The US ranks 12th in digital infrastructure, according to an analysis of 30 countries by Preply -- falling behind Norway, Denmark, Switzerland, Luxmebourg and others. Analysis show 72% of students in the US have access to a computer at home -- compared to 91.7% in the UK.
The pandemic has shut down many libraries' interior gathering areas, and experts are concerned about long-term changes in the use of such public spaces. Jordi Honey-Roses, an associate professor at the University of British Columbia who recently co-authored a paper on the topic, asks, "Who are the winners and losers of the changes we're likely to see?"
Universities in California, Oklahoma, New York and Texas are among about a dozen campuses using sensors that detect mobile devices' Wi-Fi and Bluetooth signals to help monitor social distancing. Lauren Di Monte of the University of Rochester, which is using the devices in a campus library, says they help staffers identify areas of the building where walk-throughs might be needed to remind students of social distancing protocols.
The New York Public Library is soliciting audio recordings of individuals' pandemic experiences, because "it's really important for people to understand that history is not just about the experiences of politicians or leaders, but that it's really about the everyday experiences of citizens," says curator Julie Golia.
Contributions to the Pandemic Diaries project's first phase will be accepted through Nov. 18.
Canada's Waterloo Public Library is making pin-on buttons with photographs of the wearer's face for teachers, health care providers and child care workers who are using masks at work. Library staffer Anjana Kipfer says the project was inspired by a similar effort at a London library, adding that the library will fulfill requests as soon as possible.
The coronavirus pandemic forced libraries in India to close in March, and that has been bad news for educational training -- but also a boon for other pursuits. For example, the BookMagic Library in Visakhapatnam has been curating reading lists by age group and is offering home delivery, and the Visakhapatnam Public Library has been putting its 55,000 books -- including rare editions -- in a database.
Kolkata, India, is getting a tram library whose offerings will include material to help workers study for civil service exams. The vehicle will travel on a roughly 2.8-mile route in an area of the city with multiple educational institutions, and it will offer free Wi-Fi and ebooks along with physical publications.
Some teachers will be operating under hybrid learning -- combining teaching students at home and in the classroom. Wyman Khuu, a science teacher at KIPP Infinity Elementary, and Jane Chavez, a science teacher at KIPP NJ Seek Academy, share five strategies to support this style of teaching.
As many as 11 million elementary school students -- concentrated in low-income, special-education or English language-learning populations -- had no livestreamed virtual lessons last spring, thus missing out on the crucial, direct teacher-student engagement, according to a University of Nebraska at Lincoln survey. Study author Michael Hebert says schools this fall should ensure targeted interventions with such students.
Parents are concerned about an uptick in social media use among children during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a survey by Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago. More than half of the 2,900 parents surveyed said they think social media negatively affects children.
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