Some online class sizes have increased during remote learning, with teachers reporting as many as 60 students in one class. Chin-Hsi Lin of the University of Hong Kong says there is no "one-size-fits-all" class size but recommends that online classes be about the same as teachers would have when teaching in person.
More than 80% of students in 13 states have adequate at-home resources to support remote instruction, according to analysis from the National Education Association. The states with the highest percentages are New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut, while Mississippi, Arkansas and New Mexico have the most students without access to remote learning tools.
A public school district in Texas and a private school in the same area are using funding from private donors to invest in measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus on campus. Officials say the funds have allowed for universal screening and in-house contact tracing.
A high-school social studies and psychology teacher in Minnesota teaches students about the four stages of sleep by having them actually sleep in the classroom. Isaac Harms, who posted a photo of the sleep study lesson to his Instagram account, says having students "experience information" helps them retain it.
Quibi plans to shutter its operation and sell its remaining assets after battling lackluster consumer viewership and advertiser buy-in. The company initially raised nearly $2 billion from heavyweight investors such as NBCUniversal and ViacomCBS, but only amassed an estimated 500,000 subscribers.
To help Prince Edward Islanders cope with the long hours of darkness in the fall and winter months, the island public library service is making 20 light therapy lamps available at locations islandwide. Librarian Grace Dawson touted the lamps as "an effective tool for individuals who suffer from SAD or other seasonal affective disorders."
The Guelph Public Library in Ontario now allows people to attend virtual court in the library through a partnership with Legal Aid Ontario and the John Howard Society of Waterloo-Wellington that gives court tablets to people who lack access to such technology. Since March, when pandemic-related shutdowns began, courts have transitioned several types of proceedings to virtual formats.
There are several available resources to help develop students' news literacy skills, writes Kimberly Rues, a prekindergarten-to-sixth-grade librarian in Missouri. In this commentary, Rues discusses the News Literacy Project and Stanford History Education Group Civic Online Reasoning Curriculum, which can help students think critically about the news they consume online.
About 75% of educators report that students who learn live online are required to keep cameras on if they have them, according to a survey by the Education Week Research Center. This comes despite concerns from some teachers that the requirement could put some students at a disadvantage, including lower-income students who may not want their classmates and teacher to see their homes or those with lower bandwidth.
Grants and incentives can help reduce the cost of switching to electric school buses, and selling battery-stored power back to the grid can yield income, as three Massachusetts' Concord Public Schools show.
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