New Education Study by Adobe

Adobe’s new study, The Deciding Factor, is a case for measuring student success in a more holistic way. Here is the TLTR breakdown.

The college admissions process has become more focused on holistic and creative measurements when considering applicants in recent years. However, high school counselors and college admissions counselors do not place as high of an emphasis on creativity when preparing students. These skills are considered so highly by admissions professionals because of their importance on campus and beyond.

Since COVID, the trend of holistic college admissions has increased while hard, academic metrics have decreased. Skills like creativity and communication have become more important factors. Although it is agreed that creativity and communication are important most students do not know where to showcase these skills in their applications. Most students have a desire for more of a focus on creativity in their classes.

There is a need to evolve the admissions process to evaluate students beyond typical standardized testing and hard skills. Since colleges are looking for soft skills to be demonstrated by applicants there needs to be a solution to incorporate a way to evaluate those skills.

WHY DOES THIS MATTER TO YOU?

This should matter to every K-12 teacher and administrator. In order to set your students up for success, creativity needs to be incorporated into the classroom more. Thankfully, adobe has ways to make this easier for teachers. Adobe express and the entire creative cloud has so many apps that can help students foster their creativity and communication skills. On top of that, the Adobe Education Exchange has resources and lesson ideas for teachers!

Check out our website for discounted site licenses for your school!

Customized K-12 Newsletter from Adobe!

Get inspired by this bi-weekly newsletter from Adobe Education Exchange. Join in on fun educational challenges for you and your students. These challenges usually include editable templates from Adobe express that make it fun and easy to get your students to express their creativity through digital graphics. Sign up for the Adobe Education Newsletter to say up to date on exciting updates and fun challenges and tools for your classroom!

Why you Should Be Using Headphones in the Classroom?

Headphones can be beneficial in the classroom, computer room, or library. They keep the noise level down and allow students to individually focus on the lesson and the instructor’s voice. In the library or computer room, students can watch educational videos or listen to audiobooks while following along. By eliminating outside distractions the students have an easier time devoting their energy to comprehending what they are hearing. For some even having the teachers speak into a mic that goes to the headphone can allow students to hear the teacher more clearly. This is especially great for those students who are easily overstimulated by a noisy classroom. They can listen at a volume that is comfortable and safe for them and remove the excess noise.

If you want to implement headphones into your classroom or library, here are some headphones we recommend!

Avid AE-54 Headphone

Avid AE-36 ORANGE On-Ear Headphones With Microphone

Cyber Acoustics ACM-6004 Classroom Learning Headphones

What is an endpoint?

Have you heard of endpoint protection, but are not really sure what it is or why you need it?

“Endpoint security is the process of protecting devices like desktops, laptops, mobile phones, and tablets from malicious threats and cyberattacks” according to Fortinet. So obviously this is very important when working for any company that uses devices for work or communicating with coworkers or students. Cyber attacks usually happen via endpoints and can then infiltrate the whole networks that the endpoints are connected to.

The most common types of cyber-attacks are phishing attacks, ransomware, password attacks, and many more. Check out our blog post on how to recognize phishing attacks. There are many ways for Cybercriminals to infiltrate your device. Using endpoint protection software gives an added layer of protection for your network.

Check out our range of endpoint protection software, or email sales@genesis-technologies.com for more information!

Protect your School’s computers with Symantec

Working in a school office means you deal with information that needs to be protected. Symantec Endpoint Protection 14 fuses Artificial intelligence with critical endpoint technologies to deliver the most complete endpoint security on the planet. Symantec provides malware protection, exploit prevention, intensive protection, and network connection security!

As a school, you can also receive a discount on Symantec Endpoint Protection 14. Get your license for as little as 12.70 per license when you purchase 5000 to protect your entire school. Email sales@genesis-technologies.com or click here to get a quote today!

What do Different Colors mean?

Each color has a meaning or feeling associated with it. If you teach art or any creative subject, teaching your students how to tell a story and create a feeling in their work through colors is so powerful.

This knowledge can be put to use when creating web pages, advertising, marketing, and traditional artwork. Adobe has a great article about what each color means and the feelings they can invoke. Check it out here! And use the color palette generator from Adobe to try creating your own color palette! This could be a great art exercise for your students to pick a feeling and create a color palette to match it!

To get Adobe Creative Cloud for your school, check out our website here.

Increase Creativity in your Classroom with Adobe Creative Cloud apps

Adobe Creative Cloud encompasses apps for graphic design, photo and video editing, illustration, 3D capabilities and so much more! Teach your students how to develop their creativity, develop digital media skills, and initiate critical thinking. With creative cloud apps, you can bring creativity into every subject and your daily teaching. Check out the free Adobe Education Summit for guided workshops, and tips on how to implement creative expression into your classroom.

Check out how to get a quote for an education license for Adobe Creative Cloud or individual apps here.

