Book finds digital expectations for students impacted by race, class

Destiny Viator

Matt Rafalow, a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley, recently published a book describing how race and class impact teachers’ digital expectations for their students

For “Digital Divisions: How Schools Create Inequality in the Tech Era,” Rafalow researched three middle schools in California, each equipped with similar technological infrastructure but composed of different demographic makeups.

While the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has recently given rise to conversations about digital learning in many communities, Rafalow’s research was conducted many years prior, during the 2013-2014 academic year.

Technological use, even video games and social media, was viewed by teachers at a school largely composed of wealthy, white students as being “essential to learning,” Rafalow said in an email.

According to Rafalow, at a middle-class, predominantly Asian American school, teachers viewed their students’ use of technology as “threatening” to learning.

Lastly, at a school where Latino students from mainly working-class families made

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Miami University students had a house party despite testing positive for Covid

Destiny Viator

Body camera video from the Oxford Police Department shows an officer approaching a group of men gathered on the porch of a home near the university’s campus on September 5, asking them who lives there.

“I’m assuming you probably know why I want to talk to you, right?” the officer asks.

One student replies that eight people lived in the house, and that at the time, about 20 people were inside. Both indoor and outdoor mass gatherings in Oxford involving people who don’t live together are limited to 10 people, per the city’s ordinance.

The officer tells the student to disperse the crowd gathered at the house, and eventually asks to see his ID. After scanning it, he calls the student over.

“I’ve never seen this before, there’s an input on the computer that you tested positive for Covid?” the officer asks.

“Yes,” the student answered, adding “This was, um,

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Mid-Michigan church opens its doors as internet hotspot for virtual-learning students

Destiny Viator

FLUSHING, MI – A Flushing church has opened its doors for students virtually learning in the community amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Flushing United Methodist Church, 413 E. Main St., is providing free internet access for more than 30 students from 8:45 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday with social distancing inside the building’s fellowship hall.

Flushing Community Schools has committed to virtual learning until at least Oct. 5.

Flushing schools delay start, opt for virtual learning-only in first month

In a letter to the board, Superintendent Matt Shanafelt said the change to the start-of-school plan would help assure the highest degree of staff, student and community safety.

Pastor JJ Mannschreck said the idea to allow students in came from a church member.

“We have a mom in our congregation who is an educator herself. She is digitally teaching,” he noted.

The church member saw a Facebook post from another house of

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DepEd to use additional funds to buy gadgets for students

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Education Secretary Leonor Briones said Monday that additional funds given to the Department of Education (DepEd) will be used to provide gadgets or computers to students or schools and would also aid the implementation of its Learning Continuity Plan (LCP) amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


Briones, during the “Laging Handa” public briefing, said that if DepEd will be given additional funds, this will definitely be used to address gaps in the implementation of its LCP — especially to provide students with gadgets to be used for distance learning as well as to help in the reproduction of printed Self-Learning Modules (SLMs).

“Kung halimbawa may P389 million na ibibigay ang pamahalaan sa departamento, sigurado ako na malaking bahagi niyan ay mapupuntasa pangagailangan ng mga gadgets (If a P389-million budget will be given by the government to the department, I’m sure a big part of this will address the needs for

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Who Is Jason Gelinas? QAnon Website Goes Offline After New Jersey Operator Identified

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A popular website used to promote the QAnon conspiracy theory, went offline on Thursday after its operator was identified as a New Jersey resident.

While the growing conspiracy has countless interpretations, at its core, QAnon claims that President Donald Trump entered politics with the secret mission of taking down an underground group of Satan-worshipping pedophiles that has members across all levels of government and key institutions., one of the most-viewed websites archiving QAnon information and theories, drew more than 10 million visitors in July, according to an analysis by SimilarWeb Ltd. The site’s creator has been operating under the pseudonym “QAppAnon.”

On September 10,, a misinformation-fighting fact-checker, identified the “developer and mouthpiece” of the website as a New Jersey man named Jason Gelinas. Bloomberg also successfully connected state records of Gelina’s home address to the pseudonym “QAppAnon.”

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