Amazon is extending the reach of its computer science education program to a total of more than 5,000 schools, more than doubling the number of participating institutions. Applications are now open for schools that wish to participate.
Nearly two dozen organizations, including teachers, instructional coaches, researchers in higher education and experts from nonprofits and offices of education recently contributed to the creation of a digital toolkit for anti-racist instructional practices for teaching math in grades 6-8.
A startup founded by education technology veterans has announced a program intended to make Zoom more effective in replicating the classroom experience for teachers and students. Class for Zoom is currently seeking teachers to beta test the software.
What makes for an engaging learning experience? Multiple factors, including instructional practices used by the teacher, content that's "relevant and relatable to students' lives" and a design that helps students focus.
The project will be coordinated by the District's Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) and will incorporate internet streaming through Comcast's Internet Essentials and RCN's Internet First programs.
Amazon's voice-controlled assistant, Alexa, now allows for the printing of educational materials from JumpStart Games. Students, teachers and parents can say, "Alexa, print a coloring page" or "Alexa, print a multiplication worksheet for third grade," and the Echo device will follow the command.
In a lengthy message, Miami-Dade County School Superintendent Alberto Carvalho attempted to calm his district community after a chaotic start-of-school week that included distance learning outages and an about-face on usage of a new learning platform.
Schools across the country have kicked off what you could call an unconventional school year, and administrators and faculty are under immense pressure to make it work. However, despite the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and its potential academic consequences, what we really need is a change of perspective: this could be an opportunity for educators to innovate and explore within the classroom.
- By Megan O’Reilly Palevich
School science supplier Carolina Biological has introduced a new line of products intended to help teachers deliver science instruction whether the students are in the classroom or learning from home. The Carolina Kits 3D Flex cover a year of high school biology or chemistry and include all of the digital and physical components for the lessons.
GoGuardian Teacher will enable educators to do one-on-one or group audio and video calling, with screen sharing and lesson recording capabilities.