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LAUSD Becomes Largest District to Shut Schools Amid the Coronavirus Panic

Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation’s second-largest school district, today announced it would be closing its schools beginning Monday. LAUSD serves more than 730,000 students. The closures are expected to last two weeks.

More States, Large Districts Shut Down Schools over Coronavirus Fears

The state closures seem by and large to have been implemented with very little or no coordination with school or district leaders, and none include concrete plans for delivering educational services during the closures.

Blackboard Provides Fast Track to Digital Class Software Subscription

Learning management system company Blackboard has created a self-service portal where schools can immediately subscribe to its digital collaboration platform, Blackboard Collaborate.

Statewide COVID-19 Closure: Maryland Temporarily Shuts Down All Public Schools

The state of Maryland announced it’s shutting down all public K–12 schools beginning Monday, owing to fears over the Novel Coronavirus, and told administrators and faculty they need to “immediately prepare for, and put into place, measures for the continuity of educational services during this prolonged period of school closure.”

Kahoot Offers Free Access to Premium Version of Gaming Software

Education technology company Kahoot! has begun offering free access to the "premium" version of the program, which allows students to learn through gaming. This move comes in response to the number of schools and colleges that are shifting to online education to minimize face-to-face contact during the coronavirus pandemic.

Age of Learning Offers Free Access for Elementary Schools Affected by Coronavirus

The offer applies to three programs: ABCmouse, Adventure Academy and ReadingIQ.

10 Factors for Ed Tech Success and Failure

Why does education technology works in some schools and districts but not others?

Survey Offers Strategies for Unlocking Schools from Traditional Time Structure

Could a shake-up of the school schedule lead to better learning outcomes?

Engineers Name Cybersecurity the 'Most Daunting' Challenge

Worldwide health concerns aside, cybersecurity is the "most daunting challenge," according to a survey of the world's engineers.

Blackboard Selling Open LMS Business

Blackboard today announced it will sell its Open LMS business to workplace digital learning and talent management company Learning Technologies Group.

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