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An app for returning to campus safely

To help bring students back to campus safely this fall, Roosevelt University in Chicago deployed a mobile app that assisted contact-tracing efforts and helped keep students and employees who may have had the coronavirus from entering campus buildings. Because of the pandemic, the university went fully remote in March, delivering the majority of its classes over Zoom. But looking forward to the next academic year, administrators and faculty agreed they would have to resume some in-person classes for the fall semester, Aaron Rester, assistant vice president of web development at Roosevelt University, told EdScoop. The question then became: “How do we do that safely?” he said. Betsy Foresman reports.

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A look at Biden's education secretary pick

President-elect Joe Biden has announced his pick of Connecticut education commissioner Miguel Cardona as his education secretary. And according to those who have worked with him, Cardona will be a strong advocate for educational technology and ensuring students have continued access to education during the pandemic and beyond. Cardona is committed to making education accessible to all students and arming them with the resources they need to succeed in school, Doug Casey, executive director of Connecticut's Commission for Education Technology, told EdScoop. Betsy has more.

New York bans biometrics in schools

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation on Tuesday making his state the first to ban the use of facial recognition technology and other biometric technology in both public and private K-12 schools. The new law places a moratorium on schools purchasing or using biometric technology until at least July 1, 2022 or until a study is conducted determining acceptable use of the technology, whichever comes later. “Facial recognition technology could provide a host of benefits to New Yorkers, but its use brings up serious and legitimate privacy concerns that we have to examine, especially in schools,” Cuomo said in a press release Tuesday. Colin Wood has the details.

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