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A Grade 6 student takes part in a virtual school session with her teacher and classmates via Zoom from her home in Vancouver, April 2, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

Children’s privacy is at risk with rapid shifts to online schooling under coronavirus

Children in our schools are the latest at risk in a brave new age of surveillance and data control that is being catalyzed by hasty educational technology decisions under COVID-19.
Universities and colleges cancelling in-person classes will need more than technology to have the capacity to offer flexible education. (Shutterstock)

Coronavirus pushes universities to switch to online classes — but are they ready?

Online learning can help universities quickly adapt to COVID-19, but policy makers must pay careful attention to student experiences and take a critical view of technology companies' claims.
Technologies like Virtual Reality can play a role in schools, but teachers must be properly empowered and involved. Rushay/Shutterstock/For editorial use only

School tech: teachers explain what they need to make it work better

A clearer understanding of teachers' needs is required if schools and universities are to be better prepared for a future where technology is key to teaching and learning.
If Ontario rolls out mandatory high school e-learning with no in-person class hours, each student will lose 440 hours of face-to-face class time. (Shutterstock)

In Doug Ford’s e-learning gamble, high school students will lose

For high school students, e-learning is best introduced in face-to-face classes where teachers can meet a greater range of learning needs -- not as a completely online experience.
Teachers can record and photograph student behaviour and display student standings to the entire class. (Shutterstock)

ClassDojo raises concerns about children’s rights

ClassDojo, the popular classroom behaviour management and communication system, is said to facilitate community and message-sharing. But who is asking how children are impacted?
In Africa, communication technologies have been used in education since the late 1960s. Ymagoo/Fondation Orange

How digital technology can help reinvent basic education in Africa

Information and communication technologies (ICT) offer new opportunities for improving basic education in Africa.

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