COMMENTARY Sunday Morning Quarterback Evaluating Ohio States 5610 win against Miami

No. 18 Ohio State opened their 2012 season with a 56-10 victory against Miami (Ohio) in Urban Meyer’s first game as head coach. There is still much to be learned about the Buckeyes this season, but a few things were made evident in OSU’s route of the RedHawks. An offense can be fast while going nowhere Even in the first quarter, when the Buckeyes punted four times in four possessions, it was evident how fast Meyer wants his team to play. As the stagnant OSU offense managed just 48 yards in the opening quarter, sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller continued to hurry his teammates back to the line of scrimmage for another play. This offense will struggle at times, but they will not compromise their game plan, or their aggression.  But when moving it’s a thing of beauty After a shaky first quarter the Buckeyes responded with an offensive barrage. It took the offense only four plays to move the ball 83 yards for their first touchdown of the season, and from that point forward the Buckeyes moved down field at a rapid pace. In the second quarter alone, OSU accounted for 297 yards of offense; more yards in one quarter than they had in five games last season. With Miller at quarterback, Ohio State had four touchdown drives of more than 50 yards. None of those drives took more than nine plays.  Braxton Miller in a nutshell Miller’s performance was essentially a microcosm of what I expect his season will look like. At times, his play will remind everybody that he is just a sophomore learning a brand new system. He showed that he still struggles throwing the deep ball, missing an open Evan Spencer three times in the first half. The first pass attempt was overthrown and the next two were underthrown. All three could have been touchdowns. But after starting the game by completing just 1 of 7 passes for five yards, Miller caught fire, connecting on 13 of his next 17 attempts for two touchdowns and no interceptions. Miller also broke the school record for rushing yards by a quarterback in a game, accounting for 161 yards on the ground. The secondary was second best The Buckeyes’ secondary could be a cause of concern this season. Miami quarterback Zac Dysert finished with 303 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions, but could have had an even better game. The Buckeyes benefited from several dropped passes by Miami receivers, and will have to tighten up their coverage as the move closer to conference play. Give an extra helmet sticker to… The OSU wide receivers. Last season, the team’s leading receiver had 14 receptions. Yesterday, Corey “Philly” Brown led the team with seven. That’s a testament to how anemic OSU’s aerial attack was last year. But it also indicates how improved the receivers, and in particular Brown, are. Brown is clearly a focal point of Meyer’s offense, and one of Miller’s favorite targets. He was used in a multitude of ways, lining up out wide, in the slot and occasionally, in the backfield. Sophomore Devin Smith’s acrobatic, one-handed touchdown reception in the second quarter could be the play of the year in college football. It also ended OSU’s offensive drought, and provided a much-needed spark of excitement to the entire stadium. read more

Womens soccer returns home to take on Fighting Illini

Junior midfielder Ellyn Gruber (5) attempts to win the ball during a match against Pittsburgh Aug. 28 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 2-0.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorNearly three weeks after the team’s last home game, the Ohio State women’s soccer team is scheduled to return to Columbus to face Illinois. The matchup with the Fighting Illini (5-2-1) will be the conference opener for the Buckeyes, as they look to improve upon their current 6-1-1 record, including a 3-0-1 slate at home.The Buckeyes are currently on a three-game winning streak, continuing last week with a sweep at the Hoosier Classic. After goals from junior midfielder Ellyn Gruber and senior midfielder Danica Wu, the Buckeyes defeated Central Michigan 2-0 Friday.Buckeye goalies, senior Rachel Middleman and sophomore Jillian McVicker, helped shut out a St. John’s team, 1-0, that had been averaging 3.5 goals per game.“I (was) very proud of our squad… to be put in a situation to play a rested team on a Sunday morning was unfortunate,” said coach Lori Walker. “We stepped up to the challenge and played very well as a team.”Following Sunday’s match, the Buckeyes have moved up near the top of the Big Ten in some defensive categories as they begin conference play Friday. OSU now ranks third in goals against and corner kicks allowed, and fourth in total goals allowed, only giving up five goals through its first eight games.The teams last met in Bloomington, Ind., for the 2012 Big Ten Tournament championship. The Buckeyes took home their third Big Ten tournament title when they defeated the Illini, 2-1.Coming into the season, the Fighting Illini were picked to finish third in the preseason coaches poll, one spot better than the Buckeyes.Offensively, Illinois is led by redshirt-junior forward Janelle Flaws with eight goals and senior midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo, who has four goals of her own. Although the Illini have scored 28 goals on the season, they have given up 18 goals defensively in eight games.The game is set to start at 5 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

