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Bloomberg

Kristen V. Brown

10 November 2020

United States

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Data from mobile phones was used to create infection models that present how COVID-19 is spreading. Researchers plotted where people went, where they were coming from, how crowded those places were, and how long they ...

KXAN-TV

Erin Cargile

9 November 2020

Austin, Texas, United States

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3-5 Minutes

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In Austin, some families pay upwards of $1,300 a month to place their children in learning pods, an option not all families can afford. To help working families, an organization launched, Community Pods, which offers ...

FastCompany

Steven Melendez

28 October 2020

United States

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Hovercast is a technology startup helping democratic organizations add interactivity to virtual events. The model, which has been used by prominent political candidates such as Bernie Sanders, uses interactive live-st...

Bloomberg

Isabelle Lee

28 October 2020

Philippines

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In the Philippines, more than half of households have limited access to the internet, making remote teaching challenging. Schools, teachers, and the government have found creative ways to reach students. Some teachers...

Christian Science Monitor

Jingnan Peng

Laura Kiesel

27 October 2020

United States

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The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in many businesses moving their operations to remote-based work, which has consequently expanded access and eliminated barriers for those with disabilities. Although working from ...

Voices of Monterey Bay

Charlotte West

Ilyne Castellanos

23 October 2020

California, United States

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California Students Vote Project, a public-private partnership, encourages college students to vote. Covid-19-adjusted strategies include sending out multiple emails, using social media, and encouraging peer-to-peer c...

L.A. TACO

Nancy Guan

22 October 2020

San Gabriel Valley, California, United States

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Facebook groups and Asian delivery apps have helped Asian restaurants survive - and sometimes even thrive - the coronavirus lockdown in one of the largest Asian-American communities in the U.S. Food delivery apps like...

The Current

Marie Elizabeth Oliver

21 October 2020

Louisiana, United States

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In Louisiana, where many communities face barriers to health care access, the implementation of a 211 hotline during the coronavirus pandemic has helped residents access the information they need to make informed deci...

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Ryan Faircloth

18 October 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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Students in fraternities and sororities at the University of Minnesota have moved many of their social activities to a virtual space and are taking precautions for those living in Greek housing to protect members and ...

KXAN-TV

Chris Nelson

Josh Hinkle

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Catenya McHenry

Ben Friberg

16 October 2020

United States

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This T.V. segment showcases multiple solutions used by school districts and nonprofits across the nation, from creating cell phone towers so students have access to reliable wifi, to curbside meals, to learning pods. ...

Nigerian Tribune

Ifedayo Ogunyemi

15 October 2020

Ogun State, Nigeria

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In Nigeria, non-profit organizations are helping to organize and deliver virtual journalism-related training to university students who can't attend classes as normal due to the coronavirus pandemic. Although some stu...

Lithuanian Radio and Television (LRT)

Giedrius Vitkauskas

13 October 2020

Lithuania

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Lithuanian officials are launching a contact-tracing app to better trace the path of coronavirus cases and alert people when they have potentially been exposed. Although there have been delays in the roll-out of the a...

Billy Penn

Layla A. Jones

13 October 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Accessing information about unemployment compensation online just got easier for residents of Pennsylvania. The current chat box capacity is 500 but will be increased to 50,000 by the end of the year. The phone hotlin...

EdSource

Larry Gordon

12 October 2020

California, United States

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High schools and colleges across California are turning to virtual campus tours and remote recruiting in order to appeal to college-bound students. College representatives are hosting Zoom sessions to connect with stu...

WSPA-TV

Anne Maxwell

12 October 2020

Travelers Rest, South Carolina, United States

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In South Carolina, 180,000 households don’t have access to Wifi, according to estimates. A problem for students who are trying to attend virtual classes. Using CARES funds, the state purchased hotspots. In one county,...

KXAN-TV

Laney Valian

12 October 2020

Hutto, Texas, United States

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3-5 Minutes

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While virtual learning can work for some, for special education students, many services and lessons get lost. “When it comes to those occupational needs and those speech needs, they’re not getting those services met b...

WAVY-TV

Lex Gray

12 October 2020

Virginia, United States

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In order to bridge the digital divide one school district in Virginia is putting Wi-Fi routers on its school buses. They call them Smart Buses. They buses drive out to neighborhoods where students don't have access to...

Nigerian Tribune

Ifedayo Ogunyemi

10 October 2020

Nigeria

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Funding from a professional coaching, therapy, and counseling academy has helped a certified life coach and non-clinical psychotherapist offer free sessions to people in Nigeria who are struggling to cope with setback...

Knox Pages

Grant Pepper

8 October 2020

Wooster, Ohio, United States

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A collaboration between Ohio's Wooster City Schools and the College of Wooster has allowed for an enhanced educational experience for many students during the coronavirus pandemic. The partnership not only provides tu...

The Boston Globe

Armand Manoukian

7 October 2020

United States

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An online forum focused on providing an outlet for those who are seeking a way "to share their experiences with COVID-19" has gained a global community with participants from five countries engaging in discussions. Al...

South Dakota News Watch

Nick Lowrey

7 October 2020

Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, South Dakota, United States

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An indigenous community has tapped into new technology to provide broadband internet access which is critical for virtual learning during the coronavirus shutdown of schools. Digital radio waves were used to broadcast...

The Hechinger Report

Javeria Salman

7 October 2020

Rhode Island, United States

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The School Support Hotline in Rhode Island is helping teachers and parents experience smoother virtual classroom experiences by answering questions and providing support for tech issues, along with translation service...

The Seattle Times

Alia Wong

5 October 2020

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

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The city of Tulsa took a variety of steps to make sure English as a Second Language learners didn’t fall behind in their virtual classes during the COVID-19 pandemic. First, school officials made sure students had the...

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Ellen Endo

1 October 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Senior citizens in Los Angeles are coping with isolation during these times of social distancing by learning how to use technology that will connect them to their loved ones. Technology training specifically geared to...

Christian Science Monitor

Peggy Barmore

1 October 2020

United States

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Apps that track students’ online activity, door-to-door visits, and receiving input from families on how to reopen schools, are all ways school districts across the country are responding to absenteeism during the pan...

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