Why Computer Literacy Matters During The Covid-19 Pandemic

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As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread across the nation, more and more school districts are continuing remote learning into the fall. Even those that are reopening are also planning for the need to close again if an outbreak occurs. As a result, districts are racing to

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N.J. high school senior giving back to students with free computer science lessons

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For West Windsor teen Samvit Agarwal, it started off with a love for computer science.

It turned into 300 volunteers, 250 students and plenty of happy parents.

Agarwal’s non-profit organization, CS Remastered, guides kids from grades 3 to 12 with free computer science education. It has been the goal of the organization since it was launched in late 2018, but the coronavirus pandemic has made Agarwal and his team of volunteers more driven to give back.

“I’ve been interested in technology for a long time and I began by helping kids in the neighborhood out with their technical projects,” the 17-year-old student said. “I felt as though a lot of kids were interested in technology but didn’t have the resources to start. I figured it would be great to create a program for kids to learn computer science and technology directly through CS Remastered.

“Before the pandemic, we taught in

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Police Arrest South Miami High Junior David Oliveros For Cyberattacks Against Miami-Dade County Public Schools Computer Network

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A 16-year-old Miami-Dade County Public School student is under arrest related to a series of cyberattacks affecting virtual learning since Monday.

According to Miami-Dade County Schools Police, David Oliveros is a junior at South Miami Senior High.

Detectives were able to trace an IP address responsible for the attacks back to Oliveros, according to a police incident report.

A thorough investigation is being conducted by Miami Dade Schools Police Department, working jointly with the FBI, the Secret Service and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

WATCH: Miami-Dade County Schools officials provide update on cyberattacks arrest:

 

According to the police report, Oliveros admitted to using an online application to attack the M-DCPS computer network and he admitted to 8 different attacks which the District said overwhelmed its networks, including web-based systems needed for My School Online.

“This individual is responsible at least for eight of the attacks

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Organization helping fill computer shortage for Austin ISD families

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Austin Free Net partnered with Austin ISD and the City of Austin to give out refurbished computers and internet to families still in need ahead of the school year.

AUSTIN, Texas — The days are ticking away ahead of Austin Independent School District’s first day of school on Sept. 8, and three groups are coming together to fill the technology gap that could limit some children’s learning capabilities. 

Austin Free Net, Austin ISD (AISD) and the City of Austin teamed up to collect, refurbish and distribute used computers to AISD families, as well as internet access.  

As an organization that offers free digital literacy training and community access to technology, Austin Free Net’s main focus since the summer has been getting these resources to students and teachers ahead of the school year.

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North Port opens computer lab at Morgan Center for student homework

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 |  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

NORTH PORT — The city of North Port is setting up a computer lab at the Morgan Family Community Center, 6207 W. Price Boulevard, starting Aug. 31, so students can access computers for remote learning.

Students will be able to reserve a computer for a two-hour work block up to 24 hours in advance, on a first-come, first-served basis during standard operating hours at the Morgan Family Community Center.

To reserve a work block, call 941-429-3555 or stop by the front desk.

In response to COVID-19, all computer stations will be physically distanced, partitioned and will be thoroughly cleaned by staff before and after each use. In addition, a deep cleaning in the Learning Lab will be completed at least twice throughout the day, and a sanitation fogging every evening. 

The Learning Lab is being developed through a partnership between the city’s Parks & Recreation

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School program enhances computer skills

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Dampier Primary School is taking part in an inaugural Scitech program aimed to develop students’ computing and information and communications technology (ICT) capabilities.

Scitech’s Future Computing Program was launched this year at Dampier Primary School and involves students using a Raspberry Pi which is an educational computing kit.

Students assemble the Raspberry Pi kit and are taught how a computer works while the classroom teacher is given opportunities for professional development.

The 12-month program is delivered in partnership with Mitsui Iron Ore Development and also teaches students about computer science, coding, machine learning, AI, the internet of things and mechatronics.

