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Online Learning Trends for 2015

Tanya Gough

Senior Content Manager

November 21, 2014

Keeping up with online learning is going to be tricky. The technology used to service this sector is changing rapidly, and no one has quite figured out how to optimize courses to maximize learning potential yet.  There are also fundamental differences in the way current online learning platforms, resources and curricula live on your network.

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How MSPs Can be Wi-Fi Heroes

Steven Singlar

President, Single Digits, Inc.

November 14, 2014

Internet access is hotter than it’s ever been with no sign of cooling off, and connectivity technologies now range from Wi-Fi to wired Ethernet to 3G/4G. Of course, not every business can afford or has the ability to support 3G/4G signals and this limits who can gain access.  Ethernet, specifically Wi-Fi, fits almost every business type due to low cost, availability on user devices, and the vast number of companies who can help get it installed.   These Ethernet/Wi-Fi networks are everywhere, and there is a tremendous amount of bandwidth available to users and unlimited amount of RF to connect to.  But users have a love/hate relationship with Wi-Fi.  They love the convenience of connectivity across all their many devices, but their frustration with Wi-Fi's unreliability and inconsistent access has reached a fever pitch.

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Teacher Tech: How Social Media is Transforming the Classroom

Tanya Gough

Senior Content Manager

November 12, 2014

A couple of weeks ago, Stephani Echeveste at USC Rossier published results from a small survey on the role technology plays in education today.  Bear in mind that the survey sample was admittedly small, with 310 mostly American participants, and about half were recruited largely through the Twitter #EdChat group, suggesting a build-in bias toward social media and technology in general.  Nevertheless, the findings were fascinating, and since we just spoke about what students want, it only seemed fair to give teachers their turn.

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The Internet of Things and the Future of Business

Tanya Gough

Senior Content Manager

November 7, 2014

When it comes to the Internet of Things, most media attention has been on the consumer-facing side: what sort of devices will be connected, and what sort of functionality will they have? But from a business perspective, the ramifications of IoT run much deeper. Last week, the Harvard Business Review published an excellent article by Joey Fitts, “The Internet of Things Will Change Your Company Not Just Your Products,”  on the impact of IoT on the way businesses operate in the future.  From an MSP and technology perspective, many of the key points Fitts identifies represent major business opportunities or potential pitfalls, depending on how ready you are. Here are just a few of them:

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Campus Technology Outlook For 2015

G. McGlynn

Content Marketing Associate

November 5, 2014

We're in the last legs of the 2014 academic year. Thanksgiving is just around the corner, followed closely by final exams, a short winter break and then a fresh term in the top of 2015. According to EDUCAUSE, 99% of college students now own one Internet-enabled device, 92% own at at least two, and 59% own at least three or more. If you're part of a campus IT department, it's time to start putting some thought towards the number of students who will be returning to school with four, five or more devices after the holiday season and how this will directly impact the performance of your network.

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The Scariest Mistakes MSPs Make

G. McGlynn

Content Marketing Associate

October 31, 2014

It's one of our most favorite times of the year here at Exinda, Halloween. Last year we put together a collection of 8 spooky tech stats that could chill any IT pro to the bone and to be honest, I'm a little disturbed that many of those stats have rapidly doubled or tripled in the past 365 days.

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The Impact of Mobile Devices On Campus Networks

G. McGlynn

Content Marketing Associate

October 30, 2014

There's a new normal on college campuses and if you're part of a higher education IT department, you're already aware that it's getting harder to keep up with growing student demand. For incoming freshmen, Internet is synonymous with wireless access. Asking students who are glued to their smartphones (and bring anywhere from three to five devices with them to campus) to connect with an ethernet cord in their dorm room is downright archaic to them. And 64% of college students say that if they couldn't get a wireless connection that's comparable to what they're used to at home, they would be persuaded enough to change housing, which in a lot of cases would actually mean transferring schools.

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Managing The Internet of Things on Campus

G. McGlynn

Content Marketing Associate

October 24, 2014

It's that time of year again: college application season. High school seniors and their parents are researching schools and embarking on campus tours across the nation and now more students are factoring in the state of a college's ResNet into their decision making process.

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What We Learned At MSPWorld 2014

Tosan Martey

Business Analyst

October 24, 2014

As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end - including MSPWorld, the premier conference for cloud and managed service providers. It was our first time attending and sponsoring the conference at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas and we had a blast connecting with MSPs of all sizes from all over the world. We also walked away from the conference with a lot of new insights into the key trends and challenges currently affecting MSPs.

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How To Stop Textbook Piracy on Campus

G. McGlynn

Content Marketing Associate

October 17, 2014

Shortly after the iCloud celebrity photo leak last month, many students took to Twitter and Tumblr to voice their response to the security scandal, and their reaction might surprise you: "leak college textbook PDF files, not nudes." This sentiment quickly went viral and it's not very difficult to see why - higher education is largely unaffordable and tuition fees continue to rise every year. So what are many college students now doing to try to shave a little bit off of their yearly expenses? They're heading to sites like Textbook Nova and The Pirate Bay to get their materials for class the same way they get their music and TV shows - illegally.

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