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Google has kicked off a new Google for Education Certified Coach Program, for instructional coaches, and specifically the individuals who work with educators to help them integrate technology appropriately into their instruction.
Students who have some familiarity with Python can attend a free four-day course in July on the use of data manipulation with Python. The "Data Wrangling with Python Bootcamp" is being taught by an instructor from Data Society, a company that does corporate data science training, and hosted by Skillsoft, which maintains a learning platform.
Lecture capture and video management company Sonic Foundry has updated and renamed its Mediasite desktop recorder program. The new app, Mediasite Mosiac, enables users to manage and upload collaborative recordings from Zoom, Microsoft Teams and other video and web conference systems as well as create video communications.
Dallas Independent School District will be delivering computer science professional development to teachers in all of its elementary schools, thanks to an arrangement with Amazon.
Education technology company Kahoot! has launched an academy where teachers can find and share learning content.
In response to the number of states, districts and schools that are shuttering schools to students in response to fears about the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), education technology companies have stepped forward to help educators reach students in virtual ways. (Updated June 24)
An education technology company that produces a robot for use by early learners has developed resources to help teachers prepare for fall classes that could be held remotely. KinderLab Robotics is the maker of KIBO, a robot that can be programmed by young students without the use of a screen and with the use of wooden blocks.
Teachers can attend a virtual conference in July for free, where they'll learn how to engage students in computer science learning.
A network gear company has compiled a bundle of products that's being promoted as a ramp-up for hosting virus-safe esports and athletic events at schools and other locations.
A team of clinicians, scientists and educators has examined the issues involved in helping schools prevent the spread of COVID-19. Among the essentials that will be required: "large-scale" viral testing in students, appropriate communications and robust contact tracing.
The North America Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF) is working with a company to publish esports career information.
3D printer maker MakerBot is hosting a free virtual summit on 3D printing and other STEM topics in education this Thursday, Jun. 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time. "Innovating for Tomorrow" will feature educators and students taking the online stage to show how the technology has changed their learning.
The goal is to expose underrepresented minorities to the world of STEM as a field of professional pursuit. The scholarship students will receive laptops and home internet access.
Upcoming funding opportunities for K–12 school, teachers and groups (updated June 8)
The largest labor union in the country, the National Education Association, has estimated that the United States could lose 1.9 million education jobs unless Congress delivers additional funding for states and localities to bolster support for schools.
The National Labor Management Partnership Coalition, a loose group of education organizations, has issued a short report to help schools plan their reopening in the fall. The seven-page guide advised the use of a "collaboration matrix" involving administrators, district staff and teachers and community members for decision-making.
A $15 reusable device for blocking pain; a portable CT scanner; and a device for reducing distracted driving. Those were the three winners in this year's "Making for Good Challenge," a competition run by toolmaker Stanley Black & Decker and education technology company Discovery Education through their joint "Innovation Generation" program.