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.
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.
A project in North Carolina offers lessons worth learning for your efforts to help students get the technology they need for internet access.
Nearly half of Advanced Placement teachers believe schools should be implementing a hybrid approach.
During the pandemic, an education technology company found that YouTube dominated student traffic on school-managed devices — accounting for more time online than all of the other top-10 most-used domains combined.
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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.
In the wake of recent world events a flood of federal funding has unleashed the power of digital learning. IT leaders now have a pressing obligation to ensure the security of both student data and school systems.