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Makerspace in your school library | Heyjude: learning in an online world

Makerspace in your school library | Heyjude: learning in an online world | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Earlier this year I wrote a post about Hackerspaces and Makerspaces, after attending the Computers in Libraries conference in Washington. I met up with Buffy Hamilton for lunch, and as ever was inspired with the responsive way she grabs an initiative and runs with it.

 

So I wasn’t surprised to find Buffy writing Makerspaces, Participatory Learning, and Libraries where she ‘nailed’ the opportunity.

 

Now here she is, putting forward the New Chapter for 2012-2013 proposal for A Makerspace Culture of Learning at the Unquiet Library. Love it!

 

In a sense, this is not a new concept at all, particularly for primary schools, as kids are hands-on and experimental in their classroom experiences. What I particularly find attractive about makerspace culture is that it responds to, and perhaps acts as a counterfoil to the gamification/gaming momentum that is somehow almost seen as the only response to innovation and change in schools.

 

Hackerspaces and makerspaces provide outstanding opportunities for synergy in our new learning environments.

 

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Ancient methane gasses didn’t cause Arctic climate change — carbon emissions did | The Conversation | TheNextWeb.com

Ancient methane gasses didn’t cause Arctic climate change — carbon emissions did | The Conversation | TheNextWeb.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

The Arctic is predicted to warm faster than anywhere else in the world this century, perhaps by as much as 7°C. These rising temperatures threaten one of the largest long-term stores of carbon on land: permafrost.

 

Permafrost is permanently frozen soil. The generally cold temperatures in the Arctic keep soils there frozen year-on-year. Plants grow  in the uppermost soil layers during the short summers and then decay into the soil, which freezes when the winter snow arrives.

 

Over thousands of years, carbon has built up in these frozen soils, and they’re now estimated to contain twice the carbon currently in the atmosphere. Some of this carbon is more than 50,000 years old, which means the plants that decomposed to produce that soil grew over 50,000 years ago. These soil deposits are known as “Yedoma,” which are mainly found in the East Siberian Arctic, but also in parts of Alaska and Canada.

 

As the region warms, the permafrost is thawing, and this frozen carbon is being released to the atmosphere as carbon dioxide and methane. Methane release is particularly worrying, as it’s a highly potent greenhouse gas.

 

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"Tidal waves" power super-fast rotation of Venus' atmosphere | David Szondy | NewAtlas.com

"Tidal waves" power super-fast rotation of Venus' atmosphere | David Szondy | NewAtlas.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

An international team of scientists led by Takeshi Horinouchi of Hokkaido University suggests that an atmospheric equivalent of tidal waves may be responsible for the super-rotation of the atmosphere of Venus. Based on data returned by JAXA's Akatsuki Venus orbiter, the new model shows how the Venusian atmosphere acts like a giant heat engine.

 

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How To Reopen Closed Schools Amid Coronavirus | Anya Kamenetz | NPR.org

How To Reopen Closed Schools Amid Coronavirus | Anya Kamenetz | NPR.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Three-quarters of U.S. states have now officially closed their schools for the rest of the academic year. While remote learning continues, summer is a question mark, and attention is already starting to turn to next fall.

Recently, governors including California's Gavin Newsom and New York's Andrew Cuomo have started to talk about what school reopening might look like. And a federal government plan for reopening, according to The Washington Post, says that getting kids back in classrooms or other group care is the first priority for getting back to normal.

But there are still many more unknowns than guarantees.

 

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High School Choirs Go Virtual During Coronavirus | Sequoia Carrillo | NPR.org

High School Choirs Go Virtual During Coronavirus | Sequoia Carrillo | NPR.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Spring semester was off to a pretty normal start at Rolling Meadows High School. The school, in a northwest suburb of Chicago, was gearing up for the goodbye rituals of every spring semester: senior prom, end-of-year exams and graduation.

Caitlyn Walsh, the school's music teacher, was looking forward to the big choir concert and the spring musical. "From the fine arts scene we have a lot of end-of-year activities that are very cherished," she says.

Walsh had worked with this group of students for four years, and knew they were special, a "really strong senior class." So for their spring concert she pulled out all the stops — even ordering custom red T-shirts for the show. When the news broke that all Illinois schools were closed, Walsh and her students were crushed.

