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More than nine in 10 teachers (94 percent) shifted to remote teaching in response to school closures. While most of those teachers that haven't transitioned to online teaching (another 4 percent) intended to do so, among the tiny share that haven't and won't, the primary reasons they gave were tied to lack of access to technology and lack of support at home for their students. More than half in that position (55 percent) said they were handing out paper materials to parents for students to use at home.
How can states support their schools' efforts to deliver digital learning? That’s the topic of a new report from SETDA, the State Educational Technology Directors Association, an organization for technology leaders at state levels. The report defined digital learning as "any learning powered by technology," whether inside or outside of the classroom.
Education technology company Kahoot has added integration with Microsoft Teams.
An education technology company that develops digital literacy curriculum is opening up an online summer school. "Summer TechUp," from Learning.com will target students in grades 6-12 with modules in digital literacy and computer science. Topics will cover keyboarding, robotics and Python coding.
The largest district in Iowa distributed almost 21,000 laptops to students during April to enable them to attend classes online.
Zoom has some new competition. Google has just made premium functionality in its online video meeting software freely available to anybody with a Google email account.
As educators delve into the world of remote and online learning, we must be mindful of the need to retain professional boundaries at the same time as working to maintain a high level of support for students.
Nepris, which produces a library of career videos and sets up industry connections between industry and classrooms, has launched a "virtual classroom," that combines real-time instruction with K-12 classroom management functionality.
Sal Khan, the founder of Khan Academy, comments on digital equity; why the internet has just become a major need, not just a want; and how school could change for the better next fall.
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