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Brandon Paykamian

Staff Writer

Brandon Paykamian is a staff writer for Government Technology. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism from East Tennessee State University and more than four years of experience as a multimedia reporter, mainly focusing on public education and higher ed.

March 5, 2021

Rhode Island’s Compsci Education Project: How Is It Going?

Five years ago, Rhode Island committed to putting a computer science class in every public school. Today administrators are confident the program has made headway, but there’s still work to do.

March 3, 2021

Education Conference Pushes for Inclusivity, Understanding

In order to make learning more inclusive, ed tech expert Ken Shelton believes schools need to look beyond digital equity and consider changing the very culture of public education.

February 26, 2021

SC State Partners With IBM's Quantum Computing Program

South Carolina State University was the latest university to join a partnership with IBM that aims to bolster quantum computing research at HBCUs. The university says this will ultimately produce more qualified graduates in an emerging IT field.

February 25, 2021

Massachusetts Schools Try Pool Testing for COVID-19

Schools in Massachusetts are using pooled testing to detect COVID-19 among students, despite skepticism about the method's accuracy and sensitivity. Proponents of the method say it's more cost-effective for schools with limited resources.

February 24, 2021

Could Ed Tech and Virtual Learning Help Schools ‘Go Green’?

Some ed tech experts and environmentalists believe technology could help make universities and public schools more eco-friendly by cutting paper usage, food waste and transportation emissions.

February 18, 2021

NYC Colleges Receive Federal Funding for Career and Tech Ed

NYC colleges want to bolster technical education and job training through the help of a $5 million federal grant. The initiative is focused on workforce development amid the economic fallout of the pandemic.

February 16, 2021

Can Ed Tech Make Learning More Accessible?

Ed tech experts say simple digital tools can help make learning more accessible if utilized correctly. Arizona educators set out to do just that for students with autism.

February 12, 2021

Data Finds Students Falling Behind in Math During Pandemic

Analysts have been tracking the progress of 800,000 students on Zearn’s online math platform. The results show students from low-income ZIP codes are especially struggling to keep up with online lessons.

February 10, 2021

It Will Cost Billions to Close Education's Digital Divide

Boston Consulting Group, Common Sense Media and the Southern Education Foundation issued a report last month about the big picture of digital inequity in education, as well as potential solutions.

February 8, 2021

How Boston College High Transformed Using Ed Tech

Boston College High School recently invested over $1 million in ed tech. The school is just one of many pouring funds into a digital learning market experiencing exponential growth.

February 3, 2021

Tucson Builds Public-Private Partnership to Expand Connectivity

Officials in Tucson, Ariz., are working on an ambitious community wireless program to expand connectivity for teleworkers and virtual students. The pandemic has helped highlight glaring gaps in digital equity.

February 2, 2021

'Microschool' Helps Students Struggling With Virtual Education

The novel schooling concept serves as an alternative for students in North Las Vegas struggling to adapt to a fully remote learning model due to the digital divide and lack of guidance.

February 1, 2021

Texas School District Gets Creative to Close Digital Divide

Like many public school districts with limited resources, Duncanville ISD officials had to think creatively to tackle the digital divide amid the pandemic.

January 28, 2021

University Boils Cybersecurity Concepts Down to Learning Game

The University of Texas at San Antonio is working with elementary school educators to nurture an early interest in cybersecurity, starting with a simple card game.

January 25, 2021

Biden Nominee’s School District Prioritizes Digital Equity

Connecticut's public schools are leading the way in digital education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

January 21, 2021

Digital Equity, Cybersecurity Are Key Concerns In Ed Tech

The COVID-19 pandemic and the push to virtual learning has highlighted existing inequities in access to technology and connectivity, as well as underlined cybersecurity gaps in education.

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