County’s Information Technology head retires – News – Austin American-Statesman

They guy who took Grayson County’s computer systems from closed mainframes to the internet retired this week.

After 23 years with the county, Ken Miller left the county’s information technology in the hands of his handpicked crew.

“Watching the growth over the last 20 plus years has been fascinating,” he said in an email lst week. “I’ve been very lucky to have a very dedicated, efficient and cohesive team to work with through that growth. Grayson County has been in the spotlight a number of times for successfully leveraging technology to improve processes that allow doing more with less. Our Criminal Justice Processes have been a benchmark for many counties and states.”

The folks that Miller will leave behind are just as proud to have worked with him.

“One of the biggest challenges I ever faced as an independent business person is finding first class, high quality IT support,” said

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Opinion: The positives of virtual learning that nobody is talking about – Opinion – Austin American-Statesman

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, universities across the world pivoted to virtual learning, and a host of negative consequences quickly followed. Virtual learning exhausts students, exacerbates social class differences and mirrors the gender inequities that exist in in-person classes.

And yet for all its drawbacks, virtual learning has an equalizing power that is undeniable. More institutions of higher learning must leverage many of the features that virtual learning provides to reduce bias and increase accessibility and inclusion for students, and to improve learning outcomes in ways not possible in person.

In a physical classroom, the professor is at the podium and students choose their seats in the classroom. This may result in unconscious biases in both the professor and students about the abilities or motivations of various students (front row or back benchers), fueling disparate effects on learning outcomes.

In a virtual setting, the teacher and students have

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