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Rutgers surveyed students on remote learning

After surveying students around the country on how they were handling the new remote-learning environment, researchers at Rutgers University developed a new resource to help educators redesign their instruction to be more equitable, community-focused and student-centered. They surveyed more than 3,000 undergraduate students from 31 universities and found the majority “craved the human connections that was lost when they had to leave school because of the pandemic.” The new resources, called "Left to Their Own Devices," include short posts hoped to aid teachers as they navigate the new learning environment.   Jake Williams has more.

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Alabama funds university tech upgrades

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey last week announced more than $72 million in coronavirus fund relief will be supplied to the state’s higher education institutions to purchase the technology infrastructure needed to support remote learning. The new funding will enable universities and colleges to purchase devices that can be loaned to students, remote-desktop software, video conferencing equipment for classrooms, security software and other technology needed for remote access. “COVID-19 has exposed deficiencies in our remote learning capabilities, and I am pleased to award our institutions of higher education the critical funds to enhance their instructional experience,” Ivey said. “My office has received numerous CARES Act funding requests, and we are eager to help as many folks as possible.” Colin Wood has the story.

Set your dial to educational

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster announced this week the state will begin using its public broadcasting system’s wireless signal to help close the digital divide. A $1.3 million investment in datacasting technology will allow students without internet to access digital learning materials using just a radio tuner and a TV antenna attached to their computers. “We’re going to do everything we can to make sure students get a first-class education,” McMaster said. Colin has the details.

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