Showing posts with label digital future. Show all posts
Showing posts with label digital future. Show all posts

Monday, May 8, 2023

The Guardian: "The digital media bubble has burst. Where does the industry go from here?"

"Toward the end of Traffic, a new account of the early rock n roll years of internet publishing, Ben Smith writes that the failings of Buzzfeed News had come about as a result of a “utopian ideology, from a kind of magical thinking”.

No truer words, perhaps, for a digital-based business that for a decade paddled in a warm bath of venture capital funding but never fully controlled its pricing and distribution, a basic business requirement that applies to information as much as it does to selling lemonade in the school yard or fossil fuels.

Buzzfeed News, a pioneer of the internet news business that walked away with a Pulitzer Prize for international reporting in 2021, said it was shutting down its newsroom on 20 April after shares in the company tumbled 90% since the company went public. Buzzfeed CEO Jonah Peretti said the company “can no longer continue to fund” the site.

But that was just one of the pieces of bad news hitting the digital media sector."
Continue reading the article online (subscription maybe required) -> 

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Country Gazette will cease printing, go full digital only

"The Country Gazette will cease publishing a print newspaper and will instead exclusively offer news online at, on social media, via digital newsletters and other platforms. The final print edition of The Country Gazette will be May 6, 2022. "

Country Gazette will cease printing, go full digital only
Country Gazette will cease printing, go full digital only

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Baker-Polito Administration Releases Future of Work Report

Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) tweeted  on Tue, Jul 13, 2021:
To address key findings, our plan proposes support for several critical areas, including:

🏘️ Housing
🛠️ Workforce Training
🏙️ Downtown Development
🏥 Substance Use & Behavioral Health Programming
🚸 Child Care
🚗 Transportation Flexibility & Improvements

Full press release link ->

The report provides eight core insights:
  1. Demand for office real estate may fall as workers spend more time in residential areas due to hybrid work.
  2. Hybrid work will likely drive demand for flexible childcare options, requiring childcare business models to evolve.
  3. Public transit ridership is likely to fall, with the steepest decline likely in commuter rail.
  4. Business travel may be structurally reduced from pre-pandemic levels.
  5. Workforce training may be required at an unprecedented scale and pace.
  6. The Commonwealth population is likely to grow, albeit more slowly than pre-pandemic
  7. Existing equity challenges will intensify.
  8. Equitable housing opportunities will be key to retaining and attracting people.
Download the full report here to read:

Shared from Twitter:

Commonwealth Magazine coverage:

Boston Globe coverage

Future of Work Report
Future of Work Report

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

CommonWealth Magazine: "how the pandemic will shape the future"


"IT WAS A YEAR AGO this week that it became clear how completely our world would be turned upside down. After mounting global concern about a deadly new respiratory illness originating in China, the novel coronavirus, as we initially referred to it, established a firm foothold in the US and the country was soon in a nearly complete lockdown. On March 10, Gov. Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency in Massachusetts. A year later, more than 500,000 lives have been lost in the US, more than 2.5 million people have died worldwide.

With an all-out vaccination effort now underway, we are hoping the worst is behind us. As much as we long for a return to life as we knew it, the pandemic seems destined to have a lasting effect on many aspects of our daily world, changes that will endure long after we have corralled the virus itself.

CommonWealth asked a range of leading thinkers and doers in various fields to offer their best take, one year after the pandemic outbreak, on how the experience will reshape our world going forward."

Continue reading the article online

Monday, April 1, 2019

Portrait of a Graduate -- Invites to the Community

From School Superintendent Sara Ahern's report to the School Committee on Mar 26, 2019:
"We are excited to be engaging with community members in a VISIONING process, designed to define our Portrait of a Graduate and the essential skills we need to develop among all of our high school graduates in order for them to thrive today and in their futures. An invitation recently went out in the district’s newsletter, but we’d be delighted if additional individuals would join us, as we still have some spaces."
Thursday April 4, 2019 OR Monday April 8, 2019 at 7 PM

This is a PreK-12 experience and is not limited to those affiliated with Franklin High School.

We are asking for RSVPs for planning purposes:
Please join us!

If you are interested in learning more about Portrait of a Graduate, this background article may be of interest to you:

At one time Davis Thayer was Franklin High School, what does a FHS graduate  need to look like to be successful in our changing world?
At one time Davis Thayer was Franklin High School, what does a FHS graduate
need to look like to be successful in our changing world?

