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A COVID-19 test anyone can administer

Painful nose swab no more — researchers at the University of Arizona have announced they’re developing a smartphone-based COVID-19 test that’s simple enough it can be conducted by non-scientists. The test relies on a smartphone-connected microscope to analyze saliva samples and can deliver results in just 10 minutes, the university recently announced. Read the full story.

A Message From AWS Educate

With over 1,500 institutions and hundreds of thousands of students who use AWS Educate, we wanted to take you on a trip around the world and highlight how students are learning and innovating with the cloud. Learn more.

Building a cyber ecosystem

The University of South Carolina has partnered with the state government to create a “statewide cyber ecosystem” designed to bolster the workforce and protect the region’s digital infrastructure, university President Bob Caslen and Gov. Henry McMaster announced at a press conference last week. Colin Wood has more on the university's involvement.

New Mexico targets adult learners

A new program targeting adult learners led by the educational publishing company Gale and the New Mexico State Library now allows students to earn a high school diploma while studying from home. Colin has details on how it works.

IBM lends a hand on ransomware

IBM last week announced it plans to distribute $3 million worth of in-kind grants to public school districts around the country in an effort to help the education sector defend itself from the ongoing scourge of ransomware attacks. The new funding will be parceled out among six school systems the company will choose later this spring. Benjamin Freed has the story.

What will the Biden administration means for universities

With President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden in the White House, university leaders and edtech executives told EdScoop they’re expecting a divergence in the type of federal policy affecting their institutions. Student debt relief, major workforce initiatives and free community college tuition could all be on the table the next four years. See what university leaders said they want.

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