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.
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.
A public-private partnership in Philadelphia will help up to 35,000 students in low-income households acquire computing devices and internet access. "PHLConnectED,"as the program is called, will also provide digital skills training and tech support for families, in time for the start of school.
Adobe is providing its K–12 volume license customers with at-home access to its suite of creative tools collectively known as Creative Cloud. The deal allows schools to provide all students and staff with access to Creative Cloud apps at home through the rest of the year and into 2021.
Education technology company Penda Learning has added 850 new interactive science activities for grades 3-10 to its digital, game-based learning platform and introduced program improvements and integrations.
The software includes webcam and screen recording, video privacy controls, mobile usage, submission alerts, no limits to video length, Google Classroom integration and auto-save to Google Drive.
A private online high school has announced a new baccalaureate program for beginning ninth graders, developed in partnership with a company that built the technology for an innovative classroom- and campus-free university.
School closures and remote learning have gone hand-in-hand with decreased student engagement in all high school subject areas, according to a study by education technology company Quizlet.
As malicious threat actors increase their attacks on K–12 networks, with “potentially catastrophic” effects on educators, students, and their families, U.S. government agencies such as the GAO and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) are stepping up to help schools and districts secure their cyber infrastructure.