COVID-19 Coverage for Education and Technology


As We Shift to Remote Learning in These Uncertain Times, Let’s Not Forget the Whole Child

Students whose social and emotional needs are not being met do not learn effectively.

Trial by Fire: Teachers Helping Teachers

This group of current and former tech-savvy educators is donating one-on-one advisory time to help their fellow teachers make it through the pivot to remote learning.

Dallas District Turns to PresenceLearning for Speech Language Therapy

A Texas school district has signed a contract for online speech language therapy. Dallas Independent School District is using services provided by PresenceLearning to support 515 elementary and secondary students from 30 campuses in the district through "teletherapy."

Social Distancing Trainer Shows What Six Feet Away Looks Like

Two education organizations have created a free Apple iOS app to help children understand how far they should be from other people to practice safe physical distancing. The program, "Social Distancing Trainer," was produced by Discovery Education and Afterschool Alliance. The app uses augmented reality to get the idea across.

TrueFire Studios Extends Free Music Education Program to K–12 Students Without Access

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak and the resulting disruption in millions of K–12 students’ music education, TrueFire Studios is now offering 90 days free through its two online platforms: TrueFire and JamPlay. The K–12 Assistance Program is open to all schools and education programs disrupted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Seniors Can Participate in Minecraft Graduation Ceremony

Some students are using Minecraft during their "self-quarantines" to recreate their campuses. And at least one group is planning a national graduation ceremony to take place in their virtual world.

Common Sense Launches 'Wide Open School' to Assist with Remote Learning

Common Sense has launched an online school to help educators and families cope with remote learning and teaching. "Wide Open School," as it's called, features resources curated by the media organization and provided by a number of well known education content providers, including Khan Academy, Scholastic, Time for Kids, National Geographic, PBS, Sesame Workshop and others. The daily learning activities are organized by grade band and subject.

How the Pandemic Stimulus Bill Pays Out for Education

The $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law on March 24, 2020, includes about $30.75 billion in funding dedicated to the needs of public education.

ISTE Conference Postponed Until November

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is postponing its annual convention until the end of November. It was originally scheduled to take place in June in Anaheim.

School Districts Pump Out Medical Gear with 3D Printers

Calling all 3D printers! That's the word all over the country as makerspaces run by school districts have begun churning out essential medical gear for area healthcare workers.

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