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Emerging Work on the New Paradigm of Instructional Theories

Here's an academic work on "new paradigms of instructional theories" by Charles Reigeluth and Kurt Squire published online at ResearchGate. This topic fits into the PSA core element "Applying the New Science of Learning." As if envisioning where learning is "going" in the age of a...
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Elliot Masie webinar videos 8/2017

Elliot Masie conducted a webinar on eLearning trends this past week and has posted two videos from that event.  Elliot appears to be in front of a green screen, and he likes to wear orange so he's very visible. BTW, here at the PSA studio, we use the "Widget Mic" that Elliot recommends...
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West Virginia Revamps Vocational Track

Sometimes those big fundamental ideas become more than just theoretical explorations. Currently, we are re-examining what is "knowledge" in the 21st century, and how our citizens should be prepared to "work" in a brave new world. We use the word "education" as if it was a seamless descriptor of...
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Carnegie Mellon Lecture Capture in Action

Carnegie Mellon University and Kaltura are partnering on an "easy lecture capture" video platform. As noted previously, while this is a step forward towards actually optimized elearning using video, and might help form part of a library of video to be chopped and diced into "learning sized bites"...
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Does poorly educating students violate the NM constitution? A judge will decide

Here we go in NM...re education funding...is it equitable here under the law? Courts are going to rule on some aspects of this soon. This isn't just NM dealing with this, as previous posts here have noted. It's potentially a huge deal, not least because education is the biggest single item in...
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Knowledge Compression and Curation

In what is plausibly a new trend, there are two online services that say they can "compress knowledge". Or words to that effect. In today's world of way too much knowledge...it seems at times anyway...first rate curation could be extremely valuable. Not just the google search link, which is sort...
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Flexible teacher training program

Here is a flexible approach to teacher training offering stackable credentials through the community college.  The idea is to graduate a diverse group of new teachers with roots in underserved communities hopefully making a big difference in student success rates at neighborhood schools in...
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IL, NM, WA etc battle for education funding

AS noted in a recent post, funding for education in the US is precarious, and in some cases and states, under extreme duress. One state, that decades ago had one of the better educational systems of any state, is in an ongoing ideological battle for educational funding between the Dem led...
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Higher Ed crisis continues

Economic setbacks from global economic trends and the recession job losses, along with partisan gridlock, have put many states' budgets into crisis mode overall. It's not just the states that are under the present control of "cut government costs as #1 priority" ideologues.  It also sometimes...
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Block Chain certification and Learning/Job certification

This is just a "marker" post, as there's a whole burgeoning field of "Block Chain" certification, and PSA is curious how that applies to learning and education and proficiency certification processes.  Certified Bit Coin Professional Study Guide; Crypto Currency Certification Consortium's...
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New America School computers allow for virtual reality, 3D lessons

This video from LCSN takes a while to load...but eventually.... [gview...
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Research from algorithms from youtube on toddler mind

Since I have a three year old grandson, I can see the value of YouTube Kids.  YouTube Kids is an app that puts the kids in charge which is all they want since they crave power and they have none. The videos that appear on the app are generated by a "recommendation algorithm", taking into...
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Artificial intelligence awareness

When does Artificial Intelligence become self aware? This article gives us a glimpse at some of the questions regarding the future of AI.   So, back to the superintelligent AI in the “box” — we watch and wait. Does it begin to philosophize about minds existing in addition to bodies, like...
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Do employers find MOOCs certificates from Coursera or edX valuable?

PSA has suggested for some years now, that accreditation is one of the coming disruptors to our present educational structure. In a world where learning can happen anywhere, in myriad ways, and with more of a DIY structure and associated "avoided costs"..the biggie is how to get acknowledged as...
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Higher Ed “bubble”?

I’m most interested in how universities use these fallow years to experiment with technology and new ways of delivering education at a cheaper price. For years, colleges and universities were charmed beneficiaries of both demography, with climbing teenage populations, and economics, with a weak...
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Fueled by Big Rounds, US Edtech Funding Surges to $887M in First Half of 2017

"Show Me The Money" is one of the big issues in Ed Tech moving forward. Public Educational monies in the US are a staggeringly huge pool of funds, but it's encumbered by byzantine bureaucratic red tape and existing commitments to fund ongoing educational programs and "plant". It's there, but it's...
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NM college leaders gather to discuss ‘a whole new world’

Predictably, Higher Ed is experiencing disruption in NM. Questions are being asked as to "who are we, and what should we be doing Today?" Defining a "student" is no longer easy, but defining a university's mission is perhaps even more difficult. Students, parents, academics and the community at...
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Perception Tools and Learning

