COVID-19 Coverage for Education and Technology

Resources & Tips for Remote Education During School Closures

Today the Coronavirus has left public school systems and private schools scrambling to find alternative ways to continue to educate students for an extended period of time.

Nonprofits Have Until March 20 to Apply for Grant to Deliver Services to Kids

Local community nonprofits in the United States that serve children ages 12 and under have been invited to apply for grants this week, specifically to ramp up their work in serving health and nutritional needs and special education support through the current COVID-19 crisis.

Charter Offers Free WiFi to Students Locked out of Schools During Coronavirus Panic

Charter Communications is offering free broadband access for 60 days to any household with K–12 or college students affected by COVID-19 closings.

LAUSD Becomes Largest District to Shut Schools Amid the Coronavirus Panic

Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation’s second-largest school district, today announced it would be closing its schools beginning Monday. LAUSD serves more than 730,000 students. The closures are expected to last two weeks.

More States, Large Districts Shut Down Schools over Coronavirus Fears

The state closures seem by and large to have been implemented with very little or no coordination with school or district leaders, and none include concrete plans for delivering educational services during the closures.

Blackboard Provides Fast Track to Digital Class Software Subscription

Learning management system company Blackboard has created a self-service portal where schools can immediately subscribe to its digital collaboration platform, Blackboard Collaborate.

Statewide COVID-19 Closure: Maryland Temporarily Shuts Down All Public Schools

The state of Maryland announced it’s shutting down all public K–12 schools beginning Monday, owing to fears over the Novel Coronavirus, and told administrators and faculty they need to “immediately prepare for, and put into place, measures for the continuity of educational services during this prolonged period of school closure.”

Kahoot Offers Free Access to Premium Version of Gaming Software

Education technology company Kahoot! has begun offering free access to the "premium" version of the program, which allows students to learn through gaming. This move comes in response to the number of schools and colleges that are shifting to online education to minimize face-to-face contact during the coronavirus pandemic.

Age of Learning Offers Free Access for Elementary Schools Affected by Coronavirus

The offer applies to three programs: ABCmouse, Adventure Academy and ReadingIQ.

Coronavirus Fears Lead to Cancellation of SXSW EDU

The SXSW EDU conference been canceled owing to fears over the Coronavirus. SXSW EDU is an annual education technology-focused event held in Austin, TX the week before the main SXSW festival, which has also been canceled.

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