On August 21, 2017 North America experienced a rare and awe-inspiring total solar eclipse. The path of totality could be experienced from South Carolina, across the U.S. to Oregon. Regardless where you were, NASA had a live streaming, web based experience. This was no easy feat but with the assistance of contractors NASA was able to produce the largest live streaming, web based event ever accomplished by a U.S. government agency. Mobomo, a Vienna, Virginia based software development company, assisted with the development of the live webpage. The next solar eclipse will be on July 2, 2019 in South America, who knows what NASA and Mobomo will have up their sleeve in a couple of years.
Summer is coming to an end and college students are heading back to campus. The college years are an amazing time in a persons life between classes, friendships and campus life. There's a lot to experience, including alcohol for many. It's no secret that alcohol consumption on campus can be a problem. Responsibility.org is committed to educating and opening up conversations about drunk driving and alcohol consumption. They are aware of the problems alcohol consumption can have on a college student and have created student led campaigns and a parent checklist to help the college student drink responsibly.
Ransomware has resurfaced, affecting approximately 150 countries since May 2017. This malware has been attacking computers since 2005 by preventing the user access to their files and demanding a ransom to unlock. Cyber Security threats are nothing new since the invention of the internet. From the Trojan Horse of the 1980's to Ransomware, threats have become more prevalent and more complex.
At PlanetRisk, Corporate Security Risk (CSX)protects organizations from threats and improves decision making. Their tools recognize and assess potential threats and relay all the facts to make confident and quick decisions. The mobile app will give you real-time global awareness to protect your business and stakeholders. Whether you are a private corporation or government entity, PlanetRisk will, "Deliver actionable intelligence enabling organizations to recognize hidden patterns, detect anomalies and forecast future conditions on a local, national or global scale".
In a world of the internet, social media and recently a new POTUS, millennials are a unique generation facing many challenges. This generation Y, has been labeled negatively as narcissistic, lazy and delusional. Yet, on the flip side they are also extremely genuine, value authenticity and highly motivated. It's no wonder this generation has caught the eye of almost every media outlet. One outlet that focuses solely on millennials and the college crowd is FlockU. FlockU is a daily college news site, "written, created and curated by students, for students". In a world of 5 living generations, the millennials create the largest, present day living and working generation. Their worldview matters and FlockU is a college new site designed specifically for them. The Real World is a mix of articles written by millennials that discuss their worldview from politics, best donations, letter of recommendation advice and navigating spring break. The struggle is real because this generation is Hundo P (hundred percent) in making our world a better place.
Today, I want to talk about some other innovators in education- David Zaslav and Discovery Education. Since 2007, David Zaslav has been President and CEO of Discovery Communications. Among the many facets of Discovery Communications is Discovery Education. It is a 21st Century digital learning environment that adds high quality, dynamic, digital content that offers free resources for parents, teachers and students. The curriculum adheres to each state's standards and other curriculum standards through Global Solutions. Lesson plans are offered through Discovery Education Techbook™ Digital Textbooks, Streaming Plus Digital Media, Professional Development, Curricular Subscription Services and STEM Resources. Zaslav has contributed to Discovery Education, so that it now reaches 3 million teachers and over 30 million students. We believe that the recent acquisitions by David Zaslav and the increase in Discovery viewership expected according to Zaslav over the next few years, will help fund the Discovery Education program and continue to push the education boundaries. Have any of you explored Discovery Education?
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In my other life, I do a lot of classic car repair work on the weekends. It's always tricky to find the right parts for the older Chevys and Corvettes. I especially have been intrigued by a radiator source a buddy of mine uses. He's trying Entropy Radiatior - so I've ordered a new retro radiator from them. I'll keep you posted on how it fits into the Chevelle I'm working on.
We'd like to welcome back all those teachers who have been off on winter break lately. Welcome back! And, thanks for participating in our recent fundraiser. We got our "real life" logistics handled from States Logistics - normally doing logistics in California and Arizona - in much the same way smart boards store our virtual storage.
I know many of you spend the summers working as realtors. I've always found it helpful to be able to make referrals; it's good karma, it helps build others business, you'll usually get mutual referrals, etc. There's a new tool that I've been trying out, that's been working great for that purpose. It's call WhoHub, and it basically allows you as a realtor or connector, to set up a hub to share your best vendors. Definitely worth checking out, and now back to your regularly scheduled programming.
We're a month into the year. What kind of start has October been off to for you?
Now is the time of year where everyone's putting in new tech for the upcoming school year. Let me know what you're looking for.
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