Archive for October, 2016

Testing Technology in Education

Posted on: October 26th, 2016 by Jessica Diehl No Comments

Schools are supposed to be where the future generation prepares for the tasks ahead of them.  If that is true, why are 70% of all tests still administered with paper, especially with so much technology in education?

As a society, do we expect the next generation to take tests and assessments using paper and pen?

Really?

Most certainly, one of the biggest objections to educational institutions that offer online learning paths is the ease with which a student can cheat.  For example, if a student is taking an online test, it is relatively easy to open another browser or launch another program on a 2nd monitor and do a search for the answer.  After all, we have been teaching our students for years that if you want the answer to a question, all you need to do is “Google” it.

Microsoft is working constantly to improve technology in education.  With the latest update to Windows 10 (build 1607), Microsoft has built in an application called, “take a test” to the Windows Operating System.

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There are several sites that document what the app can do, but, to simplify it, this is what you need to know.

  • When you create a test for a student to take, you call the take a test program to be the back end tool used to administer it; kind of like how you specify Word to be the program used when you launch a file than ends in .docx.
  • When the app launches, and the student agrees to begin the test, the following “changes” happen within Windows.
    • Students lose the ability to run any other programs other than take a test.
    • The clipboard is cleared
    • Students can’t go to the web
    • Sharing and screen printing are disabled
    • Students can’t change settings, extend their display, see notifications, get updates, or use autofill features.
    • Cortana is turned off
  • Once the student is done with the test and the results have been submitted/uploaded, the machine turns to normal.
  • While the student is testing, any other devices owned and used by the student that are running Windows automatically become “disabled” to prevent the student from using another application on another program to cheat.

Now that this objection has been overcome, I look forward to seeing schools begin to use all of their investments in networking and education to begin paperless testing.

by: Jeff Gaura, President

Upcoming Webinar: Modern Networking Security Advances

Posted on: October 14th, 2016 by Jessica Diehl No Comments

Networking security advances can protect your data better than ever before, much like security guards protect your physical business.

Anytime you see a security guard outside or inside a building, there is a story in hiding.  No “normal” business person wants to commit to a recurring cost of a security service or security employee that he/she KNOWS will not add to the bottom line.  Yet, most folks consider it, and many do it.

The hidden story is always tragic.  It includes tales of theft, loss and damage, with an attached sidebar conversation that answers the question, “what can we do to prevent this from happening again?”  It is a story of reaction that nearly always includes lost money and even sleep.

The Department of Homeland Security outwardly states that the greatest threat to the American economy is cyber crime.  It isn’t bad guys breaking in though the fence or back door.  It is attackers with no face, name or even traceable citizenship attacking our digital assets.  They take our customer information, employee confidential information, and trade secrets and convert the commodities in a market that we don’t know anything about.  We never get to see a face, and we get no help from law enforcement in finding and prosecuting them.  They attack daily, and we don’t even know they are there, on most days.  They grow in numbers and in sophistication hourly, and they are committed to a life of learning from mistakes.

Too bad you don’t know about them.  They are inside your buildings, and you have no idea who they are or if they can be stopped without disrupting your business.

The Network Team is hosting a free educational webinar, Networking Security: Kindergarten through PhD, to discuss modern networking security options.  It is Wednesday, November 30, 2016 from 2:00PM-3:00PM.  

In this webinar, we will use the English language and videos we film to help you understand the security story and what a good response to this threat looks like.

We won’t talk about hardware types, software code or even how any of it works, but we will talk about the details of threat and what you should do to stay out of the rent-a-cop business.

Learn more and register for the webinar by clicking here.

 

by: Jeff Gaura, President

The Network Team