Still without internet, Cedar Rapids family unsure how students will learn virtually by first day of school

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) – The Cedar Rapids Community School District is in a race against the clock, trying to get all of its approximately 16,000 students connected to the internet before the first day of school next Monday.



a girl looking at the camera: Whitley Hudson, an incoming first grader, colors at her home in Cedar Rapids on Sept. 15, 2020.


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Whitley Hudson, an incoming first grader, colors at her home in Cedar Rapids on Sept. 15, 2020.

The school district estimated about 2,000 of its students did not have internet access at home before the Aug. 10 derecho, but they now believe that number has increased since the storm as providers continue to make repairs, according to CRCSD Executive Director of Digital Literacy Craig Barnum.

“I’ve been in education 27 years, and this is the most difficult challenge that I’ve ever faced, the hardest I’ve ever worked,” Barnum said.

Among the group of families whose internet has recently gone away is the Hudson family

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Family Fun: Library videos help students experiment with science at home

Science can be explosively fun – and messy.

That’s what Molly Moore is learning. Moore, an education and enrichment librarian for the Spokane County Library District, is creating weekly Science From Home videos hoping to help children and families engage in STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – activities at home while many students are working remotely this fall.

At 2 p.m. Monday, she’ll post her first video showing how to crack open a watermelon using rubber bands, “a great example of potential energy being converted to kinetic energy,” she said.

Videos will be posted each Monday through Dec. 14 to the library’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. Upcoming experiments will look at soil erosion, lunar craters and exothermic chemical reactions. That last one, often called elephant toothpaste, combines hydrogen peroxide, food coloring and yeast to create a foaming fountain. And, it made a big mess in Moore’s backyard.

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Googlebox stars’ secrets from unseen family to their actual jobs

Gogglebox returned to our screens on Friday night, with the star’s giving their hilarious opinions on this week’s top TV.

The show has always been popular but this year has drawn in millions of viewers as people turned to the programme to bring some light relief to lockdown.

Some people taking part in the show have been catapulted to stardom, such as Scarlett Moffatt and couple Steph and Dom Parker.

While we get invited into their living rooms each week, not much is known about what goes on in their lives once the cameras stop rolling – reports Mirror Online.

Most of the stars have very normal jobs, as they are only paid with a small allowance and takeaways while filming.

But there are a few surprises, and lots of unseen family members that have never appeared on-screen.

With Gogglebox coming back to our screens for a brand new 16th

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Wendler: The other education: engagement, sense of family – Opinion – Austin American-Statesman

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Eighth in a series on the reopening of West Texas A&M University in the midst of COVID-19.)

A recent NICHE study found after surveying 20,000 students, 78% said in-person classes were appealing, and 29% found online courses appealing. The findings could be challenged as the survey took place coinciding with the COVID-19 induced explosion of online coursework with no “settling in” time. We see a different world as Labor Day approaches.

It is abundantly clear, however, that students seek peer engagement and varied college-level experiences. This is sometimes referred to as “the other education.” David Brooks’ 2009 New York Times editorial pointed out the nuances of formal, classroom education and the life-situating experiences occurring alongside of that during the university years. His personal story shares the impact of Bruce Springsteen as a “second education.” I call it “The Other Education.”

Brooks’ credit to “The Boss” is a moot

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