Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Verizon streamed Super Bowl LII in Virtual Reality over 5G

The Virtual Sky Box!
A crowd of more than 67,000 people watched the Philadelphia Eagles trounce the New England Patriots last Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, while around 103 million viewers across the country did the same on their television sets. At the same time, a small group of Verizon employees in New York City were viewing the game in a different way: through VR. And they were able to do so entirely over a 5G connection.

It was all part of an ambitious 5G stress test that Verizon quietly ran during Super Bowl LII, and according to the company, it was a success. "This latest demonstration at Super Bowl LII and in New York City is another example of how we're pushing 5G to exploit never-before-imagined use cases and applications," said Sanyogita Shamsunder, Verizon's executive director of 5G ecosystems and innovation.

To read more of the article from by Nicole Lee click the link below.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Super Bowl 52: How the NFL and US Bank Stadium are ready to make digital history

At Super Bowl LII, the Patriots vs. Eagles contest could break a record for the largest data usage ever during an event, as fans stream live video and upload massive quantities of photos to social apps.

It's not just the brutally cold weather that could make history in Minneapolis during Super Bowl 52 on Sunday. The NFL expects football fans to surpass all previous data usage during the big game, with key moments such as the kickoff between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots, and Justin Timberlake's halftime show to result in huge amounts of photo and video uploads to social media. 

Click the link below to see the full story from TechRepublic's Smart Cities newsletter. - By | February 1, 2018, 9:24 AM PST


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

My Fellow Americans

A great activity with the State of the Union happening next Tuesday.  If you are a math teacher you can buddy up with an English and Social Studies to share the results. 

The link below brings you to a great interdisciplinary lesson dealing with math, social studies and English. Students should know how to substitute values into an expression or equation to evaluate the result. Much of the work in this lesson revolves around examining how those values affect the result.

"Once a year, the President of the United States stands in front of Congress and the American people to deliver the State of the Union Address. Throughout history, there have been some amazing speeches, and some less-than-amazing ones. But have the annual addresses gotten…dumber?

In this lesson, students examine the Flesch-Kincaid formula for determining the grade level of a piece of writing (which has been used to make the claim above). Then, they apply it to presidential addresses over time and decide whether claims of declining intelligence are fair."

Click here to go to Mathalicious for the full activity!  -

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Google Extensions vs Web Apps vs Add-ons

This is a great blog post by Eric Curts from June 2016.  Even though it's from a year and a half ago, it really is a nice break down of the differences between Google Extensions, Add-ons, and Web Apps.  Click the link below to get to his full blog post.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Learn About Brain Pop!

BrainPOP Overview
Wednesday, January 10 at 3:30 pm ET
Ideal For: Grades 3+

Happy New Year! In our first 2018 webinar, we’ll explore the breadth of our content and features, including the full suite of creation tools that give students multiple opportunities to “show what they know,” BrainPOP-style. From movie making to concept mapping, you’ll leave this webinar full of ideas you can work into your everyday curriculum.

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BrainPOP Basic Training
Wednesday, January 17 at 4:00 pm ET
Ideal For: Grades 3+

You asked and we delivered! We’re thrilled to introduce the automated course "Basic Training," designed to show you the value of BrainPOP … by using BrainPOP itself. This webinar gives you a course overview, highlighting the ways it helps all teachers - whether you’re a newbie or veteran  - get the most out of their subscription.

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Monday, December 18, 2017

Net neutrality: The FCC voted to end it. What that means for you!

Last Thursday the Federal Communications Commission voted to roll back net neutrality regulations passed by the agency two years ago. Below are answers to some frequently asked questions.  Click the link at the end for more questions and answers. 

Q: What is net neutrality?

A: Net neutrality, or open Internet, is the principle that Internet service providers (ISPs) should give consumers access to all legal content and applications on an equal basis, without favoring some sources or blocking others. It prohibits ISPs from charging content providers for speedier delivery of their content on "fast lanes" and deliberately slowing the content from content providers that may compete with ISPs.

Q: What were the net neutrality rules before? Why should I care?

A: In February 2015, the FCC, then chaired by Democrat Tom Wheeler, passed regulations giving the agency the ability to protect the principles of net neutrality. In the 3-2 vote, Democratic commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel voted yes, along with Wheeler, who was appointed by President Obama, while then-commissioner Pai and commissioner Michael O'Rielly, both Republicans, voted no. The regulations aimed to ensure that all the Internet content you want to access — be it streaming video, audio or other material — would be treated equally by ISPs. Another goal: to give start-ups and entrepreneurs access to broadband networks without undue influence from the ISPs.

For more questions and answers click the link below to bring you to the USA TODAY article by:  Published 3:43 p.m. ET April 26, 2017 | Updated 7:46 p.m. ET Dec. 14, 2017