The world we experience is not the real world. It’s a mental construction, filtered through our physical senses. Which raises the question: How would our world change if we had new and different senses? Could they expand our universe?   Technology has long been used to help people who have...
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Elliot Masie live video briefings on Learning Trends & Challenges Aug.9 2017

Sign up at this link for access to a one hour live video briefing August 9th, at 9am MDT. Elliott Masie will present a free video briefing on these topics, with real-time questions and comments from the audience. Changes in Learners and Learning Expectations. Learning Formats: Shorter, More...
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Higher education and inequity

Recently, my daughter and I discussed how grandma and grandpa could help with grandson Henry's future education. My daughter shared her research on a few of the possible options we could choose to help our grandson with higher education: New York college plan:...
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17 Football Fields of Facebook BigData center in NM

Facebook previously announced a "deal" with the State of NM to build and operate a huge data center in Los Lunas, south of ABQ. Today they have announced an expansion of that facility to now cover 17 football fields. One of our PSA supporters, Gary, was talking about how NM should create Big Data...
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Higher Ed retention rates

Eduventures is out with their annual report on Higher Ed retention rates. They call it "Student Success Ratings". Their MO includes a number of presumptions and assumptions about what should be counted, and what "expectations of retention" should have been...compared to what the numbers actually...
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Radical Shifts in Learning: Training Mag webinars

Access to this set of webinars at Training Magazine requires a $95/ yr fee, and there are beaucoup resources that one can access for free which might have superior content. OTOH, since adult learning bleeds into adult training, and since Training Magazine focuses on for-profit and enterprise...
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3 Questions to Think About With Video Analytics

This is one of those ad/ blog posts from a company that offers video analytics services. Presented here as a part of the 7 core elements puzzle. "Targeting" is a part of curation, and curation is a part of "the Architecture of Convergence on "Target". That happens to be one of the PSA 7 core...
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Brain Research Lab

One of the 7 core elements of Defined Learning Experiences is "Applying the New Science of Learning". Here's one example of same. Ellliot Masie is one leading force for change, among many, in our learning innovation in US. He's been calling for incorporating various elements of what makes various...
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TV spectrum and rural internet access

Since PSA began promoting high speed internet options for rural areas in Southern New Mexico in 2008, the concept for using TV white-space technology continues to gain traction as an approach to improve economic development in rural areas.  In this article, Microsoft president Brad Smith...
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Newspapers and digital news today

In a PSA interview with a local newspaper editor, PSA learned more about how newspaper journalism is surviving today. According to this article, digital news subscription is up as more people subscribe to trusted national newspapers such as the New York Times. In El Paso and Las Cruces, local news...
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LA Times Editorial on Charter Schools in LA

LA schools are in some ways on the forefront of educational change in the US. The present makeup of the school board supports charter schools more than many other school boards do. There's a lot of political reasons why this is so, and a lot of funding questions involved, and a lot of policy...
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MIT OPEN Courseware “finder”

Here's a link to MIT's Open Courseware online free courses. Amazing! Search for courses here. There's also a newsletter available by subscription.    OCW’s latest peak: 2400 courses Posted on July 5, 2017 by mitopencourseware Photo by Wolfgang Lutz on Unsplash, license CC 0 (public...
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Professional Development/ Training: The “Kirkpatrick” model

PSA has recognized that there are immense resources being spent for professional development across the US. The costs to customers, of many of these programs, seems extremely high compared to the actual benefits and comprehensiveness of the trainings offered. Especially for those enterprise...
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“social learning construct” app for drug and alcohol recovery

PSA imagines a social learning construct that includes all of the following: accountability, structure and support. WeConnect, is an app that connects people in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. It can be hard to reach out, but WeConnect makes it easy. People can add friends and family to...
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Tech job skills as pathway to employment

How does recruiting for skills work? Here is a New York times article explaining how to match good jobs with skills and a pathway to the middle class. Mr. Bridges represents a new but promising category in the American labor market: people working in so-called new-collar or middle-skill jobs. As...
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How to See What the Internet Knows About You (And How to Stop It)

Web Privacy is getting worse, not better. Using an app like "Little Snitch" can help. But it also reveals hundreds of connections that take place when one first opens a browser application. Apps like Little Snitch monitor, and block, and also asks first if you set it up that way...the connection...
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Insights from the Field: The Future of Blended Learning

Going back to the classics, I just reviewed Benjamin Bloom’s (1984) “The 2 Sigma Problem: The Search for Methods of Group Instruction as Effective as One-to-One Tutoring.” His principle of mastery learning can definitely be applied to today’s new educational technologies, such as adaptive...
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Forest Bathing: The perception of place and “learning spaces”

