Days into the new school year, virtual classrooms have been disrupted by hackers and pranksters

CHICAGO — The first Chromebook wasn’t working, so Valerie Carroll went back to the school and got a new one. The replacement worked, but the first week of remote learning, her daughter’s class at Chicago’s Nicholson Elementary was derailed by images of pornography and guns.



a person sitting at a table using a laptop: Schools across the country have reported hacks that involve images of guns, pornography and other inappropriate photographs, video or language during virtual classroom sessions.


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Schools across the country have reported hacks that involve images of guns, pornography and other inappropriate photographs, video or language during virtual classroom sessions.

“The kids were in the class and all of a sudden you see porn, you see things that they shouldn’t see,” Carroll said. “They learned about porn, guns, and threats, when they should have been learning about science, math, literacy.”

From what Carroll has gathered, someone with access to the Google Meets link was able to get into the virtual classroom and take over the screen. Similar incidents have been reported at other schools this fall in

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Two days Zonal Seminar on ‘Recent Trends in Science & Technology’ held

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Sept 12: Jammu Sub Centre of Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE) organized two days Zonal Seminar-2020 in online mode on the theme “Recent Trends in Science and Technology”.
Prof Manoj Kumar Dhar, Vice Chancellor, University of Jammu was the chief guest of the inaugural function.
Prof Dhar in his inaugural address emphasized the need of technical collaborations for reducing the gap between basic sciences and engineering applications.
Prof JW Bakal, President, IETE in his presidential remarks emphasized the need of collaborative research and elaborated on the vision of IETE for the benefit of the society especially for students of engineering and technology.
Earlier, while welcoming the august gathering, Prof Pawanesh Abrol, Chairman IETE Jammu Sub Centre informed the participants about the activities carried out by the centre in the recent years.
The inauguration was addressed by Prof P Prabhakar, Vice President, IETE, Prof AP Thakare,

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CloudCheckr Takes AWS Skills Development to New Level with 80 Certifications in 80 Days

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Aug. 31, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — CloudCheckr™, the total visibility cloud governance platform, announced today their employees collectively hold more than 150 AWS Certifications after completing an “80 in 80″ professional development program. CloudCheckr staff across all functions earned a total of 86 Amazon Web Services (AWS) certifications within an 80-day testing window. The professional development effort with AWS builds on an existing relationship. Together, the companies deliver a complete cloud services and cloud management portfolio that provide enterprise customers fast, flexible access to the cloud.” data-reactid=”13″ROCHESTER, N.Y., Aug. 31, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — CloudCheckr™, the total visibility cloud governance platform, announced today their employees collectively hold more than 150 AWS Certifications after completing an “80

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Federal education funding still in limbo days before Alberta back-to-school



a person wearing a purple shirt: Education Minister Adriana LaGrange updates Albertans on the school re-entry plan for the 2020-21 school year.


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Education Minister Adriana LaGrange updates Albertans on the school re-entry plan for the 2020-21 school year.

There is still no timeline for when school authorities will be able to access Alberta’s share of the $2 billion in federal funding pledged last week to support provincial school reopening plans.

The Alberta government said it had not yet received any of its $262.8 million cut of the funding announced Tuesday by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, with school districts in the province only days away from welcoming back students for the fall semester amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Given that the funding was suddenly announced on Tuesday, officials are still working out details on how this funding will be distributed to Alberta’s school authorities,” said Colin Aitchison, press secretary to Education Minister Adriana LaGrange, in a statement.

“At this point I cannot give a timeline as we have not received the

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