CeCe Winans Let Them Fall In Love For The Record

first_img For The Record: Jennifer Lopez And Marc Anthony For The Record: CeCe Winans’ ‘Let Them Fall …’ cece-winans-let-them-fall-love-record-0 For The Record: CeCe Winans, ‘Let Them Fall … ‘ Winans’ GRAMMY win for her 2017 gospel album arrived 30 years after her win for the 1987 hit “For Always” that she sang with her brother, BeBe WinansPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Feb 22, 2018 – 4:34 pm After close to a decade concentrating on ministry at Nashville Life Church with husband Alvin Love, the 2017 album Let Them Fall In Love restated the strength of CeCe Winans’ musical and devotional message. It won Best Gospel Album at the 60th GRAMMY Awards and its track “Never Have To Be Alone” won for Best Gospel Performance/Song. Dave Chappelle For The Record: ‘The Age Of Spin …’ For The Record: Little Big Town’s ‘The Road …” For The Record: Harrison’s ‘All Things Must Pass’ Metallica: “One” | For The Record For The Record: Juan Gabriel Bob Marley & The Wailers’ ‘Exodus’: For The Record Revisit Janet Jackson’s ‘Rhythm Nation 1814’ For The Record: Michael Jackson For The Record: ‘The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill’ For The Record: B.B. King’s “Auld Lang Syne” For The Record: CeCe Winans, ‘Let Them Fall … ‘ For The Record: B.B. King’s “Auld Lang Syne” For The Record: Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ Metallica: “One” | For The Record For The Record: Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ For The Record: Bruno Mars’ ’24K Magic’ Madonna: ‘Ray Of Light’ | For The Record For The Record: Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” For The Record: Linda Ronstadt’s ‘Canciones …’ Alanis Morissette: ‘Jagged Little Pill’ For The Record: Bruno Mars’ ’24K Magic’ For The Record: Jennifer Lopez And Marc Anthony Kendrick Lamar, ‘DAMN.’: For The Record For The Record: Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ David Bowie’s ‘…Ziggy Stardust…’ | For The Record Kendrick Lamar, ‘DAMN.’: For The Record Winans’ GRAMMY wins began with the 1987 hit “For Always” performed with her brother, BeBe Winans. Still going strong 30 years later, her total GRAMMY wins so far have risen to an even dozen. And fittingly, “For Always” describes the impact she has had on American gospel and R&B music and on listeners’ hearts.CeCe Winans’ family of gospel-enthused recording artists and performers has a complex, marvelous history. Her 1984 album, Lord Lift Us Up, with BeBe drew a Best Soul Gospel Performance By A Duo Or Group nomination at the 27th GRAMMY Awards, their first. BeBe has six career GRAMMYs, as does brother Marvin. As a group, the Winans — Carvin, Michael, Marvin, and Ronald — have five GRAMMY wins.Additional family members, including the parents and the siblings’ children, account for many more GRAMMY nominations. That’s some spirit, accompanied by a gospel legacy almost too awesome to absorb.Taking a look at CeCe’s half-dozen gospel album GRAMMY wins before Let Them Fall In Love, they are bookmarked by collaborations with BeBe — 1991’s Different Lifestyles and 2009’s Still. Between those years, four of her solo albums won — her first solo LP, 1995’s Alone In His Presence, followed by CeCe Winans (2001), Purified (2005), and Thy Kingdom Come (2008).We don’t have to imagine the faith that produced this rich collection of excellence because we can listen to it. NPR described just one track of CeCe Winans’ latest as “a mighty blast of joy,” so step right up. Read more Metallica: “One” | For The Record For The Record: ‘From A Room: Volume 1′ For The Record: Calle 13 For The Record: Bee Gees’ ‘Saturday Night Fever’ News For The Record: Beck’s ‘Morning Phase’ Bob Marley & The Wailers’ ‘Exodus’: For The Record Pearl Jam: ‘Ten’ | For The Record For The Record Madonna: ‘Ray Of Light’ | For The Record Dave Chappelle For The Record: ‘The Age Of Spin …’ For The Record: Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” For The Record: Adele, ’25’ For The Record: Calle 13 For The Record: Carlos Santana Revisit Janet Jackson’s ‘Rhythm Nation 1814’ Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’: For The Record Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’: For The Record For The Record: Adele, ’25’ For The Record: Juan Gabriel For The Record: CeCe Winans, ‘Let Them Fall … ‘ Facebook For The Record: Bee Gees’ ‘Saturday Night Fever’ For The Record: ‘From A Room: Volume 1′ For The Record: Adele, ’25’ For The Record: John Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme’ Madonna: ‘Ray Of Light’ | For The Record For The Record: Carlos Santana For The Record: B.B. King’s “Auld Lang Syne” Pearl Jam: ‘Ten’ | For The Record For The Record: N.W.A’s ‘Straight Outta Compton’ For The Record: Calle 13 For The Record: Shakira For The Record: Bee Gees’ ‘Saturday Night Fever’ Prev Next Kendrick Lamar, ‘DAMN.’: For The Record For The Record: John Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme’ Twitter For The Record: Cole’s “The Christmas Song” For The Record: Harrison’s ‘All Things Must Pass’ Bob Marley & The Wailers’ ‘Exodus’: For The Record Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs” For The Record: ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’ David Bowie’s ‘…Ziggy Stardust…’ | For The Record For The Record: ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’ Pearl Jam: ‘Ten’ | For The Record For The Record: Little Big Town’s ‘The Road …” For The Record: Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ For The Record: Linda Ronstadt’s ‘Canciones …’ Alanis Morissette: ‘Jagged Little Pill’ For The Record: Shakira For The Record: Little Big Town’s ‘The Road …” For The Record: Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back To Black’ For The Record: N.W.A’s ‘Straight Outta Compton’ For The Record: ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ Email For The Record: Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ Revisit The Beatles’ ‘Revolver’ For The Record: ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’ Revisit Janet Jackson’s ‘Rhythm Nation 1814’ For The Record: Cole’s “The Christmas Song” For The Record: ‘The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill’ For The Record: Juan Gabriel David Bowie’s ‘…Ziggy Stardust…’ | For The Record For The Record: Carlos Santana For The Record: Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back To Black’ For The Record: Linda Ronstadt’s ‘Canciones …’ For The Record: Cole’s “The Christmas Song” For The Record: Beck’s ‘Morning Phase’ For The Record: Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back To Black’ For The Record: Harrison’s ‘All Things Must Pass’ For The Record: Bruno Mars’ ’24K Magic’ Revisit The Beatles’ ‘Revolver’ For The Record: John Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme’ NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Feb 22, 2018 – 4:29 pm For The Record: CeCe Winans, ‘Let Them Fall … ‘ For The Record: ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ Revisit The Beatles’ ‘Revolver’ For The Record: N.W.A’s ‘Straight Outta Compton’ For The Record: Beck’s ‘Morning Phase’ For The Record: Jennifer Lopez And Marc Anthony Daft Punk For The Record: ‘Random Access Memories’ For The Record: Michael Jackson For The Record: ‘From A Room: Volume 1’ For The Record: ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ For The Record: Shakira Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’: For The Record For The Record: ‘The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill’ For The Record: Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” Dave Chappelle For The Record: ‘The Age Of Spin …’ For The Record: Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ CeCe Winans, ‘Let Them Fall In Love’: For The Record Alanis Morissette: ‘Jagged Little Pill’ For The Record: Michael Jackson Daft Punk For The Record: ‘Random Access Memories’ Daft Punk For The Record: ‘Random Access Memories’last_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Former Selectman Mike Champoux Endorses Greg Bendel Kevin Caira

