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Digital Aspirations in Education Podcast – Series 1, Episode 6

The Impact of Remote and Hybrid Learning on the Future of Education

Here we are in the middle (still) of a pandemic that continues to dramatically change the way we teach and learn. All the traditional familiarity of in-person learning has changed. Most schools – whether K-12 or higher education – are providing some type of remote- or hybrid-learning experience. In this episode of our podcast, we discuss synchronous and asynchronous remote learning scenarios as well as household technology usage and access to remote learning solutions.

Host Jared Heiner, Director of Education Innovation and Sales at Aspire Technology Partners, and his guests Dr. Jason Vickers, Department of Education Theory and Practice, and Dr. Alex Kumi, Assistant Professor, Education Theory and Practice, both from the University at Albany, provide context and insight into the impact of remote and hybrid learning on the future of education.

Podcast audio link: https://anchor.fm/digital-aspirations-edu/episodes/What-is-the-Impact-of-Remote-and-Hybrid-Learning-on-the-Future-of-Education-eimrc6

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Digital Aspirations in Business Podcast – Series 1, Episode 5

The Impact of Business Resiliency on Business Operations, Productivity and Efficiency

In the past, business resiliency often sounded like acts of heroism – IT admins rushing to retrieve backup tapes from offsite archives to restore and recover lost data as quickly as possible to make everything go back to “the way it was.” Today, however, business resiliency means adjusting and adapting business operations; not merely restoring IT to the way it was but often changing the function of your business operations to meet new demands. Take the current environment and remote working, remote learning, and telemedicine. Business resilience isn’t about returning to the status quo but adapting and redefining to new business conditions.

On this episode of The Digital Aspirations in Business Podcast, host Doug Stevens and his guests, Kevin Leahy, Director of Data Center Practice & Chandler Basset, Engineering Director, Northeast at Aspire Technology Partners, discuss business impact analysis, disaster recovery and how providing business resilience during the “new normal” is forcing businesses to become more innovative.

Podcast audio link: https://anchor.fm/digital-aspirations-biz/episodes/The-Impact-of-Business-Resiliency-on-Business-Operations–Productivity-and-Efficiency-egvanr

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Digital Aspirations in Education Podcast – Series 1, Episode 5

Workforce Development and the Next Frontier of Skilled Labor

The Capital Region of New York State is home to one of the hottest hands-on STEM learning hubs – Capital Region BOCES.  When considering career readiness during a tumultuous economic environment, Senior Executive Officer at NYS Capital Region BOCES Joseph Dragone says the parallel paths of workforce development and economic development are completely interrelated – which is why he and his team work closely with industry and business partners on workforce development and the next frontier of skilled labor. Join us on The Digital Aspirations in Education Podcast for insight and discussion about new hands-on skilled labor areas like Engineering Technologies, Telecom and 5G, IoT, and Video Game Design.

Podcast audio link: https://anchor.fm/digital-aspirations-edu/episodes/Workforce-Development-and-the-Next-Frontier-of-Skilled-Labor—with-Dr–Joseph-Dragone-of-NYS-Capital-Region-BOCES-eg3fuf

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Digital Aspirations in Education – Series 1, Episode 4

The Impact of In-Classroom and Remote Learning Technology

COVID-19 has caused many educators who may have resisted technology in the past, to find great value in using technology in the classroom. Students require access to technology and the internet – that point is clear. And educational technology access requires specific support ranging from internal technology teams to external providers with knowledge of the K-12 environment. In the second half of our two-part podcast with guest Dr. Amy DelCorvo, CEO and Executive Director of NYSCATE, host Jared Heiner discusses how instructional technology is blending with infrastructure technology and the ways this impacts classroom and remote learning. Join us on The Digital Aspirations in Education Podcast for more insight and discussion.

Podcast audio link: https://anchor.fm/digital-aspirations-edu/episodes/The-Impact-of-In-Classroom-and-Remote-Learning-Technology—Listen-to-Our-Interview-with-Dr–Amy-DelCorvo-of-NYSCATE-Part-2-efigv5

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Digital Aspirations in Education – Series 1, Episode 3

Flipped Learning in the Age of COVID-19

In the mid-1960s, New York State launched a small association to provide technology coordinators for each school district. Flash forward to 2020 and membership in the New York State Association for Computers and Technologies in Education (NYSCATE) is now 30,000 strong, but that is just a fraction of its potential reach. The organization’s ambitious mission is to enhance education by leveraging the power of the technology to assist every educator and every learner with their diverse needs. Join host Jared Heiner and his guest Dr. Amy DelCorvo, CEO and Executive Director of NYSCATE on The Digital Aspirations in Education Podcast as they discuss several topics, including flipped learning due to , including the recent impact of COVID-19 and the need for remote teaching platforms.