  Previous post on SLC speculates about how new perceptions of "space" and of "place" are part of a move out of traditional school buildings, to learning that can happen "anywhere" there's mobile access. And which includes "real space" in combination with "virtual space". Needless to...
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Plat-Forming the 7 Core Elements: #2 Creating the Learning Community

PSA uses the phrase "Social Learning Construct" (SLC) to describe an online learning community. An SLC is a type of community that is constructed to enable online and blended learning and which involves a series of "required" aspects. Today, only a few of these aspects have been imagined,...
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8 digital life skills all children need – and a plan for teaching them

Here's another followup to Kris's Digital Intelligence Map post... with its graphic too, which can be enlarged with a click on it......
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8 digital skills we must teach our children

This is a followup to the link Kris posted in her Digital Intelligence Map post recently. Perhaps not coincidentally we are talking about digital skills in other posts today...here's the graphic from Kris's link. Hopefully one can view in full size....
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Knovio Video Platform

Here's the home page with video...which I couldn't download or link to directly...about Knovio 3.0 video platform. It's an ad, but some ads are very useful and informative. There's YouTube, Vimeo, Kaltura, and other video platforms present and coming soon. Worth checking various out, for what they...
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Bring on the Video Revolution for Learning

Gordon Freedman is President of the National Laboratory for Education Transformation In the early days of the LMS, the lecture capture companies tried hard to attach their video capture and video management solutions to the LMS. But today this is a limited strategy as video is everywhere...
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We Have a Job/Education Matching Problem

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Spaceport America Cup draws future industry leaders to Las Cruces

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AI, Transcription, Handwriting and skills that become obsolete

A few years back it seemed off the wall speculation that handwriting might become an obsolete human skill. After all, it's one of the core capabilities we first learn in grade school. Starting with, perhaps, how to write one's name. However, now...it's not so wild to speculate how much longer...
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Emails create conversation

My three year old grandson will go to the schools listed in this article. The emails written by a principal and some parents in this affluent liberal neighborhoods, seems to have unintentionally created a discussion about how best to create empathy in young children. The Emails published in this...
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Hybrid learning in higher education

Following up on a recent PSA post about the Amazon purchase of Whole Foods, here an article explaining how the hybrid trend is going in higher education. The expectation that students can integrate their learning experiences across channels is now arriving in higher education. Online education has...
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Science of Happiness

Edx is presenting this MOOC to teach positive psychology. Learn science-based principles and practices for a happy, meaningful life during this eight-week course offered through UC...
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Digital intelligence Map

Here the World Economic forum presents the 8 digital skills we must teach. How do we as parents, educators, and leaders, prepare our children for the digital age?   Above all, the acquisition of these abilities should be rooted in desirable human values such as respect, empathy and prudence....
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Personal learning network

Ignatia de Waard shares a blog highlighting a live streaming by Stephen Downes on a model of his own personal learning network. The blog is a reflection by Ignatia on the live streaming talk.   The original MOOC was a map, where the collective learners explore and map Personalisation are...
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Learning science : research map

PSA is looking for a model that connects the key elements of learning today. Here we see an approach using both a network map and a chord map to connect with research articles in education and the learning sciences. Looking for education research to help improve the design of your program or...
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Plat-forming the 7 core elements: #1 Understanding Media in the Mobile Age

This is a series of posts sketching in, and envisioning,  a portion of what we know is either happening now,  could happen in the not too distant future, (NTDF), or should happen but isn't likely to anytime soon given the current models in place. Sometimes what's needed is that new model...
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LARK, and Platforms for healthcare and education

As noted in recent posts, having a comprehensive platform that knits together all the 7 core elements for learning...and healthcare...is essential for making possible all that we can envision for cloud tools in these fields. OK, maybe we are having a hard time imagining how this all would...
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What Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods really means

AS change made possible by our current communications revolution proceeds apace, so does some of the connection "behind the scenes". Here's an article on what Amazon is doing behind the scenes, and what they may envision their "platform" to be "all about". it's hard to imagine, but such behind the...
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Narrative, Identity, formative assessment, Storytelling, cognition, learning

PSA notes that learning is a complex, if innate, human undertaking. As we strive to tearn how best to make tools that enable learning using cloud applications, and social learning constructs etc, there's a sort of virtuous circle of assembling the necessary parts. One supports the next, as we move...
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Skills that Google, Pinterest, and Twitter Employees Need To Succeed?

