYS Education Commissioner John King—in order to access these resources.Canada, the nonprofit head, reiterated Cuomo’s message, telling attendees that technology could be used to level the playing field between the haves and the have-nots.“Laying the fundamentals so that we have equal access to technology in this state is something that I feel very passionately about,” he said, before relaying a story about how his grandson had introduced him to a computer program that helped to teach him math.This program set off an epiphany of sorts to Canada, who also reveled in the automaton-type of instruction, which he believed withheld judgment about his learning capabilities and allowed him to keep trying until he mastered the problem he’d been working on.“If you care about the kids of this state,” Canada announced, “if you care that we are really as a state going to remain competitive, you would not have a school without a library or books, we cannot have schools where kids don’t have access to technology.”A few minutes later, Cuomo chimed in: “Who buys books anymore? Why isn’t all that digital?”Critics of the initiative question the long-term financial implications the bond will have on local districts—many of which already strapped with debt. Their trepidation focuses on the costs of the necessary upgrades and updates that will come down the pike as the technological world progresses, as well as the millions of dollars per year the bond will cost them in interest.As far as technology informing instruction, there is additional concern that the integration of technology for the sake of technology—instead of the technology serving an educational need or a goal that cannot be reached without it—might result in dollars better spent in other educational capacities. Others, question technology as a replacement for personal teacher-student interaction.Their gripes can be found across social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter and within blogs and online message boards such as the999ers.wordpress.com.Edward Escobar, principal of Mineola High School, approves of the bond initiative.“To give school districts more resources to purchase technology is very good,” he said. “I wouldn’t say Mineola as lacking anything, but you could always use the resources to do more.”If he had more technology, Escobar asserted, he would find ways to incorporate it into the curriculum.Neither the Smart Schools Commission members nor the governor took questions from the press about the initiative.For more information, along with an interactive database providing the proposed allocation per school districts throughout the state, and the final report, check out: governor.ny.gov/smart-schools-nylast_img read more

  • 7 reasons members don’t care for PFM on your mobile app

    first_imgPFM (Personal Financial Management) refers to credit union software that helps users manage their money through visual charts and graphs. While this seems like great technology on the surface, it mostly applies to people who are flush with assets and money to manage. This clearly does not apply to a great wealth of people, no pun intended. While it may be appealing to a subset of your members, here are 7 reasons your members don’t really care about these tools, and why your investment and time into pushing PFM’s should be limited:1. Pie Charts are pretty, but…. unless your mind is geared towards better understanding the graphical representation of your bank accounts, how necessary is it? Will you look at a pie chart before making any large purchase decisions? Probably not.2. Time is money… and keeping your PFM software current and licensed can be time-consuming. While some of these tools automatically sync with account data, there can be hiccups with the application programming interface (API). You might end up spending a lot of time trying to establish or re-establish connections to your accounts and working with 3rd parties to resolve issues. continue reading » 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

  • Champions League ready to resume, at long last

    first_imgAfter an enforced hiatus of almost five months, the UEFA Champions League and Europa League resume this week in order to clear up the last remaining business in a troubled season.Both competitions were frozen in March as the coronavirus pandemic took hold across the continent, and while European football’s governing body acted swiftly to move Euro 2020 back a year, for a long time it was unclear how it would manage to complete its two landmark club competitions.In the end the solution was to set up two mini tournaments bringing all teams together in one place from the quarter-finals onwards, with all ties being decided in one-off matches behind closed doors. And so the Champions League will move to Lisbon for the ‘Final Eight’ starting on August 12 and ending with the final at Benfica’s Estadio da Luz on August 23.The Europa League, meanwhile, will be played to a conclusion at a series of venues in western Germany, with the last eight beginning on August 10 and the final in Cologne on August 21.”I believed it from the first moment,” said the UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin recently when asked if he ever doubted it would be possible to play the tournaments to a conclusion.”You should always be optimistic, and if something like this crisis happens, you must have a plan ready. “At the present time, we will be playing matches without spectators until further notice. We will not take any risks.”UEFA not worried There is, though, no question of further changes being made to the formats despite concerns about an increase in Covid-19 cases in and around Lisbon, and more recent worries in Germany about a rise in cases there.UEFA also recently insisted it was “confident” there would be no more delays despite cases of coronavirus emerging among players at Real Madrid and Sevilla.It is, in any case, now or never.Indeed, the preliminary round of next season’s Champions League begins next Saturday, the same day Bayern Munich entertain Chelsea and Napoli visit Barcelona in their outstanding last 16 second legs.Before that, Manchester City defend a 2-1 first-leg lead at home against Real on Friday as Pep Guardiola’s side target Champions League glory on the back of the club’s success at getting a two-year ban from the competition overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.The winner of that tie will face Juventus or Lyon in the quarter-finals in Lisbon.Wolves’ longest year It is the Europa League which is first up, though, with the last 16 being completed on Wednesday and Thursday.Two ties — Inter Milan against Getafe and Sevilla against Roma — will go ahead as one-off ties in Germany as the first legs were never played.Six second legs will also be played with the winners heading to Germany for the last eight.Among the ties to be completed is Manchester United’s against Austrian side LASK, which will be a formality for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team after they won 5-0 in the first leg in March.Their form since the Premier League resumed in mid-June has been excellent and they have already sealed a place in the 2020-21 Champions League, but now they want to finish this never-ending season with a trophy.”Now our focus is on the Europa League because this is a really good trophy and we want to win,” Bruno Fernandes told MUTV.”I came to Manchester to win trophies. We need to play every game to win. If we go into the Europa League and win every game, we know we’ll win the trophy.”United, Europa League winners in 2017, could yet find themselves facing Premier League rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers in the semi-finals in Cologne on August 16 should both teams get there.Wolves entertain Greek champions Olympiakos on Thursday having drawn 1-1 in the first leg of their last-16 tie.Their campaign started more than a year ago now, with a 2-0 win over Northern Irish side Crusaders in the second qualifying round on July 25, 2019.Extending it by another couple of weeks would do them no harm.Topics :last_img read more