COVID-19 Coverage for Education and Technology


Are Schools Ready for Pandemic Lawsuits?

U.S. schools are already heading back to class, and a recent article has posed the question: Are they ready for the potential liability claims that could follow?

Report: Students Struggled During Spring Closures

Challenges were especially high for low-income and Latinx students, who cited lack of ready access to the internet and computing devices more than other groups of students. Also, female students and those who identify in a way other than male or female reported struggling more with mental health and well-being (57 percent and 70 percent, in order) more than male students (38 percent).

Federation of School Leaders Issues Guide for Reopening Safely

The American Federation of School Administrators recently issued a new guide for reopening schools safely. Developed by a group of school leaders from around the country, the report suggests that districts are in an untenable position.

Zoom Enters Appliance Business with Zoom for Home

Zoom Video Communications announced a new dedicated device for home videoconferencing. But at least one analyst suspects the price may keep buyers at by. In mid-July Zoom announced it would be taking pre-orders for Zoom for Home, a dedicated appliance for allowing employees to meet and collaborate online. Currently, the device is available for pre-order.

Pediatricians Say Kids Better Off in School — When It's Safe Again

The American Academy of Pediatrics joined with three education organizations to weigh in on the conversation regarding the return to school. Their perspective: Yes, children learn best when they're in the classroom; but only when it's safe to do so.

DoD STEM Outreach Office Sponsors Esports in NJ

A Department of Defense STEM outreach office in New Jersey is providing a free esports summer league for students in that state, to promote summer STEM learning. Kids in grades three through nine can join an esports summer league for free. The league is being run by DimensionU, a company that develops esports programs for education.

Google Reveals Plans for New Meet Functionality

Google has gone public with some of its plans for updates to Meet, the web conferencing tool that's part of the company's G Suite for Education. The basic thrust is to give teachers more control over their real-time sessions and help them make the classes more engaging.

Johns Hopkins Launches K-12 School Reopening Policy Tracker

A team of Johns Hopkins University researchers has launched the "eSchool+ Initiative," an analysis of school reopening plans.

900 San Diego Students to Get Always-Connected PCs

A grant from Qualcomm Technologies, a San Diego-area company, will enable the San Diego Unified School District to deploy 900 new personal computers to students. What's unique is that the units have built-in cellular connectivity. The company has also committed to a one-time $141,000 donation to cover the cellular connectivity costs for the devices.

It's Not Online Ed; Call it 'Crisis Teaching'

Nearly the entire American education system had to move online with "little to no preparation." Nobody was fully prepared, not the educators, the parents or the students. That was the description given to what happened when schools closed their doors and turned on their Zoom accounts, according to Future of School, a "public charity" focused on giving students access to quality education.

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