EdTech Magazine - Technology Solutions That Drive Education https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/rss.xml en Fact or Fallacy: Mesh Networks Are the Next Model for Campus Wi-Fi https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/12/fact-or-fallacy-mesh-networks-are-next-model-campus-wi-fi <span>Fact or Fallacy: Mesh Networks Are the Next Model for Campus Wi-Fi</span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/user/9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Tue, 12/18/2018 - 08:56</span> <div><p>Traditionally, campus Wi-Fi networks are deployed with each access point having a direct connection into the wired network. This approach tends to create <strong>networks that are inflexible</strong>, a result of the expense and rigidity of deploying electrical and network cabling to each AP. It also makes it tough for IT administrators to respond to changing network requirements, particularly in spaces where a high level of connectivity is not always required or where cabling installation is difficult.</p> <p>To address these issues, a growing trend in wireless networking is a <strong>Wi-Fi mesh design</strong>. Here, a system of APs cooperate in a peer-to-peer manner to create a Wi-Fi network. The APs communicate with each other to dynamically determine the best path through the system at any given instant, and data transmits step by step through the wireless portion of the network. </p> <p>It’s easy to deploy additional APs to strengthen the Wi-Fi signal in areas of interference, to increase the coverage area and to expand the range of the network. Unlike traditional Wi-Fi networks, one or a few APs connect to the wired portion of the network, passing data from wireless clients on to the ultimate destination. </p> <p>Let’s look at some of the factors that may influence the decision to deploy Wi-Fi mesh networks.</p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/04/Colleges-Use-Data-Analytics-to-Improve-Network-Performance" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH: </strong>Check out how universities are using data analytics to improve their networks.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Fact (Mostly): Mesh Networks Reduce Cost From Less Ethernet Cabling</h2> <p>In a traditional Wi-Fi network, each AP must be connected to the wired portion of the network. A mesh network, on the other hand, requires <strong>considerably fewer wired connections</strong>. That lowers cost, reduces complexity and increases the speed of deployment.</p> <p>In an <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/10/colleges-tackle-great-outdoors-campus-wi-fi-upgrades">outdoor setting</a>, mesh networks have another benefit, and that’s the ability to avoid the expensive optical fiber links that may be required to achieve the required distance between APs and network electronics. Indoor areas where it is difficult or impossible to run new Ethernet cables — in historic buildings, for example — are also good candidates for mesh networks.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/higher/author/neil-bright"><img src="/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/styles/face_small/public/people/Bright_Neil.jpg?itok=Y2Sih-VO" width="58" height="58" alt="Neil Bright " typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/higher/author/neil-bright"> <div>Neil Bright</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Neil Bright is a research scientist and chief HPC architect at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Office of IT.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 18 Dec 2018 13:56:54 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 41676 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher 5 Common Questions When Switching to Windows 10 https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/12/5-common-questions-when-switching-windows-10 <span>5 Common Questions When Switching to Windows 10</span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/user/9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Mon, 12/17/2018 - 11:17</span> <div><p>A campus-wide migration to Windows 10 can be daunting, but university IT teams can mitigate some of the headaches through careful planning and proper tool selection. Here are answers to <strong>common questions about migrating to the new operating system</strong>.</p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/12/3-ways-microsoft-edge-makes-internet-more-secure" target="_blank"><strong><em>MORE FROM EDTECH: </em></strong><em>See how universities can improve their security using Windows Edge.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">1. What Should Be Included in a Windows 10 Migration Plan?</h2> <p>Decide whether to upgrade or perform a fresh installation. Fresh installs require more work, but can be more reliable in the long term. Schedule migration and hardware replacement simultaneously to save time and money. Most devices should use the Semi-Annual Channel software branch.</p> <h2 id="toc_1">2. What Should Be on a Migration Checklist?</h2> <p><strong>Test all apps for compatibility.</strong> Decide how to deal with future feature and quality updates and which user and OS settings to migrate. Run test migrations for targeted groups and phase the migration across devices.</p> <h2 id="toc_2">3. What Tools and Assistants Help with Windows 10 Migration?</h2> <p>Upgrade Readiness in the <a href="https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/resources/videos/operations-management-suite-oms-overview/" target="_blank">Azure Operations Management Suite</a> determines if hardware will work. The <a href="https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/deployment/usmt/usmt-overview" target="_blank">User State Migration Tool</a> (USMT) saves and reinstates user settings after a fresh install; the <a href="https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/desktop/win7appqual/application-compatibility-toolkit--act-" target="_blank">Application Compatibility Toolkit</a> tests app compatibility.</p> <h2 id="toc_3">4. What Updated Security Measures Are in Place in Windows 10?</h2> <p><a href="https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/security/identity-protection/credential-guard/credential-guard" target="_blank">Application and Credential Guard</a> use <strong>virtualization-based security</strong> to protect against malware and attacks. Microsoft Edge is a new standards-based browser with better security than Internet Explorer.</p> <h2 id="toc_4">5. What Can Be Done to Avoid Data Loss During Migration?</h2> <p>Use the USMT data store to <strong>temporarily hold user data and settings</strong>. Group Policy folder redirection and OneDrive for Business Known Folder Migration can guarantee safety. Store data only in approved locations.</p> <p><a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/orchestration/digital-transformation-trends.html"><img alt="Digital%20Transformation_IR_1.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/healthtechmagazine.net/files/Digital%20Transformation_IR_1.jpg" /></a></p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/higher/author/russell-smith"><img src="/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/styles/face_small/public/people/russell_smith_hed.jpg?itok=25dOyqnM" width="58" height="58" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/higher/author/russell-smith"> <div>Russell Smith</div> </a> <a target="_blank" class="twitter" href="https://twitter.com/intent/follow?region=follow_link&amp;screen_name=smithrussell&amp;tw_p=followbutton&amp;variant=2.0"><span>Twitter</span></a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Russell Smith is a technology consultant and trainer specializing in management and security of Microsoft server and client technologies. He is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer with more than 15 years of experience.