Students step in to refurbish computers as school needs rise

Angelena Iglesia

A middle school IT club has found a way to use their skills to revamp old computers at a time when distance learning has made such technology indispensable.

Penguin Corps is a Linux club at the charter school Aspen Academy in Savage. Linux clubs provide a space for students to learn how to install and use open-source software. The students are using that knowledge to refurbish old computers for their classmates.

With the school opting for hybrid learning, the need for computers skyrocketed. 

“These kids very enthusiastically caught the open-source bug and took on the challenge of wanting to help their fellow students,” said Stu Keroff, a social studies teacher who directs the club.

Four hands work on two laptops.

Two Aspen Academy students and members of the Penguin Corps computer club work on donated laptops in Savage, Minn., on Wednesday. The club repairs donated computers for families that need computers for distance learning.

Evan Frost

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MDE technology vendor list raises questions among state auditor, school districts

Angelena Iglesia

MOSELLE, Miss. (WDAM) – Tuesday was the deadline for all school districts in the state to submit their technology orders and plans to the Mississippi Department of Education. The devices ordered will be purchased through the Equity in Distance Learning Act, but some aspects of the process have raised some questions.



The devices ordered will be purchased through the Equity in Distance Learning Act, but some aspects of the process have raised some questions.


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The devices ordered will be purchased through the Equity in Distance Learning Act, but some aspects of the process have raised some questions.

In August, State Auditor Shad White wrote a letter to Gov. Tate Reeves, Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann and Speaker of the House Philip Gunn saying the Mississippi Department of Education was making it difficult for school districts to purchase technology using CARES Act money.

In his letter, White stated department of education told school districts they could only purchase products from vendors listed on the Express Product List provided by

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Startup Myths and Models: What You Won’t Learn in Business School by Rizwan Virk

Angelena Iglesia

Startup Myths and Models: What You Won’t Learn in Business School

Rizwan Virk

288 pages, Columbia Business School Publishing, 2020

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When I was at Stanfords Graduate School of Business and at MITs Sloan School of Management, I marveled at how my economics professors could illustrate many different concepts using simple supply and demand curves. The important thing about these curves, my professors would remind us, was not the specific values, but rather the shape and direction of the curves.  

Unfortunately, these models were meant for companies with cash flow and for efficient markets, both of which dont apply to startups.

This article presents an alternative model, called the Startup Market Lifecycle, that I have observed from participating in startups through multiple boom and bust cycles over 25+ years.

Although I have been involved in many startup web cycles (dot com

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Gadgets for back to school during COVID-19

Angelena Iglesia

Check out these back to school gadgets perfect for the classroom or home.

The start of the school year is quickly approaching. This year may look different than previous years, but luckily there are some products to help children, parents and teachers along the way.

The best part is these gadgets work whether learning is being done from the classroom or at home. Check out these gadgets recommended by Gadget Nation author, Steve Greenberg:

The Soluna Light Alarm Clock from La Crosse Technology — ensures there’s a glow for every day and every mood with a variety of light settings. Choose to illuminate your room with your favorite color or pick one of the vibrant color gradients. If you find it’s hard to choose you can set the clock to cycle through all the color options. This slim profile alarm clock offers all the features of a traditional alarm clock,

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Award-Winning Tech and Gadgets to Kick Off the School Year

Angelena Iglesia

A new school year often means loading up on the latest and greatest tech products. However, considering the new reality of remote or in-person classes and study sessions, as well as the convoluted market (new products are dropping almost on a weekly basis), we figured you might need some help.



a close up of a sign: After countless hours of research and testing, we present you our favorite tech products you need in your life for the upcoming school year. The award-winning gadgets range from feature-packed laptops and smartphones, all the way to affordably priced accessories for them.


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After countless hours of research and testing, we present you our favorite tech products you need in your life for the upcoming school year. The award-winning gadgets range from feature-packed laptops and smartphones, all the way to affordably priced accessories for them.

So we spent countless hours researching and testing today’s best back-to-school tech products in a number of categories, whittling down all that’s out there to a select few products that are certain to help you conquer what life throws at you, both in and out of the classroom.

The award-winning products are divided into several

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Evolution Academy Charter Schools Announces Statewide Online Open Enrollment for Texas Students for the 2020-2021 School Year | News

Angelena Iglesia

DALLAS, Aug. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Evolution Academy Charter School System has announced open enrollment for its online program. In a historic move, the district has now been approved to enroll students for the online program from all over the state of Texas.

Evolution Academy originally rolled out a pilot version of its online high school program for eligible students during the Spring 2019 school semester. Since then, Evolution Academy has had great student success since shifting online. The district also partnered with Sprint’s 1 Million Foundation to provide devices and hotspots to address the needs of students who don’t have computers or Wi-Fi at home. This partnership will continue during the 2020-2021 school year. The 1Million Project Foundation launched in August 2017 with a mission to help one million high school students achieve their full potential by ensuring they have the digital tools and connectivity they need

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School District 58 Launches New Website

Angelena Iglesia

As staff and students return to learning this fall, they will find a newly designed website for School District 58. The new site, which officially launches Aug. 14, 2020, will offer easier navigation, a more modern design and better search features. The move is part of the goal to improve communications with families, staff and greater community.

“Our website is a critical communication tool and we hope that this refreshed ‘digital front door’ is more conducive to engaging with our parents and school community,” said Assistant Superintendent for Technology and Learning Dr. James Eichmiller.

In developing the site and design, the District used feedback from users and the community. The change will also allow the site to be hosted by a third party, which will manage security, bandwidth and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The current website is hosted by the District and includes significant costs for hardware

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8 Back to school tech gadgets you need – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana Weather

Angelena Iglesia

The student in your life will be back to school soon if they aren’t already. Here’s a lists of eight great gadgets from Steve Greenberg, Gadget Nation author, to help them make the most of this school year whether they’re studying at school or at home.

The Soluna Light Alarm Clock from La Crosse Technology — ensures there’s a glow for every day and every mood with a variety of light settings. Choose to illuminate your room with your favorite color or pick one of the vibrant color gradients. If you find it’s hard to choose you can set the clock to cycle through all the color options. This slim profile alarm clock offers all the features of a traditional alarm clock, but also with the added settings you can use Comfort Mode to achieve an ideal sleeping environment, if you are looking to unwind and relax use the Guided

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