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Mobile FAFSA a 'Step in the Right Direction'

The U.S. Department of Education is making a mobile app available for students applying for federal financial aid. This beta version of the "myStudentAid" app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Development of the new release was done in parallel with a redesign of the FAFSA.gov website. The goal for both: to make it easier for students and families to fill out the 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Valdosta State U Increases Bandwidth by 150 Percent

In response to greater faculty and student demand for faster internet speeds, Valdosta State University has expanded its bandwidth capacity from 2 gigabits per second to 5.

P2T Offers $15,000 Stipends for Proposals Leading to Positive Education Outcomes

Proposals are due Aug. 31 for projects that "positively impact education outcomes" at the state and local levels. $15,000 stipends will be awarded to projects selected for development.

State Issues Plan for Taking High-Speed Internet to (Nearly) Every Household

A subsidiary of nonprofit Connected Nation has promised to bring high-speed internet to every user in Michigan, with the help of the state's governor.



Upcoming Events, Webinars & Calls for Papers (Week of Aug. 27, 2018)

Upcoming events include SANS Network Security 2018, the 2018 C.C.U.M.C. Annual Conference, Construct3D and the Internet2 2018 Technology Exchange.

Kahoot Update Intros New UI, Spreadsheet Import

Kahoot has released an update to its popular classroom response platform. The new version adds a spreadsheet importer and several UI enhancements.

Arizona State Online Students Use VR for Biology Labs

When Arizona State University Online students hit the biology lab, they head to their locker, don a lab coat and gloves and start following through on the exercises they've been assigned, perhaps taking blood samples from basketball players to measure their blood glucose levels, using confocal microscopy to help a farmer save his crop from a mysterious plant disease or sequencing DNA. Except these students haven't left their own study spaces. They're tackling these activities through virtual reality, which means they can take as long as they want, repeat the activity multiple times and get feedback from the software when they get something right or wrong.

Amazon Alexa Fellowships to Fund AI Research

Amazon has chosen recipients from higher education institutions around the world to receive Alexa Fellowships. The goal: to help people dedicate research energy to exploring speech and language technologies.

Community Colleges Ramping Up Amazon Cloud Computing Ed

A group of community colleges in Southern California is working with Amazon Web Services and its education program to develop college credit courses for a cloud computing career pathway that starts in high school, continues through college and leads to industry certifications. The goal of the "CA Cloud Workforce Consortia" is to expand this common curriculum and develop a regional career pathway program and certificate.

Common App for Transfer Streamlines Application Process for Non-Traditionals

The Common Application for Transfer has hit the ground running with hundreds of colleges and universities participating in time for the 2018-2019 application season. The new service is intended to bring the convenience of the Common Application to transfer or "post-traditional" students. Students who set up a Common App for Transfer account will be able to fill out a single application and compile one set of supporting documents and have them apply to multiple programs at participating schools.

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