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 17 Dec 2018 16:17:31 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 41671 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher 3 Cybersecurity Focus Areas for Education Institutions in 2019 https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/12/3-cybersecurity-focus-areas-education-institutions-2019 <span>3 Cybersecurity Focus Areas for Education Institutions in 2019</span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/user/9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Fri, 12/14/2018 - 15:11</span> <div><p>The education sector is the least secure of <strong>17 industries</strong> studied this year, according to a new report released Thursday.</p> <p>In particular, education institutions struggled with application security, endpoint security and patching cadence, according to the “<a href="https://securityscorecard.com/resources/2018-education-report" target="_blank">2018 Education Cybersecurity Report</a>,” conducted by the information security company SecurityScorecard.</p> <p>“The results show that although hackers have become increasingly deft at stealing school and student data, the education industry is no better prepared to deal with these malicious threats,” the report’s authors conclude. “There is a growing concern because schools collect an incredible — and vastly increasing — amount of personal data about students, to varying degrees.”</p> <p> <a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" data-widget="image" href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/orchestration/cyber-security-report.html" id="" rel="" target="_blank" title=""><img alt="Cybersecurity_IR_howstrong_700x220.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://fedtechmagazine.com/sites/fedtechmagazine.com/files/Cybersecurity_IR_howstrong_700x220.jpg" /></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">3 Points of Security Vulnerabilities in the Education Sector</h2> <p>As universities and schools increase their use of data analytics for initiatives related to <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/05/colleges-tackle-retention-problem-emerging-tech">student retention</a> and <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/10/qa-kandice-porter-explains-how-data-analytics-helped-failure-rates-plummet">academic performance</a>, the amount of data they collect is growing, which worries security experts. In higher education, in addition, the presence of i<strong>ntellectual property related to corporate and government research</strong> also is attractive to hackers.</p> <p>"The lack of resources and attention to cybersecurity in schools and universities should be a cause for serious concern among students, parents, school boards, and the education industry as a whole," said Sam Kassoumeh, COO and cofounder of SecurityScorecard. "Schools collect an incredible and vastly increasing amount of personal data about students. At the same time research universities house valuable IP. Securing these networks and protecting this information is essential to protect the future of innovation and privacy."</p> <p>In order to protect student data, SecurityScorecard offers these three insights to get education institutions started on a more reliable security plan:</p> <ol><li><strong>Application Security: </strong>Schools are relying more than ever on online applications for testing, data collection and analytics. Hackers will take advantage of application vulnerabilities, which means school districts and universities need to be aware of any in their networks and close them up. One way to do so is to build application security into system development. Incorporating <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/08/how-choose-between-penetration-tests-and-vulnerability-scans">vulnerability scans or penetration tests</a> is another way to root out potential security flaws. Additionally, companies like <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/barracuda.html?enkwrd=barracuda" target="_blank">Barracuda</a> offer <a href="https://www.cdw.com/product/Barracuda-Application-Security-subscription-license-1-year-1-license/3282395" target="_blank">application security software</a> and <a href="https://www.cdw.com/product/Barracuda-Web-Application-Firewall-660-security-appliance-with-3-years/2666782" target="_blank">firewall appliances</a>. </li> <li><strong>Endpoint Security: </strong>The number of personal devices used by students and faculty across both K–12 and higher education is increasing, expanding the number of vulnerable endpoints. These devices can be especially vulnerable because many people use the same devices to connect to home networks, which may offer less protection than campus networks. Endpoint security software offered by companies like <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/symantec.html?enkwrd=Symantec" target="_blank">Symantec</a> and <a href="https://www.cdw.com/search/?key=MalwareBytes&amp;ctlgfilter=&amp;searchscope=all&amp;sr=1" target="_blank">Malwarebytes</a> allow universities to more easily detect vulnerabilities and unify network management. Cybersecurity education programs are also crucial to ensure users are responsible at all times. Additionally, integrating <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/05/4-ways-improve-endpoint-protection-your-campus">endpoint segmentation</a> can help to limit any damage if a device is compromised. </li> <li><strong>Patching Cadence:</strong> Updating software is essential. While patching can be a burden for education IT teams, especially those with fewer resources, there are programs that can help bear some of the weight. Security companies like <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/mcafee.html?enkwrd=McAfee" target="_blank">McAfee</a> offer <a href="https://www.cdw.com/product/McAfee-Virtual-Patching-for-Databases-subscription-license-1-year-1-Y/2684474" target="_blank">virtual patching programs</a> that identify vulnerabilities and offer a quick fix until an IT member can complete the patch. </li> </ol><p>“A cybersecurity plan should reflect a holistic approach to student data protection,” the SecurityScorecard authors write. “By incorporating technology and people, a robust program mitigates risks, while also ensuring ongoing education instills good security habits into employees, students, and their parents.”</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/higher/higher/higher/author/eli-zimmerman"><img src="/higher/higher/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/styles/face_small/public/people/eliheadshot.jpg?itok=dbOQBwFz" width="58" height="58" alt="eli headshot" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/higher/higher/higher/author/eli-zimmerman"> <div>Eli Zimmerman</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Eli has been eagerly pursuing a journalistic career since he left the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill School of Journalism. Previously, Eli was a staff reporter for medical trade publication <em>Frontline Medical News,</em> where he experienced the impact of continuous education and evolving teaching methods through the medical lens. When not in the office, Eli is busy scanning the web for the latest podcasts or stepping into the boxing ring for a few rounds.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 14 Dec 2018 20:11:56 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 41661 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher Cloud Solutions Expand Learning Opportunities on Campus https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/12/cloud-solutions-expand-learning-opportunities-campus <span>Cloud Solutions Expand Learning Opportunities on Campus</span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/user/9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Fri, 12/14/2018 - 08:29</span> <div><p>As institutions adopt cloud solutions for their IT and operational benefits, administrators may be <strong>overlooking the academic payoffs</strong> of cloud-enabled tools in the hands of students and faculty. </p> <p><a href="https://blogs.cisco.com/datacenter/evolution-of-cloud-in-higher-and-vocational-education" target="_blank">Research from Cisco</a> notes that while <strong>48 percent</strong> of higher education IT leaders say that cloud models can improve research, and <strong>33 percent</strong> point to campus improvements, only <strong>19 percent</strong> say the cloud could highly impact teaching. </p> <p>In fact, however, plenty of cloud-integrated teaching tools translate smoothly to the classroom, including <a href="https://www.cdw.com/product/G-Suite-by-Google-Cloud-Enterprise-subscription-license-1-month-1-use/4899329" target="_blank">G Suite</a> and <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/microsoft/microsoft-365.html?enkwrd=Microsoft%20365" target="_blank">Microsoft 365</a>.