The Zoom Chat Solves Education Problems We Didn’t Even Know We Had

When my college went online in March, the overarching education philosophy was Let’s try to keep things normal. Of course none of us knew what that would look like, including me. I’m an undergraduate who works as a writing fellow—a cross between a peer tutor and a TA—in an introductory writing seminar. My “normal” had been walking around a classroom as students worked on their projects, answering questions and giving feedback, while the professor took aside small groups in another room.



a laptop computer sitting on top of a table: Zoom has some surprising benefits. Chris Montgomery / Unsplash


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When the professor and I translated this structure online, some of it worked: We could keep the small group/large group dynamic with a breakout room and a main session. But in that main session, I struggled to help students the way I could in person. I had no way to look over someone’s shoulder at

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I’ve Been Watching My Kid’s Teacher on Zoom, and I’m Horrified

Care and Feeding is Slate’s parenting advice column. In addition to our traditional advice, every Thursday we feature an assortment of teachers from across the country answering your education questions. Have a question for our teachers? Email [email protected] or post it in the Slate Parenting Facebook group.



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We have our 6-year-old child in a Catholic school, and Catholic schools are the few schools open for in-person learning in our county. The year started with distance learning and without much notice opened for in-person learning, with an option to continue distance learning if desired. For a variety of reasons (rushed reopening with some serious safety concerns in the plan, no smaller class sizes, mixing cohorts at extended care, being the first schools in our area to reopen for in-person, and someone in our family who’s

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Class for Zoom Adds Education Interface to Popular Meeting Platform — THE Journal

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Class for Zoom Adds Education Interface to Popular Meeting Platform

A startup founded by education technology veterans has announced a program intended to make Zoom more effective in replicating the classroom experience for teachers and students. Class for Zoom is currently seeking teachers to beta test the software. It’s expected to launch later this fall.

Class for Zoom is being developed by ClassEDU, a new company founded and led by Blackboard co-founder and former CEO Michael Chasen. According to Chasen, Class for Zoom is designed as an education interface for Zoom that adds teaching tools, and additional capabilities for classroom administration.

For example, while Zoom allows teachers to deliver lectures in real time, use a whiteboard and set up breakout groups, the addition of Class for Zoom adds functionality for:

  • Managing attendance with ID authentication;
  • Handing out assignments;
  • Performing assessments,
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ClassEDU Launches to Bring “Class for Zoom” Product to Market to Help Millions of Teachers and Students Learning Online Due To COVID

WASHINGTON, Sept. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — ClassEDU Inc. today announced its launch and the closing of $16 million in seed financing. The funding will be used to bring the company’s Class for Zoom product to market.

Teachers using Zoom today need frictionless tools to take attendance, hand out assignments, give quizzes, grade items, or even talk with students one-on-one. Class for Zoom adds all of these capabilities and more.

“Due to COVID, millions of students are learning online, and education is changed forever,” said Michael Chasen, ClassEDU co-founder and CEO and former Blackboard co-founder and CEO. “As the father of three school-age kids, I have a front row seat to how challenging remote learning is. That’s why we designed Class for Zoom to feel and work like an in-person classroom, and to bring back the happiness of school to teachers and students.”

For most of the past 20

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ClassEDU Launches to Bring “Class for Zoom” Product to Market to Help Millions of Teachers and Students Learning Online Due To COVID | News

WASHINGTON, Sept. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — ClassEDU Inc. today announced its launch and the closing of $16 million in seed financing. The funding will be used to bring the company’s Class for Zoom product to market.

Teachers using Zoom today need frictionless tools to take attendance, hand out assignments, give quizzes, grade items, or even talk with students one-on-one. Class for Zoom adds all of these capabilities and more.

“Due to COVID, millions of students are learning online, and education is changed forever,” said Michael Chasen, ClassEDU co-founder and CEO and former Blackboard co-founder and CEO. “As the father of three school-age kids, I have a front row seat to how challenging remote learning is. That’s why we designed Class for Zoom to feel and work like an in-person classroom, and to bring back the happiness of school to teachers and students.”

For most of the past 20

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Today’s Awkward Zoom Classes Could Bring a New Era of Higher Education

The fall semester of 2020 is like nothing we have seen before in higher education. Most colleges and universities in the United States are conducting classes either partly or fully online. Many students have chosen to defer or to forego their education completely. Many colleges and universities will suffer extreme financial stress; some–up to 345 colleges, according to one recent estimate–could be forced to close. Faculty are likely to face layoffs unprecedented in the history of U.S. higher education.

These seismic changes are both a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic and a long-delayed response to demographic and economic shifts. But they are also–subtly, and critically–the result of technological change. In fact, if we pull back from the immediate horrors of this moment, the move to online learning has actually been underway since around 2010, when universities and private entrepreneurs first began to experiment with Massive Open Online Courses, or

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