Education

CDC updates COVID-19 school rules: In-person learning, vaccines & masks

CDC updates COVID-19 school rules: In-person learning, vaccines & masks

New CDC schools guidance pushes in-person learning as K-12 classrooms prepare for the fall 2021 return, though masks will remain a key part of the COVID-19 strategy. The US Centers for Disease Control has been criticized in the past for its policies around classroom learning, blamed on one side for impractically strict guidance, while accused of pushing for premature in-person schooling too rapidly by others.

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Apple Back to School 2021 promo adds free AirPods to select iPad and Mac

Apple Back to School 2021 promo adds free AirPods to select iPad and Mac

Apple has launched its new Back to School deals, and if you've been considering a new iPad or Mac for the classroom - either remote or in-person - you could get a treat for your ears, too. The Cupertino company is adding to its usual education discount with an AirPods promo, and a discount for Apple Care+.

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Sphero Indi robot aims directly at early learners

Sphero Indi robot aims directly at early learners

Sphero has designed robots for education that are aimed at children in grades three through high school. The company says it realizes that kids in pre-K through second grade also need a robot to help them learn designed specifically for their needs. To address that need, Sphero has revealed a robot called Indi.

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Gmail, Google Classroom, Docs are down or have issues [Update: They’re back]

Gmail, Google Classroom, Docs are down or have issues [Update: They’re back]

This morning a variety of Google services had a bit of a kerfuffle. Status for Google Drive, Google Dogs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, and Classroom were marked by Google as having a "Service Outage." Per the Google Workspace Status Dashboard, it was only these services that were having a full "outage." However, a significant number of Gmail users reported issues starting at around 8AM central time.

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South Carolina plans 8 Apple computer labs to fill in broadband deserts

South Carolina plans 8 Apple computer labs to fill in broadband deserts

If families suddenly forced into home-schooling during the pandemic has highlighted anything, it's that all things are not created equal when it comes to technology and internet access across the US. Projects like the US government's rural broadband rollout are trying to fill in the gaps, but now individual states and universities are weighing in, with South Carolina the latest to establish strategically-located computer labs.

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Researchers plan new Noah’s Ark in Moon’s giant lava tubes

Researchers plan new Noah’s Ark in Moon’s giant lava tubes

In March of 2021, researchers delivered a proposal for a "lunar ark" with cryogenically frozen samples of 6.7 million Earth species. A new take on the biblical Noah's Ark, this new lunar ark would be housed in a lava tube just below the surface of Earth's moon. This ark would house preserved spore, seed, and sperm samples from Earth species of many sorts.

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China’s Tianwen-1 sends first photo of Mars

China’s Tianwen-1 sends first photo of Mars

On February 5, 2021, the China Academy of Space Technology relayed details of Tianwen-1 and its journey to Mars. Per the Fifth Academy of the Aerospace Science and Technology Group noted that the engine ignition of Tianwen-1 "successfully completed the fourth midway correction of the ground fire transfer section to ensure that Mars capture was implemented as planned." This craft also took a lovely photo of the red planet with its grayscale navigation camera.

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HP reveals five new Chromebooks made for home-schooling

HP reveals five new Chromebooks made for home-schooling

CES 2021 might be over, but that isn't stopping companies like HP from revealing new products. Today, HP announced a collection of new Chromebooks meant primarily for education, whether those Chromebooks are for teachers or students. Given that there's seemingly no end to the pandemic in sight, these Chromebooks are being positioned as machines that are good for blended or remote learning.

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Hulu student price dropped to $2 per month (with ads)

Hulu student price dropped to $2 per month (with ads)

Hulu announced a "students" plan this week with an apparent "65% discount valid as long as you're a college student." This price would be for the "ad-supported plan" for approximately $1.99 USD per month, where it'd otherwise be $5.99 USD per month. Just so long as student enrollment status remains verified, the price shall remain, as verified by SheerID.

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Microsoft and EAA partner to launch Flight Simulator scholarships

Microsoft and EAA partner to launch Flight Simulator scholarships

The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), a community of pilots and others passionate about aviation, has teamed up with Microsoft to launch scholarships and educational material for 'young aviation enthusiasts.' The new partnership revolves around Microsoft Flight Simulator, a popular and highly realistic game for those who dream of piloting aircraft.

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AT&T offers discounted wireless data to help close the homework gap

AT&T offers discounted wireless data to help close the homework gap

AT&T has announced a new discounted wireless data offering to help more students get connected to remote schooling services. The move aims to address the 'homework gap,' which refers to the millions of students in the US who lack Internet access, preventing them from accessing online schoolwork and classes.

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NatGeo virtual backgrounds released for video chat

NatGeo virtual backgrounds released for video chat

Today the folks at National Geographic released a wild collection of virtual backgrounds / wallpapers for students doing video chats for school. Virtual school, remote schooling, remote classroom work is currently more popular than it's ever been before, thanks to COVID-19 and the likely resurgence of the global pandemic thanks to winter - so National Geographic just stepped up to the plate.

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