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The COVID-19 Crisis Is A Boost To Educational Technology Companies

the covid-19 crisis is a boost to educational technology companies

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Closed schools, universities, and job training centers have made the need for online education … [+] urgent.

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In the daily flurry of negative news, investors should be careful not to lose sight of the fact that while COVID-19 has caused thousands of companies to struggle, default on their debt, or to declare bankruptcy around the globe, it has also created great business opportunities. With thousands of schools, universities, and job training center closed around the world, many since February, the need for online education for educators, parents, students and life-long learners has never been more urgent.
COVID-19 has caused a significant disruption in the world of education, but it has been a boon to education technology (EduTech) companies. Even when a vaccine for COVID-19 is approved, online education is here to stay filling gaps that already existed in education curricula. Online education has been helping reach underserved populations students as well as students with special needs and disabilities.  Additionally, many parents and educators are likely to use online education to be ready for the next public health or natural disaster.
Anytime any student or client asks me for advice, I always tell them that long gone are the days when people …

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COLLEGIANS: Aug. 2, 2020

collegians: aug. 2, 2020

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Three area residents — Elizabeth A. Gunning and Maggie Mae Stauble, both of Kingston; and Jennie Clare Mele of Gardiner — graduated from Hartwick College in Oneonta.• • •Salvatore Paporto of Marlboro graduated, magna cum laude, from Adelphi University in Garden City, N.Y., with a bachelor of science degree in communication disorders.

• • •The following area residents graduated from SUNY Delhi:Erica Prindle of Kingston, bachelor of business administration degree in business and technology management. John Gougoutris of Kingston, bachelor of business administration degree in culinary arts management. Dana Tochterman of Kingston, bachelor of science degree in nursing. Bryannah Crump of Kingston, bachelor of science degree in nursing. Madison Stelmach of Saugerties, associated in applied science degree in nursing.Jose Leiva Sosa of Saugerties, associate in occupational studies degree in residential construction. Zephyr Dresser-Peck of Bearsville, bachelor of science degree in nursing. Emily Ward of Highland, bachelor of science degree in nursing. Jorge Rodriguez of Gardiner, bachelor of business administration degree in hospitality management. Tristin Dorta of Ellenville, bachelor of business administration degree in information technology management.Karina Buckholz of Big Indian, associate in applied science degree in horticulture sciences. Molly Greene of Glenford, associate in applied science degree in recreation and sports …

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Racism is everywhere in Israel, even at anti-Netanyahu protests, Ethiopian Israeli activist says

racism is everywhere in israel, even at anti-netanyahu protests, ethiopian israeli activist says

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5 educators vying for 3 Kyrene board seats

5 educators vying for 3 kyrene board seats

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With two of the five Kyrene Governing Board seats certain to be filled with new members, the race features one incumbent and four political newcomers who all have long experience as education professionals.The races is geographically spread across the district. Incumbent Michelle Fahy lives in Chandler, Wanda Kolomyjec and Trine´ Nelson are in Ahwatukee and Margaret Wright is in Tempe.All five also secured a ballot position in November with more than the required 400 petition signatures with Kolomyjec leading with 972, followed by Fahy with 911, Nelson with 905, Wright with 808 and Alfaro with 644. 


There is no primary for school board candidates, so getting the required  signatures is critical for getting a ballot spot.Here’s a look at the candidates for the three seats up for grabs in Kyrene.Jose Ivan AlfaroJose Ivan Alfaro of Tempe has four children in Kyrene schools and is exeutive director of a national learning company and an education consultant.“As a dad of four amazing and uniquely different children who attend the Kyrene School District, I understand the joys and anxieties of wanting the best for our kids,” he said in explaining his candidacy.“I believe I can be a genuine advocate for parents and …

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Missouri State announces spring 2020 graduation list

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Missouri State University awarded 2,872 degrees to students in spring 2020.
Students earned a total of 2,168 bachelor’s degrees, 592 master’s degrees, 98 doctorate degrees and 14 specialist degrees.Past the standard expectations, the university recognized 117 students for their work with a more rigorous curriculum in Missouri State’s Honors College.Several hundred students also received scholastic honors: 202 students graduated summa cum laude (with grade point averages of 3.9-4.0 on a 4.0 scale), 220 students graduated magna cum laude (with GPAs of 3.75-3.89) and 398 students graduated cum laude (with GPAs of 3.5-3.74).While Missouri State’s May 2020 commencement ceremony was canceled due to COVID-19, spring 2020 graduates have two opportunities to participate in an in-person commencement ceremony later this year at JQH Arena. The dates are Oct. 18 or Dec. 11.AREA GRADUATESDouglas County: Shelby MaRae Box, Bachelor of Science in Education, elementary education, and MiKaela RyAnne Bristol, Bachelor of Science, child and family development, both of Ava, and Tyler J. McIntosh, Bachelor of Science, general business.Howell County: Casey A. Watkins, Bachelor of Science, agricultural business, Caulfield; Hanna Lea Vines, Bachelor of Science in Education, elementary education, cum laude, Mtn. View; and Aaron Lane Jolliff, Bachelor of Science, sociology, and Brooke Madison Mitchell, Bachelor of Science in Education, …

