technology News for September 15 2017

Secret Ancient Technology How the Pyramids Were Built [FULL VIDEO]

Did the Egyptians build the pyramids or were they nomads that simply moved in many thousands of years later? We will never know but there are clues so your …

Information Technology | City of Salem MA

The Office of Information Technology provides and supports resources which facilitate the flow of information within, and between, departments and expand the reach …
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Technology in Schools

U.S. Department of Education Office of Educational Research and Improvement NCES 2003313 Technology in Schools Suggestions, Tools, and Guidelines for Assessing
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Technology Magazines

CNET NewsBreaking news, features, and special reports covering technology and its impact on e-business, finance, communications, personal technology, and entertainment. MIT Technology ReviewMagazine’s mission is to identify important new technologies, deciphering their practical impact and revealing how they will change our lives. Tech PanoramaLatest technology and gadgets news and info regarding new trading apps. Technology UnleashedNews and information about mobiles, social media, how to articles, apps, games, technology. Women in Technology InternationalWITI’s mission is to empower women worldwide to achieve unimagined possibilities and transformations through technology, leadership and economic prosperity.
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TT:CLEAR

Within the UNFCCC process, countries have confirmed the importance of enhancing climate technology development and transfer to developing countries. The Technology Mechanism consists of two bodies: the Technology Executive Committee and the Climate Technology Centre and Network. The TEC is the Technology Mechanism’s policy body. It analyses issues and provides policy recommendations that support country efforts to enhance climate technology development and transfer. The TEC consists of 20 technology experts representing both developed and developing countries. It meets several times a year and holds climate technology events that support efforts to address key technology policy issues. The CTCN is the implementation body of the Technology Mechanism. Providing technical assistance at the request of developing countries to accelerate the transfer of climate technologies. Creating access to information and knowledge on climate technologies, particularly through its knowledge management system. Fostering collaboration among climate technology stakeholders via its network of regional and sectoral experts. The Centre facilitates a network of national, regional, sectoral and international technology centres, networks, organizations and private sector entities. The TEC and the CTCN work together to enhance climate technology action. Their functions are complementary and support developing country efforts to address both policy and implementation aspects of climate technology development and transfer. They work to enrich coherence and synergy in the delivery of climate technology support and respond effectively to the needs of countries.
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Engendering customer loyalty is something that nearly all firms strive for. The average American household belongs to 28 loyalty schemes. The country is home to 3.8bn scheme memberships in total, according to Colloquy, a research firm, up from 2.6bn in 2012. Frequent-flyer programmes, introduced in the 1970s, were the first examples of modern loyalty schemes. Air miles are also sold to third parties, such as credit-card firms, which then use them to reward their own customers. Schemes like these are an example of “Earn and burn” rewards, in which customers are rewarded for their purchases at a flat rate, whether a free flight for every 20,000 miles flown or a complimentary mochaccino for every nine swigged. According to Capgemini, another consultancy, nearly all firms with a loyalty scheme use this model. Many firms start a programme only because their competitors have one, says Steve Grout of Collinson Group, a loyalty consultancy. Some 77% of earn-and-burn schemes fail in one way or another within the first two years, according to Capgemini. In its latest results in July, the firm boasted 13.3m active members. Some 97% of purchases at Kroger, an American grocery firm, are reported to be made by loyalty-card holders, who receive individual offers based on their shopping habits. Such data can be among the most valuable things a firm owns. If data are the grist for the loyalty mill, then you might assume that the online giants would be running the best schemes. For a start, it allows firms to use location information to send well-targeted, real-time offers.
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How Technology is Now Empowering Educators

Educators and students are flocking to solutions that enhance their experience while reducing the high price associated with higher ed. Research shows that 70% of students want their universities to update their digital options, with 44% of the same group saying they’d be happier with their university experience if they could engage with more digital resources. With an obvious demand from students for better digital solutions, organizations that don’t engage with the latest in technology may struggle to engage with new students and grow. The following are some of the top ways educators and institutions can make quick changes to improve their edtech strategy and better connect with a new generation of highly discerning digital natives. “We see the educator continuing to be the catalyst or accelerant at the heart of that process. So, technology should focus on helping the instructor, leveraging their knowledge, skill, and dedication, rather than simply seeking to automate them away.” shared Alastair Adam, Co-CEO of digital textbook publisher FlatWorld. Adam explains, “Trying to solve the problem of high priced textbooks by focusing only on new technology is the equivalent of trying to solve the problem of expensive airfares by putting all your resources into developing flying cars. We think the better approach is to break down the price barrier to make textbooks accessible to all students.” Cheaper and more digitally integrated textbooks will result in an increase in student success. A study conducted by Hanover Research found that 87% of surveyed college students said analytics on their performance had a positive influence on their learning. Giving students access to real performance data that goes deeper than a grade can help them self-diagnose gaps in knowledge and seek out the right resources and support to close them. Educators can recognize problems sooner, and partner students with learning tools that can help them avoid falling behind. ‘Online grading’ solutions, while helpful for automating, fall short of providing helpful data insights for students. Institutions will need to take partners with organizations that offer full-service analytics to increase student performance. Companies wanting to drive real change in the industry should consider how to partner with educators to providing sensible solutions rather than attempting to reinvent existing norms. 45% of students who have access to good digital tools said they’d be more willing to recommend their university to others. Engaging with digital tools can help universities stay competitive, and they can also upgrade the performance of each student, which should be the ultimate goal of any edtech solution.
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