As Instagram turns 10, influence still growing

The photo and video sharing app has more than 1 billion users.

This week marks 10 years since the founding of Instagram, the hugely popular social media app that boasts more than a billion users.

One of the most prominent Instagram features is its photo-editing tools: namely, its selection of colorful filters. Frier says the customization that Instagram affords its users has produced millions of eye-catching photos. But it’s also had an impact on the way we behave.

“It gave us permission to perform a little bit on the internet, and polish what we had been through for the consumption of others,” says Frier.

She says the app has even influenced what we eat, and where we travel.

Windham Woods Turns to FirstLight for Internet and Voice Connectivity

Independent school relies on fiber connectivity to support its emphasis on outdoor education

ALBANY, N.Y., Sept. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — FirstLight, a leading provider of fiber-optic data, Internet, data center, cloud, and unified communications services to enterprise and carrier customers throughout the Northeast, announced today that Windham Woods School in Windham, New Hampshire, has selected FirstLight to be its fiber provider offering Internet and unified communications services.

The Windham Woods Campus in Windham, NH.
The Windham Woods Campus in Windham, NH.

Now in its second year of operation, Windham Woods School offers a unique program for students from grades 1 to 10 with mild to moderate learning challenges and whose families are looking for a hands-on, dynamic educational setting. With a 250-acre campus including four miles of private trails, the school emphasizes outdoor education through hands-on learning. Classes have a maximum of 10 students, allowing teachers to truly differentiate their instruction for each child.

The school is built with energy efficiency in mind, and instructors incorporate the facility’s solar panel energy production and geothermal heating into their curriculum.  

“We are a specialized school with unique programming that offers a variety of indoor and outdoor learning environments best suited for our students,” explains Matt Taffel, Assistant Head of School and Middle/Upper School Director. “Fiber connectivity is critical for any school, but with our institution, our students really need interactive technology to help them access the curriculum, while also making the classroom a modern, engaging, and exciting place to be.”

Each child experiences a course unique to Windham Woods focused on Engagement, Communication, and Organization (E.C.O.). “This class meets daily and is designed to help students navigate the ever-changing and often complex social norms inherent in today’s society,” says Taffel. “Technology is a critical tool in that mission.”

The school was so successful in its first