Berkeley County students will have technology in time for new school year | West Virginia

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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — There’s good news for Berkeley County students because technology — devices as well as hundreds of Wi-Fi hotspots and other internet connectivity options — will be available to them when the new school year begins Sept. 8.

Superintendent of Schools Patrick K. Murphy credited the district’s technology department for having worked since early summer to ensure students would have needed devices.

“Because of their planning, purchasing and deployment, Berkeley County Schools is ready to launch both computer and internet devices for staff and students for the Return to Learn school year,” Murphy said in an email.

“All of our students will have a device for use in either the brick or click pathway,” he said.

The district’s back-to-school plan includes two options — in person (brick) and remote (click) — for instruction, five days per week.

Students who will be attending in person will return to school

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Organization helping fill computer shortage for Austin ISD families

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Austin Free Net partnered with Austin ISD and the City of Austin to give out refurbished computers and internet to families still in need ahead of the school year.

AUSTIN, Texas — The days are ticking away ahead of Austin Independent School District’s first day of school on Sept. 8, and three groups are coming together to fill the technology gap that could limit some children’s learning capabilities. 

Austin Free Net, Austin ISD (AISD) and the City of Austin teamed up to collect, refurbish and distribute used computers to AISD families, as well as internet access.  

As an organization that offers free digital literacy training and community access to technology, Austin Free Net’s main focus since the summer has been getting these resources to students and teachers ahead of the school year.

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Cook County, Comcast providing free internet for disadvantaged students

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The Housing Authority of Cook County and Comcast announced a partnership Wednesday that will provide free in-home, high-speed internet service to suburban housing authority residents with school-age children.

The service will allow those students to participate in their schools’ remote learning programs, as well as provide internet access to other members of the household, officials said.



“It is estimated that one-quarter of our Cook County residents lack high-speed internet, and those rates are much higher for people of color,” Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said during an announcement of the partnership. “We cannot allow a quarter of Cook County to fall further behind as we recover, digitally, during the next phase of this crisis.”

Under the agreement, the housing authority will purchase 10 months of Comcast’s Internet Essentials service on behalf of eligible residents who enroll by Dec. 31. The program is funded through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and

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Good News: 11-yr-old saves grandma; Girls collect gadgets for students; 5 amazing stories

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When the world updates consist of COVID-19 pandemic, racial injustice, protests among other things, people are more than ever are looking for encouraging news. Since the beginning of the year, the unforeseen circumstances have dominated the minds of millions across the globe. But, it has also paved the way for occasional kind gestures, unique songs, online trends and peculiar methods of people adhering to the new lifestyle amid the coronavirus outbreak. From IIT Delhi’s job posting for dog handler creating buzz to Chandigarh girls’ noble initiative for needy students, here are five best stories from today to dial down on the negativity.

Chandigarh girls collect gadgets to help needy students attend online classes

What is being lauded as “great initiative” by several internet users, is ‘Prerna – for you and us’ launched by five Chandigarh girls to help the needy students attend the online school amid COVID-19 crisis by collecting

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Website of Vermont Sheriffs’ Association breached

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The website of the Vermont Sheriffs Association was breached and the names of addresses of some members were stolen, the head of the association said Thursday.


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Association President Bill Bohynak, the Orange County sheriff, said no dates of birth or financial information was lost.

He estimates just over 100 names were taken.

“We want to make sure that citizens are aware that this happened,” Bohynak said.

The sheriff’s association is separate from the sheriff’s departments, which provide law enforcement and other services. It’s role is to support the sheriffs’ programs, such as those that combat drug abuse or to provide scholarships for people going into public service careers.

Bohynak said he learned of the breach on Wednesday. He did not know the technical details of how the breach occurred.

The web designer shut down the affected website after learning of the breach.

The association

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