July 23, 2021
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Survey: Connectivity a challenge despite at-home internet
Millions of students in the US remain unable to get online despite having at-home internet access because they are under-connected, according to a survey by researchers at New America. Of the 84% of low-income families with devices and internet access at home, 56% are under-connected -- primarily due to slow internet speeds -- researchers found.
Full Story: EdSurge (7/23) 
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Bring CS To Life – For Free
Transport students to a virtual Amazon warehouse where they'll compete against friends and develop skills in coding and computational thinking - all while controlling their own Hercules robot. The best part? No background in CS is needed to teach it.
The University of Virginia's School of Education and Human Development and the nonprofit EdTech Evidence Exchange launched an effort on Thursday to help teachers determine which education technology will have the greatest impact. The new project started from the EdTech Genome Project.
Full Story: T.H.E. Journal (7/22) 
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Thirty-three South Carolina school districts may provide virtual learning options for families that want them now that the State Board of Education has approved their e-learning plans, which call for certified teachers, partial synchronous learning and frequent parental check-ins, among other requirements. The board will review other districts' plans at its meeting next month.
Full Story: The Herald (Rock Hill, S.C.) (7/21) 
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District partners with SpaceX to deliver broadband
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The Ector County Independent School District in Texas is partnering with SpaceX to use its Starlink satellite technology to provide broadband internet to 45 families. In this interview, Superintendent Scott Muri shares how the pilot program is helping to close the homework gap in the district.
Full Story: K-12 Dive (7/20) 
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How 2 states encourage reading with federal relief funds
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Federal coronavirus relief funds are being used in Delaware to provide teachers and preservice teachers with professional development on teaching literacy and the science of reading while giving students free access to digital books from public libraries. In Nevada, some federal funds are slated to support free access to the digital library for students who benefited from the state's earlier broadband initiative.
Full Story: District Administration (7/20) 
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Last Byte
Ohio student Gabrielle Anderson has turned her use of sneakers as a canvas for art into a business in which she paints social justice artwork on the shoes, including for notable customers such as basketball coach Nicki Collen, whose shoes honor police shooting victim Breonna Taylor. In addition to her business, Anderson, 17, intends to play basketball while attending Harvard University.
Full Story: The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (tiered subscription model) (7/20) 
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