Wanted in Milan: Italian schoolgirl takes online lessons in mountains surrounded by goats

Wanted in Milan: Italian schoolgirl takes online lessons in mountains surrounded by goats. “Schools in Italy’s ‘red zones’ are closed under the nation’s covid-19 restrictions, meaning millions of children of all ages are taking lessons online from home. Not so in the case of 10-year-old Fiammetta, in the northern Trentino province, who is connecting with her fourth-grade teachers and classmates from high up in the mountains, surrounded by goats.”

NPR: As Many Parents Fret Over Remote Learning, Some Find Their Kids Are Thriving

NPR: As Many Parents Fret Over Remote Learning, Some Find Their Kids Are Thriving. “Bobby has ADHD and sometimes gets seizures. (NPR isn’t using last names to protect students’ privacy.) This means that the 11-year-old often needs to take breaks from class, whether it is because of a seizure or just because he wants to walk around the room to get some of his energy out. Even though he already had some accommodations when school was in-person, online learning makes it easier for him to accommodate his own needs.”

Ransomware: Sharp rise in attacks against universities as learning goes online (ZDNet)

ZDNet: Ransomware: Sharp rise in attacks against universities as learning goes online. “The number of ransomware attacks targeting universities has doubled over the past year and the cost of ransomware demands is going up as information security teams struggle to fight off cyberattacks. Analysis of ransomware campaigns against higher education found that attacks against universities during 2020 were up 100 percent compared to 2019, and that the average ransom demand now stands at $447,000.”

The great attention deficit: More parents seek ADHD diagnosis and drugs for kids to manage remote learning (NBC News)

NBC News: The great attention deficit: More parents seek ADHD diagnosis and drugs for kids to manage remote learning. “Two dozen parents, pediatricians, psychiatrists, psychologists and researchers all described a crisis among children suffering from inattention and tanking school performance. Data from specialists involved with diagnosing and treating ADHD show just how much parents are struggling to get help: They are flooding an ADHD support line with questions, and ADHD diagnoses and prescriptions for related medications have soared.”

TechCrunch: Google to roll out slate of over 50 updates for Classroom, Meet and other online education tools

TechCrunch: Google to roll out slate of over 50 updates for Classroom, Meet and other online education tools. “Google today introduced a suite of updates for its online education tools whose adoption and further development have been accelerated by the pandemic, including Google Classroom, Google Meet and the next generation of G Suite for Education, now rebranded as Google Workspace for Education. In total, Google is promising more than 50 new features across its education products, with a focus on meeting educators’ and admins’ needs, in particular, in addition to those of the students.”

BuzzFeed News: A Former Comcast Employee Explains Why Low-Income WiFi Packages Aren’t Helping Students

BuzzFeed News: A Former Comcast Employee Explains Why Low-Income WiFi Packages Aren’t Helping Students. “As remote learning dragged on through 2020, the coronavirus pandemic pitted Comcast against an unlikely opponent: a group of teenagers. Since last spring, Baltimore-based student activists have been waging a campaign for faster internet speeds and arguing that the telecom behemoth’s Wi-Fi offering for low-income households, Internet Essentials, isn’t always fast enough for successful distance learning.”

MIT Technology Review: Kids are sick of Zoom too—so their teachers are getting creative

MIT Technology Review: Kids are sick of Zoom too—so their teachers are getting creative. “A few times a week, Vincent Buyssens’s students in Mechelen, Belgium’s Thomas More University College get on Instagram while he’s lecturing about creative strategy. They swipe through stories, add posts to their profile, and get lost in rabbit holes. But they’re not being surreptitious about it; in fact, Buyssens requires those taking his college course to use the app. The more they scroll during his lecture, the better.”

EdScoop: New website for university faculty will explain remote-teaching tech

EdScoop: New website for university faculty will explain remote-teaching tech. “The Center for Innovation, Design and Digital Learning will support higher education faculty as they continue to deliver instruction to students online during the pandemic and help universities and colleges better use digital tools as they invest in online instruction, the organizations announced last week. The virtual support center will house videos and articles explaining how to use a range of technologies, from creating an editable PDF to designing a website.”

Los Angeles Times: Kindergartners struggle to learn online. But this mother-daughter duo keeps them glued

Los Angeles Times: Kindergartners struggle to learn online. But this mother-daughter duo keeps them glued. “A year ago, mother and daughter taught in classrooms one room apart at Bushnell Way Elementary School in Highland Park — Mrs. Carter with 4-year-olds, Ms. Tai in a mixed group of children ages 4 and 5. Many of the felt puppets and linking cubes they shared there are the same ones Karen Carter used when her daughter was a student in her classroom. Out of respect for her mother’s long tenure, Tai Carter goes by Ms. Tai at school. Now, the pair teach their pint-size students from home, keeping L.A.’s youngest learners engaged online even as kindergarten enrollment has plummeted and online attendance has slumped.”

ProPublica: Out of Jail and Back in School, Grace Finds Her Voice

ProPublica: Out of Jail and Back in School, Grace Finds Her Voice. “Ten minutes before her debut and three months after she became known as the Michigan girl sent to juvenile detention for failing to do her online schoolwork, Grace* hurried into a bustling doughnut shop in suburban Detroit and plopped into a leather chair next to her mother. She straightened her headband and searched her pockets, unsuccessfully, for lip gloss. She tapped a few final notes into her phone. Then, ignoring her mother’s request to sit up straight, Grace leaned in toward her laptop and, for the first time since her case gained national notoriety as a symbol of racial inequities in the juvenile justice system, she began to speak publicly about what had happened to her.”

Los Angeles Times: California parents mostly disapprove of distance learning, poll finds

Los Angeles Times: California parents mostly disapprove of distance learning, poll finds. “As most public and private school students in California continue to study from home, a majority of voters say the state’s schools are not prepared to offer high-quality distance learning, although they are more positive about their own local schools, according to a poll released Thursday.”