first_imgDear Editor,In Wilmington, at least in recent times, it is unusual to see so many candidates vying for the office of Board of Selectman. One might argue that having a larger pool of candidates to choose from is a positive thing illustrating a revived interest in local civics among the broader population. But, all one needs to do is do a bit of a deeper dive into the candidate list and, in my opinion, it becomes clear that the actual choices are far more limited than it may appear. Specifically, for the two three-year seats in contest,  I will be voting with great enthusiasm for Selectman Greg Bendel and Selectman Kevin Caira to maintain their seats on our Board of Selectmen. Here are just a few reasons.I served with Greg and Kevin on the Board. While I had known both gentlemen socially before they ran for the office three years ago, it was when serving side-by-side with them where I developed a very high level of respect and admiration for them both. In times when there were challenging and sometime opposing views on matters between us as members of the Board, these gentlemen remained professional, polite and respectful, even as we sometimes cast opposing votes. Their ability and desire to make their arguments with seriousness and passion while staying away from being confrontational shows them to be of tremendous character. In the contentious society we live in today that has been on display in social media and in public, it is refreshing to see Government officials who are unpaid volunteers in service to their neighbors, be able to disagree with colleagues or others without being disagreeable. They serve as an example of how we all should conduct ourselves in public and online.I have seen it suggested that the town needs to move in a different direction. That somehow, our community is in bad shape. While that may be a politically sexy thing to say, it is simply untrue. Wilmington is fortunate to be in a position where home values have continuously been on the rise.  For many residents, our homes represent our greatest asset and our nestegg.  I don’t know about you, but I would rather see my property value increasing than decreasing.  We maintain high level services throughout the community and schools all while maintaining a desirable residential tax-rate compared to a number of similar sized nearby communities.  We maintain a strong operational reserve account.  This protects the town if we experience another economic down turn.  We will be able to maintain services and staffing levels by having access to these “rainy day” funds.  Additionally, being prudent in maintaining these reserves is viewed favorably by the credit rating agencies.  So, when the town eventually seeks to borrow funds for any municipal construction projects in the future (Fire sub-station, School administration building, senior center, etc), our enviable AA+ bond rating will afford us the most favorable borrowing rates.  I could go on with more examples of how the town is being, and has been well managed for many years.  But, the point I am making is that these and other positive attributes of our town government are in place because of the stewardship and direction set by Greg Bendel and Kevin Caira on the Board of Selectmen.  I would argue that if the train is running well on the track it is on, it makes no sense at all to change to a new set of tracks.Greg Bendel and Kevin Caira have my full confidence and they should have yours too.  I encourage Wilmington Residents to vote for the men of reason, respect and honor, Greg Bendel and Kevin Caira for Selectman.Sincerely,Mike ChampouxLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: New Finance Director & Town Accountant AppointedIn “Government”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Bendel & Caira Are Trustworthy & Keep Their Campaign PromisesIn “Letter To The Editor”SELECTMEN NEWS: Board Supports Fire & Police Substation In North Wilmington; Town To Vote On Project In April 2020?In “Government”last_img read more

