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Driving video conferencing ROI

White Paper: Clear One

Understanding the current state of video conferencing and focusing on return on investment can help organizations increase usage of the technology and better understand its benefits. The use of video conferencing has the potential of increasing productivity and efficiency by reducing unproductive travel time, preventing meeting delays, creating shorter & more structured meetings, and providing faster exchange of information. This whitepaper provides insights on how video conferencing is being viewed as a business necessity to drive adoption and optimize usage of equipment. Key takeaways from this whitepaper: Calculating a return on investment to see the value of video conferencing Types of return on investment (ROI) calculations for video conferencing Videoconferencing Cost Justification Explanation of Categories and Formulas Expanded Video Applications

Redefining District ROI: Return on Value as the New Benchmark

White Paper: SunGard K-12

Throughout the nation, superintendents of K-12 public school districts face unprecedented challenges in guiding their schools through a perfect storm of social upheaval, revolutionary technology, changing educational policy, and decreased public funding. It’s now high time for K-12 schools to look beyond the financials when it comes to investing in data management systems. How can measuring non-fiscal returns reveal a clearer value of the investment? This whitepaper helps in redefining the traditional business concept of a return on investment (ROI) is required to recognize community-wide district benefits. Return on Value is the new benchmark Student achievement District-wide knowledge Community engagement This benchmark will turn your district into a K-12 Success Ecosystem.

Implementing SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium):Key Considerations for Becoming Assessment Ready

White Paper: ENA

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) are the primary consortia in development of online assessments, focusing on transforming Industrial Age school systems to Information Age school systems, providing all students greater access to the content, resources and support. Smarter balanced online assessment tests are an ongoing educational trend including low cost mobile devices, blended learning and development of quality digital content to name a few. This whitepaper provides a deep insight into how SBAC online assessment programs play a critical role in the future of teaching and learning. Also learn about which practical steps small, medium and large school districts are taking to become assessment ready. It addresses: What are the key considerations for becoming smarter balanced assessment ready? Why the education and media are primarily focused on Smarter Balanced Online Assessments and PARCC? What is the purpose and value of online assessment tests? What are the best tools provided by SBAC and PARCC to access overall technology readiness for online assessments? The information, recommendations, checklists and best practices of educators contained in this white paper help will benefit readers in developing and implementing a successful smarter balanced online assessment program.

The Power of Video Collaboration in Education

White Paper: ENA

Video conferencing technology has downsized and become a mobile means for collaboration. The evolution of video conferencing to video collaboration is fueled by the quest to build communicative and collaborative learning environments. Mobile technologies have drastically changed the face of video conferencing. And education has become of the most diverse and innovative markets for this mode of communication. This White Paper on video collaboration briefly discusses about: How video technologies are expanding role/presence in education? Why video collaboration has become a must-have tool that is here to stay in education? How mobile video technologies like classroom video conferencing are impacting education? What are the Challenges remedied by mobile and desktop video solution? How to use educational video conferencing/collaboration to create a new culture for teaching and learning and driving a digital shift? What’s next for video collaboration in education?

Education Network Security

White Paper: ENA

Education network security is highly essential. Why is education network security so important? With increasing threats to education network security, it is imperative that school districts implement stringent security practices to protect their students, staff members, and networks from virtual intruders. Security incidents are inevitable and that it is not a matter of if, but when an incident will occur. So, how can you improve the school district network security? Developing a comprehensive, district-wide network security strategy calls for adopting a cross-functional team approach. Every department should be engaged in the safe and secure operations of a school district network as every department is at risk. What common threats are education networks facing and where are they most vulnerable? This white paper provides an insight into potential network security threats impacting today’s education network. It also shares key considerations and best practices every school district can implement for improving their network security as well as preparedness when an incident does occur. It also enlists the key considerations for School District Network Security such as: Policies and Procedures. Communications and Professional Development. Prevention Measures. Incident Response Plan and Mitigation Strategies. Download this white paper now as it provides the district technology staff with the blueprint they need to create an effective and impactful approach to safeguarding their network security.

Gamification & Game-Based Learning

White Paper: cd2 Learning

The return on investment of training with gamification is better than from presentations, print materials,and even videos; so why not maximize that ROI from the start? There are many reasons that gamification, including gamebased learning, are successfully used in training today.Game-based learning also allows users to play or try more than once to achieve a goal. Repeated retrievaland spaced repetition are scientific principles proven to change behavior. In education this is referred to as reinforcement of learning through practice. This whitepaper will give you insight on : How does gamification work for businesses? How Game based learning Can Help Drive Employee Engagement ? Does gamification really work?

The Evolution to Local Content Delivery

White Paper: PeerApp

Local content delivery is advancing to go beyond content caching to include other capabilities that optimizes network for quality and cost. Local content delivery offers an open CDN-like layer that sits within and augments next generation broadband networks, resolving the performance and scale bottlenecks seen in today’s global content delivery platform. Read this “The Evolution to Local Content Delivery” whitepaper that will give you everything you need to get started with the local content delivery solutions that offers an open platform augmenting broadband networks to accelerate Internet content delivery. What this whitepaper covers? Local Content Delivery: Benefits the Entire Value Chain Local Content Delivery: A Platform that Supports Market Evolution Local Content Delivery: Basis for monetization of OTT traffic

Student ID Verification: What Institutions Need To Know

White Paper: Biometric Signature ID

Student Identification and verification is defined as the verification of identity is in person or remote (meaning from a computer or portable device) which is usually accomplished by the use of biometric credentials. This informative whitepaper brings you: What institutions need to know about the online student identification and verification Lack of compliance for student identification in present day environment New regulations on student identity verification Differences between academic integrity, student identity verification and financial aid fraud Meeting compliance using best practices for student identification and verification Download this whitepaper to learn more about the student identity and verification methods which reduces the risk by providing the industry’s most complete solution for student ID authentication.

The World's First Mobile Malware Celebrates Its 10th Birthday

White Paper: Fortinet

From Cabir to FakeDefend, the last decade has seen the number of mobile malware explode. In 2013, Fortinet’s FortiGuard Labs has seen more than 1,300 new malicious applications per day and is currently tracking more than 300 Android malware families and more than 400,000 malicious Android applications. Besides the sheer growth in numbers, another important trend to note is that mobile malware has followed the same evolution as PC malware, but at a much faster pace. The widespread adoption of smartphones--and the fact that they can easily access a payment system (premium rate phone numbers)--makes them easy targets that can quickly generate money once infected. Furthermore, they have capabilities such as geo-location, microphones, embedded GPS and cameras, all of which enable a particularly intrusive level of spying on their owners. Like PC malware, mobile malware quickly evolved into an effective and efficient way of generating a cash stream, while supporting a wide range of business models. In the following chronology, FortiGuard Labs looks at the most significant mobile malware over the last 10 years and explains their role in the evolution of threats.

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