COVID-19: Children need help to beat pandemic anxiety
The coronavirus pandemic has touched almost all aspects of our lives. Its economic fallouts have left millions of people jobless around the world, putting tremendous psychological pressure on people to retain their livelihoods to sustain families.However, that pressure naturally affects children who have been confined to the homes as online learning has taken hold due to the prevailing containment measures taken by governments to mitigate the risk of a virus spread in schools. With extended hours behind their computer screens, children lose the ability for social interaction in the absence of ...
Ira Winderman: Heat's NBA draft intel limited by distanced learning
In many ways Adam Simon has come to feel like the rest of us, dealing with the realities of distanced learning.In his case, as the Miami Heat’s assistant general manager, it has added an entirely new perspective on leading the team’s NBA draft effort.And, no, little amid the coronavirus pandemic has looked the same, as he prepares, at least at the moment, to deal with the team’s No. 20 selection on Wednesday night.“I think it’s different. There’s no doubt about it. That’s evident,” he said, with the NCAA Tournament and the pre-draft scouting camps canceled and the draft delayed from late June....
Detroit schools halt face-to-face learning because of COVID-19
DETROIT — Detroit Public Schools are halting in-person learning through Jan. 11, as COVID-19 continues to spread in the community.“All classes will be held online starting Monday, November 16 due to the rapid increase in the COVID-19 infection rate in Detroit,” the district said in an announcement Thursday. “Face-to-face learning and learning centers will remain open this Thursday and Friday to provide families time to rearrange educational support for students.”Detroit was one of many districts that chose to return students to classrooms this fall while many other districts adopted an online-...
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Govt sets targets to transform learning
The Education Ministry says it aims to transform Thai education through the use of technology to ensure human capital is well-prepared for the 21st century.Education Minister Nataphol Teepsuwan said his ministry now plans to improve the standard of education by developing a digital platform called “Thailand Education Eco-System” to give a boost to human capital.He was speaking at the Powering Digital Thailand 2021: Huawei Cloud & Connect event co-hosted by the Bangkok Post and Huawei Technologies Thailand. The event is being held until Saturday at Convention B2, 22nd Floor, Centara Grand at Ce...
The Bangkok Post
Pierce Brosnan pays respect to 'my greatest James Bond' after learning of Sean Connery's death
The 90 year old died in his sleep at his home in the Bahamas and Brosnan, who portrayed 007 in four movies between 1995 and 2002, has joined fellow Bond Daniel Craig among those paying their respects.Posting a black and white image of Connery on social media, Pierce writes: "Sir Sean Connery, you were my greatest James Bond as a boy, and as a man who became James Bond himself. You cast a long shadow of cinematic splendour that will live on forever."You led the way for us all who followed in your iconic foot steps. Each man in his turn looked to you with reverence and admiration as we forged ah...
'My students are struggling': Joint pain, migraines, vision impairment and mental health are impacting student wellness during remote learning
CHICAGO — During the middle of an at-home school day, Sameka Gates’ 11-year-old daughter, Kylee, suddenly broke down and started to cry while in class. Gates, who is a teacher, hurried to her middle schooler, turned off the camera, and went into full-blown mom mode.“We just sat there, and I was like, ‘What’s going on?’” recalled Gates. “And she said, ‘It’s so much. I just don’t know.’”Between exacerbated screen time, limited physical and social connection with friends and a reading disability, remote learning had taken its toll on Kylee, who attends a Chicago Public Schools Montessori.“At that...
Student seeks to create the ‘Netflix of online learning’
By Cayla BambergerWhen the coronavirus pandemic first struck and classes shifted online last spring, Sophia Joffe was in 11th grade. Her private school in Toronto, Ontario, had made the transition admirably well, she thought, but she wondered what online tools existed to supplement her studies, and how she’d find the best options. She was also curious how students were faring in other schools.“I remember thinking that the school systems must have a great list of recommended online learning,” she said. “But I was wrong.”Joffe saw an entrepreneurial opportunity. She invested $19 — the cost of ho...
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DepEd: Don’t link recent suicides to issues on blended learning
DepEd: Don’t link recent suicides to issues on blended learningChristian Deiparine(Philstar.com) – October 20, 2020 – 2:40pmMANILA, Philippines—The education department on Tuesday said cases of suicide among teachers and students should not be directly linked to concerns over distance learning that began this year amid the coronavirus pandemic.In a statement, the agency condoled with family members of those who died by suicide and vowed that it would continue its psychosocial services to teachers, staff and students.But it has also appealed for the public to avoid speculating on the cause of d...
Fixation with in-class learning must go
COVID-19 forced universities to rapidly shift online this past spring. While universities with digital capabilities were better equipped to make the transition, under-resourced institutions struggled to provide a high quality remote learning experience in such a tight timeframe.Unfortunately, as the new academic year began, the virus was still spreading - and universities face an uncertain fall. While some institutions across the UAE partially re-opened with safety measures in place, the majority of students in the region must go at least partially remote.With conditions changing so quickly, h...
We must get children back to learning
Jutta Urpilainen and Henrietta Fore, Special to Gulf News“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” These words by Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai could not ring more true. Making sure girls and boys all over the world get good quality education is how we will build a more sustainable, more equal and more peaceful world.Global school closures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in unprecedented disruption to children’s education, with more than a billion students affected.Those who have returned to school are presented with new challenges — masks...