N.C. district is 3D printing protective gear | Chicago students adjust to online learning | Mass.: Students with disabilities must have remote lessons
March 30, 2020
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N.C. district is 3D printing protective gear
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A North Carolina school district is using a 3D printer and equipment used for career and technical education courses to manufacture face shields for an area hospital. The project is an example of how students can use their skills and creations to help the community, says Ashlyn Ozment, who teaches the CTE program's programming and robotics class.
Full Story: Independent Tribune (Concord, N.C.) (3/27) 
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Transitioning to remote learning
As concern grows around COVID-19, many schools are moving to remote learning. To help make the transition to distance learning, we've created free resources, training and how to guides that we hope will help support IT, educators, staff and students as they make this transition. Learn More
Chicago students adjust to online learning
Some students in the Chicago Public Schools system have expressed frustration with remote-learning efforts since schools closed because of the pandemic. While schools vary widely in expectations and rigor of lessons, students say their frustrations include a lack of interaction with teachers and peers as well as visual aspects of instruction.
Full Story: Chicago Sun-Times (tiered subscription model) (3/26) 
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Systems Management
Public schools in Massachusetts need to start teaching students with disabilities remotely now due to the coronavirus pandemic, officials said Thursday. Schools must provide either "supports and resources" or "instruction and services" as soon as possible.
Full Story: WBUR-FM (Boston) (3/26) 
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DeVos: Microgrants could support remote learning
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US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Friday said she would like Congress to fund microgrants to support teachers and students who are learning remotely amid prolonged school closures. A Department of Education spokesperson said later that eligible students would be from schools that are closed for more than 30 days, qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or an individualized education program.
Full Story: Education Week (tiered subscription model) (3/27) 
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Schools and Social Media
Zoom classes could be targets for "Zoombombing"
As schools and businesses close in response to the coronavirus pandemic, videoconferencing tools -- in particular, Zoom -- have become popular to facilitate online work. The technology, however, is not immune from hacking or other dangers, including the phenomenon of "Zoombombing," in which another party takes over a person's audio or video feed.
Full Story: EdSurge (3/27) 
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Last Byte
Students from several high schools in Texas are working in collaboration with a manufacturing firm to build robots that could help health care professionals during the coronavirus pandemic. The idea is for the robots to help hospital staff deliver care while remaining at a safe distance from infected patients.
Full Story: KTAB-TV/KRBC-TV (Abilene, Texas) (3/25) 
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