edsurge | May 29, 2020
On an ordinary June morning, kids descend on the campus of Auburn University to try science experiments at the college of education’s annual STEM camp. It’s an opportunity for the future teachers who are enrolled at the college to apply what they learn in class in a practical setting, testing out lesson plans with real elementary students. This year, camp is canceled due to COVID-19. But education students still need to work on lesson plans, and kids still need summer activities. So the college is asking its future teachers to make online activity guides and videos for Home Works, a new distance learning program designed to help kids connect the curricula they usually learn in person at school or camp with what’s going on in their real lives—which right now mostly means being stuck at home.
2U | June 23, 2020
Education technology company 2U will offer scholarships of $2,500 each to "Black, Latino, and Indigenous learners, as well as women," to attend online technical training programs. According to the company’s June 10 statement, it will provide the scholarships, totaling $3 million, to candidates demonstrating "both need and merit." 2U said the program is specifically for individuals from underrepresented groups enduring financial hardship or who lost their jobs.The scholarships can be used for more than 100 programs spanning digital marketing, data analytics, coding, fintech and more. The programs are offered by more than 30 universities partnered with 2U, including Columbia Engineering, The George Washington University, University of Pennsylvania, Rice University, University of California Berkeley, University of North Carolina and Vanderbilt University. For many, the program is offered by an extension school or school of professional studies."As the economic impact of the pandemic continues to unfold, millions of people have seen their livelihoods disappear overnight, with people of color and women disproportionately affected. Many of these jobs — especially in sectors already at risk of automation — aren’t coming back," 2U Co-Founder and CEO Christopher "Chip" Paucek said. "This scholarship fund removes barriers for workers who are traditionally underrepresented in the tech industry by increasing the affordability of top university boot camps across 2U’s network."
ENA | March 25, 2020
CatchOn, an expansive data analytics tool, has released its new guide, Establishing a Robust Student Data Privacy Culture―Action Ideas for School Districts, which is designed to provide school districts with a concise overview of federal student data privacy laws along with five action ideas they can implement in their own systems. Written in collaboration with Reg Leichty, Founding Partner of Foresight Law + Policy, and the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), this guide presents practical ideas district leaders can implement to make data privacy a prominent part of the fabric of classrooms, schools, and school districts.