Montana's Office of Public Instruction issued a recommendation April 9 that districts keep their schools closed for the rest of the spring semester. However, two weeks later, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock announced as a part of a phased reopening of the state that district leaders may decide for themselves whether they will resume in-person instruction or not.
Competitive student robotics are back in business. On Saturday, Apr. 25, 2020, the Robotics Education and Competition (REC) Foundation will be broadcasting a fantasy robotics competition on YouTube. Competitors will be virtually generated using past match results from the VEX IQ Challenge Squared Away and VEX Robotics Competition Tower Takeover world championships, with the winners of the new tournament recognized during the "VEX Virtual Worlds Celebration."
A Missouri college will shortly be running its first open esports tournament. That will take place online between May 1 and 3, 2020 and be hosted by Crowder College, a two-year community college serving nine counties in the state. The event will feature one-on-one competitions with Super Smash Brothers Ultimate on Nintendo Switch. The semi-finals and finals will be live-streamed on May 3.
THE Journal is launching a new virtual event for education professionals, including information technology leaders, administrators, instructional technologists and educators themselves. The event is free to attend.
Make sure your district is covering the legal basics as you develop your remote instruction efforts.
Former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has asserted that some companies are withholding free access service from families who have outstanding bills or other debt problems with the company.
CrossBraining has launched an enhanced version of its program for experiential learning and assessment.
A Tennessee school system has hired print management company that happens to be locally based to generate the hard-copy resources needed for at-home learning.
Research from the NWEA has projected that current school closures could, indeed, result in major declines in student learning. The preliminary estimates found that math would take a bigger hit than reading, and that some students could return in the fall with less than 50 percent of the typical learning gains.
The College Board has teamed up with Amazon Future Engineer to donate 4,000 laptop computers to students who want to access Advanced Placement Computer Science courses and can't because they lack a device at home to take the exams. Students receiving the donated laptops will get to keep them to support their educational journey beyond the COVID-19 outbreak.
With the sudden increase of the virtual campus, the number of vulnerable endpoints has expanded exponentially. This new normal calls for security resilience--the ability to protect the integrity of every aspect of the system and withstand unpredictable threats or changes, and then emerge stronger. Districts must embrace multi-layered endpoint security solutions and the latest technologies, such as unified platforms and extended detection and response (XDR) capabilities, in order to protect their networks.