Podcast audio link: https://anchor.fm/digital-aspirations-edu/episodes/Flipped-Learning-in-the-Age-of-COVID-19—Listen-to-Our-Interview-with-Dr–Amy-DelCorvo-of-NYSCATE-Part-1-efigt6

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Digital Aspirations in Business – Series 1, Episode 4

Taking a Managed Detection & Response (MDR) Security Approach

In a research note, Gartner recently said that, in many organizations, especially mid-sized enterprises, IT has been over-invested in security protections, controls, and products. They recommended allocating more security budget toward managed detection and response (MDR). This makes sense. With new security challenges that we are seeing organizations dealing with, MDR is a reasonable methodology and tool set for threat mitigation.

On this episode of The Digital Aspirations in Business Podcast, host Doug Stevens and his guest, John Rossiter, Chief Architect of the Security Operations Center at Aspire Technology Partners, compare MDR to more traditional security approaches and tools and discuss where enterprises need to focus their attention – especially in today’s work from home environment which provides an expanded attack surface for corporate network threats.

Podcast audio link: https://anchor.fm/digital-aspirations-biz/episodes/Taking-a-Managed-Detection–Response-MDR-Security-Approach-eel95g

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Digital Aspirations in Education – Series 1, Episode 2

IoT in Education: Connected Buses and Smart Cities

Active IT projects have shifted to focus on bringing capabilities to remote workers and helping them securely access resources that they use day-to-day. Some of those remote workers are students who may not have high-speed internet access from their homes. One solution is to use Connected Buses that were designed to provide access to the internet for students with long commutes. Today, we are starting to see those buses deployed as community internet access points! Connected Buses, Smart Cities, and how IoT can help during pandemics – those are just a few of the topics on this episode of the Digital Aspirations in Education Podcast from Aspire Technology Partners. Join podcast host, Jared Heiner, Director of Education Innovation & Sales at Aspire Technology Partners, and with his guest Brian Schillaci, IoT Specialist at Aspire Technology Partners, to learn more!

Podcast audio link: https://anchor.fm/digital-aspirations-edu/episodes/IoT-in-Education-Connected-Buses–Smart-Cities–and-More-ed46h3

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Digital Aspirations in Business – Series 1, Episode 3

The Power of Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) for Your Organization

Doug Stevens and Cody Harris discuss how businesses leverage SD-WAN to drive applications performance, now that most organizations have these applications live in the Cloud. In this episode, they will also uncover the different business challenges that SD-WAN Technology help solves, go over some considerations for refreshing the WAN Edge environment and share insights on how security measures are adopted for SD-WAN at remote sites.

Podcast audio link: https://anchor.fm/digital-aspirations-biz/episodes/The-Power-of-Software-Defined-Wide-Area-Network-SD-WAN-for-Your-Organization-eco47t

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Digital Aspirations in Education – Series 1, Episode 1

What Does IoT Mean for Education?

Digital Aspirations for Education Podcast discusses the transformation journey and the technology applications that empower our teaching and learning institutions towards a seamless digital transition. Aspire Technology Partners uncovers how Education can align technology initiatives to education outcomes that are going to deliver tangible impact to the Education leaders, Administrators, Faculty & Staff, Students, and educational institutions as a whole.

In this first episode, podcast host Jared Heiner, Aspire’s Director of Education Innovation & Sales together with Lance Ford, Education Advocate from Cisco, and Brian Schillaci, Aspire IoT Specialist, share insights on what Internet of Things (IoT) means in Education.

Podcast audio link: https://anchor.fm/digital-aspirations-edu/episodes/What-does-the-IoT-Mean-for-Education-ebmmaf/a-a1nsa82

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Digital Aspirations in Business Podcast – Series 1, Episode 2

Top IT Priorities for 2020 (Part 2)

In the second part of this discussion, Doug Stevens and John Cope tackles the IT Priorities that include Leveraging IoT data for greater insights, keeping up with the pace of new cybersecurity threats, and the impacts of the collaboration experience on efficiency and employee retention.

Podcast audio link: https://anchor.fm/digital-aspirations-biz/episodes/More-Top-IT-priorities-for-2020-Part-2-of-2-ebcsh0

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Digital Aspirations in Business Podcast – Series 1, Episode 1

Top IT Priorities for 2020 (Part 1)

Digital transformation is an ongoing trend for many enterprises, but there are several key priorities for IT teams in 2020. In our inaugural episode of the Digital Aspirations Business Podcast from Aspire Technology Partners, host Doug Stevens interviews Kevin Leahy about the Top IT Priorities for 2020 and what you should be preparing for this year.

This is not a hypothetical discussion. We talk about the IT investment areas that are a focus for your competitors, partners, and peers today. It’s important to establish a level set for the market to ensure you’re doing the right things for your business.

Doug and Kevin discuss leading IT priorities for 2020 including data protection moving to the boardroom, cloud scaling, integration challenges and early workload decisions for cloud deployments, and internal IT management processes and making sure IT is enabling the pace of transformation.

Podcast audio link: https://anchor.fm/digital-aspirations-biz/episodes/Top-IT-priorities-for-2020-eat08

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