Sunday, November 25, 2018

In the News: marijuana not on campus; digital drivers licenses coming

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"Marijuana is a big part of campus life, but it’s still not welcome. 
Massachusetts colleges and universities prohibit marijuana on campus across the state, despite voters approving recreational marijuana more than two years ago.
The reasons to ban it vary, but schools by and large invoke federal law and landlord status to make sure the drug – ever popular among college students – is not allowed.
“Colleges have landlord privilege and Massachusetts law says any landlord can ban marijuana from its facilities,” explained Jim Borghesani, who worked on the campaign to legalize recreational marijuana."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

"Millions of people may be able to show their smartphones rather than a plastic card to prove they’re legit to drive, vote or buy a beer in coming years. 
Louisiana in July became the first state to make digital licenses available to anyone who wants them, and at least 14 other states either have developed a program, run a pilot or are studying the possibility, according to the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators. 
Seventy-seven percent of American adults already own a smartphone, including 94 percent of adults under 30, and many state motor vehicle officials think residents will appreciate the convenience of having their driver’s license available in an app."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

"sexting is the new first base"

Did you catch the Boston Globe Magazine article on Sunday?
"In the affluent seaside town of Duxbury, Massachusetts (nicknamed “Deluxeberry,” for its oceanfront homes), rumors of the not-so-secret Dropbox account had been circulating all year. On it were said to be folders named after some 50 Duxbury High School girls, each containing revealing or even nude photos. 
How had those photos, known as “noods” in Internet slang, come to exist? Some girls had sent their photos to boyfriends, trusting that they would keep them private; others to boys they were crushing on, hoping to impress or land a potential hookup. Some had refused requests for pictures, but out of frustration or vindictiveness, someone doctored up nude photos with their name or face and posted it anyway."

This is timely as there is a forum on Monday, Oct 16 at Franklin High School to discuss this very issue.

SEXT ED: A forum on teen sexting and changing the law - Oct 16
SEXT ED: A forum on teen sexting and changing the law - Oct 16

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Digital Learning Committee and Science/STEM Presentations

The documents scheduled for presentation and discussion at the Franklin, MA School Committee meeting on Tuesday, May 9, 2017.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Franklin Historical Museum Event At Almont Gallery In Medway - Aug 28

A unique event allowing a rare opportunity to view selected vintage photographs from the collection of the Franklin Historical Museum will be held at Almont Gallery and Studios August 28th. The public is invited to view classic vintage photos from the museum’s collection which have been digitized for clearer and closer viewing. The images will be shown on giant poster size digital display units hung throughout this one-of-a-kind gallery. 

This is a unique chance to see Franklin’s historic photographs like you’ve never seen them before. Many of the photos are labeled with dates and information, but guests will have the opportunity to name people, locations and events not previously identified. The images date from the early 1900s through the 1950s and include photos of FHS Athletic teams, police and fire department photos, factory and mill images, family photos and many more.

If you love Franklin, love history, love photography and love unique social events, you won’t want to miss this chance to see these vintage photographs come to life. If you find a favorite image, you’ll have the opportunity to purchase the photo.

Almont Gallery is located at Medway Mills, 161 Main Street, across from Choate Park. The event starts at 3:00PM and runs to 6:30PM, light refreshments will be served. 

We look forward to seeing you there and sharing our collection. Admission is free of charge.

Almont Gallery and Studios
Almont Gallery and Studios

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Live reporting: Digital Learning

c. Technology/ Digital Learning

(notes captured via Twitter/Instagram to be integrated here later)

(be sure to scroll within the Storify widget to review all the entries)

bill of rights - promoting responsibility and moving away from restrictions

incorporated the acceptable use policy into the 'bill of rights'

incorporated 'frequently asked questions' into the 'bill of rights' to help provide the other answers on how to use this

Tim Raposa - "someday all the technology will be behind the scenes just as the pencils and paper are today"

O'Malley - the # of teachers is impressive, at some point could we have a report on technology stuff, what is working, what isn't and where it is going. You have to keep demanding what you need.