3D Systems Cube 3D Printer

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  • An all new desktop 3D printer capable of two-color printing in both ABS and PLA plastics, at resolutions as fine as 70 microns. Design models up to 6 x 6 x 6″ in volume, and the Cube 3 will build them by melting plastic in thin sheets, depositing layer upon layer until they form a three-dimensional object.
  •   Filament for the Cube 3 comes in redesigned smart cartridges that detect the type and quantity of material in the cartridge, which prompts the Cube to adjust printing settings accordingly. Cube 3 cartridges come in over 20 colors, which can be blended in several hundred combinations when using the dual-jet capability.
  • Design your model in virtually any CAD software, and convert it to an .stl file for compatibility with the Cubify software. After the Cubify software converts your design to .cube3 format, transfer it onto the included USB stick and insert directly into your Cube, or send it wirelessly via Wi-Fi from your desktop or smartphone.
  • The Cube 3 Printer is recommended for children 8+ and meets IEC Home Printer Certification 60953 (TUV). When printing with ABS, ensure adequate ventilation, as the oil-based plastic gives off fumes when melted.
  • The fully-assembled Cube 3 comes with two PLA cartridges, typically neon green and white, but colors may vary. Also included are 25 free designs and a USB stick to help you start printing right out of the box.
  • Smart, Moisture-Lock Cartridges 3D Systems redesigned their filament cartridges expressly for the Cube 3. Instant-load cartridges with non-clog technology and moisture-lock construction preserve the life and quality of the materials. The printer detects material type automatically based on the cartridge, eliminating the need to change print settings. Cubify Software The Cubify software is a free download that converts .stl and .creation files into .cube3 format, which is the only format your Cube will print. Most CAD software can create .stl files, but if you have .obj or other file formats, you’ll need to convert them to .stl before using Cubify to convert them further into .cube3 format. The Cube software works on both Windows and Mac OS X.
  • Although the Cubify software lets you orient, scale, and add supports to your 3D model, it is not a design tool. Wired & Wireless Printing Transfer your completed designs to your 3D printer with the provided USB stick or via Wi-Fi from your desktop software. Precision & Print Mode The Cube 3 features an auto-leveling print pad that eliminates the human error possible with manual calibration. Your printer is also capable of very fine, precise printing at a 70-micron resolution – thinner than a piece of paper. Of course you can always choose faster printing, at 200 microns, when such detail isn’t necessary.

 

RE-Blog: A case study on Virtual Desktops and BYOD at Lone Star College

Source: http://edcetera.rafter.com/virtual-desktops-and-byod-at-lone-star-college/

As the higher education environment becomes more digital – and more global – it’s growing increasingly difficult for schools to provide access to software and data. Most departments and programs require unique solutions, and contracting for individual licenses can become a mess. Quite a few schools have also merged into city- and state-wide consortia, and many students need to access programs on multiple campuses. Overall, the device-centric model of computing (and contracting) just doesn’t work anymore.

Fortunately, plenty of companies are now offering virtualization services that make the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) model feasible and affordable. Take the Lone Star College System, where Vice Chancellor Link Alander is implementing VMWare’s virtual desktop. Within the next year, Lone Star’s 90,000+ students and faculty will be able to use their own devices to access software and data from each of the system’s six campuses.

Focusing Wireless Density and Centralization
Lone Star began redesigning its IT infrastructure three years ago with a focus on wireless density and centralization. “Networking isn’t just about wireless anymore – it’s about wireless density,” says Alander. Because of its growing student body and the increasing tech demands of its academic programs, the system needed a way to centralize email, productivity apps, and critical data. “The virtual desktop was the only way to provide a rich, quality experience and still meet legal requirements around licensing,” Alander says.

For now, one Lone Star campus with roughly 7,000 students is taking advantage of the program. Students and teachers log in to a central hub for email and Office 365, as well as advanced editing tools like AutoCAD and Premier. Saving to the virtual desktop’s “My Documents” folder also routes their data to a private cloud.

The virtual environment works on a variety of devices and operating systems, as well. A Lone Star poll revealed a 2.6 to 1 IP address-to-student ratio, so the desktop’s interoperability is clearly needed. Some classes even feature device-centric content – especially for iPads – but the virtual environment allows Windows and Mac users to stay on the same page.

Finally, Lone Star’s new infrastructure has drastically streamlined workflows for students attending multiple campuses. Most LC students visit at least two campuses per week, and a few even have classes at each of the six campuses in a single semester. “By virtualizing students based on their academic loads, we can bring that full experience together,” notes Alander. “Now they don’t have to travel from one campus to another just to run an application.”

Getting Away from “Old IT”
BYOD has generated some security concerns among educators, but Alander isn’t too worried. “Users are isolated to standard ports, and they’re not really ‘inside’ the network until they’re inside the virtual desktop,” he says. It’s not as if anyone can access every Lone Star folder from a mobile device; users with log-in credentials are confined to the specific files and apps provisioned to them via the desktop.

In the long run, it seems that BYOD and desktop virtualization are going to be must-haves for schools big and small. Just about every academic field is becoming more technical and software-centric, and students are demanding access to off-campus data, applications, and course content. “Anymore, we can’t just sit there and say, ‘we will support you if you do a, b, c, d, and e,” says Alander. “That’s old IT.”

—David LaMartina