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.

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.
More virtual schooling has meant more network vulnerabilities, and a webinar this week recommended that K-12 districts consider monitoring tools such as ManagedMethods to accomplish what limited IT staff cannot.
Massachusetts state and local education officials have seen growing interest in cybersecurity training as cyber attacks continue to disrupt day-to-day operations in schools and municipal organizations.
Following a record-breaking year for cyber attacks, American institutions are devoting more resources to cybersecurity degree programs in an effort to meet growing demand for qualified professionals in the field.
The EPA is awarding more than $10 million to school districts across 40 states to reduce harmful school bus emissions. The funding comes as policymakers explore new programs to provide electric buses to U.S. schools.
The Ann Arbor-based software company has teamed up with Wayne State University on a new AI-driven platform that combs the web for materials that could be of use in automotive tech courses and other related topics.
The Biden administration’s new budget proposes to increase federal spending. While little is specifically geared toward school technology, some funds could help close the digital divide and bolster mental health services.
Chicago-based ed tech startup Upkey is offering an online internship program to 10,000 students to learn new skill sets in technology leadership, marketing and communication, among other skills.
The biotechnology company Ginkgo, in partnership with the diagnostics company Helix and its automated lab, aims to provide pooled COVID-19 testing programs in 2,000 school districts on the West Coast.
In the six years since Arkansas mandated computer science in all of its high schools, the initiative has become a model for other states. Now Arkansas is making the subject a K-12 graduation requirement.
Historically used to keep a lid on flu season, a six-year-old smart thermometer program from the medical technology company Kinsa has been helping thousands of schools monitor students for symptoms of COVID-19.
Some education officials view anti-cheating software as an important part of maintaining integrity of exams during remote learning, but the tools have raised privacy concerns among students and digital rights activists.
The Australia-based cloud security company’s new platform for K-12 schools allows staff to filter and monitor content accessed by students on school devices, with the goal of cyber safety and flagging worrisome behavior.
Med-tech company Cue Health hopes to expand the use of its COVID-19 test among schools looking for fast and accurate results through a new program announced Monday. The company says the test is simple to administer and read, without the need for a lab.
With IT professionals in growing demand, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves signed a bill last week requiring all the state’s elementary, middle and high schools to teach computer science by the 2024-25 academic year.
Klassly, a social media platform that facilitates communication between parents and teachers, nearly tripled its worldwide users in 2020. Now developers are working to attract more clients in the U.S and Canada.
COVID-19 intensified existing trends in the ed tech market, specifically an increase in investment. Some experts say the pandemic was only a part of the cause, and the trend is likely to continue after it’s over.
2020 marked a "record-breaking" year for cyber attacks against schools, according to a recent report. Now, education policy organizations are asking policymakers to step up to help mitigate security threats.
School districts across the country expect the demand for online learning options to remain above pre-pandemic levels. Some are launching new virtual schools or preparing to accommodate future enrollment.
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Teachers in Hamilton County Schools, Tenn., have learned to use ed-tech tools and platforms with the help of a local digital literacy program, boosting their confidence while adjusting to remote instruction.
A team at Purdue University published a new method for helping quantum computers communicate more efficiently with each other, representing a step toward a quantum Internet and next-generation computing speeds.
President Joe Biden signed a stimulus bill on Thursday that includes funding to expand Internet connectivity for underserved students during the COVID-19 pandemic, which ed tech advocates hail as a major step forward.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced students to adapt to new classroom technologies and learning platforms, but educators are skeptical the experience will translate to job skills later in life.
Some schools are offering hotlines and virtual options for teacher mental health services, but it hasn’t always been enough for those feeling stressed and hopeless in the face of hardship and wavering public support.