University teacher suspended over sexual harassment allegation

first_imgCumilla University gate. File PhotoA teacher of Cumilla University has been suspended on allegations of harassing two female students sexually, reports UNB. Cumilla University (CU) authorities took the decision and suspended the teacher on Wednesday night, said Abu Taher, acting registrar of the university. Talking to media, Taher said that two female students submitted a written complaint against Management Studies department assistant professor and the provost of Kazi Nazrul Islam Hall GM Azmal Kawsar. On the basis of the written allegations, the university authorities suspended GM Kawsar temporarily for violating rules and regulations of the university. Kawsar would not take part in any academic and administrative activities until further notice, he said. Earlier on 9 April, the two female students of evening EMBA course submitted written complaints, accusing Azmal Kawsar of harassing them by sending obscene pictures and messages over Facebook.last_img read more

Miguel to lead strong pack

first_imgSpanish pro Miguel Ángel Jiménez, one of the most charismatic players in world golf, will headline a strong field comprising players from Europe and Asia as the Hero Indian Open gets underway here next month.The 51st edition of India’s national open will be held from February 19 to 22 at the historic Delhi Golf Club in the national capital. The Hero India Open, which carries an enhanced prize purse of US $ 1.5 million, will also be making its debut on the European Tour from this year. The announcement was made at a press conference held in the Capital on 21 January. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Continuing its association with Golf in general and the Hero Indian Open in particular, for the tenth year in succession, Pawan Munjal, Vice Chairman, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Hero MotoCorp Ltd said, “Golf is fast emerging as a popular sport among the youth in India, and we are glad to have played a catalyst role in this movement. Hero MotoCorp has been associated with golf for close to two decades now, thereby nurturing the game since its nascent stage. The Hero Indian Open being co-sanctioned by the European Tour from this year is an acknowledgement of the rising stature of Indian golf in the world arena. We look forward to seeing some top-class golf at the Hero Indian Open 2015.” Even as entries continue to come in, some of the top stars, including Sidikkur who won the event in 2013, are expected to feature in the coming edition. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSSP Chowrasia and Anirban Lahiri, who were both tied second and Rashid Khan and Chiragh Kumar, who were tied fourth, on that occasion, are also expected to tee up at the event. The field is also expected to include the likes of Jeev Milkha Singh, Arjun Atwal and Jyoti Randhawa, the only three-time Indian winner of the Hero Indian Open. Over the next few weeks, as the entries come in, more top names from European and Asian Tours will be confirmed. Nimbus Sport, which has promoted the Hero Indian Open since 2011, has acquired the rights to manage the tournament for the next three editions from 2015 to 2017. The Hero Indian Open has been synonymous with the rise of golf in India, and has been at the forefront of unearthing some of the best golfing talents that the country has seen, including the likes of Arjun Atwal, Jeev Milkha Singh, Jyoti Randhawa, Shiv Kapur and Gaganjeet Bhullar.last_img read more