She was picking up the t-shirts from a friend in her neighborhood when she heard schools were shutting down. And then, she had an epiphany: "this a-ha moment of, 'You know, why don't we just get something together?' So that way, we can at least honor the concert."

She told her students to come grab their T-shirts and then send in videos of themselves singing their parts. One of her seniors mixed all the videos together, and the end result sounded like they were all on-stage together.

 

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Virtual Bingo and Minecraft Graduation: During the Pandemic, College Students Recreate Campus Life at Home | Sarah Brown | The Chronicle of Higher Education | Chronicle.com

Virtual Bingo and Minecraft Graduation: During the Pandemic, College Students Recreate Campus Life at Home | Sarah Brown  | The Chronicle of Higher Education | Chronicle.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Armed with food and drinks, bingo cards and daubers, about 100 Hanover College students pack the student-activities center on the second Tuesday of every month. At the tight-knit, 1,100-student college in southeastern Indiana, bingo is so popular that latecomers have to sit on the floor.

Students chat intermittently and sing along to music as the numbers are called, playing for small prizes like Amazon gift cards.

When Hanover moved classes online for the rest of the semester amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Theresa Hitchcock, associate director of student life, wanted to find a way to replicate the bingo experience. She polled students to gauge their interest. When dozens said yes, she mailed them each a pack of 10 bingo cards.

Then, on the last Tuesday of March, 75 students and a handful of faculty and staff members packed the gallery view on Zoom for five bingo rounds.

Instead of socializing around tables, participants were alone in their homes.

 

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Scientists compile the first comprehensive geological map of the Moon | Nick Lavars | NewAtlas.com

Scientists compile the first comprehensive geological map of the Moon | Nick Lavars | NewAtlas.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Drawing on data from satellites and Apollo-era missions, scientists at the US Geological Survey (USGS), NASA and the Lunar Planetary Institute have pieced together what they say is the first comprehensive geological map of the Moon.

 

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An Open Letter to Joe Biden | Diane Ravitch & Carol Burris | DianeRavitch.net

An Open Letter to Joe Biden | Diane Ravitch & Carol Burris | DianeRavitch.net | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Carol Burris and I wrote “An Open Letter to Joe Biden,” which was published by Valerie Strauss on her blog “The Answer Sheet” at the Washington Post.

Valerie Strauss begins:

 

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'Crisis Schooling': Educators, Families Balance Learning And Wellbeing Amid Closures | Carrie Jung | Edify | WBUR.org

'Crisis Schooling': Educators, Families Balance Learning And Wellbeing Amid Closures | Carrie Jung | Edify | WBUR.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

For Elisabeth Preis, it’s easy to describe life at home with her three kids during the school shut down. “In a word, pandemonium,” she said. “It’s just so incredibly chaotic.”

Preis is a recently widowed single parent from Brookline. She says every day is a balancing act as she tries to keep her career afloat while attempting to keep her two older kids on track with their school work and tend to a two year old.

While Preis is glad that her kids’ teachers are hosting class Zoom meetings twice a week and sending out assignments, it's a lot for her to keep up with. Her 10-year-old is very prone to distractions on the computer unless she's sitting there with her keeping her on task.

“It's very hard to kind of have that level of vigilance when the first grader also needs help with whatever she's doing,” said Preis. “And, you know, the toddler's running around throwing food all over the floor.”

 

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The Koch machine is taking over college campuses, but one group is determined to stop them | SemDem for Community Contributors Team | DailyKos.com

The Koch machine is taking over college campuses, but one group is determined to stop them | SemDem for Community Contributors Team | DailyKos.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

For the few who don’t know the Koch brothers, they are Charles and his brother, David. (The latter passed away in 2019.) The boys inherited multiple billions of dollars from their oil baron father and were raised to believe in their own superiority. For their entire lives, they justified their selfishness through their fanatical devotion to Ayn Randian libertarianism.

For the past several decades, the Koch industrial network has pushed their radical libertarian ideology on multiple fronts: They created and financed an entire network of think tanks, conservative media outlets, conservative societies, and AstroTurf movements (including the 2010 Tea Party). One of their most sinister ploys, however, is their plot to use their vast fortune to infect hundreds of our educational institutions with their personal extreme libertarian ideology. This has proven to be a bridge too far for many parents and students, and they are fighting back.

