NextGenWeb: New. Comprehensive. Innovative. » Home http://www.nextgenweb.org Mon, 14 Nov 2011 23:38:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.1 Internet & Education: States Turning To Online Programs http://www.nextgenweb.org/home/internet-education-states-turning-to-online-programs http://www.nextgenweb.org/home/internet-education-states-turning-to-online-programs#comments Mon, 14 Nov 2011 23:37:56 +0000 http://www.nextgenweb.org/?p=5376 When thinking of a high school classroom, one would expect to see rows of desks filled with students listening to a lecture from their teacher. Now, some states are changing that image and the environment in which kids learn. For students in Florida, a typical classroom might be at their kitchen table listening to that same lecture online or typing an essay that will be emailed to the teacher. In fact, thirty states let students take all of their courses online, and 250,000 students are enrolled in full-time virtual schools nationwide.

Besides students benefitting from flexible schedules and customized curricula to meet individual needs, schools are saving a significant amount by offering online programs, a necessity in an economy where education budgets are hard pressed. Taxpayers in the State of Georgia were spending nearly $7,650 a year to educate the average student. To educate the average student in the statewide online Georgia Cyber Academy, taxpayers are spending nearly 60 percent less, or about $3,200 per year.

Some educators, however, have expressed concern as to how the lack of face-to-face interaction with other students could affect development. To alleviate concerns,  several states have chosen to adopt hybrid programs that are a blend between online study and classroom interaction with teachers and peers.

Read more here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204358004577030600066250144.html?mod=WSJ_Tech_LEADTop

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The “Value” of Telework http://www.nextgenweb.org/home/the-%e2%80%9cvalue%e2%80%9d-of-telework http://www.nextgenweb.org/home/the-%e2%80%9cvalue%e2%80%9d-of-telework#comments Thu, 08 Sep 2011 21:47:47 +0000 http://www.nextgenweb.org/?p=5374 As access to broadband Internet grows, teleworking has become more widely accepted by businesses and individuals alike. Psychologically, telework can improve the productivity and morale of workers as they are able to do their job from an ideal environment. Can a monetary value be placed on telework? Many surveys on telework have produced similar conclusions –Americans would be willing to take a pay cut for more flexibility to work remotely from home. A recent survey, however, has uncovered an interesting new statistic. Flexible jobs site Momcorps surveyed more than 1,000 working Americans about flexible working and their work-life balance. As expected, nearly half of respondents said they would be willing to accept, at most, a six percent pay cut for the option to telework. More surprisingly, the Momcorps study found that working men were twice as likely as working women  to say they would give up more than 10 percent of their salary for more flexibility at work.

Read more here: http://gigaom.com/collaboration/study-telecommuting-is-worth-a-pay-cut-especially-for-men/

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FCC Focuses on Next Generation 9-1-1 http://www.nextgenweb.org/home/fcc-focuses-on-next-generation-9-1-1 http://www.nextgenweb.org/home/fcc-focuses-on-next-generation-9-1-1#comments Mon, 15 Aug 2011 19:03:18 +0000 http://www.nextgenweb.org/?p=5372 The FCC is encouraging the adoption of a next generation 9-1-1 system that would allow individuals to send text messages, voice calls, videos and photos to emergency responders, simultaneously providing automatic location information to decrease response time. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced a five-step plan to deploy the next generation services at a meeting of the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials in Philadelphia last week. “The unfortunate truth is that the capability of our emergency response communications has not kept pace with commercial innovation — has not kept pace with what ordinary people now do every day with communications devices. The shift to next generation 9-1-1 can’t be about if, but about when and how,” Genachowski said.

Students unable to contact emergency responders during the Virginia Tech campus shootings in 2007 further emphasized the need to expedite the process of a next generation 9-1-1 system. Under Genachowski’s plan, the commission will develop automatic location mechanisms, develop technical standards for the hardware and software that carriers and public safety call centers will need, provide technical expertise and develop a coordinated approach to governance as well as an “NG911” funding model.

