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Rushton Hurley, DA guest columnist and FETC featured speaker

It’s time to consider planning for a switch from in-person to online learning—and back again—for the next year or more, says Rushton Hurley, DA guest columnist and FETC featured speaker. Read more>>

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Jacie Maslyk, DA guest columnist and FETC featured speaker

DA guest columnist and FETC featured speaker Jacie Maslyk shares how to connect with and motivate your team—and students—effectively during school closures. She is assistant superintendent of Hopewell Area School District in Pennsylvania. Read more>>

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Matthew X. Joseph, DA guest columnist and FETC featured speaker

To help teachers succeed now, administrators need to reestablish relationships, develop work schedules and set expectations, says DA guest columnist and FETC featured speaker Matthew X. Joseph, who is director of curriculum, instruction and assessment for Leicester Public Schools. Read more>>

DA Staff

Ann McMullan, an education consultant and FETC featured speaker, addresses ed tech best practices and resources from CoSN, an FETC partner. Read more>>

From DA

Matt Zalaznick

Cyberbullying could worsen as students spend more time online with their schools closed and stay-at-home orders isolating them from friends, one expert says.  Read more>>

Michelle VandyBogurt, DA guest columnist

While it’s imperative we teach children to be competent learners and users of technology, we must also emphasize social-emotional learning, says DA guest columnist Michelle VandyBogurt, who uses coding and robotics to teach problem-solving and perseverance at Northwest Community Schools in Michigan. Read more>>

Matt Zalaznick

School music classes rely deeply on students performing together, and ed-tech, student voice and SEL are keeping online learning alive while schools are closed. Read more>>

Chris Burt

Although some students and faculty have found a way to play, lack of equity and access across the board is keeping many in the dark. Read more>>

Edtech in the News

Marin Independent Journal

More than 70,000 California school children will receive laptops or computer tablets to help close the “digital divide” in distance learning during the coronavirus shutdown, state officials announced. Read more>>

The Hechinger Report

Districts must rely on offline methods of communication and instruction to reach students without internet access at home. Efforts include TV programming hosted by educators recording remotely or science and social studies-themed PBS shows. Libraries and schools are offering book pick-up service for at-home reading challenges. Read more>>

The Washington Post

A disastrous online education rollout for one of the largest districts in the nation included issues logging on to the schools’ virtual learning platform; online misbehavior; and content with obscenities, racism, homophobia and explicit music. Administrators were ultimately forced to cancel school for the rest of this week to address the issues. Read more>>

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