Modern Seating Solutions for the Future of Education

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Five Characteristics of a Future-Focused Lecture Hall, Auditorium or Classroom This blog was originally posted on the Sedia Systems blog. When you hear the word future, what comes to mind? For most, the future evokes a sense of optimism. We view it with hope. We see it as a frontier full of opportunities. We believe […]

Esports: Creating Spaces That Turn Gaming Fun into Learning

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It’s Much More Than Child’s Play This post originally appeared on the Smith System blog. The meteoric rise in high school esports shows it’s much more than child’s play. Esports has blossomed into a hot topic of conversation, spanning from K–12 to higher ed. How popular is Esports? As of early 2020, 17 states and […]

Supplier Spotlight: Carahsoft on Open Source Software

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An Interview with Rich Savage, Sales Director at Carahsoft We sat down with Rich Savage, Sales Director at Carahsoft to discuss open source software, it’s role in education, and software trends and technologies to keep an eye on in the near future. What is open source software and why is it important to education? Open […]

It’s Time for Your School to Embrace STEAM-powered Learning

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Prepare Your Students for Their Future in Technology Markets This blog originally appeared on Connection’s Connected blog. 2020 brought many challenges to learning, and now districts across the country are working to address what has been termed “learning loss”—or the term I prefer “unfinished learning.” Some of the funding that schools are using to help […]

CMMC: What It Is and Why It Is Important

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Breaking Down the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is a security framework implemented by the US Department of Defense (DoD) to improve protection of the defense industrial base. Like other security frameworks, the CMMC has a collection of controls for processes and practices with the goal of achieving a certain […]

How Schools Can Negotiate Global Marketplace Challenges

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Two Steps to Addressing These Ongoing Issues In the wake of COVID-19, the global marketplace is currently facing a number of supply chain and logistic challenges. Pandemic-related labor disruptions in the manufacturing industry have created shortages of raw materials such as plastics, computer chips and nickel, while a surge in consumer demand has strained the […]

Supplier Spotlight: Carahsoft

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Carahsoft’s Commitment to Supplier Diversity We sat down with Martin Gavin, Senior Program Manager at Carahsoft, to discuss the details of their diversity supplier program. When and why did Carahsoft decide to create a diversity supplier program? Carahsoft recognizes the importance of partner diversity to the United States economy and has a longstanding history of […]

Ransomware Incident Response Planning

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How to Prepare For the Worst & Choose Partners to Support Your “Digital Resilience” Colonial Pipeline, Kaseya, Solar Winds, Microsoft… the list goes on and on. In the past 12 months alone, more than one third of all organizations globally have faced some type of ransomware incident, according to a recent survey by research firm […]

Supplier Spotlight: Red Hat

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An Interview with Red Hat, Available Through the E&I Carahsoft Contract We recently sat down with Bill Hirsch, Principal Solutions Architect, and Damien Eversmann, Delivery Strategist for Education at Red Hat, to discuss Red Hat’s key features and benefits for E&I members. Please tell us about the types of cloud products and services you provide […]