Current: New nonprofit will expand digital health and education offerings through datacasting

Current: New nonprofit will expand digital health and education offerings through datacasting. “The Information Equity Initiative, announced Wednesday, builds on the work CEO Erik Langner began in his former role as president of the Signal Infrastructure Group. In partnership with three Pennsylvania PBS stations, led by WITF in the Harrisburg market, SIG announced what was then called the Public Media Educational Platform earlier this year. That platform provides the backbone for a system to transmit interactive programming and text to students in households that lack sufficient broadband access — a number Langner estimates may be as high as one in four students nationwide.”

Brown University: Database led by Brown economist reveals school-level look at COVID-19’s impact on K-12 education

Brown University: Database led by Brown economist reveals school-level look at COVID-19’s impact on K-12 education. “The COVID-19 School Data Hub, launched on Wednesday, Sept. 15 by Brown professor Emily Oster and a team of research colleagues, provides a detailed, school-by-school look at which schools and districts operated in person, virtually or in hybrid mode throughout the 2020-21 school year; how COVID-19 case rates rose and fell during that time; and, in some cases, how the pandemic affected enrollment and standardized test scores.”

Education Technology: Are we entering the era of ‘Netflix and skill’?

Education Technology: Are we entering the era of ‘Netflix and skill’?. “This generation is being built on-demand. We want things efficiently and with a click of a button. With all the smart technology that surrounds us, we have become somewhat spoilt in terms of being offered a ‘unique online experience’. Our YouTube suggestions will be personalised, and our Facebook ads are specially targeted; whether you agree with it or whether it freaks you out, we can’t deny that it’s handy as it has streamlined many everyday processes, from shopping to watching TV.”

Error 403: Syrians Blocked From Online Learning Platforms (Techdirt)

Techdirt: Error 403: Syrians Blocked From Online Learning Platforms. “Individuals in dictatorships need more freedom not less. Syrians have for years been unable to work remotely or pay for remote services, even educational ones. Do we want to do the same now to Afghans, who are already in fear of the Taliban? Examining in detail the experiences of Syrians, can maybe lead us to a better solution.”

Texas Tribune: At least 45 districts shut down in-person classes due to COVID-19 cases, affecting more than 40,000 students

Texas Tribune: At least 45 districts shut down in-person classes due to COVID-19 cases, affecting more than 40,000 students. “At least 45 small school districts across Texas have been forced to temporarily stop offering in-person classes as a result of COVID-19 cases in the first few weeks of the new school year, according to the Texas Education Agency. The shutdowns, which affected about 42,000 students as of Thursday, come as cases caused by the highly contagious delta variant have plagued administrators who hoped for a normal return to the school year.”

Phys .org: Research shows children have natural ability to survive, thrive and learn during lockdowns

Phys .org: Research shows children have natural ability to survive, thrive and learn during lockdowns. “The research focussed on the national COVID-19 lockdown during school Term One and continuing in Term Two, 2020 and looked at children’s experiences of informal, everyday learning in their household bubble. In Terms Three and Four, primary school children in Years 4–8 took part in a group activity and were interviewed about their own experiences.”

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: From the other side of the world, girl in Kenya learns computer coding at UWM

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: From the other side of the world, girl in Kenya learns computer coding at UWM. “‘I use the computer for school, and I wanted to understand more about how they work,’ said Elsie Maingi, who is 10 years old and lives in Nairobi. However, computer classes in Kenya were geared to high school students and business people and were usually quite expensive, said her mother, Lilian Wangechi. So in the fall of 2020, they turned to Google and found the free Girls Who Code program at UWM. Because of the time difference, Elsie got up at 2 a.m. for every class during that semester and the spring 2021 semester.”

WTHR: Indiana school district goes online after just 2 weeks of in-person classes

WTHR: Indiana school district goes online after just 2 weeks of in-person classes. ” Another school district is back to e-learning after a rise in coronavirus cases and quarantines. And, it’s just two weeks into their school year. The Shenandoah Community School District’s nearly 1,400 K-12 students returned to remote learning Monday after the director of the Henry County Health Department told district officials cases were headed in the wrong direction and becoming worrisome.”

Mississippi Free Press: Pearl River High School Quarantines 40% Of Students In First Week, District Going Virtual

Mississippi Free Press: Pearl River High School Quarantines 40% Of Students In First Week, District Going Virtual. “An entire Mississippi school district is going virtual after Pearl River Central High School ordered 40% of its student body to quarantine after just one week of school. Classes began at the Carriere, Miss., school on Aug. 5 with no mask mandates. Since then, the high school has quarantined 394 members of its roughly 1,000-member student body.”

CNN: A parent sent their child to school after a positive Covid-19 test. More than 80 students may have been exposed, officials say

CNN: A parent sent their child to school after a positive Covid-19 test. More than 80 students may have been exposed, officials say. “More than 80 students were potentially exposed to Covid-19 on the first day of class in Reno, Nevada, on Monday after a parent sent their child to Marce Herz Middle School, despite both the parent and child receiving a positive Covid-19 test just two days earlier, Washoe County Health District officials said.”

ProPublica: My Kids’ School Won’t Reinstate Masks Despite a Recent Surge in COVID Cases. Here’s What I Chose to Do.

ProPublica: My Kids’ School Won’t Reinstate Masks Despite a Recent Surge in COVID Cases. Here’s What I Chose to Do.. “Georgia’s Cobb County School District had parents choose between virtual and in-person learning, then lifted its mask mandate. Many families are frantically figuring out how to navigate this reality. ProPublica reporter Nicole Carr is one of them.”

Fox 5 Atlanta: North Clayton High School to start virtually after COVID-19 outbreak

Fox 5 Atlanta: North Clayton High School to start virtually after COVID-19 outbreak. “A school in Clayton County announced Saturday it would begin the year virtually after a COVID-19 outbreak. North Clayton High School officials said Saturday ‘a number of staff members’ have to quarantine at the College Park school. For now, the school plans to start virtually on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. ”

Mississippi Free Press: As Outbreaks Force Schools To Go All-Virtual, Districts Reinstate Mask Mandates

Mississippi Free Press: As Outbreaks Force Schools To Go All-Virtual, Districts Reinstate Mask Mandates. “Only days into the school year, some districts in South Mississippi are walking back their decision to make mask-wearing optional. Yesterday, the Lamar County School District announced that two of its schools, Oak Grove High School and Purvis High School, were shutting their doors on Monday and going all-virtual until Aug. 16 ‘due to the high transmission rate of COVID-19.’”

CNN: Some parents are seeking out permanent virtual school for the fall

CNN: Some parents are seeking out permanent virtual school for the fall . “For those families interested in online school, the options appear to be growing and gaining popularity. A spokesperson for another virtual public school option called Stride K12, which works with school districts in 30 states and Washington DC, said the percentage of currently enrolled families who have indicated they are returning in the fall is at a multi-year high. Last year, it added hundreds of teachers, scaled up its curriculum to serve more students and stocked up on computers.”