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Those without broadband struggle in a stuck-at-home nation | Tali Arbel & Michael Casey | APNews.com

Those without broadband struggle in a stuck-at-home nation | Tali Arbel & Michael Casey | APNews.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

In Sandwich, New Hampshire, a town of 1,200 best known as a setting for the movie “On Golden Pond,” broadband is scarce. Forget streaming Netflix, much less working or studying from home. Even the police department has trouble uploading its reports.

Julie Dolan, a 65-year-old retiree in Sandwich, has asthma. Her husband has high blood pressure. Dolan doubts her substandard home internet could manage a remote medical appointment, and these days no one wants to visit the doctor if they can help it. That leaves 19th-century technology -- her landline phone. “That is all I would have,” she says.

As schools, workplaces and public services shut down in the age of coronavirus, online connections are keeping Americans in touch with vital institutions and each other. But that’s not much of an option when fast internet service is hard to come by.

 

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Math teacher shows up at student's front porch to give her a one-on-one lesson while social distancing | Alicia Lee | The Good Stuff | CNN.com

Math teacher shows up at student's front porch to give her a one-on-one lesson while social distancing | Alicia Lee | The Good Stuff | CNN.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

For 12-year-old Rylee Anderson, the algebra concept of graphing a function just didn't make sense.

Since her classes are now all remote due to the coronavirus pandemic, Anderson emailed her teacher for help, rather than ask for it in the classroom.


She expected some emails, or maybe even a phone call from her teacher, Mr. Chris Waba.


But then the doorbell rang -- and she saw Waba, standing on her porch, holding a whiteboard and marker, ready to teach.


Anderson, like most students in the US, has been out of school and learning virtually because of the coronavirus outbreak.

 

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Colleges Pause SAT, ACT Admissions Requirement | Elissa Nadworny | Coronavirus Live Updates | NPR.org

Colleges Pause SAT, ACT Admissions Requirement | Elissa Nadworny | Coronavirus Live Updates | NPR.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

In mid-March, as schools across the country began to close, aspiring college students got big news: Spring ACT and SAT tests were being called off amid concerns about the spreading coronavirus. Now, a growing list of colleges have announced they're going test-optional for the class of 2021, meaning the SAT or ACT will not be required for admission. Those schools join a pool of about 1,000 U.S. colleges that have already dropped the standardized tests from admissions requirements, according to the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, an advocacy group that has long been critical of standardized testing.

 

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Cancelled College Graduations Amid Coronavirus | Elissa Nadworny | NPR.org

Cancelled College Graduations Amid Coronavirus | Elissa Nadworny | NPR.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

It was a pretty normal St. Patrick's Day. Nathan Stewart and a couple of friends were hanging out, drinking a few beers, soaking up senior spring at the University of Virginia. Then an email landed in their inboxes: Classes were moving online and graduation was indefinitely postponed.

"Honestly, my friends and I just immediately started crying," says Stewart. Throughout his four years at UVA, graduation had been a major motivator. When he and his friends were having tough days, they'd tell each other, "Just wait till graduation day. We're all walking across the stage together and we'll get our diplomas. It'll be so worth it then."

Now, he says he feels burned out.

 

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Population of asteroids beyond Jupiter may be from another star system | Michael Irving | NewAtlas.com

Population of asteroids beyond Jupiter may be from another star system | Michael Irving | NewAtlas.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

In the last few years, astronomers have begun to realize that our solar system may be visited by interstellar objects more often than we thought. And now, researchers at CNRS in France and UNESP in Brazil have traced back the odd orbits of objects called Centaurs and found that 19 of them must have originated around another star, before being captured by the Sun’s gravity.

 

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Most Puerto Ricans Check 'White' On The Census. But Why? | Adrian Florido | Code Switch | NPR.org

Most Puerto Ricans Check 'White' On The Census. But Why? | Adrian Florido | Code Switch | NPR.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

What is your race?

It's a question the federal government asks us every 10 years at census time. But in the year 2000, that was a new question for the residents of Puerto Rico. For half a century before then, the U.S. territory's government had used its own, local census questionnaire – which did not ask about race.

And so this new question took a lot of people on the island by surprise. The way they answered it shocked many Puerto Ricans, and revealed a lot about Puerto Rico's relationship with race, colonialism and the United States.

