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As the Coronavirus outbreak creates significant impact around the world, the EdTech industry is also seeking its solutions and, in some cases, opportunities, in the face of the crisis. We also continue to bring you updates about how technology is helping students meet learning goals, including students with special needs.
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The recent U.S. spike in coronavirus cases, which currently numbers around 118 cases in 16 states, is leaving the edtech conference industry with an existential question at the start of its busy events season: to host or not to host?
Across the broader tech world, the coronavirus has taken a toll on what were once routine gatherings. Facebook, Google, Microsoft have pulled out of annual industry conferences, and called off events of their own. Others, including the Games Developer Conference and the massive World Mobile Congress in Barcelona, have opted to cancel.
BMO Capital Markets, an investment bank, said in a report Monday that some publicly traded online education companies might see an influx of students because of COVID-19. Online education has previously proven a temporary help to schools closed due to natural disasters, like Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
With the Coronavirus crisis, Chinese students are counting on technology to continue their classes despite the shutdown. Although China is technologically advanced and agile, accessibility isn’t necessarily equal to it as 40% of the population doesn’t have access to internet and the government had to organize TV broadcasts.
This situation offers companies with an opportunity to gather valuable data, and think about how products and services can answer needs at such times.
Recent progress in the development of socially assistive robots has led to an increase in affordable and personalized care. In an especially interesting application, such robots provide behavioral therapy to help autistic children to learn social skills.
Jon Spike, coordinator of instructional technology integration services at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, explains the background for his approach to VR and shares some suggestions on apps that he found beneficial to classroom instruction. Spike grounds his approach to VR use in the ‘Triple E’ Framework, an educational model developed in 2011 by Liz Kolb, a clinical associate professor of education and learning technologies at the University of Michigan. It measures how a technology used in a lesson helps students meet learning goals. The framework focuses on three components: engagement in learning goals, enhancement of learning goals and extension of learning goals. It offers a benchmark to guide educators as they consider adding a technology tool to learning.
There’s a growing number of opportunities for middle and high school students including technology certification programs offered by top tech companies such as Google and Microsoft. With these programs, students can explore their technology interests and develop digital skills while preparing for a 21st-century workplace. The student benefits that come with earning a professional certification are undeniable.
Laura Truncellito- Laura is the founder and CEO of Language Scholars, LLC, a company which seeks to utilize cutting edge technology to enhance global learning and communication. email@example.com
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