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Blog // Connect South Carolina

iPads are a valued tool in the special education classroom

By Wil Payton

iPads are rapidly become the tech tool of choice in special education classrooms. These devices provide versatility for students who might find pen and paper, or even a computer mouse, challenging due to motor skills impairments. Additionally, they can help remove the stigma typically associated with being a special education student. Tablets provide a level of privacy for students whose reading levels may vary significantly. Below is an excerpt from a Washington Post article that shows how significantly privacy impacts the learning environment: “If you’re in high school and you’re reading Diary of a Wimpy Kid because that’s what you can...

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Broadband Internet Access Basics - Data Validation

By CSC Staff

Contributor: Daryl Coffey I spend countless hours determining how accurately each platform is represented on South Carolina’s state maps.  In South Carolina, I verify each of these platforms by going out into the field with tools, test equipment and data.  We refer to this process as “provider validation.” Provider validation involves driving hundreds of miles following telephone and cable lines, or testing wireless signals in neighborhoods as well as in remote areas.  Naturally, when people see me holding up an antenna while typing on a computer in the back of an SUV, they’re curious about my intent.  When I inform them...

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Broadband Internet Access Basics

By CSC Staff

Contributor:  Daryl Coffey We talk a lot about broadband and bringing it to more homes, businesses, and communities across the nation.  But do you know the different delivery methods for making that access and adoption possible?  If not, don't worry. You're not alone.   DSL, Wi-Fi, and Cable are terms that might look a little strange to someone who isn't paying close attention.  Want to know the differences between broadband delivery methods?  The following is a list of the major broadband delivery methods and how they work: Cable.  In the mid 1990’s cable TV operators began upgrading their equipment to...

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Veterans may soon see telehealth co-pays eliminated and access enhanced

By Wil Payton

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is proposing to amend its regulations to exempt in-home video telehealth care from having any required copayment. This would remove a barrier to choosing in-home video telehealth as a viable medical care option. The VA hopes to make the home a preferred place of care for veterans, whenever medically appropriate and possible. Telehealth is the delivery of health-related services and information via telecommunications technologies. Telehealth could be as simple as two health professionals discussing a case over the telephone or as sophisticated as doing robotic surgery between facilities at different...

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