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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 years of experience as a multimedia reporter, mainly focusing on public education and higher ed.

China’s new restrictions to keep educational technology companies out of capital markets threaten to curtail tutoring and other industries, but experts say the changes may have little effect on the U.S. market.
Hernando County School District is using Nintex software to speed up the permitting process for capital projects. Officials say the platform cut the time it took to get projects approved by more than half.
Qwasar and Cañada College at Menlo Park are offering a nine-month training program for software developers, with help from grant funding to achieve a low enough price point to draw applicants from low-income communities.
The education software company’s new Center for Advancing Learning will focus on tech accessibility, community colleges, historically Black colleges and universities, and online program management.
Pennsylvania State University is expanding its use of FirstNet, AT&T's dedicated telecommunications network for first responders, to include all its police officers and key personnel across several campuses.
Arizona school districts made use of an API system offered by education research nonprofit Ed-Fi Alliance to identify and assist more than 550,000 students in need of free meals during school closures.
The nonprofit EveryoneOn has helped more than 800,000 Americans find low-cost Internet service and digital resources, and its outreach has only become more important for K-12 students with the advent of remote education.
The growing popularity of electronic transactions has led schools to invest in tools like BlueSnap, a digital payment platform that expedites billing for expenses such as meal costs in K-12 and tuition at universities.
Central New Mexico Community College is exporting its Deep Dive Coding and Technology boot camps, offering them as a template for other colleges to launch their own tech workforce development courses.
The Enhancing K-12 Cybersecurity Act hopes to bolster funding for school cybersecurity, as well as federal data tracking of cyber crimes amid an increase in ransomware and phishing incidents in schools.
With help from a data analytics company, Duval County Public Schools used metrics like attendance, discipline reports and test scores to flag at-risk students and increase graduation rates by over 25 percent in 10 years.
A survey by the ed-tech company Instructure found parents and teachers are confident about tech-driven educational methods and tools, but concerns about digital equity and the efficacy of standardized testing remain.
The tech company partnered with schools in Colorado and Texas during the pandemic to expand Internet access needed for virtual learning, a main concern of educators during the public health crisis.
Researchers developed a new forecast model to better predict large waves approaching the coast of West Maui, where sea-level changes and coastal erosion continue to imperil vital infrastructure and properties.
The Center for Education Reform is raising funds to update, a social networking platform designed to connect ed-tech developers with the capital and tech teams needed to create new digital learning tools.
The digital textbook company is offering free K-12 digital educational materials focused on STEM subjects, designed for families and educators trying to combat achievement gaps that have widened during the pandemic.
Recent legislation in New Jersey will direct colleges and universities to address barriers of entry to STEM programs for women and people of color, with the goal of connecting underrepresented groups with in-demand jobs.
A $200 million partnership between the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and IBM will create the Discovery Accelerator Institute, a collaborative space for studying uses for emerging technologies.
After surveying close to 400 K-12 districts across the U.S., the Consortium for School Networking found widespread concerns about IT staffing and cybersecurity given the rapid adoption of technology in schools.
The tech giant has awarded money to six school districts who will work with IBM Service Corps teams on training, assessments and protocols to protect against ransomware after a banner year for cyber attacks in 2020.
The University of Texas at San Antonio has named a founding director for its new School of Data Science, David Mongeau, who will lead the new facility as a hub for research, professional development and partnerships.
Over the next three years, Mississippi's Vicksburg Warren School District will use Discovery Education's platform to curate digital materials for keeping students interested and connecting lessons to current events.
Math teachers at Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District in Texas are seeing student grades improve through the use of My Math Academy, a game-based educational platform that tracks real-time progress.
Milwaukee Public Schools has partnered with The Art of Education University to provide digital curriculum and professional development tools for visual arts teachers throughout the district.
With pooled COVID-19 testing methods, access to labs for quick turnaround time and a secure software platform, medical technology company Affinity Empowering is helping DePauw University return to normal.
Officials in Lubbock Independent School District already had a system in place to provide devices to all of its students last year when COVID-19 school closures kicked the program into overdrive.
The Federal Communications Commission has announced rules for its new Emergency Connectivity Fund, which will distribute $7.17 billion announced earlier this year for school broadband and devices.
Purdue Polytechnic Institute and UEGroup are preparing a new collaborative center for students and tech companies to design more user-friendly products so that evolving technology doesn’t leave people behind.
In partnership with the nonprofit Niswonger Foundation, the state will provide free online Advanced Placement courses to about 5,000 students. Officials say the program will reduce barriers to AP enrollment.
As last year's drastic shift to online learning put technology front and center for school districts, many K-12 IT officials have found themselves in key advisory or leadership roles with growing responsibilities.