</p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/09/pain-points-and-solutions-cloud-security-it-teams-perfcon" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH: </strong>Check out how university IT teams can approach cloud security pain points.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Cloud Tools Give Students Access to Hands-On Experience</h2> <p>At <a href="https://www.csusb.edu/" target="_blank">California State University, San Bernardino</a>, students are using <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/google-interstitial.html.html" target="_blank">Google’s</a> <a href="https://edu.google.com/higher-ed-solutions/google-cloud-platform/teaching/?modal_active=none" target="_blank">cloud API</a> to study virtual network infrastructure and cybersecurity. That type of experience is especially valuable given the projected need for workers with data science skills.</p> <p>Students studying information systems and technology used Google’s cloud platform to create a guide that would help users create and manage an electronic commerce site using the cloud. After the project, <strong>76.7 percent </strong>of students reported that the hands-on experience was an effective way to learn and that they had been more actively engaged in class when using the tools. </p> <p>A CSUSB researcher <a href="https://aisel.aisnet.org/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1585&amp;context=amcis2018" target="_blank">who analyzed the project</a> noted that IST instructors often have a hard time engaging students when courses are conducted solely in a lecture format. By contrast, the researcher wrote, “One of the best ways to teach students about the IST concepts/applications is to <strong>let them touch and use the information technologies</strong>.”</p> <p><a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/orchestration/digital-transformation-trends.html"><img alt="Digital%20Transformation_IR_1.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/healthtechmagazine.net/files/Digital%20Transformation_IR_1.jpg" /></a></p> <h2 id="toc_1">Cloud Solutions Support New Collaborative Environments</h2> <p>According to an <a href="http://www-935.ibm.com/services/be/en/cloud-computing/cloud_edu_en.pdf" target="_blank">IBM white paper</a>, instructors can <strong>use cloud solutions to create virtual labs</strong> where they can run simulations. </p> <p>“Using a virtual laboratory, a cloud infrastructure can offer the resources for processing, calculating and simulating that are needed to create a compound, on demand,” the white paper notes. “Pupils or students are able to carry out all of the virtual simulations or experiments that they want in it, from the simplest to the most complex.”</p> <p>Along with virtual labs, professors can use <strong>virtual lecture halls </strong>to create a collaborative environment that expands the scope of learning. </p> <p>For example, an economics professor could put classroom materials in the cloud to share them with lecturers at other institutions. That means learners in multiple disciplines could study the same materials and share insights from a variety of perspectives. </p> <p>Professors can also marry the cloud with state-of-the-art <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/08/universities-integrate-smartboards-promote-collaboration-campus">classroom hardware</a>. Interactive whiteboards like the <a href="https://www.cdw.com/product/cisco-webex/3378791" target="_blank">Cisco WebE</a>x board, for example, are cloud-enabled to make it possible for users to <strong>share content to the board from any connected device</strong>, and vice versa. That means students can access class materials on any device and from any location through the associated app. </p> <p>Institutions are already reaping the benefits of the cloud in IT and in administrative applications. Now that instructors are embracing cloud applications in the classroom, they can bring those advantages into even more areas of campus.</p> <p><em>This article is part of EdTech: Focus on Higher Education’s UniversITy blog series.</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.edtechmagazine.com/higher/university" target="_blank"><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/sites/default/files/university-400.jpg" /></a></p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/higher/higher/higher/k12/author/dave-doucette"><img src="/higher/higher/higher/k12/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/styles/face_small/public/people/Headshot2.jpg?itok=PV7Z-tPa" width="58" height="58" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/higher/higher/higher/k12/author/dave-doucette"> <div>Dave Doucette</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Dave Doucette is director of West Coast higher education sales for CDW•G.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 14 Dec 2018 13:29:27 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 41651 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher Q&A: Winka Dubbeldam on Modernizing Courses with 3D Printing and Robotics https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/12/qa-winka-dubbeldam-modernizing-courses-3d-printing-and-robotics <span> Q&amp;A: Winka Dubbeldam on Modernizing Courses with 3D Printing and Robotics</span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/user/9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Thu, 12/13/2018 - 11:30</span> <div><p><a href="https://www.cdw.com/product/MakerBot-Replicator/4304681" target="_blank">MakerBot</a> is in partnership with the <a href="https://www.upenn.edu/" target="_blank">University of Pennsylvania</a> to incorporate 3D printing into the institution’s architecture program to help students rethink how to design products, tools and even museum exhibits. </p> <p>3D printing and robotics has taken over the makerspace sphere in K–12, turning heads in the higher education community. Students and professors have been inspired to use 3D printing to add <strong>new creative elements to their projects and course curricula</strong>. </p> <p>Edtech spoke with Winka Dubbeldam, chair of the graduate architecture program at the University of Pennsylvania, to get a clearer picture of how 3D printing and other related technological innovations have changed the way students learn to design.</p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/01/3-ways-universities-expand-3d-printing-innovation" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH: </strong>Three ways universities can expand their 3D printing integrations.</em></a></p> <h2><strong style="color: #c74037;">EDTECH: </strong>Why did the University of Pennsylvania’s architecture program begin to use 3D printing as part of the curriculum?</h2> <p><strong>Dubbeldam:</strong> Having looked at the whole digital revolution since the early ‘90s, something we realized in education was that our students are not always aware, especially when they are younger, of what they actually have in the computer. </p> <div style="float: right; margin-left: 15px; margin-bottom: 10px; width: 280px; padding: 5px 5px 5px 5px; color: #ececec; background-color: #333333;"><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="416" src="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/Winka%20Dubbeldam.jpg" title="Winka Dubbeldam" width="280" /><br /><span style="color: #939393; font-size: 10px;">Photo: American University</span> <p style="font-size: 18px;">Winka Dubbeldam, chair of the graduate architecture program, University of Pennsylvania</p> </div> <p>So, when I became chair, I thought it'd be a great moment to just put a group of MakerBots in the studio with the students and put the students in charge of that technology. </p> <p>We made <strong>a little army of student technology representatives</strong> who had to report to a professor who would be helping to troubleshoot, but essentially the students had to maintain the MakerBots themselves. </p> <p>The idea was that, rather than using the traditional way to design and then make a model for a presentation, we would give the students a chance to really design and test and design and test. Our goal was to change model-making so it was really about <strong>testing and prototyping rather than a presentation or representation </strong>of that design. And that's a huge change that is going on in architecture now.