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.”

EdWeek Market Brief: New Database Catalogs Remote Learning Approaches in 82 Districts Closed by Coronavirus

EdWeek Market Brief: New Database Catalogs Remote Learning Approaches in 82 Districts Closed by Coronavirus. “Companies wanting a closer look at how districts are implementing remote learning plans can tap into a new database with details on 82 K-12 districts and their efforts. The Center on Reinventing Public Education is cataloging efforts by districts across the country to continue instruction for students as their schools are closed in response to the coronavirus pandemic. So far, CRPE has collected data from 82 districts, many of them in urban areas of the country, and will continue to add districts to the list, said Robin Lake, the organization’s director.”

CNN: Coronavirus lockdown could give online education a lasting boost in India

CNN: Coronavirus lockdown could give online education a lasting boost in India. “Schools around the world have closed their doors because of the coronavirus pandemic, leaving more than 1.5 billion children stuck at home. While it’s a great inconvenience for many, it has created a spike in demand for online learning. Educational institutions are introducing online courses and some education technology startups are temporarily offering free classes to help offset the impact of school closures.”