WSVN: Mother captures emotional photo of son crying in virtual class to show difficulties of distance learning

WSVN: Mother captures emotional photo of son crying in virtual class to show difficulties of distance learning. “When her son returned to virtual learning last week, Jana Coombs saw him struggling. Her 5-year-old, a kindergartener at a school in Coweta County, Georgia, was so frustrated with the remote back-to-school experience, that he put his head down and cried.”

GMA News: 5 Useful Google Chrome extensions for school and productivity

GMA News: 5 Useful Google Chrome extensions for school and productivity. “Students, from grade school to college, are facing a vast technological landscape that is why it’s important to develop the skill they need to navigate in this ever-changing world. Thankfully, Google Chrome extensions can help with that. Google Chrome extensions are small programs that help extend the functionality of one of the most popular web browsers. At a click of a button, students can eliminate ads, check the definition of a trivial word, convert files to PDF, and so much more.”

Phys .org: Smartphones are lowering student’s grades, study finds

Phys .org: Smartphones are lowering student’s grades, study finds. “The ease of finding information on the internet is hurting students’ long-term retention and resulting in lower grades on exams, according to a Rutgers University-New Brunswick study. The study, published in the journal Educational Psychology, found that smartphones seem to be the culprit. Students who received higher homework but lower exam scores—a half to a full letter grade lower on exams—were more likely to get their homework answers from the internet or another source rather than coming up with the answer themselves.”

Times-Journal: Alabama Public Television to support Alabama students with broadcast, online resources amid pandemic

Times-Journal: Alabama Public Television to support Alabama students with broadcast, online resources amid pandemic. “As schools across the state begin to open for the 2020-21 school year, whether in-person or virtually, Alabama Public Television will continue to serve Alabama’s pre-K-12th grade students, teachers, and families with high-quality broadcast programs and digital resources. Broadcast programming for pre-K through fifth- grade students, organized around weekly themes, will be offered daily on APT’s main channel. A five-hour learning block designed for students in grades 6-12 will be available from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday on APT’s WORLD channel. The block includes content in social studies, science/engineering and English Language Arts.”

WATE: New Tennessee online education tool

WATE: New Tennessee online education tool. “Tennessee leaders announced a new website designed to assist parents and teachers with educational resources. It’s called Best For All Central: Tennessee’s Hub for Learning and Teaching. School leaders, educators, and families get free access to an extensive collection of resources to support learning, as well as features for locating specific resources quickly and easily.” This is specific to Tennessee education requirements, but I didn’t have any problems browsing the content. There don’t seem to be any location restrictions.

Vice: A Beginner’s Guide to Getting an Education Without Going to College

Oooh, I’m feeling this one. From Vice: A Beginner’s Guide to Getting an Education Without Going to College. “Self-directed learning might put you at a disadvantage as far as access to course materials, instruction, peers and community, and other resources associated with institutions. But you’re also at a distinct advantage you wouldn’t otherwise have: You’re able to learn at your own pace outside of the often inflexible and unaccommodating structure of traditional classes, and to learn about the things you’re interested in that might fall outside of a set curriculum within a program or major.”

8NewsNow: NDE launches digital learning website to help students with online education

8NewsNow (Nevada): NDE launches digital learning website to help students with online education. “The website, called the Nevada Digital Learning Collaborative (NvDLC), features new tools and resources, such as curricular materials and instructional strategies, that will help students and educators.”

EdWeek Market Brief: New Database Features Ed-Tech Products to Help Schools Improve Learning During COVID-19

EdWeek Market Brief: New Database Features Ed-Tech Products to Help Schools Improve Learning During COVID-19. “Financially supported by the World Bank and the United Kingdom Department for International Development, among other entities, The EdTech Hub rolled out a new database this month to help education leaders find platforms and software that could help improve teaching and learning during COVID-19.”

Updated: Free and Discounted Ed Tech Tools for Online Learning During the Coronavirus Pandemic (Campus Technology)

Campus Technology: Updated: Free and Discounted Ed Tech Tools for Online Learning During the Coronavirus Pandemic. “As more and more colleges and universities have shut down their campuses in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, education technology companies have stepped forward to help move student learning to the virtual realm. Some companies are making their paid services free through the rest of the school year; others are lifting limits to services and/or adding premium features to what’s free. The following list will be updated regularly as announcements are made.”

USA Today: Online programs used for coronavirus-era school promise results. The claims are misleading

USA Today: Online programs used for coronavirus-era school promise results. The claims are misleading. “Misleading research claims are increasingly common in the world of ed tech. In 2002, federal education law began requiring schools to spend federal money only on research-based products. As more schools went online and demand for education software grew, more companies began designing and commissioning their own studies about their products. There is little accountability to make sure companies conduct quality research and describe it accurately, so they’ve been free to push the limits as they try to hook principals and administrators. This problem has been exacerbated by the coronavirus as widespread school closures forced districts to turn to online learning. Many educators have been making quick decisions about what products to lean on as they try to provide remote learning options for students.”

Khmer Times: In Cambodia, learning during COVID-19

Khmer Times: In Cambodia, learning during COVID-19. “Cambodia’s first confirmed case of Covid-19 occurred in late January. With a second case in early March in Siem Reap province, home of the renowned temples of Angkor Wat, the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport (MoEYS), in an abundance of caution, closed the schools until further notice. Education in Cambodia ground to a halt, or so one might have imagined, but the MoEYS quickly found creative ways to promote learning outside the traditional school setting. The ministry worked with private companies to launch a new e-learning initiative. Lessons for students in grades one through 12 were prerecorded and offered online through the ministry’s Facebook page, YouTube channel, e-learning website and TV.”

Updated: Free and Discounted Ed Tech Tools for Online Learning During the Coronavirus Pandemic (Campus Technology)

Campus Technology: Updated: Free and Discounted Ed Tech Tools for Online Learning During the Coronavirus Pandemic. “As more and more colleges and universities have shut down their campuses in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, education technology companies have stepped forward to help move student learning to the virtual realm. Some companies are making their paid services free through the rest of the school year; others are lifting limits to services and/or adding premium features to what’s free. The following list will be updated regularly as announcements are made.”

Updated: Free STEM and STEAM Resources for Schools During the COVID-19 Outbreak (T.H.E. Journal)

T.H.E. Journal: Updated: Free STEM and STEAM Resources for Schools During the COVID-19 Outbreak. “Education technology companies and organizations have stepped forward to help educators bring STEM and STEAM experiences to students in virtual ways during the COVID-19 closures. The following list of free resources in the arts, coding/computer science/engineering, crafting/design/making, math, science and integrated STEM/STEAM will be updated regularly as announcements are made.”

CNET: 15 educational video games for kids in quarantine (that are actually fun)

CNET: 15 educational video games for kids in quarantine (that are actually fun). “It’s almost guaranteed that your child plays some mobile, PC or video games. You’ve probably noticed that today’s games go far beyond the Super Mario Bros. and Duck Hunts of years past, and not just in how impressive the graphics are: Developers have gotten super creative at sneaking in educational lessons where kids would least expect them. And one of the best ways to learn is when you’re having fun.”