On first day of online school, Olathe system shuts down

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At 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, thousands of Olathe students sat at their computers, ready to start the first day of school and meet their new teachers via a Zoom video chat.

But within a few minutes, many realized they had been blocked from doing so.

“At first I thought that maybe the internet wasn’t working in our whole neighborhood, since everyone was trying to get online. But then we figured out that (the district system) must have crashed,” said Cassie Collar, who has a middle schooler and high schooler in the Olathe district.

District spokesman Cody Kennedy said 50,000 people were attempting to log in to the online portal StudentVue on the first day of school. But the system was designed to accommodate about 30,000 users. It soon crashed.

In an email to parents, district officials said there were more than 160,000 attempts made at logging into the system.

“We know

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Chicago Public Schools begins a new year amid scramble to get all students connected for remote learning

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Surrounded by four computer monitors, Nightingale Elementary teacher Lauren Kullman joked that she felt like she was producing the Emmys. But it was just the first day of school.



Javier Lopez, 8, a Chicago Public School student at Skinner North Classical Elementary School, raises his hand to answer a question on the first day of remote learning at his Chicago home Tuesday.


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Javier Lopez, 8, a Chicago Public School student at Skinner North Classical Elementary School, raises his hand to answer a question on the first day of remote learning at his Chicago home Tuesday.

As Chicago Public Schools on Tuesday began fall quarter with remote learning, most educators were teaching from their homes, though some went to school buildings in order to stream lessons from their classrooms.

Kullman is married to a special education teacher, and the couple has a 5-year-old starting kindergarten along with a younger child.

“Our house is embracing the chaos,” she said Tuesday. “… We are just so grateful that we are remote. The challenges we will face are

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All K-12 students in need have access to TELUS high speed internet for only $9.95 per month

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In partnership with local school boards and educators, TELUS helps ensure all K-12 students in B.C. and Alberta have access to high speed internet to support virtual learning throughout what will be an unconventional school year

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Sept. 10, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Even though it’s still early September, the 2020-2021 school year is shaping up to be the most unusual to date. No matter what may happen, students are learning and studying online more than ever before, and TELUS is stepping up to help students and families in need across B.C. and Alberta stay connected by giving them access to high speed internet at home. The TELUS Internet for Good program provides high speed broadband internet for only $9.95 per month. Previously, eligibility for the program was limited to families that were receiving the maximum Child Care Benefit from the federal government. However, in April, TELUS partnered

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Students unveil gadgets, bots, apps to tame Covid | Hyderabad News

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Hyderabad: As doctors and pharmacists are increasingly falling victim to the novel coronavirus, students from various engineering colleges have come out with innovative ideas, bots, apps and gadgets to fight Covid-19 and protect frontline warriors from succumbing to the pandemic.
In a presentation at an international conference on engineering in fourth industrial revolution, organised by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Hyderabad chapter, on Thursday, city students came out with solutions to overcome Covid-19, including a predictor that will help doctors to protect themselves from getting affected by the deadly virus and a medicine checker tool that will reduce queues at pharmacies.
Some have come up with an online appointment booking system with a predictor wherein the users can take up a preliminary covid-19 test before they visit a doctor. Another application tells users the availability of medicines that they require in the required quantity in the pharmacy
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United Airlines website bug exposed refund-seeking users’ data

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A security flaw in United Airlines’ website may have exposed ticket information for customers who requested a refund, according to a new report from TechCrunch.

The bug caused the website to not validate a user’s last name when checking their refund status. That made it possible to access other travelers’ refund information simply by changing the ticket number, TechCrunch reported.

Like many airlines, United’s website allows users to check their refund status by entering their ticket number and last name. It was not immediately clear whether another user’s information could be viewed without knowing their full ticket number.

IT security expert Oliver Linow discovered the bug and told TechCrunch that the security hole allowed him to see traveler names, payment type, currency used, and the refund amount. 

Linow said that he reported the bug to United in July, and that it took the airline more than a month to fix

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