</p> <h2><strong style="color: #c74037;">EDTECH: </strong>How are the 3D printers set up in the workspace, and what kind of benefits do they bring?</h2> <p><strong>Dubbeldam: </strong>Right now, we have a number of MakerBots here that are hooked up to <strong>an intelligent cloud</strong>, causing them to react as a swarm, making them much easier to access and maintain.</p> <p>The MakerBots are a lot of fun, and they are really for the students. Also, these bots are hugely important because the labs close and there is an overpopulation of students trying to use the lab during the day. However, the MakerBots work 24 hours a day and are accessible to the students, which makes for a much better system. </p> <p>What is really fun is that students have figured out that you can <strong>print parts rather than whole models</strong>. This leads to seeing models that are three feet by four feet from a tiny MakerBot because students figured out they can print parts and then put them together.</p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/11/interactive-tech-transforms-college-learning-experience" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH:</strong> See how interactive technology can improve student performance and satisfaction.</em></a></p> <h2><strong style="color: #c74037;">EDTECH: </strong>Are MakerBots the only form of technology integration? What other kinds of programs are making their way into architecture?</h2> <p><strong>Dubbeldam: </strong>We include an array of other complex modern technology as well, from laser cutters to manufacturing technology. We have <strong>massive robotic arms and little baby robotic arms</strong> that students are trained on that are intelligent. This robotics allow students to work on a project from six different sides, with two arms at different angles, in a very short time. </p> <p>We give the MakerBots to the first-year students so that by the time they get to their second year they are <strong>more comfortable with the robotic arms</strong>. </p> <p>A cool project we’re working on right now is using robotics to develop tiny houses. By using robotics, we can construct small structures efficiently and cost-effectively. We are receiving research funding from a university alum and testing the process in an old factory.</p> <h2><strong style="color: #c74037;">EDTECH: </strong>How do you train students to use this technology?</h2> <p><strong>Dubbeldam: </strong>We give students extensive software training. In the summer before their freshman year and during that year, they receive MakerBot training. From there on, we have something called visual studies, which is really about <strong>how representation in architecture is changing</strong>. But I have to say that, overall, the students pick up the skills to use the simpler technology like MakerBots in seconds.</p> <p>What we're really focusing on now is working with students to write scripts through Python for the manufacturing of things through robotics, because that is the direction construction is going be headed. </p> <p>We just <strong>rewrote part of our curriculum</strong>, even the core education classes, in order to really focus our students on that now. We do not want these robotic arms only for researchers here, but also for the students to learn on. </p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/11/educause-report-students-benefit-exposure-emerging-tech" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH: </strong>Higher education students benefit from exposure to emerging technology.</em></a></p> <h2><strong style="color: #c74037;">EDTECH: </strong>Is there any concern that incorporating technology into this program will take away from some of the human aspect or artistic nature of architecture?</h2> <p><strong>Dubbeldam: </strong>I love that question. Have you ever seen a machine do anything without anyone putting everything in the computer and designing it, making sure that every little line connects? If your design isn't absolutely perfect, that machine won't print anything. </p> <p>A printer is nothing more than something else making a model for you, but you have to give it all the information, because the printer itself is completely unintelligent. There’s nothing extraordinary about it by itself, but it can be a tool. It’s the same as a regular printer when you are the writer of a book. The book is not written by your printer, right? </p> <p>There is really <strong>a revolution of what design is</strong>, what a structure is. I think the interest for us lies in the integration of different aspects of architecture. Before, our structural classes would traditionally be given by an engineer, and then students would leave and work in a design studio. </p> <p>Now,<strong> engineers are working directly with students in the design studio</strong>, preparing our students to really understand how engineering should be thought of and what kind of discussions you should have with an engineer.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/higher/higher/higher/author/eli-zimmerman"><img src="/higher/higher/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/styles/face_small/public/people/eliheadshot.jpg?itok=dbOQBwFz" width="58" height="58" alt="eli headshot" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/higher/higher/higher/author/eli-zimmerman"> <div>Eli Zimmerman</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Eli has been eagerly pursuing a journalistic career since he left the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill School of Journalism. Previously, Eli was a staff reporter for medical trade publication <em>Frontline Medical News,</em> where he experienced the impact of continuous education and evolving teaching methods through the medical lens. When not in the office, Eli is busy scanning the web for the latest podcasts or stepping into the boxing ring for a few rounds.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 13 Dec 2018 16:30:46 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 41646 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher 3 Ways Microsoft Edge Makes the Internet More Secure https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/12/3-ways-microsoft-edge-makes-internet-more-secure <span>3 Ways Microsoft Edge Makes the Internet More Secure</span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/user/9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Wed, 12/12/2018 - 14:42</span> <div><p>Exposure to malicious websites and downloads is the main way computers get infected with malware, so a better browser is one way to tighten security. </p> <p><a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/microsoft-interstitial.html?enkwrd=Microsoft" target="_blank">Microsoft</a> Edge for <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/microsoft/windows-10.html?enkwrd=Windows%252010" target="_blank">Windows 10</a> brings numerous improvements over Internet Explorer. It strips out much of Explorer’s legacy code for a more secure base, and it is bolstered by <strong>several new defense technologies</strong> in Windows 10.</p> <p>Staff and students alike can be vulnerable to credential theft and malware infections, so it’s wise to give them <strong>as much protection as possible</strong>. Here are three ways Edge can keep devices and data safe.</p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/09/it-leaders-tout-savings-and-security-cloud-storage" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH:</strong> Check out how universities are using cloud storage to secure their data.