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Education Funding Schools Can Help Families Apply for Federal Help in Paying for Home Internet Access
Families who qualify for the free and reduced-price lunch program can get $50 off their monthly broadband bills.
Alyson Klein, May 12, 2021
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Sam Urban Wittrock, left, an advance placement World History Teacher at W.W. Samuell High School, displays a wifi hot spot that are being handed out to students in Dallas on April 9, 2020. Dallas I.S.D. is handing out the devices along with wifi hotspots to students in need so that they can connect online for their continued education amid the COVID-19 health crisis.
Sam Urban Wittrock, left, an Advanced Placement World History Teacher at W.W. Samuell High School in Dallas, displays one of the Wi-Fi hotspots that were given to district students during the pandemic.
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Infrastructure Remote and Hybrid Learning Are Declining. But the 'Homework Gap' Will Still Be a Problem
Schools are returning to in-person instruction, but students' connections to the internet at home remain spotty.
Alyson Klein, May 5, 2021
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Infrastructure Schools Handed Out Millions of Digital Devices Under COVID-19. Now, Thousands Are Missing
Some districts are scrambling to account for thousands of devices—a task made more urgent by the uncertainty over when students will be able to return to school buildings full-time.
Benjamin Herold, July 23, 2020
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Classroom Technology Coronavirus Pushes Schools Closer to a Computer for Every Student
As school districts equip students with more laptops and tablets than ever before, the big question is how that will reshape learning inside and outside the classroom.
David Rauf, June 2, 2020
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The New York City school system has been handing out laptops and other digital devices for students to use at home. Recently, it moved quickly to purchase 300,000 new iPads for remote learning.
The New York City school system has been handing out laptops and other digital devices for students to use at home. Recently, it moved quickly to purchase 300,000 new iPads for remote learning.
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Meeting District Needs Coronavirus Squeezes Supply of Chromebooks, iPads, and Other Digital Learning Devices
School districts are competing against each other for purchases of digital devices as remote learning expands to schools across the country.
David Rauf, April 1, 2020
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A cafeteria seen through a window sits vacant at Saint Raphael Academy in Pawtucket, R.I., which was closed after two people who returned from a school trip to Europe tested positive for the new coronavirus disease, health officials said.
A cafeteria seen through a window sits vacant at Saint Raphael Academy in Pawtucket, R.I., which was closed after two people who returned from a school trip to Europe tested positive for the new coronavirus disease, health officials said.
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School & District Management Many Districts Won't Be Ready for Remote Learning If Coronavirus Closes Schools
E-learning may help some schools keep instruction flowing but major gaps in access and resources mean not all schools are ready to offer virtual classes, and not all students are equipped to learn online.
Mark Lieberman, March 5, 2020
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Infrastructure What Is a CMS
EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit group that promotes the use of information technology in education, provided a definition of course-management systems in a paper on the topic prepared in 2003 by the group’s Emerging Technologies Committee. “At its simplest, a course-management system is a tool that allows an instructor to post information on the Web without that instructor having to know or understand HTML or other computer languages. A more complete definition of a CMS is that it provides an instructor with a set of tools and a framework that allows the relatively easy creation of online course content and the subsequent teaching and management of that course, including various interactions with students taking the course.”The Teacher Education Center at Illinois State University notes that most online course-management systems include:
June 19, 2018
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Triston Dunkerson, center, uses a VR viewer to go on a virtual field trip to a rainforest during a class at Chapelwood Elementary School in Indianapolis last spring.
Triston Dunkerson, center, uses a VR viewer to go on a virtual field trip to a rainforest during a class at Chapelwood Elementary School in Indianapolis last spring.
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Infrastructure Virtual Reality for Learning Raises High Hopes and Serious Concerns
Technology companies are making a push to integrate virtual reality into K-12, but experts are raising concerns about how it might affect children.
Benjamin Herold, February 8, 2018
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Executive Skills & Strategy Projectors Face New Classroom Competition
Educators are now considering televisions in place of classroom projectors, but concerns about adaptability remain.
Tam Harbert, June 12, 2017
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Infrastructure African-American Teens Missing Out on Digital Innovation
Young black teenagers embrace computers as integral to their futures, but they need more opportunities to learn to code and innovate with technology, according to a national survey.
Benjamin Herold, November 15, 2016
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About 1,000 students participated in the 9th-annual Maine Learning Technology Initiative Student Conference at the University of Maine in Orono in 2012. They learned about digital game design and other computer skills.
About 1,000 students participated in the 9th-annual Maine Learning Technology Initiative Student Conference at the University of Maine in Orono in 2012. They learned about digital game design and other computer skills.
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Infrastructure Maine 1-to-1 Computing Initiative Under Microscope
Gov. Paul LePage has called for a review of his state's groundbreaking digital learning program, questioning the impact of the effort on student achievement.
Benjamin Herold, August 30, 2016
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Classroom Technology Digital Device Choices Could Impact Common-Core Test Results, Studies Finding
Some test questions are likely harder to answer on tablets than on laptop or desktop computers, presenting a new challenge as states move to online assessments.
Benjamin Herold, July 19, 2016
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Fourth grade students use Chromebooks during science class at Beaverton Acres Elementary School. The district is in the midst of a technology upgrade that includes a 1-to-1 device rollout.
Fourth grade students use Chromebooks during science class at Beaverton Acres Elementary School. The district is in the midst of a technology upgrade that includes a 1-to-1 device rollout.
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Infrastructure $680 Million Project Spurs Collaboration in Ore. District
When voters approved a huge technology project in Beaverton schools, it was clear that a shift was needed in the district's tech and instruction departments.
Michelle R. Davis, March 28, 2016
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Science teacher Corey Skinner, second from left, works with three students at the Rochester International Academy, from left to right: Saleh Saif, Abdiaziz Mahad, and Ali Al-Mansoor. Skinner worked on the district’s 1-to-1 initiative.
Science teacher Corey Skinner, second from left, works with three students at the Rochester International Academy, from left to right: Saleh Saif, Abdiaziz Mahad, and Ali Al-Mansoor. Skinner worked on the district’s 1-to-1 initiative.
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Infrastructure Academic, Tech Staff Team Up for Rochester's 1-to-1 Rollout
Years of planning have gone into the upstate New York district’s evolving efforts to put computers into the hands of nearly every student.
Denisa R. Superville, March 28, 2016
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