Some school districts that adopted Zoom in their sudden efforts to provide remote instruction -- including Las Vegas, New York City and Washington, D.C. -- have announced they will discontinue their use of the platform. At issue, they say, are concerns about privacy, harassment and security.
Mansfield University Campus Technologies in Pennsylvania says it is providing free, drive-up Wi-Fi at some campus locations to ensure students without Wi-Fi at home can access it. The college is located in a rural area where access to broadband internet access is challenging.
Often in education circles, there is a tendency to look for a silver bullet to improve outcomes for students, but it's critical to understand that everything is connected, says Linda Darling-Hammond, president and CEO of the Learning Policy Institute and president of the California State Board of Education. In this Q&A, she considers the current public health crisis and says the economic toll may highlight the "central importance" of public education.
Attempts by bacteria to attract invertebrates may be responsible for soil's particular odor, according to findings published in Nature Microbiology. Researchers gathered soil containing Streptomyces colonies and found that the gases released by the bacteria appeared to attract invertebrates called springtails, which ate the bacteria and helped disperse it to other locations.
Small manufacturers nationwide are answering the call for protective equipment for health care workers amid the coronavirus pandemic. Among them is a fashion brand in Indiana that is sewing masks for area hospitals, and a manufacturer in New Jersey that is working to produce masks with 3D printers that will later be donated to an area high school.
Integrating audio recording into lessons for early language learners has improved outcomes for students in three key ways, writes Becca Masse, a kindergarten teacher in Auburn, Maine. In this blog post, she shares how the recordings have helped honor the diversity of students' backgrounds, encourage peer-to-peer learning and accelerate vocabulary learning.
School districts say they are concerned that the coronavirus pandemic could have a chilling effect on participation in the US Census. At issue, they say, is that reduced participation could affect funding for schools and have long-term implications when the country is facing a potential recession.
Tamara Modig, an eighth-grade math teacher in Massachusetts, says she gives students multiple options for their remote work each day and provides problem-solving help via video, but she notes a disconnect compared with in-person teaching. Meanwhile, Title I math teacher Margaret Edmunds says she is busier than ever and spends time checking on her sixth- and eighth-grade students.
US school districts are going beyond providing grab-and-go meals for students during the novel coronavirus pandemic by helping to feed families. "We decided that we were going to serve all of those who came and needed help, no questions asked," said Austin Beutner, Los Angeles Unified School District's superintendent.
A study in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report found that children infected with the novel coronavirus were less likely to develop shortness of breath, cough or fever, and they were less likely to need hospitalization, compared with adults. The findings, which experts cautioned were based on incomplete data, suggest that many pediatric COVID-19 cases are undetected or mild, and infected children could be spreading the virus to others.
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