Stranger answers call to get Chromebooks to Baltimore teacher’s students

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Monday, September 21 2020
National Desk

A Baltimore teacher’s students are getting Chromebooks thanks to a man on a mission.

This is the third week of school and there are still children waiting for Chromebooks.

The start of the school year comes with challenges for first-year teacher Trivia Payne.

“I realized that they didn’t have computers, they were on phones. Or if they had a computer, the sound was all jumbled up,” Payne said.

Payne teaches second grade at Sinclair Lane Elementary, and half of her students didn’t have laptops as schools started the semester virtually.

“I remember, on my lunch break, I started texting people, ‘If you have any laptops, please let me know,'” Payne said.

That’s how she got connected with Gerald Moore.

“I immediately decided that I’m going to get your kids Chromebooks because this is unnecessary. They should have the opportunity to be successful,” Moore

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delhi school news: Delhi HC directs unaided private, govt schools to provide gadgets, internet to EWS students

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NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Friday directed unaided private schools and government schools like Kendriya Vidyalayas and others to provide gadgets and internet package to students of the economically weaker section (EWS) to take online classes.

A division bench of Justice Manmohan and Justice Sanjeev Narula, while passing the judgement, clarified that the cost of such gadgets and digital equipments as well as internet package are not a part of tuition fee and have to be provided free of cost to the EWS / DG students by private unaided schools and government schools like Kendriya Vidyalayas.

“The RTE (Right to Education) Act lays down the material foundation for creating equal opportunities for everyone in order to reach the ultimate goal of socio-economic justice. Good quality education translates into better employment avenues. By ensuring that EWS students are admitted to private schools we can strive to achieve socio-economic equality,”

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Imee calls on Customs to donate seized gadgets to teachers, students

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 17) — Senator Imee Marcos on Thursday urged the Bureau of Customs to donate millions of pesos worth of confiscated gadgets such as cellphones and laptops to teachers and students in need of them.

Marcos said the bureau recorded 29.5 tons of such items as of August this year that were just sitting in Customs warehouses due to lack of proper documentation when they can be distributed amid pandemic and make life easier for struggling students and teachers.

“I hope they would just donate them to the students and teachers who are having the hardest time trying to comply with the online education requirements,” she told CNN Philippines’ News Night.

Marcos said an average family with three kids would need about P25,000 to acquire second hand laptops and internet connection for distance learning, which will start on Oct. 5 for public schools.

She added that

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Best laptops for high school students in 2020 that are in stock

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Whether your high schooler is still doing full-on remote learning, is 100% back in a school building or doing a hybrid of the two, a good laptop is going to be important for getting through the school year. This list highlighting the best laptop for high school students is all about machines that provide reliable, everyday performance and long battery life but in sizes that can fit into an average backpack and at prices around or below $1,000. 

With more people learning and working from home though, the increased need for inexpensive laptops means models frequently come in and out of stock at retailers. The greater demand also means third-party sellers are listing laptops for a little or a lot more than their regular price. For example, one of my favorite Chromebooks at the moment is the Lenovo Chromebook Duet, which is listed for $399

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Provide gadgets, Internet to poor students for online classes: Delhi HC to schools – education

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The Delhi High Court on Friday directed private unaided schools and Kendriya Vidyalayas in the city to provide poor students with gadgets and Internet connections for online classes during Covid-19.

Justice Manmohan said that to address the intra-class discrimination between 25% of students from the economically weaker section/disadvantaged groups (EWS/DG) and 75% of students who pay fees, schools are directed to supply gadgets as well as Internet packs so that they have access to online classes.

The two-judge bench gave its verdict Friday after hearing a plea by an NGO Justice for All through advocates Khagesh B Jha and Shikha Sharma Bagga, who had sought that EWS/DG students be provided with laptops and smartphones with high-speed Internet connections.

Also Read: Govt should provide free smartphones to all school children: NGO

In its 94-page judgment, the court said that the cost of such gadgets/digital equipment as well as Internet package is

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HISD investigating ‘inappropriate communications’ to students while learning online

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Learning or working remotely has been a big convenience during the pandemic.

HISD investigating ‘inappropriate communications’ to students while learning online



But it also comes with big concerns.