 

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How many students are still attending school while at home? New numbers paint an incomplete picture. | Erin Hinrichs | Minneapolis Post | MinnPost.com

How many students are still attending school while at home? New numbers paint an incomplete picture. | Erin Hinrichs | Minneapolis Post | MinnPost.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

As schools across Minnesota began distance learning nearly four weeks ago — or three, for districts that were on spring break — many have opted to ease into the new at-home format. 

Understandably, students and families needed time to adapt. Some households weren’t equipped for online learning. Others had to juggle new child care and work demands. 

These are the sorts of things educators are staying mindful of when it comes to tracking student absences as well. 

State education officials are still asking districts to track student attendance. But they’ve granted districts more flexibility in how they do so.

 

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K-12 Schools Try To Salvage The Term By Teaching Remotely | Rachel Martin | NPR.org

K-12 Schools Try To Salvage The Term By Teaching Remotely | Rachel Martin | NPR.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

NPR's Rachel Martin talks to NPR Education Correspondent Cory Turner and Sonja Santelises, CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools, about navigating from classrooms to computers.

 

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For Students With Disabilities, Teachers Must Think Creatively | Elissa Nadworny | NPR.org

For Students With Disabilities, Teachers Must Think Creatively | Elissa Nadworny | NPR.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Despite cranky computers, conflicting schedules, shaky Internet connections and stubborn software glitches, Danielle Kovach got her whole class together a few Fridays ago for a video chat.

Kovach teaches special education in Hopatcong, N.J., and this Friday class session was a celebration: They'd made it through the first few weeks of distance learning.

Throughout those weeks, she'd maintained her 8:30 a.m. morning meeting over the computer, she was adhering to each student's IEP, or Individualized Education Plan, and juggling new lessons with old routines, as she adapted to the coronavirus crisis. She was exhausted.

And so the celebration was a big moment (and a big hit with her students).

 

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Temporary Wi-Fi zones to help fill broadband gap in Berkshires | The Berkshire Eagle | BershireEagle.com

Temporary Wi-Fi zones to help fill broadband gap in Berkshires | The Berkshire Eagle | BershireEagle.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Even with a slew of projects advancing, high-speed internet has still not reached thousands of residents of rural towns, a gap more evident than ever as people work and study from home in the pandemic.

Though the state and its broadband partners can't hurry those projects up, they've come up with a patch.

Fourteen new Wi-Fi hotspots will be created as an interim step until Sept. 1 by tapping into the state-owned MassBroadband 123 fiber-optic network.

 

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How Betsy DeVos and the Charter School Movement Are Brazenly Using Coronavirus Pandemic to Advance Their Agendas | Jeff Bryant | Go.Ind.media

How Betsy DeVos and the Charter School Movement Are Brazenly Using Coronavirus Pandemic to Advance Their Agendas | Jeff Bryant | Go.Ind.media | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

COVID-19 has shuttered public schools across the nation, state governments are threatening to slash education budgets due to the economic collapse caused by the outbreak, and emergency aid provided by the federal government is far short of what is needed, according to a broad coalition of education groups, but the charter school industry may benefit from its unique status to seek public funding from multiple sources and expand these schools into many more communities traumatized by the pandemic and financial fallout.

As school districts reported huge problems with converting classroom learning into online instruction delivered to students’ homes, often due to lack of funding for internet-capable devices and Wi-Fi hotspots, charter school proponents spread the news of how their industry could take advantage of emergency aid.

Charter operators rolled out new marketing campaigns to lure families to enroll in their schools. And in national and local news outlets, advocates for charters, vouchers, and other forms of “school choice” helped forge a new media narrative about how the shuttering of the nation’s schools was an opportunity for parents and their children to leave public schools.

 

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Disaster Capitalism: Separate the Wireline and Wireless Subsidies and Fix the Digital Divide. | Bruce Kushnick Blog | Medium.com

For better or worse, because of the Coronavirus pandemic, the world order and even the way we live are now in motion. Families are now having to hunker-down at home and rely more on broadband and internet services to be connected, while even business meetings are now moving online. But in many rural areas (or low income areas) parents are being told to get into their cars and take the kids to the school or library parking lots to use the WiFi service. These and other stories about the current Digital Divide make it clear that we need serious long term solutions for America — and that wireless is not a substitution for a wireline service.


America needs robust, ubiquitous, symmetrical, wireline fiber optic connectivity everywhere for everyone at reasonable rates, all the time.


