Tech Talk Live Blog

DDoS Attacks Are Growing

Jessica Diller

Did you know that one out of three downtime incidents are attributed to DDoS attacks? Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks occur when multiple compromised systems are used to target a single system causing a denial of service.  The attack is an attempt to make an online service unavailable by overwhelming it with traffic from multiple sources […]

Cyber Security – Keep Your Organization Safe

Jessica Diller

Cyber Security is such an important topic.  The news has been filled with different incidents, including the most recent Sony attack.  With data on thousands of students, including names, addresses, and Social Security numbers, it is no surprise that school districts, colleges, and universities face the same cyber security threats businesses and government agencies contend […]

Designing Online Professional Development Modules for Faculty and Staff

Emily Sanders and Lindsey Myers

WHY ONLINE AND BLENDED LEARNING? Online professional development is an excellent way to provide flexible and customized professional development opportunities for faculty and staff while at the same time modeling effective blended and online learning. Additionally, with more and more state mandates such as the Common Core standards, Student Learning Objectives, Teacher Effectiveness, and Pennsylvania […]

How to Deal with Team Conflict in Your IT Department

Jessica Diller

Individuals hear the word “conflict” and automatically assume that it is a negative process that must be avoided. That it indicates a malfunction within your team. While there are many instances when this may be true, conflict in your IT department can be a positive experience that will keep your team viable, self-critical, and creative. […]

Tech Talk Live 2015: Educational IT Professional Development at its Best

Jessica Diller

Tech Talk Live planning is well on its way, and we are so excited to announce some of the changes and some of the things ​that will stay the same.  Every year after the conference is over, we send out a survey to receive feedback. We use this feedback to improve our conference and to […]

E Rate 2.0: Big Changes on the Horizon

Aleck Johnson

​​Major changes in the rules for the much maligned and chronically underfunded E-rate program were passed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) this summer. These modifications will significantly change the application process of the program for local education agencies and libraries, and have longer-term budgetary implications.  Understanding these changes – and understanding how they will […]

Implementation of BYOD: Sayreville School District

Sandra Paul

Before implementing a BYOD/BYOT in the school district, the Sayreville District Technology Committee discussed how to provide more technology and access for students of the district without asking the public for a technology referendum and staying within the New Jersey budget cap of two percent. Economically, the community cannot afford to purchase a device per […]

Implementing 3D Printers in an Educational Setting

Don Dagen

Remember from last week’s blog that there are three categories of printers: Professional grade, $20,000 and up, Mid-level grade from $1,375 to $6,499, and DIY grade from $100 to $2,000. Most of my personal experience comes from the purchase of a Printrbot Simple roughly a year ago.  I have also worked at several companies that […]

3D Printing – What is All the Hype About?

Don Dagen

My first exposure to 3D printing was at Penn State Behrend (Erie, PA) as a student completing a BS in Mechanical Engineering way back in 1989.  Two local corporations (I believe LORD and GE Locomotive) had each pitched in $500,000 to purchase the million dollar Stereolithography 3D printer (a laser cures a liquid resin, growing […]

Essential Skills for K-12 Technology Leaders

Ed McKaveney

In the rapidly advancing world of ubiquitous technology use, there is no shorta​ge of need for technology expertise.  Changes over the past decade have seen chief innovation, privacy, and security officers added to the ranks of the more common Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) positions.  For those looking to hire for […]


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