The acceptable use policy would need to be revisited. Doing so needs to be a coordinated effort with the union and legal as it crosses multiple arenas

"this is moving faster than parents are aware", the google docs with collaboration is social networking and may not have parent oversight

equity in technology is also an issue

the bill of rights can help to create the understanding, with a BYOD policy, we can't track where those device go, that is not our purview

we do have software at the high school to do tracking and there have been some tough conversation in the principals' office

Venn diagram summarizes the next steps for digital learning
Venn diagram summarizes the next steps for digital learning

Thursday, March 24, 2016

In the News: Pond St sold, finally; d'Entremont recognized as 'digital innovator'

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin

"The Town Council approved, by a six to three vote, the $1.56 million sale of a Pond Street property for a condominium development. 
The development would call for the construction of no more than 99 units on the 33-acre, town-owned property. Sixty-nine of those units would be two-bedroom, while the remaining 30 would have three bedrooms. 
Town Administrator Jeffrey Nutting spoke about the features of the proposed development. 
"There would be a 150-foot wide buffer (between the development and Pond Street)," he said Wednesday. "There would be 17 acres of open space on the perimeter."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

"A Horace Mann Middle School teacher has been named a "digital innovator" by PBS Learning Media for his use of technology in the classroom, the school announced this week. 
The designation allows seventh-grade social studies teacher James d'Entremont access to a year of professional development tools to further advance his ability to enhance student achievement through technology."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Twitter profile photo for Jim d'Entremont
Twitter profile photo for Jim d'Entremont

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Ford Hall Forum - Fall 2015 programs are here!

Digital Rights Management, Balancing Cyber Security and Privacy, Low Turnout in Municipal Elections.

All great topics for today! Too bad the low turnout for elections event is scheduled for After our Nov 3 election. Maybe we'll be able to provide an update on how an increased number of candidates seemed to engage the folks to get out and vote. That at least is my personal objective. To ensure that there is enough info to cast a good ballot and by doing so to entice as many folks as possible to get out and vote. 

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Cory Doctorow


With Digital Rights Management, are our computers controlling us?

Cory Doctorow (science fiction author and Co-Editor of Boing Boing tech blog) 

Rebecca Curtin (Assistant Professor of Law with a focus on copyrights, Suffolk Law School)

Benjamin Ngugi (Associate Professor, Information Systems & Operations Management, Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University)

Leonid Reyzin (Professor of Computer Science with a focus on cryptography, Boston University)

Tues., 10/13/2015, 6:30 p.m.

Co-presented with:

Michael Sulmeyer

Legislation hasn't kept pace with with technological developments, leaving some wondering if privacy as we know it is long dead.

Michael Sulmeyer (Director of Cyber Security Initiative at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government)

Thurs., 10/29/2015, 6:00 p.m.
Reception in lobby at 5:30 p.m. 

Co-presented with:

Elena Letona
Join us for a provocative and thoughtful discussion of the causes, consequences, and possible fixes for low turnout municipal elections.


Sarah Anzia (professor at University of California, Berkeley and author of Timing and Turnout: How Off-Cycle Elections Favor Organized Groups)

Zoltan Hajnal (professor at University of California, San Diego and author of America's Uneven Democracy: Turnout, Race, and Representation in City Politics)

Elena Letona (Executive Director, Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts)

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Thurs., 11/5/2015, 6:30 p.m.

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

5 things for your Sunday reading

It is a slow summer news day here in Franklin but there is good stuff around the internet to read and share. For example:

1 - As parents we are learning to raise our children to be digital citizens. We can not turn to our parents to help in this space. In this article, I like this sentence:
"Bridging the gap isn’t an annual family meeting—it’s a conversation that is on-going until your children leave the nest."
You can read the full article here

2 - For the college students:
"One of the biggest recent trends in entry-level recruiting is the rise of the internship. Summer internships have become a necessary element of a college student’s qualifications for a post-graduation job, and many employers are treating internships as a “three-month interview,” making full-time offers to high performing interns for the following year."

Read the full posting about how to make your summer internships work for you

3 - For the family:
"There is no better time than summer break to spend some quality time in the kitchen with your kids. With all the learning our children do when they are off at school a few things they are not being taught are some pretty important household duties like cooking, cleaning, and laundry - just to name a few."

You can read the full posting on 10 recipes to cook with your kids

4 - For those driving along Lincoln and Daniels St, if you don't already know about the road construction Warren Reynolds provides a good summery;
Quite an extensive stretch of Lincoln Street in Franklin, Mass will be worked on in coming months. Construction will open the Lincoln Street roadbed in sections roughly from Brook Street to Daniels Street. 
Before all work is completed in the fall, new lines will also be installed on Daniels Street (from its intersection with Lincoln Street up to Lenox Drive).

You can read the full article here

5 - And finally for the romantics among us, this is a wonderful time. It takes a couple of minutes to do the build up but then gets rolling. (Keep the tissues handy!)
"What's possible when a community comes together in love and gratitude!"

Originally posted to UpWorthy