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Quality of Service

Frank Olshansky


Quality of Service, also known as QoS, is a very important topic to know and understand when working with modern networks. Networks are generally designed so that all traffic is treated in the same manner. However, this model does not work when voice, video, or other real-time traffic share the same network as data, because […]

IPv6 No More NAT

Roy Hoover


Since you are reading this blog, you have surely seen lots of IP addresses. They look something like this: 10.20.30.40. Its four octets, each represented as a decimal value, are separated by dots. Each octet is 8 bits so it can range from zero to 255. If you do the math, you will discover that […]

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 […]

Passwords: What Is the Best One?

Roy Hoover


How many passwords do you have? One – Yeah, single sign-on has arrived (finally) Ten – I wish One Hundred – Perhaps Are they all complex, unique, secure, and not written on a sticky note stuck to your monitor? Passwords are a form of authentication based on something you know and that you keep secret. […]

Documentation: It Isn’t a Four Letter Word, but It Should Be

Rich Molettiere


Several years ago in rural Nebraska, a one-person IT school district suffered a major loss when the IT director was killed in an automobile accident. With her went the heart and soul of technology in that district.  Everything was gone – admin usernames and passwords, knowledge of what was where, license info, etc. No written […]

Building a Network for Online Assessments

Brenda Priddy


Online assessments are likely to become one of the major challenges facing network administrators and IT departments in the future of education technology.  Schools in Minnesota have already laid the groundwork for them with approximately 95% of students’ math tests now being taken online. However, in that very same state, problems with servers hosting these […]

Technology Infrastructure Needed for Hybrid Learning in the Classroom

Colette Cairns


The Pennsylvania Hybrid Learning Institute began in the 2012-2013 school year.  Fourteen schools in eastern Pennsylvania launched the Pennsylvania Hybrid Model.  Currently, there are over thirty-four schools transforming their schools to implement the Hybrid Learning Model in their school systems.  “The mission of the Pennsylvania Hybrid Initiative is to improve student achievement in Pennsylvania by […]

BYOD @ PTHS: Got Technology?

Emily Sanders and Lindsey Myers


The BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) initiative at Peters Township High School (PTHS) began with the support of teachers, students, and staff as a program to provide our students with the opportunity to personalize their learning, as well as support technology use in the classroom. Our IT department and building-level administration partnered to ensure that […]

IPv6 – The Future Is Now

Roy Hoover


IPv6 is a replacement protocol for IPv4, which is the protocol used on the Internet, hence the name Internet Protocol. The Internet as we know it has always run a single layer 3 protocol, even though you may have run many different protocols on your local area network. Do you remember running AppleTalk, IPX, or […]

Cyber Security Institute Coming in the Spring of 2014

Paul Billy


If you have been watching recent news reports, cyber security is becoming a very hot issue. According to the department of Homeland Security, cyber security and hacking are currently the biggest threats facing our country.  These threats impact all levels of organizations from mom and pop stores, educational entities, Wall Street, Fortune 500 companies, and […]

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