Families can’t switch learning options after today

Cassidy Alexander
| The Daytona Beach News-Journal

By the third day of school, Chenoa Yancey knew something had to change. Her children, eighth and ninth graders enrolled in the district’s virtual school, were struggling. 

Delays in starting classes through Volusia Online Learning meant her kids watched their friends go back to brick and mortar schools while they sat home and did nothing. Virtual school seemed like the wisest choice over the summer, when so much was unknown about the schools’ reopening plans. But that changed for the family. 

“We were really, really willing to take the risk of sending them back because we knew for their own mental health and their own social aspect they really needed to go,” Yancey said. “They were struggling at home.”

Families across the district have reached that same conclusion and changed their minds about which learning option they want for their kids. Some went

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Using AI Based Learning To Teach Solve Generation Skill Gap

As economies continue to address the fallout from COVID-19, research from the G20 network’s Think20 is discovering that the skills of those employed “no longer meet evolving market requirements.”

The G20 is an international forum for the governments and central bank governors from 19 countries and the European Union.

To help global economies address the challenges of being prepared for the digital age, the TF6 taskforce of the G20 is offering four key recommendations countries can adopt to utilize AI-based learning including:

  • Embracing and regulating industry micro-credentials;
  • Accessing government funding for workplace learning in traditional sectors and those working within the platform and gig economies;
  • Promoting immersive, interactive AI for skills development as a learning aid and not in replacement of teachers;
  • Promoting innovative technical and vocational education training (TVET) institutions with the backing of quality control and licensing bodies.

“It is evident we are on the cusp of a

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Planning an education infrastructure for both in-person and at home learning

The pandemic forced school districts around the world to abruptly change how they provide educational services to students. Teachers who may have had rudimentary technology skills suddenly found themselves trying to conduct remote classes over Zoom, some with more success than others.

Now, as a new school year begins, teachers and school administrators likely must embrace a hybrid learning culture that incorporates technology in the design and delivery of courses. The goal must be to ensure different components work collaboratively to support a personalized approach to education that leverages flexibility and enables adaptive learning. And the underlying motivation should be to improve the learning experience for students.

It’s critical that school IT professionals make sure teachers and administrators know how to effectively integrate technology tools for a hybrid learning model. IT directors should work with educators on establishing a common language and common expectations for how the investments in technology

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Seattle’s Pacific Science Center launches virtual field trips for at-home learning


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CYBER.ORG Kicks Off National K-12 Cybersecurity Learning Standards Development

New initiative aimed at bolstering cybersecurity education and increasing the pipeline of cybersecurity talent kicks off with partners from education, government, and industry

CYBER.ORG today announced the kickoff of the development of the K-12 cybersecurity learning standards that can be used in schools and districts around the country. When complete, the standards will help ensure that students not only have a foundational understanding of cybersecurity, but the skills and knowledge they need to pursue cybersecurity careers in greater numbers. CYBER.ORG is convening key stakeholders across education, government and industry to collect input that will increase the relevance and value of the standards. CYBER.ORG plans to release the final standards to the public at the start of the 2021-22 school year, with voluntary adoption likely to begin in states the following year.

State standards are the learning goals for what students should know and be able to do at each grade

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Indonesia’s education minister on Covid’s effect on students’ learning

SINGAPORE — There’s not enough discussion globally about the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on students’ learning as schools are closed to prevent further spread of the virus, Indonesia’s Education Minister Nadiem Anwar Makarim told CNBC on Monday.

“A lot of people keep mentioning about the health crisis and about the economic crisis that’s caused by the pandemic but not enough people are talking about the educational crisis, the learning crisis that is happening all around the world, not just in Indonesia,” the minister told CNBC’s “Street Signs Asia.”

“So we really have to find the right balance between … the health crisis as well as the educational crisis as leaders,” he said ahead of the virtual Singapore Summit happening this week.

Students from a school in Surabaya, Indonesia’s East Java province, attend in-person lessons under strict health protocols during the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Skills Needed to Be a Chief Learning Officer

A woman writing idea or task on post it sticky notes on glass wall.


Strategic management and measurement are the top competencies chief learning officers need to develop, according to research by Chief Learning Officer (paywall). But that’s not all. They also want to grow their executive leadership skills, develop better business acumen and advance their knowledge of learning methods and concepts.

But what are the skills and traits a CLO should have now before investing in future competencies?

“The exact definition of the CLO or chief learning officer can be broad, fluid and vary from company to company, but there are certain qualifications that a CLO should be expected to meet and expectations they should be able to deliver,” said Andrew Jezic, founding partner at the Law Offices of Jezic & Moyse.

For starters, they need an understanding of enterprise-level IT architecture and facility across the relevant tools and platforms. “An ability to integrate IT structure and top talent with

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WISD Continuing Efforts To Improve Remote Learning In County School Districts

The Washtenaw Intermediate School District is continuing to work with other local school districts to improve the remote learning experience for students throughout the county.

The WISD is coordinating efforts with the county’s school districts while continuing to seek out additional grant funding and additional training options for teachers.

The WISD’s Interim Superintendent, Naomi Norman, says geography remains an issue for many students trying to learn remotely.

“There are large areas of Washtenaw County where there is no broadband access, no high-speed internet, and even areas that don’t have cell phone access, so that continues to be a very big concern for us,” Norman says.

Norman says students enrolled in special education programs also face unique challenges, and the WISD is working with students and their families to ensure each of them is getting what they need to succeed.

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Betsy DeVos Weakens Protections For Online Learning In Higher Education

Yesterday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos released her final regulations for online education, otherwise known as “distance learning.” In a press release, DeVos said, “These regulations are a true ‘rethink’ of what is possible for students so that they can learn in the ways and places that work best for them.”

But many worry these regulations put innovation and institutional burden reduction interests ahead of quality and consumer protection needs. In fact, some version of the word ‘burden’ appears 52 times in the final rule; the word ‘safeguard’ only appears 9 times.

Federal higher education law requires distance education programs to provide “regular and substantive interaction” between instructors and students, so students aren’t left on their own to learn – they’re paying to learn from experts

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Sales rise for VR Education’s remote learning tools

Virtual learning company VR Education has reported strong sales growth driven by its flagship online platform, Engage.

The Waterford-based firm said revenue in the first six months of 2020 reached €681,000. That is 37pc higher than a year ago.

Chief executive David Whelan said the world’s adoption of remote working amid the Covid-19 pandemic has proved “transformational for VR Education”. He described the firm’s outlook as “brighter than ever – in stark contrast to the difficulties many corporates are experiencing with restrictions and shutdowns”.

Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) registered a loss of €0.9m, the same as in 2019.

But analysts said VR Education is well positioned for strong second-half sales, particularly for Engage.

That online virtual learning and corporate training platform generated 33pc of sales in the first half of 2020, up from 18pc a year ago.

A desktop version of Engage was released in December

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