Nearly 90 companies and education technology organizations have joined a growing volunteer effort to help families and teachers affected by school closures.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) Education has launched a set of free resources intended to help teachers and faculty in K-20 with their transitions to remote teaching and learning.
Students whose social and emotional needs are not being met do not learn effectively.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
School districts across the nation are facing an uphill battle when it comes to providing adequate mental health and safety support to their students. The Great Resignation has left school safety teams short-staffed and overwhelmed—a dangerous combination as school violence is on the rise and student mental health is on the decline.