Bill Nye has gone viral with a TikTok video that tackles racism by explaining why people have different skin colors due to regional differences in ultraviolet light. "[W]e're all one species. But we're not treating each other fairly. ... it's time to change things," he says.
CampusLogic, which develops tools and resources to help students manage scholarships, loans and other financing, received a $120 million investment from Dragoneer Investment Group. About 750 colleges and universities use the company's tools.
Educators learned from the sudden, prolonged shift to remote instruction and should now consider focusing on four areas for creating effective distance learning experiences for students, write Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey, professors of educational leadership at San Diego State University and teacher-leaders at Health Sciences High. In this blog post, they suggest establishing clear expectations and instructions as well as supporting social and emotional learning for students and teachers.
TikTok partnered with the National Association for Media Literacy Education to launch a "Be Informed" campaign that features top influencers in humorous infomercial-style videos educating users about how to identify misinformation. The five videos cover topics including "Fact vs. Opinion," "Question the Source" and "When to Share vs. When to Report."
Some teachers say they fear they will be faced with choosing between their jobs and the health and wellbeing of themselves and their families. Some educators are voicing their concerns on social media and launching petitions to advocate for postponing in-person learning until control is gained on the spread of the coronavirus.
A few months ago, Khan Academy, known primarily for its math lessons, was able to create free lesson plans and webinars for teachers and parents to use during the pandemic. Now, the academy is offering free "Get Ready for Grade Level" courses for summer and fall to help with learning gaps, plus individual student metrics for teachers.
Johns Hopkins University researchers recently released an analysis of school plans to reopen as the country continues to be hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic. The analysis, eSchool+ Initiative, includes analysis of state guidelines for reopening, links to the plans themselves and an interactive map.
Interim recommendations released in April by the CDC are guiding reopening plans in most school districts, according to an analysis by FutureEd. All plans released by states so far include at least some options for remote instruction.
It will cost the average school district an additional $1.8 million to reopen schools in the fall, according to estimates from the Association of School Business Officials International and AASA, The School Superintendents Association. The higher costs come as states are having to slash budgets, with Colorado recently taking steps to cut K-12 spending by 10%.
The coronavirus pandemic has spotlighted the challenge of the digital divide among students, according to Mordecai Brownlee, vice president of student success at St. Philip's College in San Antonio, Texas. Brownlee shares two ways institutions of higher education can help close the digital divide -- by restructuring tuition and fees to provide technology for students and creating a technology loan program.