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">1. Target Vulnerabilities to Limit Threat Exposure</h2> <p>Edge does away with proprietary <strong>ActiveX controls</strong>, which were easily exploited in Internet Explorer because of their deep integration with the OS. Any web apps that rely on ActiveX will need to be <strong>rewritten to work in Edge</strong>. (Most commercial websites don’t rely on ActiveX.) </p> <p>Edge blocks <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/adobe.html?enkwrd=Adobe" target="_blank">Adobe</a> Flash Player by default, because hackers often target it. As an alternative, many sites have already moved to HTML5. When Flash is required, Edge will prompt users for permission to run it. Microsoft <strong>maintains a list of trusted Flash-based websites</strong> that work without users needing to give permission. Institutions can also block Flash entirely using Group Policy. </p> <h2 id="toc_1">2. Minimize Exposure With Windows Defender</h2> <p>For colleges requiring a higher level of security, Windows Defender Application Guard runs Edge in a container that isolates user sessions from the OS and other applications. When WDAG is enabled, <strong>any malware that runs in the browser session can’t break out</strong>, which protects the integrity of Windows and user data. </p> <p>Closing a WDAG session also deletes any malicious code to which the user was exposed. </p> <p>IT can configure WDAG to open sites that are not trusted and have all other sites run in Edge without protection. Like most security technologies, WDAG has some disadvantages: Users <strong>can’t access their favorites in a WDAG session</strong>. But staff can enable data persistence so that users’ favorites and cookies are maintained across WDAG sessions. </p> <h2 id="toc_2">3. Protect Networks with Improved Authentication Management </h2> <p>Microsoft discourages passwords because they are so easily compromised. <strong>Windows Hello</strong> lets users log in to Windows with a gesture, such as a PIN code or biometric authentication. </p> <p>Edge now supports Windows Hello, so users can sign in to websites this way. Microsoft’s login site also supports Windows Hello, so users can access their Microsoft account using a PIN, gesture or security key. </p> <p>Microsoft has been working with the FIDO Alliance to create Web Authentication, a standard also supported by <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/google-interstitial.html.html" target="_blank">Google</a>, that supports logging in to sites using Windows Hello or portable FIDO2 security keys. <strong>Few commercial sites support FIDO currently</strong>, but institutions can FIDO-enable their own sites.</p> <p><a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/orchestration/cyber-security-report.html" target="_blank" title="CDW Cybersecurity Insight Report"><img alt="Cybersecurity-report_EasyTarget.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://biztechmagazine.com/sites/biztechmagazine.com/files/uploads/Cybersecurity-report_EasyTarget.jpg" /></a></p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/higher/author/russell-smith"><img src="/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/styles/face_small/public/people/russell_smith_hed.jpg?itok=25dOyqnM" width="58" height="58" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/higher/author/russell-smith"> <div>Russell Smith</div> </a> <a target="_blank" class="twitter" href="https://twitter.com/intent/follow?region=follow_link&amp;screen_name=smithrussell&amp;tw_p=followbutton&amp;variant=2.0"><span>Twitter</span></a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Russell Smith is a technology consultant and trainer specializing in management and security of Microsoft server and client technologies. He is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer with more than 15 years of experience.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 12 Dec 2018 19:42:43 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 41641 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher Universities Can’t Afford to Overlook Technology as a Retention Tool https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/12/universities-cant-afford-overlook-technology-retention-tool <span>Universities Can’t Afford to Overlook Technology as a Retention Tool</span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/user/9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Tue, 12/11/2018 - 09:14</span> <div><p>College and university leaders are facing increased financial pressure and complexity as enrollment growth slows, and traditional classrooms are evolving into remote locations that extend beyond the confines of a main campus. At the same time, faculty and staff <strong>retention </strong><strong>poses</strong><strong> a challenge for higher education</strong> institutions — in fact, <a href="https://business.linkedin.com/talent-solutions/blog/trends-and-research/2018/the-3-industries-with-the-highest-turnover-rates" target="_blank">2017 LinkedIn data ranked</a> education among the top five industries with the highest employee turnover rates.</p> <p>As institutions work to make the most of their <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/09/smart-solutions-help-campus-it-teams-do-more-less">increasingly limited resources</a> and protect their student-first mission, technology can tip them over the competitive edge. Administrators who are running up against <strong>expanding classrooms, tighter budgets and lower headcounts</strong> need technology not only to simplify their job functions, but also create more connected campuses. </p> <p>Deploying more progressive technology solutions in higher education institutions streamlines campus and finance operations to create cost savings. In addition, they will be able to address emerging priorities, such as ensuring the safety of their students, faculty and staff located both on and off campus in the event of an emergency.</p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/12/how-can-beacon-technology-help-universities-boost-student-engagement-perfcon" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH:</strong> See how universities can use beacon technology to engage and protect students on campus.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">5 Upgrades to Help Universities Retain Students and Faculty</h2> <p>The evolving higher education landscape is more complex than ever before. To successfully meet these growing demands and boost enrollment rates for generations to come, institutions should be looking at the larger impact that investment in technology can have as a faculty and staff retention tool. </p> <p>These top five proactive strategies can strengthen technology investments for colleges and universities: </p> <ol><li> <p><strong>Automate Paper-Based Workloads: </strong>Tasks that require manual input are time-consuming and repetitive, but they don’t have to be. Paper-based processes can typically be automated through more intuitive technologies, such as <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/08/artificial-intelligence-poised-expand-higher-education" target="_blank">artificial intelligence</a>. Automation frees up faculty and staff time, so they can focus instead on student interaction and curriculum development. The data bears this out: A study from “<a href="https://www2.deloitte.com/global/en/pages/about-deloitte/articles/millennialsurvey.html?kui=cJoK8qAmhFjfI1qLMj1Apw#_ts=1515618565852" target="_blank">The Deloitte Millennial Survey 2018</a>” shows that <strong>62 percent</strong> of millennials, the largest generation in the U.S. workforce, believe automation will improve productivity. These technologies are already making their way into higher education institutions to support admissions, financial aid, advancement and athletics. </p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Embrace Mobile-Friendly Platforms:</strong> Your students <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/07/more-students-rely-mobile-devices-complete-online-classes" target="_blank">demand and expect mobile access</a> to nearly everything, so faculty and staff need to continue to adopt mobile in their day-to-day as well. Whether they’re on-campus or abroad, mobile-friendly platforms are configured to provide a greater user experience, as they keep all information stored in one central location. This can ultimately help faculty and staff from feeling overwhelmed, while also fostering greater efficiency, organization and collaboration across departments. </p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Invest in Collaborative Tools:</strong> Administrative departments within higher education face challenges communicating effectively across working groups, which hinders daily productivity. To empower college and university staff to do more in these environments, administrators should e<a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/05/3-ways-leverage-tech-facilitate-communication-campus">xpand communication tools</a> from basic technologies like email and explore collaborative solutions that deploy application programming interfaces, which let faculty and staff seamlessly complete tasks such as booking group conferences or research trips, and even submitting expense receipts through instant messaging.