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Digital Transformation

Coverage of the movement away from physical textbooks and classrooms toward digital operations in K-12 schools and higher education. Examples include virtual classrooms and remote learning, educational apps, learning management systems, broadband and other digital infrastructure for schools, and the latest research on grading and teaching.

In support of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, the tractor company is donating FIRST robotics class packs to the district. It is also supporting elementary and middle school mentors for students.
In total, the $14.8 million in funding from the federal government will support 3,081,131 devices and 774,115 broadband connections and help connect more than 3.6 million students throughout the state.
Helena College made some major upgrades to its campus. The changes range from run-of-the-mill design updates to equipping classrooms with smart technology and adding a new esports gaming center.
Enid Public Schools announced a program that offers discounted Internet service for families that qualify for the free and reduced-price lunch program through at least the rest of the school year.
K-12 schools gave students laptops and tablets to let them learn virtually. But many schools also closely track students’ activities on the devices — and advocacy groups are raising the call for less invasive monitoring.
The U.S. Department of Education will gather additional federal data to examine the full scope of problems faced by schools throughout the pandemic. The study hopes to guide policymakers tasked with reopening schools.
With more than a year of online learning under their belts, colleges in Minnesota and nationwide are reimagining the menu of options they offer to students.
Public outcry against standardized testing, along with adjustments required by COVID-19, have led to a new generation of academic tests.
The program was developed in response to the pandemic, when the extended campus closures exposed how many students were not able to participate in online classes and programs because they had no access to mobile devices.
The new agreement, led by Massachusetts, will allow eight neighboring states and Washington, D.C., to offer Internet access, devices and other technology to constituents through local agencies at a discounted rate.