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Impressive DIY Virtual Classroom Tech at Miami University

Impressive DIY Virtual Classroom Tech at Miami University

This incredibly inventive, and DIY, virtual classroom setup at the University of Miami might act as a template for similar schools.

In light of the coronavirus, distancing, and the remote classroom, all of us have been scrambling to not only finish a semester but now to embark on a hybrid virtual classroom setup. If we rest our laurels on the mainstream of AV technologies, the industrial solutions get very expensive.

My goal? To produce a very portable, very flexible, and inexpensive virtual classroom set up to reduce the needs for many faculty to double their load by creating classroom content and online content. After all, why should we double their load if we don’t have to?

A little about my background to understand how this system developed. An employee of Miami University for 34 years, my education is electronic engineering technology.

The first eight years at Miami were spent repairing, modifying, and installing AV systems across our campus. I spent a couple of years specifying network systems for central IT with the remaining 24+ years overseeing technology-related areas in Art, Architecture, Music, and Theatre efforts in Creative Arts.

Read the complete article: https://mytechdecisions.com/project-of-the-week/miami-u-diy-virtual-classroom-setup/

Impressive DIY Virtual Classroom Tech at Miami University

Beware! Social engineering and spear-phishing at the heart of July 15 Twitter hack

If you’ve ever been hacked, this will ring a bell!

The infamous hack that sent bogus tweets from commandeered Twitter accounts of prominent politicians, celebrities, and technology moguls, scammed people around the globe out of more than $100,000 in Bitcoin, has been traced to a Florida teen.

The tweets offered to send $2,000 for every $1,000 sent to an anonymous Bitcoin address. The hack alarmed security experts because of the grave potential of such an intrusion for creating geopolitical mayhem with disinformation.

Twitter has said the hacker gained access to a company dashboard that manages accounts by using social engineering and spear-phishing smartphones to obtain credentials from “a small number” of Twitter employees “to gain access to our internal systems.” Spear-phishing uses email or other messaging to deceive people into sharing access credentials.

Read the complete article: https://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/twitter-says-hackers-used-phone-to-fool-staff-gain-access/2270731/

Impressive DIY Virtual Classroom Tech at Miami University

Top Managers are Needed for Remote Work Success

Four months ago, employees at many U.S. companies went home and did something incredible: They got their work done, seemingly without missing a beat. Executives were amazed at how well their workers performed remotely, even while juggling child care and the distractions of home. Twitter Inc. and Facebook Inc., among others, quickly said they would embrace remote work long term. Some companies even vowed to give up their physical office spaces entirely.

Now, as the work-from-home experiment stretches on, some cracks are starting to emerge. Projects take longer. Training is tougher. Hiring and integrating new employees, more complicated. Some employers say their workers appear less connected and bosses fear that younger professionals aren’t developing at the same rate as they would in offices, sitting next to colleagues and absorbing how they do their jobs.

Months into a pandemic that rapidly reshaped how companies operate, an increasing number of executives now say that remote work, while necessary for safety much of this year, is not their preferred long-term solution once the coronavirus crisis passes.

“There’s sort of an emerging sense behind the scenes of executives saying, ‘This is not going to be sustainable,’” said Laszlo Bock, chief executive of human-resources startup Humu and the former HR chief at Google. No CEO should be surprised that the early productivity gains companies witnessed as remote work took hold have peaked and leveled off, he adds, because workers left offices in March armed with laptops and a sense of doom.

read the complete article: https://apple.news/AqmeJ_z7ZQUG8K9uIRHw9dw

Impressive DIY Virtual Classroom Tech at Miami University

You could land a job with a company thousands of miles away

With offices closed around the world, many people are working from home for the first time. For others, remote work has been part of their work-life for some time.

In all cases, this trend has shown that many businesses can thrive even when employees don’t come into the office every day. The amount of time, energy, and money saved on commuting is incentive enough for many companies to completely rely on a remote workforce.

If you are interested in a remote position, upload your resume today!

This change sent ripples of disruption across many industries. The fact that people can now work from anywhere fundamentally changed labor-migration dynamics. There is no need to relocate to city centers when you can work from the comfort of home.

Read the original article: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/a-great-technology-wave-is-cresting-over-america-because-of-the-pandemic-and-its-largely-a-good-thing-2020-07-08

Impressive DIY Virtual Classroom Tech at Miami University

H-1B visa freeze could affect SoFlo multinationals

Who’s affected?

In a briefing for reporters, the administration said the freeze, in place through the end of the year, would impact about 525,000 people.

That includes an estimated 170,000 people blocked by the decision to extend a ban on some new green cards – which grants permanent residence to foreigners. The White House first announced it was halting those visas in April, an order that had been set to expire on Monday.

Existing visa holders are not expected to be affected under the new restrictions.

The order also applies to H-1B visas, many of which are granted to Indian tech workers. Critics say these visas have allowed Silicon Valley companies to outsource American jobs to lower-paid foreign employees. Last year, there were about 225,000 applications competing for 85,000 spots available through the H1-B visa program.

The order will suspend most H-2B visas for seasonal workers, including those in the hospitality industry, except those in agriculture, the food processing industry, and healthcare professionals.

The order will restrict J-1 short-term exchange visas, a category that includes university students and foreign au pairs who provide childcare. Professors and scholars are not included in the order. There will be a provision to request exemptions.

L visas for managers and other key employees of multinational corporations will also be suspended.

Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/business-53145317