Intl child trafficking racket Kingpin held from Gujarat

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Police has arrested a person from Gujrat for allegedly kidnapping and selling several children in foreign countries. The accused Mayur Vyas was arrested on Saturday.According to the sources, a case was registered regarding child trafficking around a month ago. Kolkata Police came to about the racket through an e-mail from the American Consulate in Kolkata. Consulate informed that a few months ago several children were taken to the US with fake passports. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeWhile checking with the passports, the US police identified that the passports were fake. The identities of the children were not matching as per the information on the passport. Upon being informed, the anti-human trafficking unit of Kolkata Police initiated a probe. During November Kolkata Police tracked down four persons. They were arrested from India Exchange Place. The four persons identified as Azad Chowdhury, Shahaziya Chowdhury, Nasir Hossain and Sanjay Kumar Singh. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAzad and Shahziya are husband and wife. Sources informed that both of them used to pose as the parents of the trafficked children. Hossain and Singh used to prepare fake documents to procure passports for the children. After everything was arranged, the couple used to take the children to the US and sell them against a sum of money. The four are being remanded to police custody till December 5. During police custody, they were interrogated thoroughly to know more about the racket. The four told police about others who are working in the racket. From them police came to about Vyas and started tracking him. The other state police were also informed. A few days ago, Kolkata Police came to know that Vyas was in Gujrat. Immediately, a team of Kolkata Police got in touch with Gujrat Police and asked for assistance. According to the sources, upon receiving the information, Gujrat Police detained Vyas and handed him over to Kolkata Police on Saturday. He was arrested and produced before a local court in Gujrat with an appeal for transit remand which was granted. On Sunday, Vyas was brought to Kolkata and produced before a court with a prayer for police custody. The sleuths suspect several more persons are connected with this racket.last_img read more

State to develop electronic hardware parks for IT boost

first_imgKolkata: The State Information Technology and Electronics (IT&E) department recently held a meeting to chalk out plans of expanding the Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) sector in Bengal through establishment of electronic and hardware parks at various locations.The meeting, chaired by state additional Chief Secretary of IT & E department Debashis Sen, saw representatives from electronic manufacturing industry and industry bodies/ associations. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseOrganisations such as KOTRA, ELMA, Compass and Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services attended the meet and expressed their views on the prospect of ESDM sector in Bengal. In August last year, the state IT department had come up with an IT policy intending to transform Bengal into a knowledge-driven technologically enabled welfare society with extensive use of IT for increasing employment opportunities and promoting the state as a preferred investment destination. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe state IT department has established two electronic parks — one at Naihati and another at Falta with an aim to promote electronic manufacturing industry in the state. Lands of both these parks are owned by state government. “We have also come up with a hardware park at Sonarpur on 10.72 acres. We will soon start construction of another hardware park at Kalyani,” a senior official of the IT& E department said. Senior officials in the IT department mentioned about the huge opportunity in solar electronics and mobile manufacturing industry and by creating physical IT infrastructure with a nominal lease premium rate. “We are trying to build up a conductive environment for electronic manufacturing sector. The industry representatives present in the meeting expressed their interest in this initiative and in developing a holistic ESDM eco-system together with the state government,” the official added. The rates of land lease premium for various electronic and hardware parks were revealed in the meeting that was held at Webel Bhavan in Sector V. The state IT department has already prepared brochures for highlighting the high quality infrastructure of the electronic parks and the procedure to get space in the park which was released during the Bengal Global Business Summit held this month.last_img read more

