Gov. Wolf Dedicates $15 Million to Connect Students to High-Speed Internet, Remote-Learning

first_img September 10, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Education,  Infrastructure,  Press Release Continuing to help students learn during the pandemic, Governor Tom Wolf is dedicating $15 million for schools to secure broadband, mobile hot spots, and other platforms that increase equitable access to remote learning.“The COVID-19 pandemic has forced our schools to rethink and rework how to provide instruction to students who are learning completely at home or in a hybrid model,” said Gov. Wolf. “As schools reopen this fall, students need Internet connectivity, computers and other technology, and access to remote-learning platforms. This funding will help our students as we enter the new school year.”The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act authorizes governors to determine the educational use of Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Funds.The initiative will employ a multi-pronged approach that includes the use of state library networks and other partnerships, including the Pennsylvania Technical Training and Assistance Network (PaTTAN).Specifically, the funding will be used to:Enable public libraries to coordinate work with the Internet Disaster Recovery Center to expand Internet connectivity in targeted county-wide geographic service areas identified as most in need. Expand the inventory of Wi-Fi hot spots and lendable technology through public libraries and addressing the technology deficit among libraries (estimated $1.4 million).Strengthen and expand the existing 24/7 online homework help through the POWER Library Chat with a Librarian service and additional electronic resources (estimated $100,000).Create and deploy Open Educational Resources (OER) for students and educators (estimated $500,000). OERs give students access to a wider range of instructional materials, including textbooks, videos and research, free of charge.Establish a statewide datacasting initiative with Pennsylvania PBS to connect students to learning content who don’t have access to the Internet (estimated $8 million). Datacasting uses over-the-air TV signals to deliver educational content that can be used on computers without having to access the Internet. Using a datacasting antenna, students can download lesson plans, videos, and worksheets from their schools.Distribute devices to be used in conjunction with datacasting technology for households without a connection to the Internet (e.g. datacasting antenna, laptops), and provide the technical supports and professional development to connect students to learning (estimated $3 million).Distribute accessible/assistive technology, including but not limited to software, tablets, tablet mounts, screens, smart pens, hotspots, devices, for K-12 students with exceptionalities in collaboration with the PaTTAN system (estimated $2 million).“In response to the pandemic, PDE and others have created new partnerships and strengthened existing ones to ensure Pennsylvania’s students continue to be served, whether that is academically, nutritionally, or socially and emotionally,” said Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera. “This new initiative is another way in which communities are working together to benefit our students.”This initiative builds on the Department of Education’s efforts to support schools’ efforts to implement continuity of education plans during the 2019-20 academic year when schools closed unexpectantly as a result of COVID-19, which included Equity Grants and a partnership with Pennsylvania’s PBS stations to air standards-aligned programming across the state.To date, the Wolf Administration has awarded $102.5 million in GEER funding to help keep students and educators safe and meet the unique challenges of COVID-19. In addition to the $15 million for connectivity, the Wolf Administration has directed $17 million for schools designated for Additional Targeted Support and Improvement under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act; $15 million for special education; $28 million to postsecondary institutions and adult basic education providers; $14 million to K-12 schools to support equity in continuity of education; $10.5 million to Career and Technical Education Centers; and $3 million for Preschool Early Intervention Programs.Ver esta página en español.center_img Gov. Wolf Dedicates $15 Million to Connect Students to High-Speed Internet, Remote-Learninglast_img read more

Top stories A Viking warrior woman PETAs targeting of postdocs and where

first_img Top stories: A Viking warrior woman, PETA’s targeting of postdocs, and where spacecraft go to die By Giorgia GuglielmiSep. 15, 2017 , 3:20 PM (Left to right): Bo Veisland, MI&I/Science Source; NASA/JPL; Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images Email Click to view the privacy policy. 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Country DNA proves fearsome Viking warrior was a womanA 10th century Viking unearthed in the 1880s was like a figure from Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries: an elite warrior buried with a sword, an ax, a spear, arrows, a knife, two shields, and a pair of warhorses. And like a mythical Valkyrie, a new study published late last week found that the warrior was a woman—the first high-status female Viking warrior to be identified.PETA versus the postdoc: Animal rights group targets young researcher for first time For decades, the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has focused its efforts on established researchers. But the group has recently launched an aggressive campaign against a postdoc at Yale University studying stress in wild house sparrows who is still near the beginning of her scientific career. PETA insists that the postdoc’s status as an early-career scientist has nothing to do with its campaign, but critics worry that the organization is trying to send a message to all young scientists: Don’t even think about getting into animal research.Solar system graveyard: Where spacecraft go to dieAfter 13 years in orbit, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft this morning completed its “death dive” into Saturn’s upper atmosphere. But Cassini is just one of the 42 spacecraft that found their final resting places on other planets. Where did these other robotic explorers go? Who sent them? And how did they die?Unusual Mexico earthquake may have relieved stress in seismic gapWhen a magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck the coast of Mexico’s Chiapas state early this month, the handful of scientists that study the region were stunned, but not altogether surprised. For more than a century, there had been little activity to study—precisely why they thought the area could be due for a big one. Now, they are working to figure out how much, if any, of the 125-kilometer-long Tehuantepec gap along Mexico’s Pacific coast slipped in the quake, which killed more than 90 people and destroyed or severely damaged the homes of 2.3 million more.Gut microbes could help trigger multiple sclerosisThe trillions of bacteria that live in our intestines, known collectively as the gut microbiome, have been linked to maladies from eye disease to rheumatoid arthritis. Now, two new studies have added another disease: multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disorder that strips away nerve cells’ protective covers, leading to muscle weakness, blindness, and even death. What’s more, the studies suggest how our gut microbes make the immune system turn against nerve cells—a finding that could lead to treatments, like drugs based on microbial byproducts, that might improve the course of the disease.last_img read more