What should bother everyone is that we have already paid for this multiple times, and what has been going on over the last decade is a bait-and-switch to swap the fiber optic wired services for wireless, including 5G.


Unfortunately, the plans being announced by the FCC, Congress, as well as city and state governments, have been using this emergency to bundle financial giveaways for wireless to companies that already failed to deliver. Worse, it is now clear that through the manipulation of the accounting, AT&T and Verizon created the Digital Divide and this glaring example of greed vs the public interest must be confronted- now.


As we will discuss, there is plenty of funding that could have America upgraded to fiber optics; billions are being squandered today.

 

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ME: For thousands of students without home internet access, remote learning is an extra challenge | Rachel Ohm | Portland Press Herald | PressHerald.com

ME: For thousands of students without home internet access, remote learning is an extra challenge | Rachel Ohm | Portland Press Herald | PressHerald.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Staff at Portland’s Riverton Elementary School were set up in the main entrance of the school last week with stacks of laptops and newly ordered Wi-Fi hot spot devices to distribute to students.

As families pulled up to the school’s driveway in their vehicles, they were approached with a series of questions: Do you need a laptop? Do you have internet?

The school staff would then gather what was needed – a laptop, hot spot or both – and deliver it along with instruction sheets available in eight languages.

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“Kids are logging in,” said Nancy Sirois, a math coach at Riverton, who said efforts to connect every student at the school with technology for at-home learning are going well.

“We only have a handful who are not checking in or not doing the work. Maybe 10 percent? That’s pretty incredible. Are they doing all the work? No, but they’re at least connecting with us.”

 

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MA: Where Internet Is Scarce, Social Distancing Hits Harder In Berkshire County | Josh Landes | WAMC.org

MA: Where Internet Is Scarce, Social Distancing Hits Harder In Berkshire County | Josh Landes | WAMC.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Guidance from officials was brief and firm: school and most work has to be done from home during the pandemic. But some of Berkshire County’s smallest communities are feeling the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak through their ongoing struggles with internet access.

In New Ashford, Massachusetts, population 200, just south of Williamstown on Route 7, it’s mostly business as usual.

Select board member Ken McInerey is a 26-year town resident.

“Prior to this COVID-19 event, we already adopted the bylaw that allows you to call into meetings, so we are doing safe distancing meetings where some are calling in, some are not, and now we know that the state’s approved it, we were ahead of our times,” said McInerey. 

He says tending to the town’s seniors is New Ashford’s major concern during the pandemic.

“Working through the council on aging, it’s kind of a poll thing," McInerey explained. "If they need help, we offer help in terms of transportation or anybody needs food shopping. But other than that, the town is kind of keeping to itself.”

Its infrastructure allows for those working from home to do so without fear.

“We have a 100% fiber optic network to every house that wants it," said the select board member.

 

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Coronavirus World School Closures Deepen | Anya Kamenetz | NPR.org

Coronavirus World School Closures Deepen | Anya Kamenetz | NPR.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Right now students are out of school in 185 countries. According to UNESCO, that's roughly 9 out of 10 schoolchildren worldwide.

The world has never seen a school shutdown on this scale. And not since Great Britain during World War II has such a long-term, widespread emptying of classrooms come to a rich country.

To get a little perspective on what this all might mean, I spoke with several experts in the field known as "education in emergencies."

 

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How Children With Disabilities Are Getting Left Behind | Rebecca Klein | HuffPost.com

How Children With Disabilities Are Getting Left Behind | Rebecca Klein | HuffPost.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Adrienne Stuart’s 5-year-old son, Jack, has never told her “hello.” It’s a milestone she was hoping to reach within the next year. 

But in mid-March, his school was closed, at least until May. Now, she’s coming to terms with the fact that she’ll likely have to wait longer to hear from her son.

A vast majority of the nation’s schools ― over 120,000 in all ― have closed in an effort to combat the spread of coronavirus. For students with disabilities, the stakes of these school closures are especially high. These students often rely on a litany of services at school, from speech therapy, to physical therapy, to occupational therapy, that parents simply aren’t trained to do on their own. Parents and educators worry that fragile gains made this year could disappear with so much time off. An eventual transition back to school could prove especially difficult.

“I know a lot of people are, but we are especially reliant on the school system,” says Stuart, who lives in Tacoma, Washington. 

Schools have struggled to educate the 7 million students who receive special education services in the absence of physical classrooms.

 

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