Students who learn better through virtual learning should have that opportunity, but the option requires digital equity, Toronto educator, speaker and author Jason Trinh asserts in this commentary. Providing devices and hot spots falls short, though, Trinh writes, explaining that students and teachers need instruction on how to use the technology as well as being kept current on technology.
Studies by Facebook into Instagram, owned by Facebook, shows the negative effect the social media platform has on teenage girls and their views about themselves, according to data reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. Three years of internal research includes data showing that of teenagers who reported having suicidal thoughts, 6% of US users and 13% of British users linked the thinking to Instagram.
There are three key strategies that can be adopted by schools to utilize education technology and lessons learned during the coronavirus pandemic to support student-centered learning, according to a report from the Christensen Institute. The report suggests making "bold shifts" toward student-centered learning that empowers teachers to better identify and meet the needs of students.
Oregon piloted the Student Educational Equity Development Survey in the spring to offer context to students' performance on state exams. Questions aim to offer insight into students' experiences outside of school, including whether they have access to Wi-Fi, books and magazines they can read for fun and a quiet place to study.
About two-thirds of educators surveyed in July by the EdWeek Research Center say they expect their use of blended learning will increase this school year. Stephanie Casperson, director of educational technology in California district, says teachers in the district are recording and posting lessons online more often than they were before the coronavirus pandemic.
Zoom has invested heavily in the education space, and at its recent annual conference, several employees offered a preview of what hybrid learning could look like in 10 years. More augmented and virtual reality capabilities as well as more personalization and "humanification" are envisioned.
A shortage of school bus drivers led Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to activate the state's National Guard to help with busing. Guard members will complete vehicle training, and it's unclear how long the support will be needed.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the FDA could authorize COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 5 to 11 sometime this fall if Pfizer and Moderna can submit sufficient data for an emergency use authorization. "If you look at the studies that we at the (National Institutes of Health) are doing in collaboration with the pharmaceutical companies, there will be enough data to apply for an emergency use authorization both by Pfizer, a little bit later by Moderna," Fauci said.
Plant biologist Katie Murphy, who does research on tobacco and corn for biofuel production at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in Missouri, uses Instagram and TikTok to show kids how science works.
A survey by Fidelity Investments shows 41% of investors from Generation Z make financial decisions influenced by social media, considerably more than the survey's respondents from the millennial and Generation X categories. A Fidelity spokesperson notes "This is a generation seeking out financial content and there are more than 23 billion views on TikTok videos with the #money hashtag."
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