Will You Be the Next Great EducationTech Entrepreneur

first_img 4 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Are you an investor looking for the next best socially minded business or an entrepreneur looking for hot industries where you can have a big impact? Then education should be near the top of your list.The education-technology sector is ripe for disruption, investment and rapid growth, while offering the coveted opportunity to dramatically alter people’s lives and the global economy.The number of new startups and funding arriving to the field is undeniable (according to CB Insights, industry funding reached $1.25 billion last year). Yet it’s one of a few sectors that have not caught up with the wave of innovation that has transformed the manufacturing, media and health care industries.  Related: Cornering a Missed Pocket of the Ed-Tech MarketU.S. education is poised for change. Teachers and students alike are increasingly disillusioned, disheartened and disengaged. American students’ performance on standardized tests has been disappointing.Professors cite incoming students’ lack of college readiness and business leaders point to a significant gap between the skills employees need and those possessed by job seekers.  Yet, the possibility of improving education has never been brighter. Leaders are calling for more rigorous standards, greater accountability and innovation. Schools and colleges are ready to change the status quo and technology can play a critical role in this transformation.Educational institutions need better curriculum materials; streamlined systems; tools that empower educators, students and parents; and a commitment to embrace the change.Technology combined with educational expertise can have a powerful effect on learning.  The Center for Digital Education estimates that U.S. public elementary schools and colleges and universities will spend $20.4 billion on ed tech in 2014. The greatest areas of growth in this field are being driven by two emerging educational models: blended learning, a combination of face-to-face and online instruction, and personalized learning, educational activities tailored to students’ individual needs as determined by frequent assessments.To be clear, no technology can outperform a great educator. The best ed-tech offerings must reflect this by freeing up educators’ time and empowering them with data and tools that enhance their ability to teach.Imagine the impact on student achievement and outcomes if educators and institutions were armed with the caliber of technology that doctors and hospitals are starting to embrace.The challenges in education require an infusion of passionate new ideas and voices.Related: Why Everyone Wants a Piece of Ed TechBefore jumping headlong into ed tech, understand some unique market conditions in this burgeoning sector. State governmental regulations can create a significant barrier to innovation, as can the slow pace of institutional decision making.System-wide purchasing cycles in schools and districts and colleges and universities last nearly a year. That’s why many startups focus on freemium-pricing models and letting individual educators adopt their tools as opposed to institution-wide procurement.Additionally, standards and policies vary across states, which can increase development costs and complicate the sales process. That said, the adoption of Common Core State Standards for kindergarten through grade 12 has allowed for some efficiencies.To succeed in ed tech, investors, entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial companies must take into account these guidelines:Offer solutions that challenge the status quo and foster innovation among educators. New technologies can’t simply digitize a paper-based system.Entrepreneurs who think they know education because they went to school will fail. This is a complex ecosystem with ever-changing needs. Understand current issues, policies and trends. Spend time in schools or on college campuses and talk with education professionals.The voices of educators, students and parents are integral to identifying real educational needs and for product development and implementation.Understand as well that there has been a legacy of great educators and administrators. Yet, technology with the power to change education can fit seamlessly into an institution’s workflow and enhance instruction, instead of seeking to replace it.Establish a clear and realistic path to generating revenue that factors in sales cycles, institutions’ and educators’ funding sources and budgets and perceived value.Authenticity is paramount. Be motivated by mission, not money.  America’s students and education institutions deserve the best. More entrepreneurs with new ideas and innovations are needed — as well as real solutions that will help educators and students. Do you have what it takes to be the next great ed-tech entrepreneur? Related: This Is Bill and Melinda Gates’ Prediction for the Future of Online Education  Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. February 20, 2015 Register Now »last_img read more

Half of US internet homes now own a connected TV d

first_imgHalf of US internet homes now own a connected TV device, such as a games console, streaming media player or smart TV, according to NPD Group.The new research claims that the smart TV industry was a “primary driver” of growth and that the total number of US homes with a connected TV device is now 46 million, a 4 million home increase from Q2 2014.“The increase in the number of homes that use a TV with apps is the result of three very important factors. Sales of TVs with apps have skyrocketed, their user interfaces have improved and there has been a surge in available premium services and programming,” said NPD’s executive director, Connected Intelligence, John Buffone.According to NPD’s Retail Tracking Service, 45% of TVs sold in the US during Q2 supported apps, up from 34% last year and 24% two years ago, with more consumers also now connecting their smart TVs to the web.In Q2, some 69% of all installed internet-capable TVs were connected, compared to 61% last year and 45% two years ago, said the research.Netflix remained the “most commonly used” service among US homes with connected TVs in Q2, followed by YouTube, Amazon Prime/Instant Video, Hulu and HBO Go or HBO Now.“We’re living in the golden age of TV where significant investments are being made in developing original series. This is being enabled by growth in online services such as Hulu and Amazon Video as well as industry leading TV networks benefiting from the large pay TV subscriber base and fast developing over-the-top audience that uses apps on TV,” Buffone.last_img read more