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App Shows What 6 Feet Away Looks Like

Two education organizations have created a free Apple iOS app to help demonstrate how far to stay away from other people to practice safe physical distancing. The program, "Social Distancing Trainer," was produced by Discovery Education and Afterschool Alliance. The app uses augmented reality to get the idea across.

University Creating 20,000 AR/VR Lessons

Over the next two months, Kosovo's University for Business and Technology will be using the EON Reality platform to create 20,000 augmented/virtual reality lessons across a variety of subjects.

SUNY Canton Forms All-Women Overwatch Team

The State University of New York Canton has launched an all-female Overwatch esports team.

Glue Collaboration Brings Virtual Groups Together in 3D

A Nordic company has introduced a virtual reality collaboration platform. Glue Collaboration's software by the same name facilitates virtual environments where remote participants can come together to learn, share, plan and create as if they were in the same physical space.



Texas Colleges Ramp Up Commitment to Esports

Two Texas colleges are ramping up esports. When Kilgore College reconvenes in the fall, students will have use of a new esports training room, which opened just prior to the college closing down the physical campus in response to coronavirus. And Navarro College announced that it would be launching a competitive esports league in fall 2020.

Upcoming Events, Webinars & Calls for Papers (Week of April 4, 2020)

Upcoming events include the STEAM Week 2020, OLC Ideate, and USDLA 2020 National Conference.

NYU Research Documenting What People Touch as They Move Through Virus-Laden World

How does COVID-19 get transmitted? Researchers from New York University are out in the streets right now capturing examples of activities where people are coming into contact with surfaces that could host the virus left behind by others who have already touched the same surfaces.

Seniors Invited to Participate in Minecraft Graduation Ceremony

Some students are hitting Minecraft during their "self-quarantines" to recreate their campuses. And at least one group is planning a national graduation ceremony to take place in their virtual world.

How the Coronavirus Stimulus Bill Pays Out for Ed

The $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law on March 24, 2020, includes about $30.75 billion directly dedicated to the needs of public education.

Free Blackboard Tool Converts Files to Accessible Formats

Blackboard has launched a free tool for boosting the accessibility of digital course content. File Transformer, Powered by Blackboard Ally, allows students to convert files into a variety of alternative formats, such as HTML, audio MP3, ePub, electronic Braille or Beeline Reader.

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