As with most schools, St. Patrick Academy had to pivot to remote learning this spring. Since then, the small catholic high school in Providence, R.I., has overhauled its classroom technology to improve the hybrid learning experience for students in the classroom and at home.

The Austin Independent School District (AISD) announced that it is rolling out a new personalized learning platform to its approximately 70,000 students at 83 elementary schools and 17 high schools. The platform that will be deployed at the school district engages in both in-person, hybrid, and distance learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Whether they are meeting in-person or virtually, the COVID-19 pandemic has radically changed the way schools operate. For North DeSoto Lower Elementary School in Stonewall, La., the pandemic forced them to change the way they do school pickup.

In a move to level the playing field between urban, suburban, and rural students, Michigan’s public television stations are partnering with educators and community leaders to create the Michigan Learning Channel.

A group of Democratic House members led by Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., this week introduced the 21st Century Jobs Act which would give the Federal government a major role in research and development support for a host of emerging technologies.

The State of Texas announced a new digital alliance with Microsoft to address the need for digital and technical skills in the workforce. In an Oct. 22 press release, Texas and Microsoft said the alliance is “intended to create new economic opportunity, close equity, and digital skills gaps, and prepare a workforce for the 21st century.”

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