COVID-19 Coverage for Education and Technology


900 San Diego Students to Get Always-Connected PCs

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.

It's Not Online Ed; Call it 'Crisis Teaching'

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.

School Librarian Delivers Books by Drone for Summer Reading

A librarian at Montgomery County Public Schools has introduced book delivery services via drone, to keep kids reading during the summer. Librarian Kelly Passek, a Blacksburg Middle School librarian, pitched district leaders on the idea as a response to school closures related to COVID-19.

Closing the Digital Divide

A project in North Carolina offers lessons worth learning for your efforts to help students get the technology they need for internet access.

AP Teachers: 'Go with Hybrid, Please'

Nearly half of Advanced Placement teachers believe schools should be implementing a hybrid approach.

Toolkit Offers Facility Ideas for Safe School Reopening

The report was developed with input from a number of design and urban planning organizations, all of whom envisioned how to get people into the facility and help them move around without a lot of physical proximity.

Updated: Free Resources for Schools During COVID-19 Outbreak

In response to the number of states, districts and schools that are shuttering schools to students in response to fears about the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), education technology companies have stepped forward to help educators reach students in virtual ways. (Updated June 24)

Extreme Intros Kits for Hosting Safer Events

A network gear company has compiled a bundle of products that's being promoted as a ramp-up for hosting virus-safe esports and athletic events at schools and other locations.

Experts Weigh In: How to Reopen Schools Safely

A team of clinicians, scientists and educators has examined the issues involved in helping schools prevent the spread of COVID-19. Among the essentials that will be required: "large-scale" viral testing in students, appropriate communications and robust contact tracing.

NEA Predicts 20 Percent Decline in Education Workforce

The largest labor union in the country, the National Education Association, has estimated that the United States could lose 1.9 million education jobs unless Congress delivers additional funding for states and localities to bolster support for schools.

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