COVID-19 Coverage for Education and Technology


COVID Learning Loss in Math Hits Hard in Grades 4–8

Research on the scope of learning loss during the pandemic has a new addition. Education technology company Illuminate Education examined assessments done by students who use its programs and found "modest reading losses" in grades K-8, "modest math" losses in the early elementary grades and "substantial math losses" in grades 4-8.

Contrary to Predictions, Rate of Teacher Retirements Looks to Decline in 2020

An analysis of teacher retirements during 2020 found that the rate was down by about five percent. Just one state under study — Alabama — showed an increase in retirements, of 7.2 percent.

Panopto Adds Webex Meeting Integration

A new integration for Panopto and Webex users will allow them to transfer their video recordings to their media library. Panopto produces video management applications; Webex is a video conferencing program.

Vermont Conducts Routine COVID Testing of K12 Teachers and Staff

The state of Vermont has implemented a plan to increase "surveillance testing," which tests asymptomatic populations to find the virus in the community more quickly. To set a baseline, public health officials have begun routine testing of K-12 teachers and staff. All of the testing is voluntary, and those who undergo it won't need to quarantine. There are no plans to expand testing to students at this time.

Parents and Students Worried about Readiness for School and Work

"Busy work" was the way most students and parents might classify K-12 instruction last spring, during the first spate of remote education.

Survey: Voice Tech Poised to Become 'Vital Tool'

Voice technology is positioned to provide a safer alternative to touch-based interactions. In a survey by Adobe of a 1,000 voice technology users in the United States, nearly a third said sanitation (such as not needing to touch high-traffic surfaces) was a big benefit of voice technology.

Rise of Ebooks Reflects Rise of Remote Ed

Two-thirds of teachers (67 percent) said they're using more digital books this year than last year, while more than eight in 10 of administrators (85 percent) said their districts were using digital books.

Texas County Contracts to Build Private Wireless Network to Support Rural Students

A Texas county with an all-digital public library is taking on the job of developing a private wireless network to support its rural and economically poor students.

6 Trauma-Informed Strategies for Helping Students Succeed Amid COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound and wide-reaching effect on students, from the quality and nature of the instruction they have received to their social and emotional well-being.

After Campus Closures, More Students Began School Year Below Grade Level

An analysis of early assessment data found that between a quarter and a third of students began the 2020-2021 school year unprepared for on-grade level instruction in reading and math (28 percent and 29 percent, respectively). And compared with the historical average of the previous three school years, more students began the latest school year behind grade level, especially in math.

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