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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.

Noting health-care staffing shortages across the U.S., the merger aims to make nursing school more accessible by offering prospective students digital loan repayment options based on their actual salary.
Teachers, administrators and students alike have found that more time on screens and away from classrooms only worsened the apparent addiction to cell phones, leading some to seek technological solutions.
With help from ESSER funds and state vouchers for zero-emissions vehicles, Modesto City Schools is replacing half its fleet with electric buses, estimating an annual savings of about $250,000 in fuel costs.
A veteran high school athlete and technology official at other school districts, the Illinois High School Association’s new IT director has ideas to overhaul the group’s website with a modern look and more information.
The software company will integrate Signal Vine’s two-way text messaging and Augusoft’s enrollment management tool for continuing and corporate education into its suite of products for colleges and universities.
Columbus City Schools has enlisted the family counseling organization Buckeye Ranch to help students dealing with depression, anxiety and other issues that coincided with social isolation over months of remote learning.
Columbia State Community College is preparing 10- or 12-week programs in software development, programming and user-centered design, in partnership with Upright Education, to bring more rural students into the tech fold.
Schools in Michigan can lose state funding if 75 percent of students don't attend school on enough days, and Detroit Public Schools has seen virtual attendance fall below 70 on several recent days.
To meet the growing need for unbiased ed-tech product evaluations, five nonprofit groups have joined forces to build and support the EdSurge Product Index, a purchasing resource for educators.
A partnership between the city, local school district and local nonprofit EnFocus will expand its Citywide Classroom program with a five-year extension for students and coverage for all district employees.