COVID-19 Coverage for Education and Technology


Research: Coronavirus Learning Loss Could Put Some Students Behind a Full Year

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.

College Board, Amazon Giving 4,000 Free Computers to AP CS Students

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.

Companies, Ed Tech Organizations Band to Help Families Through Hotline

Nearly 90 companies and education technology organizations have joined a growing volunteer effort to help families and teachers affected by school closures.

Amazon Initiative Offers Resources for Educators Switching to Remote Learning

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.

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.

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