Ushering in the new year with a commitment to make true-to-life video collaboration possible for everyone, ClearOne, a global provider of audio and visual communications solutions, today announced the immediate availability of two new powerful cameras that enhance the ease and visual quality of online collaboration beyond the capabilities of integrated laptop and PC cameras.
There are several ways teachers can revitalize remote instruction, write Tara Lash, an instructional coach, and Sunday Cummins, a literacy consultant. In this article, they suggest asking students to create "identity webs" to share more about themselves personally and providing time for students to connect with each other, among other tips.
Since the coronavirus pandemic forced school buildings to close nearly one year ago, the average school district is using 1,327 education-technology products -- up from 952 before widespread closures -- according to a survey by LearnPlatform. LearnPlatform CEO Karl Rectanus said this can create confusion, and a separate survey from Study.com found that 86% of K-12 teachers have used their own money for classroom tools during the pandemic.
Alex Pearson, a high-school Latin teacher, says his students have always enjoyed watching him write on a piece of slate hanging in his classroom but that became challenging during remote learning. In this blog post, he describes how he used scrap pieces of wood and technology to rig a devices that would allow students to continue to watch him write.
Online teaching and learning that has become the norm during the coronavirus pandemic should seek out ways to improve, even after many students return to in-person learning, according to a report from the nonprofit Clayton Christensen Institute. The report cites several solutions, including a state review of curriculum materials and teacher-led training and coaching.
Athletics has always been a major part of campus life at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, but this year the school upped the ante, diversifying its existing athletics program with the addition of its first-ever esports training facility.
Iowa lawmakers are working on funding for statewide broadband internet as more residents log on for work, school and telehealth during the pandemic. BroadbandNow reports that at least 300,000 Iowans are without a wired broadband connection and only about 19% of the state population can connect to the internet via a low-cost plan.
An outdoor classroom equipped with touchscreen displays, charging stations for electronic devices, LED lighting and a roof of solar panels is expected to open in early 2021 at Thousand Oaks High School in California. Built at no cost to the school by a local electric business, the wall-less classroom will allow for better air quality and will include durable, rearrangeable outdoor furniture, and it will be equally as suitable for hands-on science experiments as art classes, Principal Eric Bergmann says.
Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte's latest budget plan would provide local school districts with about $2.5 million in incentives to increase teacher pay. The proposed budget also aims to increase the number of skilled workers in the state by providing money for trade education.