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No More Net Neutrality - What now?

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Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to reverse a 2015 ruling on Net Neutrality. As a US citizen, I am disappointed. As a member of the computer science community, I am frustrated. As an educator, I cannot stay quiet.

What is Net Neutrality?
Net Neutrality was a ruling by the FCC in 2015 that helped keep the internet open for all users. They did this by requiring internet service providers (ISPs) to treat all internet traffic equally. This meant that they could not charge you differently based on how you used the internet and that they could not throttle your bandwidth based on what you were accessing online. This provided equal access to the internet as was intended by co-creator of the internet, Vint Cerf.

What happened in 2015?
In 2015, during the Obama administration, the FCC ruled to keep the internet open for everyone. The decision was made by the 5 person FCC panel. As internet usage has increased, so has our need for ISPs to provide us with reliable inter…

5 Easy Ways You Can Do Hour of Code™ This Week!

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If you have been around K12 education during the last few years,  you have probably heard of Hour of Code™, an initiative launched by Code.org and Computer Science Education Week to introduce students to computer science. This is the 4th year of Hour of Code™and I am thrilled to say we are on our 3rd year at my school. I started organizing while finishing my Masters work at University of Delaware as I realized the importance of exposing students in K12 education to computer science. This year, I am coordinating our activities for PreK-12 and am excited to share with you some of the ways you can run an Hour of Code™this week at your school no matter what devices you have available!



1. Student Choice


At www.hourofcode.com you have access to an incredible amount of games. Provide this link on your LMS or write in on your board and allow students to choose the activity that interests them. My students love the Star Wars, Frozen and Minecraft activities best if you are looking for somewhere …