San Diego Gas & Electric Sets Aside $250,000 for Matching Grants for Teachers

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Through a partnership with the DonorsChoose crowdfunding platform, San Diego Gas & Electric has set aside $250,000 in shareholder funding to match donations that help support local teachers with distance learning and with STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — projects.

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“Teachers are on the front line of making sure that our children continue to learn despite the enormous challenges of COVID-19,” said Caroline Winn, SDG&E’s CEO. “They are the champions of our new virtual and socially distanced classrooms, and SDG&E is proud to support them with the resources and materials that they need to prepare our children to be the scientists, engineers and innovators of the future.”

This is the third year of SDG&E’s partnership with DonorsChoose to support teachers in the San Diego region. In

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North Port opens computer lab at Morgan Center for student homework

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Staff Report
 |  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

NORTH PORT — The city of North Port is setting up a computer lab at the Morgan Family Community Center, 6207 W. Price Boulevard, starting Aug. 31, so students can access computers for remote learning.

Students will be able to reserve a computer for a two-hour work block up to 24 hours in advance, on a first-come, first-served basis during standard operating hours at the Morgan Family Community Center.

To reserve a work block, call 941-429-3555 or stop by the front desk.

In response to COVID-19, all computer stations will be physically distanced, partitioned and will be thoroughly cleaned by staff before and after each use. In addition, a deep cleaning in the Learning Lab will be completed at least twice throughout the day, and a sanitation fogging every evening. 

The Learning Lab is being developed through a partnership between the city’s Parks & Recreation

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Thousands Of Minnesota Students Still Don’t Have Internet For Distance Learning

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By Rilyn Eischens
August 17, 2020

Myisha Holley’s family didn’t have internet at home when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. She was finishing her college degree and helping her three middle schoolers at home, so reliable internet was essential — and nearly impossible for the St. Paul single mom to find on a budget.

The public library closed before they could borrow a hotspot, which is a mobile device for connecting your computer, tablet or other devices to the internet. None of the three hotspots they received from her children’s charter school provided a usable connection. Holley bought a hotspot through her phone company, but that device didn’t work either.

Holley said she couldn’t get her money back on the faulty hotspot — a significant loss for her low-income family — and her children were struggling with school, sometimes marked absent when their assignments wouldn’t load.

Finally, the family got a

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93 percent of public schools already received online gadgets – DepEd

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The Department of Education (DepEd) announced 93 percent of public schools nationwide have already received over 1 million devices and gadgets for use by students and teachers this upcoming school year.


DepEd Director for Information and Communications Technology Service (ICTS) Abram Abanil, in a recent virtual press briefing, said a total of 1,042,575 of these devices have been distributed to 43,948 public schools nationwide.

“These devices will be used to support online learning of students and to augment existing devices which are already at hand in our schools,” he said in a mix of English and Filipino. “This accounts for 93 percent of all schools that have computers, laptops, and tablets which can be used by the students.”

Abanil noted these devices were procured as early as December.

“But because of COVID-19, the deliveries were affected but these will be done by the end of this year,” he

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Sony offering limited PS5 pre-orders directly from its website

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Sony will let a select group of customers pre-order a PlayStation 5 directly from the company through its website. A “limited quantity” of PS5 consoles will be available for pre-order through the offer, which will be extended to “existing consumers” who register on

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Pre-orders through Sony’s PlayStation Direct store will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis, and registrants will be informed via email if they’ve been selected. According to a PS5 pre-order FAQ posted by Sony, that selection process is “based on previous interests and PlayStation activities.”

Sony warns that an invitation to pre-order a PS5 directly from the company does not guarantee someone a console. Those who are selected, however, will be limited to ordering the following:

  • 1 PS5 Console or 1 PS5 Digital Edition
  • 2 DualSense wireless controllers
  • 2 DualSense charging stations
  • 2 Pulse 3D wireless headsets
  • 2 Media remotes
  • 2 HD
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