Standardization is a common strategy in modern K-12 environments—from common study programs to age-based grading to uniform testing policies. But it’s no secret that many students struggle to learn in these standardized learning environments, and a growing body of research suggests that the one-size-fits-all approach of modern education holds some students back. Through increased virtual instruction and a growing number […]
With an enormous increase in phishing scams, malware attacks, ransomware schemes, and serious data breaches, the past two years have demonstrated that a strong cybersecurity system is essential for K-12 schools just as much as it is for corporations. The lack of adequate protection can be extremely disruptive and costly: from completely shutting down school operations to exposing students’ personal records, to costing millions of taxpayer dollars to pay ransoms.
In any environment, a broken device can be a big disruption to workflow. For K-12 schools where it is less common to have the budget to keep backup laptops or tablets on-hand and ready to go, broken devices can cause wasted time and learning distractions. Proactively managing the lifecycle of classroom devices—from purchase, to maintenance, to disposal—can seem pricey or time consuming up-front but offers significant benefits in the long run. Administrators should invest in a well-defined plan to deploy and manage devices across their schools and districts so that they are not surprised with unexpected delays, expenses, or security breaches down the road.
Flexibility for students and educators is going to be critical for the next school year Students and teachers alike learned a lot through the COVID pandemic about the dos and don’ts of eLearning. To overcome the distractions, the distance, and the one-sided nature of interacting online, many teachers got creative: teaching math through a Virtual Reality computer game for example, […]
Cyberattacks on schools and academia in general are on the rise again. According to Checkpoint Software, weekly attacks against education organizations increased 30% quarter over quarter last year compared to a 6.5% increase across other US sectors. Hackers are homing in on soft targets, and some of the hackers are coming from inside. In September 2020, a Florida teen launched “a series of DDoS attacks that helped shut down one of the nation’s largest school districts for its first three days of virtual […]
Before the pandemic, esports was becoming more than just a buzzword amongst K-12 decision makers. Many schools were implementing programs or beginning the necessary research in order to move forward with a program. As with most things, talk of esports halted in February as Covid-19 took precedence and remote and distance learning took center stage. However, esports is still a […]
The Fall semester for K-12 schools is upon us and many schools are implementing new strategies for remote learning heading into the school year. Virtucom shares a common goal with many school districts, and that is to effectively use technology to positively impact the student learning environment. This endeavor, under typical circumstances, entails considerable planning, strategy, and more often than […]
Atlanta, GA – September 3, 2019 – Virtucom Inc. has spent the past two decades dedicated to enhancing the learning experience in K-12 education by providing comprehensive, personalized technology and service solutions. Virtucom takes pride in remaining consistent in their core effort to benefit the learning experience. In their commitment to improve the classroom experience, they have considered how positive learning […]
Gamification is a term that brings about a lot of confusion in the world of education. Despite its acknowledgement as an efficient learning method inside the classroom, some educators are still associating game-related concepts with being a distraction. If a student is engaged in what feels like a game, how are they expected to learn? But gamification is not so […]
So many high school students work diligently to receive an acceptance letter from their desired college or university. Studying for good test scores, absorbing the material, and choosing the correct extracurricular activities are just a few of the factors that can determine a student’s future. Many can only dream of receiving a full scholarship to aid the process and pay […]