Issaquah School District introduces Atomic Learning

August 26, 2014

The Issaquah School District invites Issaquah parents and students to use a new resource for learning technology tools called Atomic Learning.

The district’s subscription includes nearly 50,000 step-by-step tutorials on common software, workshops and projects on topics such as blogging and Internet safety.

Atomic Learning can be used by parents and their children at home. Contact your school for its Atomic Learning account information.

 

Smart home gets smarter with Comcast home-security device

July 15, 2014

Comcast has given one of Issaquah’s more notable technophiles the gift of a smarter house.

Resident Chris Pirillo, CEO and founder of LockerGnome Inc., a network of blogs, forums and online communities, also reviews technology to a wide audience through his YouTube channel. With his wide expertise and exposure to hundreds of thousands of followers and subscribers, he is often asked to try out products and provide feedback.

Comcast decided to take Pirillo up on that and offered him the chance to get outfitted with a new platform called XFINITY Home, a home-security device that ties together home devices, offering a glimpse into the approaching future of home automation.

By Peter Clark Chris Pirillo shows off the technology of XFINITY Home as he controls the lighting in his house with the Comcast developed phone app.

By Peter Clark
Chris Pirillo shows off the technology of XFINITY Home as he controls the lighting in his house with the Comcast developed phone app.

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Rep. Dave Reichert receives Congressional Tech Leader Award

June 16, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. June 16, 2014

TechAmerica, the public sector and public advocacy department of CompTIA, presented U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) with its 2014 TechAmerica Congressional Tech Leader Award on June 11.

The award recognizes select legislators for their overall commitment to promoting technology-friendly policy. Each recipient has shown great dedication to strengthen America’s tech sector in their state, across the U.S. and abroad, the organization said in a news release.

According to the latest data by the TechAmerica Foundation, the Washington state technology sector employs 190,953 people, with tech exporters supporting 27,400 jobs.

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Students invited to join science-centered programs

February 25, 2014

The Issaquah School District is holding three meetings in March for families of third-grade students interested in joining the district’s science and technology magnet programs.

The programs typically serve more than 50 fourth- and fifth-grade students over a two-year period. The magnet program is located at Briarwood, Cascade Ridge and Clark elementary schools, but is open to other schools.

The magnet program covers the standard district-adopted fourth- and fifth-grade curriculum, with an emphasis on science and technology. Grade-specific math instruction is also provided.

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Proposed bill would give users a digital eraser button

February 18, 2014

OLYMPIA — The proliferation of social networking sites and online media has created a flood of personal information in the marketplace. A proposed House Bill would give users a right to have that information erased from the public eye.

While Washington state recognizes certain protections against the invasion of privacy, there is generally no liability for public disclosure of a fact that has already lost its private nature by being posted publicly.

“Back in the ‘70s, (you’d) put a lampshade on your head at some party and the embarrassment of that the next morning was from the people at the party,” said Rep. Jeff Morris, D-Mount Vernon, prime sponsor of House Bill 2180. “Now, you do that online, it can go viral and it can be a lifetime of humiliation.”

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Local teens take a technology timeout

February 4, 2014

Issaquah High School senior Robin Lustig wasn’t supposed to be on her phone, but she checked it anyway.

“I definitely had a slip-up,” she said. “I check my phone every five minutes, even if I know for a fact I don’t have any text messages or any missed calls. That’s what society is these days. You have to be updated constantly with what’s on Twitter, what’s on Instagram.”

Contributed Robin Lustig, Issaquah High School senior, sports a T-shirt displaying her commitment to going three days technology free.

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Robin Lustig, Issaquah High School senior, sports a T-shirt displaying her commitment to going three days technology free.

Lustig and nearly 600 other students at Issaquah High School stopped using technology for three days beginning Jan. 13, as part of a technology timeout hosted by a documentary filmmaker. That meant no computers, cellphones or social media.

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White House hosts student technology video contest

January 7, 2014

The White House is looking for student-produced videos that highlight the power of technology in schools.

The first-ever White House Student Film Festival is a video contest created just for students in kindergarten through 12th grades. Finalists will have their short films shown at The White House and may also be featured on The White House Website, YouTube channel and social media pages.

Films must be under three minutes and should address at least one of the following themes:

  • How you currently use technology in your classroom or school.
  • The role technology will play in education in the future.

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Issaquah Community Network hosts assistive technology workshop Oct. 16

September 24, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 24, 2013

New technology is opening a world of possibilities for job seekers with disabilities, and the public can learn all about it at a free workshop.

The Issaquah Community Network, Eastside Community Network and the Snoqualmie Valley Community Network will host three speakers at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 in the Issaquah High School Performing Arts Center.

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Advances in technology changes local libraries for the better

June 11, 2013

Pamela Timmons marched into the Issaquah Library on a mission. She hustled over to the hold shelf, where she picked up the books she’d reserved online. After a quick question for a librarian, she popped over to the computer bank where she checked out the books herself. She was back at her car in enough time that she’d been able to park in the front lane reserved for book returns.

Timmons, an Issaquah resident, said technology has made her library trips quick and easy.

Photos by Greg Farrar Above, Kette Ravnsborg, 3, of Snoqualmie, works to master a shape recognition video game on a computer recently at the Issaquah Library. At right, the laser beam of a barcode reader at the Issaquah Library stands ready to scan patrons’ books at a self check out station.

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Above, Kette Ravnsborg, 3, of Snoqualmie, works to master a shape recognition video game on a computer recently at the Issaquah Library.

“I use it all the time,” she said. “It’s so fast. It’s unbelievable.”

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New technology group includes tech veterans

January 26, 2010

The day after Mayor Ava Frisinger announced the formation of the Issaquah Technology Task Force in the State of the City address, the mayor unveiled the group’s members and mission. Read more

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