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Virtual Classrooms

Stories about the technology associated with learning in a virtual space, as opposed to a physical classroom. Stories involve video conference software and online educational programs that are becoming increasingly common in both K-12 school districts and institutions of higher education.

Pivoting to remote learning Tuesday because of an intense snow storm, New York City Public Schools had issues taking attendance and using programs that required an IBM authentication to log in.
The department has proposed changing guidelines and definitions around distance education programs in order to collect more consistent and useful data on how students are faring in remote learning programs.
Facing budget cuts, Baltimore City Public Schools will convert a virtual learning program for students in second through fifth grades into a city school, so it will be eligible for state funding and other resources.
If the recent past is any indication, higher education this year is likely to see financial stress, online learning, a crisis of faith in leadership, emerging tech such as AI and VR, cybersecurity threats, and a desperate need for skilled IT staff.
Despite having resorted to "Zoom school" throughout the pandemic, only a tiny fraction of Portland, Ore., schools are using it now to hold classes during snow days, due to power outages and other logistical issues.
The California School Boards Association recognized several Inland Empire districts for innovative programs related to technology skill-building, virtual training , online communities and environmental sustainability.
Participants in the Modern Classrooms Project’s virtual mentorship program have unlimited access to web-based video recording and editing tools from Screencastify, so their students might learn at their own pace.
U.S. Department of Agriculture doled out seven grants across Illinois to help rural schools and colleges to buy equipment that includes distance-learning equipment, classrooms and spaces for mental health treatment.
The New Hampshire Department of Education will cover the $4.8 million costs of Tutor.com’s 24/7 services for all students in grades four and up, including adult high school equivalency diploma candidates.
The New York State Education Department's budget requests include money for electric buses, a system to track student progress, and hybrid school for students in the juvenile justice system.