“You know, there are going to be issues because that’s just technology,” Michael Garfield, the “High Tech Texan,” said.

Garfield wasn’t surprised to hear that multiple Houston ISD students or families reported inappropriate communications while learning online.

It’s something the district announced Wednesday that it is thoroughly investigating.

“We are taking steps to disable certain functions on the platform to prevent further instances of disruptive, intrusive and inappropriate messages to students,” HISD wrote in a statement.

“You know, there’s always third party, fourth party, fifth party hackers,” said Garfield. “It could also be a prank by students.”

HISD said the issues occurred while students used Microsoft Teams, a platform for hosting online classes.

It’s unclear how pervasive

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Baltimore-area schools start the year with online education. Thousands of students lack a way to engage.

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On the first day of a new school year in the midst of a pandemic, tens of thousands of students will likely be left behind, unable to show up Tuesday to greet their classmates and teachers on a computer screen.

a man using a laptop computer holding a cell phone: Allison Engel, a teacher at Ridge Ruxton School, teaches a summer school math class.

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Allison Engel, a teacher at Ridge Ruxton School, teaches a summer school math class.

Despite efforts by Baltimore-area school systems, students who lack internet access or a laptop won’t be signing on to the live online classes, their only opportunity for instruction until schools reopen. And they aren’t likely to get connected quickly.

The Maryland Department of Education has no reliable data on how many of its approximately 900,000 public school students lack access to a reliable internet connection or computers. Neither do many school system officials who say they’ve spent the summer attempting to reach disconnected households.

“The fact

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After shipment delay, Chromebooks for Boise students set to arrive Friday

When remote classes began for Boise students on Monday, roughly 9,900 — or 39% — went without the Chromebooks the district had promised them in June. But a delayed shipment of 13,000 Chromebooks the district ordered in May is set to arrive Friday, said Dan Hollar, the district spokesperson.


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The Chromebooks must be processed before they are distributed, Hollar said, so a small portion of the laptops will be distributed beginning early next week. The rest will go out “soon after,” Hollar said.

A recent study from the State Board of Education found that over half the K-12 students in Idaho do not have access to a remote learning device at home. After distributing 8,600 Chromebooks in the spring and 7,000 in August, the district is confident that all students who expressed a need for a computer have one, Hollar said Tuesday.

The remaining students who haven’t yet

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Spectrum introduces high-speed Internet service that schools can offer students for at-home learning

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Spectrum, a telecommunications company, is unveiling a cable broadband plan that provides another option for households with students needing high-speed Internet for at-home classes during the coronavirus pandemic.

a wooden cutting board: Remote learning requires adequate Internet service.

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Remote learning requires adequate Internet service.

It’s called “Stay Connected K-12” and it would cost $29.99 a month per household with 50 megabits per second for downloading and 5 megabits for uploading. Spectrum would not contract directly with customers, however, but with schools.


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A minimum of 50 connections per school would be required for a school to take advantage of the program, according to Connie Luck, a Spectrum representative who detailed the plan to members of Cleveland City Council’s Finance Committee on Monday.

Council President Kevin Kelley, who chairs the committee, said Spectrum asked to speak to the council about its offering, although the council has no authority to negotiate on behalf of

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As COVID looms over school year, Rep. Joe Kennedy hits Sen. Ed Markey on 1996 Telecommunications Act, broadband access; both press for stimulus deal to help parents, students

Rep. Joe Kennedy on Tuesday night took aim at one of Sen. Ed Markey’s signature bills, the Telecommunications Act of 1996, arguing too many families still cannot afford cable service or access broadband at a time of confusion and concerns for public health as teachers and parents grapple with COVID-19 heading into the school year.

In a WCVB debate, both candidates urgently pressed the federal government to assist cash-strapped states and towns with an injection of stimulus aid to help schools reopen safely and to assist with hybrid or remote learning where necessary.

Neither advocated a one-size-fits-all approach.

Markey said communities must “err on the side of caution” until “there’s a guarantee that these schools are safe.” He added that he’s pushing for $4 billion to expand internet access, broadband and Wi-Fi hotspots across the country and Massachusetts to prevent “homework and opportunity gaps” because “we have to anticipate those

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