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Improve Traveler Safety:</strong> With increased enrollment in study abroad programs, academic conferences and international program development in other countries, colleges and universities have a real responsibility to ensure their students, faculty and staff remain safe always. This level of security and support is both a best practice and gives individuals peace of mind when participating in institution-sponsored programs. In the coming year, higher education IT departments should seek out <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2017/12/4-ways-data-empowers-universities-beyond-retention">integrated tools that tap into real-time data</a>, so they have a surefire way of identifying and communicating with faculty, staff and students at a moment’s notice should an emergency ever take place.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Don’t Underestimate User Experience:</strong> The cloud has lowered the barrier of entry for application development and adoption, meaning that consumers, college and university faculty and staff have grown accustomed to using simple and personalized technologies in their daily lives. They expect the same<a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/11/interactive-tech-transforms-college-learning-experience"> experience at their respective institutions</a>, but all too often, error-prone or difficult to use applications can negatively impact their overall experience and satisfaction with the systems in use. As a result, it is imperative that IT and financial decision-makers strongly consider usability and simplicity when making future investments in technology.</p> </li> </ol><p>The next year will serve as an important inflection point for higher education institutions across the nation. By tapping into these technology strategies and investing in available resources, administrators will not only give their schools a competitive edge but will <strong>introduce greater transparency and compliance</strong> behind the scenes to improve institutional success in these financially stressful times in higher education.</p> <p><a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/orchestration/digital-transformation-trends.html"><img alt="Digital%20Transformation_IR_1.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/healthtechmagazine.net/files/Digital%20Transformation_IR_1.jpg" /></a></p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/higher/taxonomy/term/11596"><img src="/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/styles/face_small/public/people/David%20Ballard_Headshot.jpg?itok=Xyy6gKgE" width="58" height="58" alt="David Ballard" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/higher/taxonomy/term/11596"> <div>David Ballard</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>David Ballard is a Sr. VP of Public Sector at SAP Concur. He has been with SAP Concur for 5 years and has more than 20 years experience with technology and service organizations. He lives in the Greater New Jersey area and received a bachelor’s degree from Drew University. </p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 11 Dec 2018 14:14:24 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 41636 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher How Can Beacon Technology Help Universities Boost Student Engagement? https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/12/how-can-beacon-technology-help-universities-boost-student-engagement-perfcon <span>How Can Beacon Technology Help Universities Boost Student Engagement?</span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/user/9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Mon, 12/10/2018 - 09:15</span> <div><p>The students and faculty members who make up a campus community expect certain levels of <strong>engagement and convenience</strong>. Universities employ a number of technology solutions that make it easier for students and faculty to take advantage of campus services. </p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/07/video-walls-bring-campus-highlights-big-screen">Digital signage</a> makes community boards more interactive and engaging,<a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/07/colleges-modernize-support-services-streamline-campus-life"> self-service kiosks reduce wait times</a> for tasks such as picking up packages from campus mailrooms, and some institutions are now giving students <a href="https://www.cdw.com/search/?key=Amazon%20Echo%20Dot&amp;ctlgfilter=&amp;searchscope=all&amp;sr=1" target="_blank">Amazon Echo Dots</a> and other smart assistants for their dorm rooms. </p> <p>And now, through beacon technology, universities have a new, easy solution that relies on personal devices. </p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/06/4-innovative-internet-things-applications-horizon" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH:</strong> Check out how universities are using IoT technology to transform their campuses.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">What Is Beacon Technology?</h2> <p>Beacon technology uses small, wireless sensors that use Bluetooth low energy to <strong>push notifications to mobile devices</strong> within a certain proximity using broadcast radio signals. </p> <p>When a Bluetooth smart device is detected by the beacon, the device receives the beacon’s ID number. The ID number is then sent to a cloud server, where the corresponding action associated with that ID number is found.</p> <p>Because of their low power needs, beacons can be placed indoors or outdoors, with applications that range from tracking crowd movements to helping students locate library books. </p> <h2>Universities See a Benefit of Beacon Technology in Recruitment</h2> <p>One successful example is unfolding now at <a href="https://www.american.edu/" target="_blank">American University</a>, where administrators have teamed up with <a href="https://www.cdw.com/search/?key=Sony&amp;searchscope=all&amp;sr=1" target="_blank">Sony</a> to <a href="https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/american-university-teams-with-sony-to-launch-innovative-tour-au-mobile-admissions-app-300716522.html" target="_blank">create a campus tour that uses augmented reality</a>. </p> <p>University IT teams installed 20 <a href="https://www.cdw.com/product/HPE-Aruba-Beacon-Bluetooth-LE-beacon/4425125" target="_blank">Aruba beacons</a> at points along the tour. When prospective students open the self-guided tour application, it enables location services on their phones. Then, as students pass by the beacons, they <strong>receive notifications based on nearby landmarks</strong>. </p> <p>“There was a need for location-based notification such that when our prospective students tour around campus, they are notified about where to look to see something interesting nearby, or what events were happening in that area,” says Francesco de Leo, AU’s senior director for digital transformation. “If a student were, for example, by the campus’ large eagle statue, the application would perhaps suggest taking a picture with it, because that is somewhere students usually like to take pictures.”</p> <p>Beacons also help AU show prospective students the <strong>level of communication</strong> it strives to have with its community, says de Leo.