5 reasons SysAdmins are being celebrated

New infographic celebrates SysAdmin Day 2014

sysadmin-it-infographicDid you know that today, Friday July 25, is the 15th anniversary of SysAdmin Day? We didn’t either, and we’re sure our IT team is glad we do now.

SysAdmins also perform critical tasks for institutions across the country, and to help explain exactly what those tasks are, as well as the character traits needed to perform these tasks well, Untangle–a network software and appliance company– has created an infographic to celebrate SysAdmin Day.

Thank you to all the SysAdmins out there, and for not completely losing it in this era of mobile devices; anytime, anywhere access; data security; and all-online systems.…Read More

Survey: ‘Digital natives’ need more IT support

A new survey claims to show a 'perception gap in how adept students are versus how savvy they are presumed to be.'
A new survey claims to show a 'perception gap in how adept students are versus how savvy they are presumed to be.'

Marc Prensky, the education writer who made popular the phrase “digital native,” says there’s no reason a college freshman should be expected to know every function of even basic computer programs such as Microsoft Word. And Prensky’s claim is reinforced by a recent survey that shows even tech-savvy college students require more campus IT support than you might think.

Only four in 10 college students surveyed said they receive adequate support for education technology tools on campus, although 70 percent of respondents said they would prefer to take a course with “a great deal of technology” if proper IT help was provided, according to Instructors and Students: Technology Use, Engagement, and Learning Outcomes, released April 7 by higher-education research firm Eduventures and Cengage Learning, a Connecticut-based company that provides research, learning, and teaching solutions.

While college students are adept at manipulating complex social-networking tools through their iPhones and BlackBerries, along with video and computer games, “they’re not nearly as proficient when it comes to using digital tools in a classroom setting; this turns the myth that we’re dealing with a whole generation of digital natives on its head,” said William Rieders, executive vice president of global new media for Cengage Learning.…Read More