David Ramadan column: Stop spending on bricks-and-mortar and start investing in online education | Columnists

It also is evident that those who might prefer a blackboard have a long way to go. The days of a camera aimed at an overhead projector slide are more than just old school, and the idea that we’ll be able to capture and hold the attention of the TikTok generation with a barebones Zoom call isn’t going to get it.

At Harvard University, David Malan teaches CS50, an introductory computer science class, and one of the school’s most popular courses. The professor has said it might be “a better educational experience to watch CS50’s lectures online than attend them in person.”

Writing about Malan and his work for The New Yorker, Eren Orbey characterized this year’s transition to online learning as a struggle for many professors.

In March, he wrote, “no more than five hundred Harvard instructors had virtual teaching experience.” But in a matter of days, the number

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HISD trustees approve $17M bump in special education spending

Houston ISD trustees voted Thursday to approve spending an additional $17 million on special education in 2020-21, money that will pay for contracts with organizations providing services to students with disabilities and hiring more staff.

The multimillion-dollar increase, approved by an 8-0 vote with one trustee abstaining, comes one week after state officials issued a blistering report that leveled numerous criticisms of the district’s special education department. However, Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan gave no indication that her request for more money is a direct response to the investigation, which her administration dismissed as “factually and legally incorrect.”

Lathan said Thursday that the district would use the money to boost several services offered to students, including those with speech, language and hearing disabilities. HISD also would increase the number of intensive intervention teams, a group of staff members dispatched to campuses to provide special education supports.

“We already have the plan

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Health and education spending is at record levels. This budget should have gone further on tax cuts | The Canberra Times

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The biggest story of the 2020 budget is not, surprisingly, the 12-figure record deficit. It is not the looming trillion dollars in debt. And it is certainly not any supposed unfairness. It’s the loss of a once-in-a-decade chance to shift the economic trajectory of the budget. In normal times, the budget imposes practical limits on government spending. Government can never do everything it wants, because to do so would result in massive deficits, and the public still looks askance at unfunded spending, despite persistent efforts by progressives to undermine this sensible instinct. But in a crisis, different rules apply. Deficits seemingly no longer matter, and governments are free to pursue a broader agenda, for better or worse; as Kevin Rudd did when he found himself unshackled as a result of the Global Financial Crisis. Yet the

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Global EdTech and Smart Classroom Market (2020 to 2025) – Increasing Spending on the Education Sector Presents Opportunities

DUBLIN, Oct. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The “EdTech and Smart Classroom Market by Hardware (Interactive Displays, Interactive Projectors), System (LMS, SIS, TMS), Technology (Gamification, Analytics, Advanced Technology), and Region – Global Forecast to 2025” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

The global EdTech and smart classroom market size is expected to grow from USD 85.8billion in 2020 to USD 181.3billion by 2025, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 16.1% during the forecast period.

The major factors driving the growth of the EdTech and smart classroom market include growing adoption of eLearning solutions, impact of COVID-19 pandemic and growing need for online teaching-learning models to continue the education system in lockdown.

Learning management system segment to hold the largest market share during the forecast period

The LMS applications are used for the supervision, certification, tracking, and offering of eLearning applications. These systems primarily track classroom instructions, automate

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Houston ISD considering $17 million increase in special education spending

Houston ISD Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan is asking the district’s school board Thursday to authorize $17 million in additional spending for special education, a request that comes a week after her administration dismissed a state investigation sharply critical of HISD’s support of students with disabilities.

a woman wearing a hat talking on a cell phone: HISD Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan, pictured in September, is asking district trustees Thursday to approve an additional $17 million in spending on special education. The request comes one week after state investigators sharply criticized HISD’s support of students with disabilities, though Lathan’s administration labeled the findings “factually and legally incorrect.”

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HISD Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan, pictured in September, is asking district trustees Thursday to approve an additional $17 million in spending on special education. The request comes one week after state investigators sharply criticized HISD’s support of students with disabilities, though Lathan’s administration labeled the findings “factually and legally incorrect.”

HISD administrators said they plan to use the money to hire more speech language pathologists, mental health specialists, occupational and physical therapists, and assistive technology specialists, among others.

District officials have offered scant details on the request, other than listing the job titles in a press

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Ontario spending $35 million more to help schools in coronavirus hotspots

The Ford government is spending another $35 million to hire teachers and purchase new equipment for schools in areas hit hardest by COVID-19.

The money will flow to boards in Toronto, Peel Region, Ottawa and York Region.

Premier Doug Ford said the money will allow boards to pay for “more physical distancing, smaller classrooms and provide more resources for remote learning.”

Education Minister Stephen Lecce said the money will be split proportionally between all public school boards in those impacted municipalities, with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) receiving $9 million.

He said the TDSB’s allotment could hire 120 more teachers or purchase 11,000 more computers and tablets.

School boards have purchased or distributed 120,000 computers and tablets this year to assist students in low-income households with remote learning.

As of Friday, 335 of the province’s 4,828 publicly-funded schools had seen at least one case of COVID-19 in a student

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Spending on COVID-19 Testing Now to Save Lives Later

Coronavirus testing has garnered news coverage for being inaccessible and expensive. Yet, although the PCR test, the most common current test, has a high price tag, inadequate testing has a high cost of its own. 

A new study by physicians at Massachusetts General Hospital suggests that increased testing could cut by half the number of people who might die from the coronavirus in the future . 

 “There is also a price to not being able to rapidly deploy testing,” said Anne Neilan, MD, MPH, an infectious disease specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Dr. Neilan is an author of the study, which looked at the importance of expanded testing for COVID-19.

Researchers took data from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, information about how COVID-19 has spread, and information about the costs and accuracy of testing, and made a predictive mathematic model, a simulation, of what the future might

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Kids Are Spending More of Their Lives Online. Teachers Can Help Them Understand Why.

American youth are spending an alarming amount of time online. According to a pre-pandemic report, the average American teen spends approximately seven hours online per day. With remote learning in full swing for a little over half of American elementary and high school schools, students are spending even more time in front of a screen: By some accounts, students are getting up to 5 or 6 hours of additional technology use per day.

Recently, both teachers and parents have started questioning the value in spending long stretches of the day in front of a screen participating in synchronous, online classes. And with the recent release of the Netflix documentary “The Social Dilemma,” there is lots of discussion around the inherently addictive characteristics of social media and its effect on teens. Now more than ever, conversations around how and why youth spend time online are paramount. Here’s how teachers can kickstart

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Study finds increased university spending toward education technology

A report published by education technology company Rootstrap found that online learning companies’ revenue from universities increased by 559% on average from March through July this year compared to the same time frame in 2019.

Roostrap conducted a cross-industry study of online education companies and ultimately found that customer spending has increased on average by 335%, with universities making up the largest portion of customers, according to the study. Patrick Ward, Rootstrap director of marketing, said this study is a “wake-up call” for universities because charging students the same tuition while spending more for online services will cause many universities to struggle.

He hopes the trends highlighted by the study lead to the democratization of education by providing courses virtually that are affordable and of high quality.

“The two big components of the value proposition that a university provides, namely the social network and the physical experience, now no longer

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