</p> <p>“We want to make sure that we have an engaged student population that knows of the various activities, opportunities and research that happens on campus,” he says. “Communication is a major aspect of most, if not all, universities, and we found beacon technology could help us.” </p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/05/3-ways-leverage-tech-facilitate-communication-campus" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH:</strong> See how else universities can improve communication on campus through tech.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_2">Enhance Campus Engagement Through Personalized Messages</h2> <p>AU plans to expand the program to serve current students too, de Leo says. </p> <p>Administrators and IT teams are working on a beacon-aware campus app that would allow students to <strong>personalize notifications based on their interests and schedules</strong>. </p> <p>“For example, if a student is walking by a building and there is a roundtable discussion or another type of event happening that is related to interests the student has indicated on the application, they can receive a notification telling them that the event is happening,” says de Leo. </p> <p>This technology can also help streamline certain campus tasks. For example, de Leo and his team are interested in installing beacons on campus buses and at bus stops that will s<strong>end arrival times to students’ phones</strong>. </p> <p>At <a href="https://www.stjohns.edu/" target="_blank">St. John’s University</a> in New York, librarians are using beacons to help students find books. The associated mobile app, BKFNDr, lets students input the resources they are looking for. Students then <strong>use the app as a real-time guide</strong> that shows them the general stack they need and where they are in relation to their destination.</p> <p>Originally, the team explored the use of radio frequency identification but found beacons were a superior choice for their needs and budget. </p> <p>“It is more cost-effective, and deploying the <strong>beacons is much easier than RFID</strong>,” Valeda Dent, dean of St. John’s University Libraries,<a href="https://campustechnology.com/Articles/2018/08/07/A-Mobile-Guide-to-Library-Resources.aspx?Page=1" target="_blank"> told Campus Technology</a>. “If your collection moves, you don’t have to replace the beacons; you can just reprogram them from your mobile device.”</p> <h2 id="toc_3">Beacon Technology Can Help Keep Campus Residents Safe</h2> <p>At the <a href="http://www.uab.edu/home/" target="_blank">University of Alabama at Birmingham</a>, researchers are testing the capabilities of beacon notifications to <strong>warn pedestrians of potential traffic danger</strong>. </p> <p>The app would <strong>send an alert to the phone of anyone in the beacon’s vicinity</strong> to let them know they are nearing a dangerous intersection and encourage the recipient to cross the street safely. </p> <p>“The Bluetooth beacons offer an inexpensive solution to help protect the lives of those walking around our cities,” Ragib Hasan, an associate professor in the <a href="http://www.uab.edu/cas/computerscience" target="_blank">UAB Department of Computer Science</a>, <a href="http://www.uab.edu/news/research/item/9783-pedestrian-injuries-deaths-could-be-alleviated-by-new-bluetooth-beacon-technology" target="_blank">said in a statement</a>. “We are creating an app that the Bluetooth beacon will communicate with to alert the pedestrian of potential harm. You can <strong>think of the app as a guardian angel </strong>that looks after pedestrians even when they are otherwise distracted with their phones.”</p> <p>Beacon notifications can also help universities manage campus safety during emergencies. </p> <p>At <a href="https://www.tamu.edu/" target="_blank">Texas A&amp;M University</a>, IT teams deployed beacons <strong>inside and outside the engineering building</strong>. Although the technology usually helps students find their way to their classrooms, if fire were to break out, administrators could use the beacons to send mass alerts for students to evacuate immediately.</p> <p>Whether for safety, convenience or efficiency, as beacon technology becomes more ubiquitous on campuses, creative uses are sure to follow.</p> <p><a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/orchestration/digital-transformation-trends.html"><img alt="Digital%20Transformation_IR_1.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/healthtechmagazine.net/files/Digital%20Transformation_IR_1.jpg" /></a></p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/higher/higher/higher/author/eli-zimmerman"><img src="/higher/higher/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/styles/face_small/public/people/eliheadshot.jpg?itok=dbOQBwFz" width="58" height="58" alt="eli headshot" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/higher/higher/higher/author/eli-zimmerman"> <div>Eli Zimmerman</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Eli has been eagerly pursuing a journalistic career since he left the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill School of Journalism. Previously, Eli was a staff reporter for medical trade publication <em>Frontline Medical News,</em> where he experienced the impact of continuous education and evolving teaching methods through the medical lens. When not in the office, Eli is busy scanning the web for the latest podcasts or stepping into the boxing ring for a few rounds.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 14:15:09 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 41631 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher Product Review: DJI Phantom 4 Pro+ Drone Is an Easy Addition to Campus Fleet https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/12/product-review-dji-phantom-4-pro-drone-easy-addition-campus-fleet <span>Product Review: DJI Phantom 4 Pro+ Drone Is an Easy Addition to Campus Fleet</span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/user/26341" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">amy.burroughs_26341</span></span> <span>Thu, 12/06/2018 - 13:07</span> <div><p>Drones are soaring in popularity at colleges and universities, showing up in <strong>a variety of higher ed applications</strong>: capturing footage of campus events, creating captivating flybys of buildings for marketing purposes, monitoring crops in agricultural programs and capturing video for journalism classes, to name just a few. </p> <h2 id="toc_0">Simple Setup Gets Drone in the Air Quickly</h2> <p>The <a href="https://www.cdw.com/product/DJI-Phantom-4-PRO-V2.0-quadcopter/5107365?pfm=srh" target="_blank">DJI Phantom 4 Pro+</a> is a <strong>state-of-the-art consumer quadcopter</strong> with a rigid design, skinned in iconic white with gray accents and weighing just over <strong>3 pounds</strong>. The Phantom 4 Pro+ is identical to the Phantom 4 Pro, but adds an integrated <strong>5.5-inch Android tablet</strong> affixed to the remote controller. </p> <p>That controller has <strong>16 gigabytes of built-in storage</strong>, and a micro secure digital card slot gives users the option of adding more. For further variation, a full-sized HDMI port lets users connect to an external monitor. The screen, which is incredibly bright, connects to the base by a rotatable arm that lets users find their perfect viewing angle.</p> <p>Setup was a breeze. Charging the drone and controller was simple, and <strong>speedy navigation through the touch screen</strong> made it easy to create the required DJI account. The propellers also installed easily with a simple push and a quarter-turn.</p> <h2 id="toc_1">Smart Modes Make Phantom Easy to Fly</h2> <p>Flying was intuitive. What impressed me the most about the Pro 4+ was <strong>how easy it was to fly</strong>. The drone’s ability to hold position while hovering, for example, is beyond impressive. DJI has integrated obstacle-avoidance sensors into the tall landing gear and, when activated, these serve to prevent a crash in all directions except upward.</p> <p>Several intelligent flight modes give users a few choices for operation. In Draw mode, for example, users simply draw a route on screen and the drone moves in that direction while keeping its altitude locked. For those new to flying drones, the <strong>Return to Home mode reduces the potential stress</strong> of flying. In this mode, the 4 Pro+ automatically selects the best return route, and because it records its route as it flies, it can return along the same route (while avoiding obstacles) even if the control signal is disconnected.