Read more here: http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/176335-fcc-announces-plan-to-update-911-to-receive-texts-video

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Mobile Innovation and the Advancement of Healthcare http://www.nextgenweb.org/home/mobile-innovation-and-the-advancement-of-healthcare http://www.nextgenweb.org/home/mobile-innovation-and-the-advancement-of-healthcare#comments Fri, 29 Jul 2011 19:11:40 +0000 http://www.nextgenweb.org/?p=5370 On July 26, the Institute for Policy Innovation held a briefing on Capitol Hill to discuss the future of healthcare, emphasizing mobile innovation as the biggest driver of change. New developments in health information technology are rapidly changing the way medical professionals deliver care and patients manage their own health. Merrill Matthew, a resident scholar at the Institute, remarked that real health care reform that improves quality, reduces costs and increases access is happening through innovation, not legislation.

Representative Michael Burgess, M.D. (R –TX, 26) delivered the keynote address to the audience of Hill staff, media and industry representatives. Representative Burgess agreed that mobile health is the future of healthcare and emphasized the importance of preserving a free market environment that will allow innovators to continue to thrive.  As the market rapidly changes, “it is impossible for us today to envision the future of technology so policy matters, but innovation will make us a competitive nation,” the Congressman remarked.

Today, the majority of Americans own a cell phone. Many even own a smartphone or tablet device. In some cases, a person might own all three mobile devices. Creating technologies that interact with a patient’s cell phone or smartphone ensures a link between the healthcare provider and the patient. For example, patients are able to send in pictures of wounds and transmit them to their doctors for a diagnosis. The doctor can also access a patient’s health records remotely from a mobile device.  Mobile health allows patients to be more engaged in their personal health.

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“Learning On-The-Go” Promotes Broadband for Education http://www.nextgenweb.org/home/%e2%80%9clearning-on-the-go%e2%80%9d-promotes-broadband-for-education http://www.nextgenweb.org/home/%e2%80%9clearning-on-the-go%e2%80%9d-promotes-broadband-for-education#comments Fri, 15 Jul 2011 19:58:58 +0000 http://www.nextgenweb.org/?p=5366 The Federal Communications Commission recently launched a pilot program called “Learning On-The-Go” to promote education beyond the classroom made available through broadband technology. The program will provide $9 million to 20 schools and libraries across the country for them to use in innovative ways during the 2011-2012 school year. The initiative is part of the FCC’s E-Rate program which aims to improve education through technology.

To be eligible for funding, each school or library had to develop their own proposal to improve education outside of the classroom. The FCC then selected the winners through a competitive grant process. A range of ideas were submitted for the program, including plans to provide access to e-textbooks for students and create online education programs for homebound students unable to attend their classes.

At the first announcement of the “Learning On-The-Go” program at an event in New York City, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said, “Education doesn’t stop at the schoolyard gate or the library door, so support of broadband for education shouldn’t stop there either.”

Read more here: http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/170767-fcc-launches-new-education-program

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California Rep. Urges Congress to Go Green By Going Paperless http://www.nextgenweb.org/home/california-rep-urges-congress-to-go-green-by-going-paperless http://www.nextgenweb.org/home/california-rep-urges-congress-to-go-green-by-going-paperless#comments Fri, 24 Jun 2011 12:18:25 +0000 http://www.nextgenweb.org/?p=5358 California Representative Mike Honda urged his colleagues in the U.S. Congress to start thinking about going green by reducing the amount of paper Congress uses and becoming more dependent on technology. “I believe every member can support moving toward a more paperless Congress as technology allows. I would join my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in finding ways to restructure our processes so that we can eventually get to a point where less and less paper is needed for this body to properly function,” commented Representative Honda.

At a hearing of the House Administration Committee, Representative Honda voiced concern that some of his colleagues have been slow to adapt to new technologies, stating the example of wasting paper to print the Congressional Record every morning when it is available in digital format. Mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets allow information to be accessible from virtually any location. Reading and storing documents in electronic format, can significantly cut down on the amount of paper waste that is created by printing items daily in bulk –like the Congressional Record.

Read more here: http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/167071-honda-wants-congress-to-go-paperless

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What Businesses Can Learn From the Telework Act http://www.nextgenweb.org/home/what-businesses-can-learn-from-the-telework-act http://www.nextgenweb.org/home/what-businesses-can-learn-from-the-telework-act#comments Wed, 25 May 2011 17:34:06 +0000 http://www.nextgenweb.org/?p=5351 Last year, President Obama signed the Telework Enhancement Act requiring all government agencies to develop telework policies and processes. The deadline to comply with the Act, June 9, is quickly approaching. For businesses interesting in starting, expanding or improving their own telework policies, some lessons in cloud computing can be learned from the government agencies’ process.  

