Dallas Innovates: New Website Helps Texas Students Find the Best In-State Online College Programs

Dallas Innovates: New Website Helps Texas Students Find the Best In-State Online College Programs. “The site provides information from 67 colleges and universities offering more than 1,500 online degrees, including costs, top-ranked programs, details on the percentage of students fully online, the student to faculty ratio, and graduation rates.”

Hindustan Times: Online classes leading to stress, eye problems in children, say parents

Hindustan Times: Online classes leading to stress, eye problems in children, say parents. “The long hours children spend on computers and smart phones for online classes as schools remain shut due to the Covid-19 pandemic is beginning to bother parents as complaints of headaches, eye problems and stress surface, it has been learnt.”

The Print: India’s online classrooms are outdated for disabled kids. Covid just made it worse

The Print: India’s online classrooms are outdated for disabled kids. Covid just made it worse. “The manner in which digital education is being made accessible is outdated and uncoordinated. In 2012, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) published a National Policy on ICT in School Education, which is silent on universal design principles for digital education and does not refer to the most up-to-date Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) that were released in 2018.”

ValleyCentral: Reports show more than half a million Texas students stopped logging into virtual classes

ValleyCentral: Reports show more than half a million Texas students stopped logging into virtual classes. “Thousands of Texas students stopped completing assignments during virtual learning. It raises concerns as schools will continue virtual learning at least for the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year.”

CNET: This 12-year-old CEO is offering free coding, AI classes during COVID-19

CNET: This 12-year-old CEO is offering free coding, AI classes during COVID-19. “Samaira Mehta is a 12-year-old with lofty goals. The founder of Yes, 1 Billion Kids Can Code and CEO of a board game company called CoderBunnyz wants to get 1 billion kids into coding by the time she graduates from college around 2030. While the coronavirus pandemic threatened to put a damper on her ambitions to host workshops, one quote taped to her bedroom wall stood out to her: ‘When it rains, look for rainbows. When it’s dark, look for stars.'”

CNN: USC says most undergraduate classes will be online for fall semester

CNN: USC says most undergraduate classes will be online for fall semester. “A surge in coronavirus cases in the Los Angeles region has prompted the University of Southern California to drop plans to have undergraduate students back in the classroom and instead offer most classes online.”

Politico: DeSantis kills online learning program amid virus resurgence

Politico: DeSantis kills online learning program amid virus resurgence. “With a stroke of his veto pen, Gov. Ron DeSantis wiped out the entire $29.4 million budget for a suite of online education services that have become critical to students and faculty during the Covid-19 outbreak. The move, barring action before midnight Tuesday, will kill the Complete Florida Plus Program, an array of technology systems that faculty, staff and students throughout Florida rely on, never more so than now, in the midst of a pandemic that has amplified reliance on distance learning. The cuts include a database of online courses and an online library service that provides 17 million books to 1.3 million students, faculty and staff.”

InfoSecurity: Online Learning Platform Exposes Data on One Million Students

InfoSecurity: Online Learning Platform Exposes Data on One Million Students. “Researchers from the firm claimed that the Elasticsearch database belonging to provider OneClass was left completely unsecured. The trove contained over 27GB of data, amounting to 8.9 million records, including many students’ full names, email addresses, schools/universities, phone numbers, account details and school enrollment details.”

Globe Newswire: Free Virtual Coding, STEM, Entrepreneurship and Financial Literacy Programs Launch for Youth this Summer (PRESS RELEASE)

Globe Newswire: Free Virtual Coding, STEM, Entrepreneurship and Financial Literacy Programs Launch for Youth this Summer (PRESS RELEASE). (This is for Canada.) “As the school year officially comes to an end, Rogers Communications today announced its national Ted Rogers Community Grant partners have transitioned all youth programming online this summer, offering Canadian families free, self-directed educational experiences to fill the gap with many summer camps being cancelled due to COVID-19. These programs focus on developing critical skills across technology, innovation, financial literacy and education with engaging and empowering programs designed to prepare Canada’s next generation.”

News@Northeastern: Reopening After The Covid-19 Shutdown? This Course Can Help.

News@Northeastern: Reopening After The Covid-19 Shutdown? This Course Can Help.. “Government leaders are calling for the economy to reopen. What does that mean for businesses that have been struggling to survive during the COVID-19 shutdowns? A new online course offers a free step-by-step guide to help owners of small and medium-sized businesses create and navigate a recovery plan. COVID-19: A Practical Approach to Enterprise Restart & Recovery Planning, created by Northeastern’s Global Resilience Institute in consultation with the D’Amore-McKim School of Business, can be applied to organizations other than businesses, including medical and educational facilities, churches, and non-governmental organizations that must not only bounce back from the lockdown but also adapt to new public-health regulations and limitations.”

Education Week: It Was a Bumpy Ride, But Virtual Schooling During the Coronavirus Boosted Teachers’ Tech Skills

Education Week: It Was a Bumpy Ride, But Virtual Schooling During the Coronavirus Boosted Teachers’ Tech Skills. “As the school year ends, a picture, though still a bit blurry, is emerging about what effect this nationwide experiment in ad hoc professional learning will likely have on K-12 education next school year and beyond. Will teachers be more likely to turn to tech in the classroom when students are back in school buildings? Or is this only a moment for temporary solutions to emergency problems, to be discarded as soon as teachers can return to more typical face-to-face teaching in physical classrooms?”

SUNY Polytechnic: SUNY Poly Offering Online ‘Pandemic Studies Semester’ to Students in New York and Around the World

SUNY Polytechnic: SUNY Poly Offering Online ‘Pandemic Studies Semester’ to Students in New York and Around the World. “Students who enroll in the online program can sign up for custom ‘bundles’ consisting of two courses—one from a distinctive disciplinary perspective, such as history, anthropology, or nanotechnology; and the other to produce distinct ‘artifacts’ of their choice, such as essays, presentations, digital art, 3D models, or the production of equipment that can help essential workers on the front lines. Most courses provide general education credits.”

CNN: Virtual cybersecurity school teaches kids to fix security flaws and hunt down hackers

CNN: Virtual cybersecurity school teaches kids to fix security flaws and hunt down hackers. “What started as a school-based program to teach kids a new skill is extending into a virtual cyber school. It’s filled with lessons and games to teach users how to fix security flaws on webpages, uncover trails left by cybercriminals and decrypt codes used by hackers. The program is now available online for any student ages 13 – 18 for free in the UK, and $100 a year in the US.”

Carnegie Mellon University: U.S. Schools’ Online Learning Directives May Exacerbate Existing Educational Inequalities

Carnegie Mellon University: U.S. Schools’ Online Learning Directives May Exacerbate Existing Educational Inequalities. “In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, social distancing directives across the United States have led to school closures. Many K-12 school districts have moved toward online instruction, but not every student has access to the Internet. A new study examined the factors that determine whether children and youth can participate in distance learning. The study found that low-income and non-White children and youth have less access to the Internet than their peers, as do children and youth who live in areas where low-income and non-White children score lower on math tests. The study’s findings can inform policy.”