Scitech chief executive Kalien Selby said it was important to deliver STEM engagement programs that skilled teachers and inspired students.

“The Future Computing Program develops the technological skills and knowledge of both teachers and students, while raising awareness of the importance of technology skills to participate in the future workforce,”

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College students: 4 tips for choosing a computer to buy

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This step-by-step guide will help college students select the ideal hardware and software to meet their needs. The tips are also useful for small businesses and nonprofits.

Hand-drawn icon of person with graduation cap with tassel; above the person a question mark; above the question mark four boxes, each filled with a logo (from left to right): Apple, Dell, Lenovo, and Microsoft.

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Most schools expect students to have at least a basic computer that can access the internet, so many incoming college and university students often purchase a new system. Generally, students should get a computer that will serve them well during their entire college experience–typically four years.

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Many college and university IT teams recommend specific systems for incoming students, as well as faculty and staff. These suggested systems can help narrow the number of choices. The following four steps can guide you through the process of choosing a system appropriate for your needs.

Additionally, these systems and this process may also be helpful for any computer buyer. The makes and models suggested by the schools

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Computer Definition & Meaning | What is a Computer?

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By Vangie Beal

A computer is a programmable machine. The two principal characteristics of a computer are: It responds to a specific set of instructions in a well-defined manner and it can execute a prerecorded list of instructions (a program).

Modern Computers Defined

Modern computers are electronic and digital. The actual machinery wires, transistors, and circuits is called hardware; the instructions and data are called software.

All general-purpose computers require the following hardware components:

In addition to these components, many others make it possible for the basic components to work together efficiently. For example, every computer requires a bus that transmits data from one part of the computer to another.

Computer Classification: By Size and Power

Most people associate a personal computer (PC) with the phrase computer.  A PC is a small and relatively inexpensive computer designed for an individual

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Entry Level Computer Jobs, Employment in Los Angeles, CA

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Pasadena, CA 91101 (South area)



$19.17 an hour

  • We are looking for coachable, enthusiastic, and dependable people who want to enter the field of personal training.
  • Generate client and staff referrals.


California Professional Group

Los Angeles, CA



$13 – $19 an hour

  • Computer Technician Apprentices also install and update software packages, and create and maintain computer networks.
  • Friendly and courteous at all times.



$50,000 – $65,000 a year

Microsoft SQL Server: 1 year

Microsoft Excel: 3 years

  • Junior level knowledge of Database Administration for MSSQL Server(1 year).
  • Configure and maintain database servers and processes, including monitoring of…



$17 – $20 an hour

  • General data entry; includes setting up new customer accounts, entering contact information and medical history, and other pertinent information.



$25 – $35 an hour

  • Tech contractors are responsible for having their own tools and vehicle (including vehicle maintenance).
  • We will cover expenses
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The Computer Professional Employee Exemption in California (2020)

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To learn more about the minimum wage, see our Guide to California’s Minimum Wage Laws in 2020 and Beyond.↥

To learn more about California’s overtime law, see our article: The Ultimate Guide to California’s Overtime Wage Laws.↥

See, e.g., Cal. Code Regs., tit. 8, § 11040, subds. 3 [overtime], 4 [minimum wage], 5 [reporting time pay], 12 [rest periods]. Subdivison 1(A) of that wage order provides that subdivisions 3 to 12 “shall not apply to persons employed in administrative, executive, or professional capacities.”↥

29 U.S.C. § 213(a); Labor Code, § 515, subd. (a) [“The Industrial Welfare Commission may establish exemptions from the requirement that an overtime rate of compensation be paid pursuant to Sections 510 and 511 for executive, administrative, and professional employees . . . .”]; Cal. Code of Regs., tit. 8, § 11040, subd. (1)(A).↥

See, e.g., Sav-On Drug Stores, Inc. v. Superior Court (2004) 34 Cal.4th 319,

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