Covering Annandale, Bailey's Crossroads and Seven Corners in Fairfax County, Virginia

AI company to expand in Seven Corners

Enabled Intelligence Inc., an artificial intelligence startup, is investing $1.4 million to expand its headquarters in Seven Corners, Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin and the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority announced Sept. 21. The company will add more than 10,000 square feet to its offices at 6400 Arlington Blvd. The two office towers at that site … Continued

Autonomous shuttle offers free rides from Mosaic to Metro

Rep. Gerry Connolly (left) and Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chair Jeffrey McKay in front of Relay.  Relay, the autonomous electric shuttle connecting the Mosaic District in Merrifield to Metro is up and running.  Federal, state, and county officials, along with private sector representatives cut the ribbon Oct. 22 inaugurating the first driverless public transportation vehicle … Continued

Fairfax County Public Schools prepares for virtual learning

Instructional materials organized for students at Woodburn Elementary School. [FCPS] Virtual learning this fall will involve less homework and plenty of time for off-screen group and individual activities, Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Scott Brabrand said during a town hall session Aug. 12. When it’s safe to start bringing students back to school, Brabrand said, … Continued

A school board member answers questions about the Blackboard failure

Kindergarten teachers have a message for their students. [FCPS] The failure of Blackboard Learn 24-7 as a key piece of Fairfax County Public Schools’ distance learning program has raised many questions about how it happened and what the school system is doing to move forward. School board member Rachna Sizemore Heizer (at large), who has … Continued

FCPS IT chief steps down

Luftglass Maribeth Luftglass has stepped down from her job as head of IT at Fairfax County Public Schools, following the school system’s disastrous experience with distance learning, several news outlets report. Luftglass had been assistant superintendent of information and technology since 1999. Chief Operating Officer Marty Smith will take over the IT department on an … Continued

Schools and students continue to have problems with distance learning

The login page for distance learning. Despite assurances from Fairfax County school leaders that the problems with distance learning would be fixed when students log on today, there were still glitches. “We are continuing with distance learning today despite the continuing problems we are experiencing with Blackboard Learn (FCPS 24-7),” the school system announced this … Continued

Fairfax County schools went digital – with a few glitches

Teachers at Braddock Elementary School in Annandale were ready for online learning. Updated, April 15: FCPS announced “due to ongoing technical issues with the Blackboard 24/7 system, teacher-led instruction is canceled for the remainder of today, April 15. FCPS is working closely with the Blackboard technical team to address these issues. The first day of … Continued

Virginia to strengthen tech education in support of Amazon’s HQ2

An artist’s rendering of a new Metro entrance in Crystal City. [Virginia Economic Development Partnership] While the public debates the pros and cons of Amazon’s decision to locate a new headquarters in Crystal City – it’s good for property owners, bad for homebuyers, renters, and commuters – Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced plans for a … Continued