</p> <p><img alt="garwood" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/Q119-HET_PR_Garwood_product.jpg" /></p> <p>The camera, suspended from a three-axis gimbal and attached to the drone’s undercarriage, boasts a <strong>1-inch CMOS sensor</strong> capable of capturing <strong>20-megapixel stills and 4K video</strong>. During testing, the video footage I shot was crisp and clear, and the photos were bright and vibrant. Even in moderate winds, the gimbal stabilization produced zero shake or bounce. </p> <p>As educators continue to find new uses for drones on campus, the DJI Phantom would be a smart, versatile and user-friendly addition to the fleet.</p> <h2 id="toc_2">Drone Applications Take Learning Outside</h2> <p>In higher education, drones enable students to <strong>explore the intersection between art, technology and research</strong> in new ways, such as mapping lava flows, surveying rainforests or gathering geological data. Video production and photography programs can make drones available for checkout and experimentation, giving students a new tool in their creative repertoire. For example, students could use them to capture high-angle photographs from hard-to-reach places and produce swooping, cinematic shots — and for <strong>much less money than renting cranes and dollies</strong>. Agriculture students are using drones to monitor environmental conditions that affect crops.</p> <p>On the administrative side, drones can be used to facilitate building inspections, <strong>monitor construction projects and carry out land surveys</strong>. Campus public safety departments are starting to use drones as an alternative to contracting with municipal and county law enforcement organizations for use of pricey helicopters, providing aerial surveillance that’s cost-effective and serves to improve public safety. </p> <p>As a middle school video production teacher, I researched and tested my share of drones before choosing the best one. I was looking for the <strong>right balance between ease of use and high-quality video footage</strong>. My conclusion was that the DJI Phantom 4 Pro+ blends the two perfectly. It easily became my top choice.</p> <h3 id="toc_2">DJI Phantom 4 Pro+</h3> <p><strong>Communication Distance: </strong>4.3 miles<br /><strong>Flight Time: </strong>30 minutes<br /><strong>Remote Controller Display: </strong>5.5 inches, 1920x1080 resolution<br /><strong>Global Navigation Satellite System: </strong>GPS; GLONASS<br /><strong>Camera Sensor: </strong>1-inch CMOS<br /><strong>Photo Resolution: </strong>20 million megapixels<br /><strong>Video Resolution: </strong>Up to 4K</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/higher/author/buzz-garwood"><img src="/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/styles/face_small/public/buzz_garwood300.jpg?itok=a5JjJBnR" width="58" height="58" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/higher/author/buzz-garwood"> <div>Buzz Garwood</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Buzz Garwood, the technology teacher at Home Gardens Academy in Corona, Calif., blogs and produces videos for <em>EdTech</em> magazine. Follow him at <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/buzzgarwood" target="_blank">@buzzgarwood</a> and <a href="http://buzzgarwood.com/" target="_blank">check out his blog</a>.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 06 Dec 2018 18:07:25 +0000 amy.burroughs_26341 41626 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher Experts Address Common Concerns Over Esports Programs https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/12/experts-address-common-concerns-over-esports-programs <span>Experts Address Common Concerns Over Esports Programs</span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/user/26341" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">amy.burroughs_26341</span></span> <span>Thu, 12/06/2018 - 12:33</span> <div><p>With <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/10/gaming-heats-campus-colleges-invest-esports">esports growing exponentially</a>, universities are working hard to capitalize on the trend while also developing the academic benefits.</p> <p>“Global viewership and participation in <strong>esports are second only to soccer</strong>,” Anthony Salcito, vice president of education at <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/microsoft-interstitial.html?cm_mmc=Vanity-_-Microsoft-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">Microsoft</a>, told <em>EdTech</em> at <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/educause-2018-event-page">EDUCAUSE 2018</a> in Denver. “We’re seeing both popularity of individuals as well as teams as universities are starting to think about building esports programs.”</p> <p>Higher education experts are weighing in on common questions universities are asking about esports as <strong>administrators strategize their approach</strong>. </p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/10/game-college-esports-infographic" target="_blank"><em><strong>INFOGRAPHIC: </strong>Check out an infographic that highlights gaming equipment.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Universities Look for Academic Opportunities in Esports</h2> <p>Esports enthusiasts argue that competitive video games, like other collegiate sports, build soft skills that will be valuable to students after graduation, including <strong>teamwork, collaboration and discipline</strong>.</p> <p>“One of the things we love about esports is the competition, the competitive grit, that is applied,” said Salcito. “We want to figure out how we can bring those skills into the world of work.”</p> <p><script type="text/javascript" src="//sc.liveclicker.net/service/getEmbed?client_id=1526&amp;widget_id=1116729409&amp;width=640&amp;height=360"></script></p> <p>The global phenomenon of competitive gaming is also <strong>creating a need for new skills</strong>, and universities are responding by adding new programs to their curricula. </p> <p><a href="https://www.osu.edu/" target="_blank">The Ohio State University</a> and <a href="https://www.emerson.edu/" target="_blank">Emerson College</a>, for example, have established degree programs in esports business management and in game design and production. </p> <h2 id="toc_1">Institutions Want to Understand the Network Demands of Esports</h2> <p>While IT staff may be concerned about the added demands that esports places on university networks, experts say that most institutions likely <strong>have the bandwidth to handle it</strong>. </p> <p>The trick is to balance network allocation to <strong>keep gamers competitive, without compromising security</strong>, says Donald Tharp, CIO at <a href="https://www.ashland.edu/" target="_blank">Ashland University</a>. </p> <p>“The latency is key, and if you run them through your normal firewall, that will slow down their gaming,” Tharp says. </p> <p>As colleges construct their esports programs, Tharp recommends that they <strong>reach out to peers to ask questions</strong> and learn best practices.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/higher/higher/higher/author/eli-zimmerman"><img src="/higher/higher/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/styles/face_small/public/people/eliheadshot.jpg?itok=dbOQBwFz" width="58" height="58" alt="eli headshot" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/higher/higher/higher/author/eli-zimmerman"> <div>Eli Zimmerman</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Eli has been eagerly pursuing a journalistic career since he left the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill School of Journalism. Previously, Eli was a staff reporter for medical trade publication <em>Frontline Medical News,</em> where he experienced the impact of continuous education and evolving teaching methods through the medical lens. When not in the office, Eli is busy scanning the web for the latest podcasts or stepping into the boxing ring for a few rounds.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 06 Dec 2018 17:33:28 +0000 amy.burroughs_26341 41616 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher