Schools taking steps to provide tech support for digital learning devices

wmcactionnews5 | August 12, 2020

Thousands of Mid-South students will learn 100% online this upcoming school year. And that means there’s bound to be a tech issues or two. So now, schools are taking steps to keep their students plugged in. Throughout the summer, school districts have been distributing devices to students choosing to learn in an all-virtual manner but many are worried about what happens if that device all of a sudden just stops. Germantown Municipal Schools says it will have a tech support team to help out with any issues

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Tutors International Starts Recruitment Process for Part-Time, London-Based Tutoring Job in Business Management

Tutors International | March 07, 2022

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Unrivaled reach across higher education markets: THE acquires Inside Higher Ed

Inside Higher Ed | January 11, 2022

THE (Times Higher Education), the world's leading provider of higher education data and insights, is delighted to have completed the acquisition of Inside Higher Ed, the U.S. provider of news, analysis and solutions for universities and colleges. The acquisition brings together two of the leading brands in global higher education, with combined audiences exceeding 50 million unique users per year, encompassing university leadership, faculty, professional staff and students, as well as policy makers and others. Inside Higher Ed, founded in 2004, reaches an annual audience of 25 million, consisting primarily of higher education professionals in the U.S., with its independent news and analysis, industry insights, jobs board and other tools and services. It joins THE's portfolio of companies at an exciting time. With offices in the UK, U.S., Australia and Singapore, THE was acquired by Inflexion Private Equity in February 2019 following a period of rapid global growth. Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2021, THE continues to provide news, insights and thought leadership, and works with thousands of universities globally, collecting data from more than 3,500 institutions, and working with 800 clients across its data, consultancy and hiring services. It is also known for its events, including the flagship THE World Summit Series, which engaged over 45,000 people globally in 2021. Inside Higher Ed will continue to operate independently under its existing brand. The two businesses will bring together their expertise, relationships and insights, and together will have unrivaled reach across the world's key higher education markets. This combined scale and their complementary strengths and services will enable THE and Inside Higher Ed to enhance their shared mission to provide news, information and services that help colleges and universities to analyze and improve their performance whatever their strategic goals. Scott Jaschik, who founded Inside Higher Ed with fellow co-editor Doug Lederman, said: "We are thrilled to be joining forces with THE, especially during this period of growth. We have often collaborated with THE and this new chapter in our relationship will allow us to be more effective than ever at informing the world about higher education, while also expanding our ability to provide essential tools and services to help organizations and professionals be more effective." "The rapid organic growth that THE has seen in recent years has been driven by its evolution into a powerful, global data business. Now, with the backing of our investors at Inflexion Private Equity, we are in a position to further strengthen our position in the market through strategic acquisitions. We see Inside Higher Ed as an ideal partner as we continue to extend our reach and the services we offer. It is a business that shares THE's values and mission to support excellence in higher education, and we look forward to working with Scott, Doug, Inside Higher Ed CEO Dari Gessner and the wider Inside Higher Ed team, so that together we can do even more to support universities and colleges across the US, and the rest of the world." Paul Howarth, CEO at THE ABOUT THE THE is the world's most authoritative source of data, analysis and information on higher education, with five decades' experience dedicated to the field: www.timeshighereducation.com ABOUT Inside Higher Ed Founded in 2004, Inside Higher Ed provides the latest news, analysis and solutions for the entire higher education community: www.insidehighered.com.

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Gateway to Internet Governance Community, ICANN Fellowship Program Turns 15

ICANN | June 13, 2022

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) marks the 15th anniversary of its flagship ICANN Fellowship Program, which has served as a gateway to participation in the Internet governance community for more than 800 fellows from 160 countries/territories. Launched in 2007 by ICANN, the international nonprofit that coordinates the Domain Name System and plays a key role in ensuring a global, interoperable, and secure Internet, the Fellowship introduces individuals from underserved and underrepresented communities from around the world to ICANN and the Internet governance community. Fifteen years after its launch, the numbers highlight the enduring success of the ICANN Fellowship Program: More than 100 former fellows currently hold positions across the ICANN community and many more remain engaged within the broader Internet governance space. The goal of the program is for fellows to become active members of the ICANN community, thereby strengthening the diversity of the multistakeholder model that forms the bedrock of ICANN's technical Internet governance approach. It ensures that all relevant actors, from business, government, civil society, and other areas, work together in ICANN's consensus-driven policy-making process to maintain an open, secure, and resilient Internet. Through personal mentors and trainings fellows get acquainted with ICANN's multistakeholder model enabling them to participate in the technical Internet governance community. "That many former fellows, all across the world, remain active members of the ICANN community speaks to the success of the Fellowship Program, Their dedication to ICANN's mission of preserving an Internet that is stable, secure, and global invigorates the ICANN community." -Göran Marby, ICANN President and CEO. ICANN Fellowships are awarded to selected applicants in conjunction with the three annual public meetings hosted by ICANN in different locations around the world. Fellows come from diverse backgrounds but have a shared interest in learning about Internet governance and ICANN's multistakeholder model. "As the ICANN Fellowship Program turns 15, I am delighted that it has achieved the goals set a decade and a half ago, As it continues to evolve to meet future needs, I am confident that the program will keep providing opportunities for individuals from underserved and underrepresented communities to join the ICANN community and contribute meaningfully to the future of the Internet." -Maarten Botterman, ICANN Board Chair. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you have to type an address - a name or a number - into your computer or other device. That address must be unique, so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation and a community with participants from all over the world.

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Vasta acquires Phidelis, a complete platform of academic and financial management for K-12 schools

Vasta Platform Limited | January 18, 2022

Vasta Platform Limited today announced the acquisition, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Somos Sistemas de Ensino S.A., of Phidelis Tecnologia Desenvolvimento de Sistemas Ltda. and MVP Consultoria e Sistemas Ltda. (“Phidelis”). Phidelis is a complete platform of academic and financial management for K-12 schools, providing (i) software licensing and development and (ii) messaging, retention, enrollment and default management, for schools and students. Founded in 2004, Phidelis have provided services to over 35 schools. In 2021, it recorded net revenue of R$ 5 million. In addition to aggregating a digital solution and bringing in new clients, Phidelis’s talented and skilled team will support the development of Vasta’s digital services platform. With this acquisition, Vasta takes another important step towards offering a complete digital solution to K-12 schools. About Vasta Vasta is a leading, high-growth education company in Brazil powered by technology, providing end-to-end educational and digital solutions that cater to all needs of private schools operating in the K-12 educational segment, ultimately benefiting all of Vasta’s stakeholders, including students, parents, educators, administrators and private school owners. Vasta’s mission is to help private K-12 schools to be better and more profitable, supporting their digital transformation. Vasta believes they are uniquely positioned to help schools in Brazil undergo the process of digital transformation and bring their education skill-set to the 21st century. Vasta promotes the unified use of technology in K-12 education with enhanced data and actionable insight for educators, increased collaboration among support staff and improvements in production, efficiency and quality.

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Since its founding in 1997, Blackboard has been helping academic institutions colleges, junior colleges, universities, K-12 schools fulfill their mission to provide a better education for their students. Blackboard does so by offering a broad portfolio of technology-based products and services. Working in close partnership with our clients, we use technology to solve many of the challenges that today’s schools face: how to make learning more engaging, how to improve learning outcomes, how to help make schools run more effectively and efficiently for students, teachers, and administrators. One area on which we have long placed an intense focus is accessibility.

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