St. Louis County Library will provide 1,500 tablets called GrandPads to older area residents to help them keep on top of pandemic information, place regular and video calls, and play games, with tech support available around the clock. Any St. Louis resident who wants a chance at getting a GrandPad should apply online by Sunday.
"Libraries keep us grounded, aid us in knowing ourselves and, most importantly, help us become our most genuine selves," writes Marabet Morales Sikahall, who discusses her local Oakland Public Library. In addition to books, the library offers services, such as "meal pickups (everyone is eligible!), legal advice and referrals through their virtual Lawyers in the Library program, educational film screenings, and online discussion clubs for English learners."
Stanley A. Milner Library, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, closed for a revitalization project in 2016 and now has "a large-scale, 'double-sided,' digital interactive experience in the revitalized library's new foyer," with Planar TVF Series LED video walls integrated with a bottom row of high-definition LCD touch panels. The idea for the wall came from a visit to Queensland University of Technology's The Cube, among the world's largest interactive displays.
Kansas City Public Library will add a mobile device lab and improve summer youth programming with funding from two grants. Library Outreach Director Mary Olive Joyce said she hopes "the Mobile Device Labs will empower organizations and the Kansas Citians they serve to ... gain access to needed technology and allow anyone to keep up despite any inequity they might face."
Prior to 2020, The University of Miami redesigned its live sports production workflows to ensure all audio feeds were on the network with Audinate's Dante--from field mics to mixers. "We don't have a single XLR patch anywhere in our workflow," said Anthony Lestochi, Director of Production Services at the university.
Researchers studied 60 adolescents who abstained from social media use for 24 hours or longer and found that those with depression had significantly higher salivary cortisol and alpha-amylase levels after 20 minutes of social media use, compared with controls. The findings in the Journal of Psychiatric Research "present a framework for future studies and provide evidence that even brief [social media use] increases the stress response in adolescents with depression," the researchers wrote.
Educators across both higher education and K-12 institutions are working hard to find ways to meaningfully instruct and engage students online using limited technology, often teaching from their own homes. As lockdowns continue, the idea of the hybrid classroom has emerged as a way for instructors to interact with students on a more personal level than the all-virtual distance learning model.
During the pandemic, keeping students on the path towards graduation is no small task. Read how schools like New Mexico's Santa Fe Community College are turning to software to automate academic planning and degree auditing to keep learners stay the course.
As schools quickly approach the one-year mark of pandemic-necessitated pivots to remote instruction, many and continuing with remote and hybrid learning to keep their campus community safe. AV technology can help foster connection and boost engagement through these disruptions.
State lawmakers in Virginia have passed legislation that would prohibit school districts from suing families to recover meal debt. Delegate Danica Roem, who introduced the bill that now goes to the governor's office, said schools should work directly with families rather than taking legal action.
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