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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.

Upcoming Events, Webinars & Calls for Papers (Week of March 30, 2020)

Upcoming events include the USDLA 2020 National Conference, Learning Summit 2020, and InfoComm 2020.

IBM Open P-TECH Helps Students Pick Up Skills, Badges in Current Tech

IBM has launched Open P-TECH, to help young people and educators pick up the basics in topics including cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and cloud computing, as well as soft skills.

Report Points to Dwindling Interest in Internships

Internship programs are imploding, but not just because employers aren't looking for interns. Student interest has also dropped, as a result of the continued fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Colleges Pitch in to 3D Print Medical Gear

Colleges all over the country are helping out COVID-19 response efforts by producing health equipment with their 3D printers, including face shields and respirator masks.

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