This Startup Pushes Technology Into Schools With Paper and Pen

(Bloomberg) — Millions of kids in the U.S. headed back to school this month and most of them will be spending at least part of their class time remotely, relying on computers, tablets and fast broadband to connect with teachers.

In thousands of schools across the U.S., though, teachers are using a small technology startup to preserve some of the more analog aspects of classwork during the pandemic. Bakpax Inc. makes a mobile app that kids can use to take a picture of homework completed using pencil and paper then upload to get instant grades and feedback. Some 50,000 teachers are using the tool, including in Europe and South Korea.

an open laptop computer sitting on top of a table: Bakpax App Can Read Your Kid's Chicken Scratch And Give It An A

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Bakpax App Can Read Your Kid’s Chicken Scratch And Give It An A

The website home screen for Bakpax.


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“Paper is still the universal platform for learning,” said founder and Chief Executive Officer

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Update: Education enrollments in Xinjiang reach highest level in history: white paper

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Students have a class at the Xuesong middle school in Aketao County of northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, March 25, 2020.  (Xinhua/Ding Lei)

BEIJING, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) — Enrollments in various kinds of education in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region have all reached the highest level in history, according to a white paper released by the State Council Information Office on Thursday.

In 2019, there were 453,800 full-time students studying at universities and colleges in Xinjiang, an increase of 146,200 over 2014, and 1.84 million students studying at secondary schools, an increase of 147,600 over 2014, says the white paper titled “Employment and Labor Rights in Xinjiang.”

Through vocational training, Xinjiang has built a large knowledge-based, skilled and innovative workforce that meets the requirements of the new era, it says.

Every year from 2014 to 2019 Xinjiang provided training sessions to an average of 1.29

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