While each company can be different in determining which employees would be eligible for telework, the benefits of the cloud network for teleworking is fairly universal. Cloud computing expert and InfoStreet CEO Siamak Farah said the government demand for the cloud network has changed cloud offerings for the better, increasing the number and quality of cloud solutions so business have more choices. Farah also emphasized the security of the cloud network. Although files are stored in the centralized cloud, current data protection measures in the cloud are just as safe as the rest of the Internet.

Read more: http://gigaom.com/collaboration/4-lessons-for-business-from-the-telework-enhancement-act/

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Recent Study Shows Health IT is Environmentally Healthy http://www.nextgenweb.org/home/recent-study-shows-health-it-is-environmentally-healthy http://www.nextgenweb.org/home/recent-study-shows-health-it-is-environmentally-healthy#comments Wed, 11 May 2011 19:11:16 +0000 http://www.nextgenweb.org/?p=5344 A recent report by Kaiser Permanente found that Health IT adoption not only improves healthcare, but it also can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The study calculated that adoption of electronic health records, digital prescriptions and other health IT technology could save over 1,000 tons of paper that would have been used for medical charts in a year. By replacing face-to-face patient visits with virtual visits, 92,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions could be eliminated, while filling prescriptions online would eliminate nearly 7,000 tons of emissions. “Electronic health records can support a more environmentally sound health care sector if they are used to change workflows and care delivery, rather than just a substitute for paper records,” said a Kaiser Permanente representative.

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, or HITECH Act, offers federal incentives for healthcare providers to adopt electronic health records. Eligible doctors and hospitals can receive $14 billion to $27 billion in funding for demonstrating meaningful use adoption of the EHR systems.

Read more: http://www.nationaljournal.com/tech/health-it-could-doctor-the-environment-too–20110504

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Best of NextGenWeb in 2010… http://www.nextgenweb.org/news-and-blog-clips/best-of-nextgenweb-in-2010%e2%80%a6 http://www.nextgenweb.org/news-and-blog-clips/best-of-nextgenweb-in-2010%e2%80%a6#comments Tue, 28 Dec 2010 14:56:44 +0000 http://www.nextgenweb.org/?p=5338 We’ve covered a lot of ground here on NextGenWeb in the past year.   Going from conferences to events to intimate meetings, we’ve brought the action to you through interviews, blog coverage, livetweets and more!

So what were our favorites?   It’s hard to pick.  We’ve been to the leading technology events like Consumer Electronics Show, SxSW Interactive, and Supernova.  We also presented livestreams like the American Red Cross’ Emergency Social Data Summit, Ed Week’s Unleashing Technology to Personalize Learning, and the Activism+Media+Politics Summit.  And finally, we highlighted top news and research on broadband like the release of the FCC’s National Broadband Plan, the latest data from Pew Internet, and all of the innovative ways that people are embracing broadband in between.

Some highlights:

More experts speak out on broadband…

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Zogby Survey Finds People Can’t Live Without Broadband Internet http://www.nextgenweb.org/news-and-blog-clips/zogby-survey-finds-people-can%e2%80%99t-live-without-broadband-internet http://www.nextgenweb.org/news-and-blog-clips/zogby-survey-finds-people-can%e2%80%99t-live-without-broadband-internet#comments Thu, 23 Dec 2010 18:39:08 +0000 http://www.nextgenweb.org/?p=5335 What technology has had the greatest impact on our society and is the one that people say they can’t live without?  Not surprisingly, broadband Internet ranked at the top according to the recent survey results of Zogby Interactive. 24 percent named high-speed Internet, followed closely by Facebook at 22 percent.

As CNET points out, gender and age demographics came into play. “Women and adults under 55 tagged Facebook as having the most impact, while men and those over 55 pointed to high-speed Internet. Adults between 35 and 54 were split pretty evenly between the two.”

Read more: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-20026405-93.html#ixzz18xCKi21b

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