Students Create Free Online Tutoring Services Amid Pandemic

(TNS) — Alex Yan and Arvin Ding, seniors at Irvine’s Portola High School in California, have held free weekly in-person tutoring sessions for elementary and middle school students since they started their organization Math at the Library in 2017.

When COVID-19 hit, their team of high schoolers quickly transitioned to online tutoring and later banded together with two other student volunteer organizations — Girls Empowering Girls, founded by Annette Yuan, a junior at Irvine High School, which offers one-on-one English conversation practice with language learners, and Code Champion, a coding class Ding started with his sophomore sister Cindy Ding — to form the nonprofit StudySmart Youth Services.

While the teens previously served their local community, now they tutor students from Seattle to Toronto.

The Irvine youths are part of a growing number of advantaged high school and college students across the country who have stepped up during campus shutdowns and

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Clovis Unified parents can choose between hybrid or online learning models for students

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — Clovis Unified will soon hear back from the state on its waiver application that could allow for some in-person instruction.

A questionnaire was sent to parents on Friday, offering two options. The first is a hybrid model, where a student would spend part of their class time in person and the other half at home.

The second is the online model, which students would continue distance learning from home full time.

Each of the 34 elementary schools will have specific return plans that fit their campus needs.

For those who choose to return, students will go through screenings before coming onto campus and have their temperature checked.

RELATED: Clovis Unified wants more input from parents on in-person learning model

During Monday’s parent forum, at least two health officials with children in the district said they would send their children back to school.

“One of the most

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Miami faculty adapt to online and hybrid teaching; developing tools and techniques that will serve students far beyond COVID-19 pandemic

By Cliff Peale,  director of executive communications


Norm Krumpe in the home studio he shares with Jane Keiser (image courtesy Krumpe).

Across all of Miami University’s campuses, faculty are changing the way they teach.

  • In the nursing labs at Miami Regionals, Tina Andrews-Parks used help from the E-campus unit on the Hamilton and Middletown campuses to familiarize herself with SpeedGrader, where she can tabulate and analyze the responses to each question in seconds for her online class. “I won’t go backwards to paper testing,” she said.
  • In information systems and analytics, Bob Leonard uses software that enables students to analyze larger data sets in his online courses. “It’s going to be great bringing newly developed tools back to the classroom, because students will have that (online) scaffolding in addition to their professor as a resource,” he said.
  • In political science, Monica Schneider has recruited speakers to address her Campaigns and
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Sony Global Education and NetDragon’s Subsidiary, Huayu Education Jointly Launch “Smart …

HONG KONG, Oct. 13, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — NetDragon Websoft Holdings Limited (“NetDragon” or “the Company”, Hong Kong Stock Code: 777), a global leader in building internet communities, is pleased to announce that NetDragon Huayu Education, the education subsidiary of NetDragon, and Sony Global Education, the education subsidiary of the world-renowned Sony Group, jointly announced the launch of “Smart Education Platform” (the “Platform”) in the Digital Silk Road Sub-forum of the third China Digital Summit held on 13 October 2020. The Platform will first launch in certain key prefectures in the Kanto region of Japan, in October 2020, to provide education information management and education big data services to domestic education institutions.

This is the first landing project following the signing of the “Cooperation Agreement on Japan Smart Education Platform” in September 2019, and it is expected to result in increased interaction and sharing of educational resources between China and

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Iowa students get back into habit of learning after almost 6 months out of school

First-graders in Stacy Yanda’s class at Madison Elementary School in Cedar Rapids are learning how to be students again.

As kindergartners last year, they missed out on about three months of education because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and started their year as first-graders late because of the Aug. 10 derecho storm.

Yanda, who had these students last year as kindergartners, too, said she can tell which students received some at-home schooling over the summer and which did not.

“You can tell there’s a little bit of falling behind, but just in the first few weeks those who have fallen back have managed to catch up,” she said.

Instead of beginning the year with everything they missed in kindergarten, Yanda is starting at a first-grade level and filling in the blanks as they go.

For example, last year as kindergartners they missed their lesson in subtraction. This year as first-graders, they

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How To Make Online Learning Work For Your Company This Year

CEO of Livius and co-author of “Hacking the SAT: Tips and Tricks to Help You Prepare, Plan Ahead, and Increase Your Score.”

In the days immediately following the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic on U.S. shores, schools shut down as administrators and parents raced to gear up for digital classrooms. Unfortunately, many of those educators and concerned parents found the nationwide online learning experiment to be a struggle. 

That consensus seems to be growing now that schools across the country have begun the new academic year. Social media is full of posts from parents, teachers and students describing a fraught, frustrating school day that often ends in tears all around. The same is true for employees and leaders attempting to navigate remote working, training and professional development.

Yet there’s a learning opportunity hidden in the chaos, and your company can benefit from it. Given the continued battle against the

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Kahoot picks up $215M from SoftBank for its user-generated, gamified e-learning platform

After announcing a modest $28 million raise earlier this year, the user-generated gamified e-learning platform Kahoot today announced a much bigger round to double down on the current surge in demand for remote education.

The Norwegian startup — which has clocked 1.3 billion “participating players” since launching in 2013 — has picked up $215 million from SoftBank, specifically by way of a “private placement to a subsidiary of SoftBank Group Corp., through issuance of 43,000,000 new shares.” The placement was made at 46 Norwegian Krone per share, working out to NOK1,978 million (or $215 million), and the funding will be used for acquisitions and also to continue its expansion.

Kahoot is traded on the Merkur Market in Oslo — a stepping stone between being a fully private startup and a publicly-listed company — and today the company is trading more than 15% up on the news. At market open today,

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Kirkwood Middle School finalizes plan to resume in-person classes

The plan will start with sixth-grade students returning to the school on Nov. 4

KIRKWOOD, Mo. — The Kirkwood School District Board of Education approved a plan to bring students back for in-person learning at Kirkwood Middle School starting next month.

The plan will start with sixth-grade students returning to the school on Nov. 4. The rest of the students will re-enter the building the next week, for the school’s first full week of in-person learning.

Students can be in the building for in-person learning Monday through Thursday, but the district will continue virtual learning on Fridays so students can stay used to it in case a return to all-virtual learning is needed.

The plan includes two pause days, when no classes will be held, so students and teachers can get ready for the change. The pause days are scheduled for Oct. 23 and Oct. 30.

All students have the

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Educators need time for online learning to be effective

Albert D. Ritzhaupt
 |  Guest columnist

I have been teaching online for more than 15 years and my research agenda broadly focuses on learning in technology-enhanced environments, including online learning. While I do not claim to be an expert and fully admit I do not have all of the answers, I believe this perspective will help us better understand the challenges facing both students and educators right now.

What we witnessed this past March as schools and universities closed their face-to-face operations and quickly pivoted to emergency remote teaching in response to the COVID-19 pandemic does not represent the qualities of effective online learning. I don’t believe it is fair for us to judge hard-working educators based on this single experience or to judge the merits of online learning.

Although online learning continues to steadily grow in the United States, most educators have never taught online and were suddenly challenged

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