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DCPS selects Alward as new Virtual Academy director

dcps selects alward as new virtual academy director

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Officials at Daviess County Public Schools have selected Chad Alward to be the director of the district’s new Virtual Academy.As part of the district’s reopening plan during the worldwide pandemic, DCPS officials recently announced they would offer parents the Virtual Academy option.The academy is a completely separate school, apart from the Integrated Instructional Model that provides varying degrees of in-person learning. Virtual Academy is an online-only approach for students for the semester.It is not like the NTI of the past. Instead, it will provide a set schedule for students to log in and have real-time school with daily, digital lessons.Preschool students are not eligible to attend the Virtual Academy.Also, district officials don’t recommend that option for students in kindergarten through second grade; however, DCPS officials feel that is a decision families must make.Alward will be responsible for the Virtual Academy program for kindergarten through eighth grade, and he will coordinate with high school virtual learning programs.He brings a strong background in the areas of academic instruction, educational leadership and technology to his new role. He has served as assistant principal at Daviess County High School for seven years, working closely …

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COVID, Classrooms and Inequality–Education in the Time of Pandemic

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Study the past if you would define the future.–Confucius 
Words are limited.  They are very often (even when we wish otherwise) inadequate to perfectly convey intent, context and meaning.
The word unprecedented is bandied about quite a bit these days and as we are just beginning to stumble almost sleepwalking through the weird landscapes, the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis has laid before us.
We are left to figure out the path ahead on our own—without a map or even a piece of string to guide us through the labyrinth.
COVID-19  is like the dye on a deadly and perverse  egg shell, it has exposed  all the cracks and fractures which pre-existed this plague,  it will take eternal vigilance to assure the stresses of what has been exposed doesn’t collapse the entire structure.
Paul Reville, the Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration at Harvard Graduate School of Education, when asked during an interview with The Harvard Gazette to enumerate those things which surprised him most about the COVID-19 education crisis stated:
“One that’s most striking to me is that because schools are closed, parents and the general public have become more aware than at …

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Clear Touch Wins Multiple Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence

clear touch wins multiple tech & learning awards of excellence

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GREENVILLE, S.C., July 31, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Clear Touch®, a leading provider of multi-touch, interactive flat panels, and software for education and business, announced that Tech & Learning Magazine, a leading education publication, has selected three of their products as winners of its 2020 Awards of Excellence.
The annual awards honor educational technology products that improve the way educators and students learn. With awards going to two of their bundled software products that come integrated with Clear Touch panels and one hand sanitizer display product, Clear Touch products won every category in which they were nominated.

Clear Touch Command™, cloud-based software for energy management, remote updates, emergency messaging management, and digital decoder
Clear Touch Collage™, collaborative software that allows users to wirelessly cast up to six devices, four of which can be Chromebooks, to a Clear Touch interactive panel and gives teachers the ability to control which screens can be displayed on screen
Clear Digital Gel™, a touchless hand sanitizer station that features a bright LED display and remote management

“These awards highlight the dedication of our company, team, and customers as we strive together to continue innovating educational technology and creating solutions that meet the needs of teachers and students — especially in …

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Baltimore mayoral candidate Bob Wallace started 3 companies. Here’s where he stands on tech and access issues

baltimore mayoral candidate bob wallace started 3 companies. here’s where he stands on tech and access issues

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When the general election ballot arrives this fall, a founder will be among the candidates.Bob Wallace is an entrepreneur who started three Baltimore companies. Now, he is running as an independent candidate for city government’s top executive office.Wallace, who makes plain that he is “not a career politician,” announced that he was getting into the race just before the primary election. Running as a candidate that isn’t affiliated with a party, he didn’t participate in the June contests. To appear on the ballot, he had to gather the necessary signatures.The Cherry Hill native’s bio says he “overcame social and economic obstacles through his own rags-to-riches story to become a successful business leader.” He has experience starting 25-year-old, Mount Vernon-based IT services provider BITHGROUP Technologies, alternative renewable energy company Bithenergy, and EntreTeach Learning Systems, which offers web-based training for minority and women entrepreneurs. Plus, he has served on public entities such as the State of Maryland Information Technology Board. He also brings a passion for STEM education.“I always say that Baltimore has the resources necessary to be great but lacks connectedness to implement real changes,” Wallace said. “As mayor, I will be committed …

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Anaheim public schools launch virtual academies for the long haul

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After moving in-person classrooms to distance learning during a global health emergency in mid-March, some educators couldn’t help but wonder how the massive overhaul would affect public education in the long run.Nearly all school districts distributed loaner laptops. Administrators searched high and low for hot spots when most companies had sold out due to high demand. Colleagues logged into video conferencing apps like Zoom and Microsoft Teams for the first time.Many students struggled with online teaching. They lacked access to computers and didn’t have a study space at home. In some cases, students had family members who were coping with health and financial hardships due to the pandemic. Others thrived with independent online studies.It didn’t take long to see an effect.A handful of public school districts in Orange County spent the summer preparing to launch online-based schools — not just as a pivot during pandemic times but as mainstay educational institutions for the new school year.The director of educational technology for Anaheim Elementary School District put together a proposal for a virtual academy in April.“When we had to go into the school dismissals, we were able to [implemented full-time online learning] with …

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