There's a lot of talk about how education needs to match what skills will be actually needed for jobs in the 21st century. (now) We've heard how many of the jobs in years ahead don't even exist today. We've also heard how automation and AI are going to dramatically affect the workplace. Specifics,...
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2017 ISTE Conference: EdSurge

The annual ISTE  Conference for 2017 is being held in San Antonio this year, starting tomorrow June 24th. San Antonio, one of America’s fastest growing metropolises, is about to get a whole lot busier. Starting June 24th, thousands of educators, entrepreneurs and edtech enthusiasts will...
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Internet Trends 2017: Mary Meeker

Mary Meeker puts out her Global Internet Trends slideshow every year...here's the 2017 report.       [gview...
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Global Learning X Prize updater

Elon Musk is becoming a sort of mythic character to the people of Oz (us?)...definitely a wizard, and even now he's over there behind the curtain pulling the levers and pushing the buttons to create a virtual world where dreams come true. Or something like that. This article talks about a very...
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Various Viewpoints on Charter Schools in US

In a time of great partisan divides over almost everything in the public sector...which includes Education and Healthcare...it's hard to be reliably and adequately informed on the truth, and the facts, and what are good or bad ideas for education and healthcare in the US going forward. Even in the...
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The Classroom of Tomorrow – A Panel Discussion

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Using Technology for Active Learning

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Roadmap to the Future: Kaltura

Michal Tsur and Kaltura are important players in delivery of video content IRT, and" just in time". It's worth keeping an eye on what they are up to. There's a series of videos from the recent Classroom of Tomorrow conference, and this below is kind of the keynote. Others will follow in subsequent...
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Microlearning: How Educators Can Learn From Athletes

We know there's a lot of learning and training in athletics. While the below blog article is a semi advertisement, it makes some useful points. One of which is that educational institutions need to change, as learning tools change, or risk being made irrelevant to education, eventually. [gview...
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“Wake Up”: The Essential Innovation Checklist for 2017

Eduventures recognizes innovators in education, and below they describe a recent Innovation Awards for 2017 event.
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Reid Hoffman (Linked in) talks change

Reid Hoffman co founded Linked In, and in 2016 was part of it's sale to Microsoft for $26 Billion and change.  Reid Garrett Hoffman (born August 5, 1967) is an American internet entrepreneur, venture capitalist and author. Hoffman was the co-founder and executive chairman of LinkedIn, a...
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Introduction to Brute Force Attacks: security today

PSA recently learned a lot about security vulnerabilities of websites...as has the CIA, the NSA, and thousands recently "ransomewared". One of our responses was to contract with WordFence,  a major WordPress.org security support organization, which installs IRT security applications at one's...
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Lawsuit puts NM ED system on trial

PSA recognizes that two of the largest federal and state government commitments are healthcare and education.  Unfortunately there's an ongoing trend both at the federal and state level to dramatically reduce funding for both of these essential endeavors of a civilization.  Therefore, we...
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WordPress parent company shutting its Office: employees work remotely

One of the ongoing unknowns of the communications revolution, is where will people physically "do" their jobs? In a mobile world, the answer isn't obvious. Companies have been experimenting with all manner of solutions and trials. Seems like it's still too early to make determinations. Stay tuned...
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KALTURA Lecture Capture

Kaltura, the video one site fits all video hosting and creation needs, has a new Lecture Capture app available From the smallest classes to the biggest lecture halls, manage all your course captures from any recording device. Effortlessly record any class on campus with just one click....
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Canada to teach computer coding starting in kindergarten

This seems a bit like Deja Vu...could it really be that it took until 2017 for this to occur? And what about US ed policy...do we have this too? AFAIK, we don't. Canadian schoolchildren will soon start learning computer coding and other digital skills from kindergarten through to high school, the...
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“Tech Soup” for cloud non-profit support

PSA has accessed software through TECH SOUP at a sharp discount in the past. They support non profits access to tech, passing on discounts from large and small software companies. It's an asset non profits working in the cloud should be aware of, and take advantage...
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White Sands FCU supporting future business leaders

Here's an example of learning that is sponsored by local business organizations, and while somewhat outside what the traditional curriculum at schools might be, still of obvious importance and value. PSA believes many many more of these types of learning opportunities are available with tools made...
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NMSU tutoring, mentoring programs receive national certification

Tutoring and mentoring are two ways of enacting learning, and both are enhanced by cloud tools. In some ways future teachers will resemble these more "one on one" learning guides than they will the "sage on the stage" model of one per 25-35 students. So it's worth our time to examine how the "one...
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Creative Startups coming to NMSU’s Arrowhead Center

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New Mexico Education Secretary Skandera to step down

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‘Jarring’ internet access survey results embolden leaders of citywide broadband

Another sobering look at the lack of internet access for many San Francisco residents shows students’ work impacted and costs as a barrier, bolstering a citywide fiber broadband initiative to connect every home and business to the internet. Nearly 30 percent of the 1,100 San Francisco seniors,...
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“What is Learning Today?” ~Interviews (testing ongoing)