‘Provide Gadgets, Internet Pack To Poor Students For Online Classes’

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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has directed private as well as government schools like Kendriya Vidyalayas or KVs to provide gadgets and an internet package to poor students for online classes, saying not doing so amounts to “discrimination” and creates a “digital apartheid”.

To separate such students from others in the same class due to non-availability of a gadget or a device would generate “a feeling of inferiority” that may “affect their hearts and minds unlikely ever to be undone”, the court said.

A bench of Justices Manmohan and Sanjeev Narula said if a school decides to voluntarily provide synchronous face-to-face real time online education as a method of teaching, “they will have to ensure that the students belonging to economically weaker section (EWS) or disadvantaged group (DG) category also have access and are able to avail the same”.

The court

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Thiruvalluvar University students scurry for gadgets as online exams gets underway- The New Indian Express

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Express News Service

VELLORE: Owing to the Covid pandemic, customers rarely visit this snacks shop at Viruthampattu in Vellore city. A boy who works there as a part-time employee arranges the table meant for serving tea and snacks. The owner lends his laptop and the boy downloads the question paper and starts writing the answers.

Meet Naresh, a final year postgraduate student who was writing his first examination in the pandemic period.

Naresh, studying economics at an aided college in Vellore city, was frantic when he could not download the question paper using his mobile phone. “I was trying hard for some time to download the question paper  but the server was too slow,” he said.

When he was anxiously tapping the keys of the phone without luck, his employer helped him with his laptop. “My employer gave his laptop. I arranged a table and chair to sit comfortably to

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Namecheap Offers Free 20 Minute Virtual Class On Internet Basics for Students & Online Novices

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Entry-level lesson covering domains, web hosting, SSL and online security; Plus, most teachers & students with .edu email addresses eligible for FREE .me domain and website builder to create a first website!

PHOENIX, Sept. 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Namecheap, the world’s second-largest domain registrar and leading provider of online products and services, today unveiled a virtual class lesson aimed at students and online novices. The free 20-minute YouTube video lesson covers the “Internet basics”, and everything someone would need to know to launch their first website. Additionally, through Namecheap for Education’s NC.ME initiative, almost all students and teachers in the US are eligible for a free .me domain, web builder and more — so that teachers and students can create websites together.  

Namecheap’s “The Internet Basics You Need to Launch Your First Website” covers three main aspects of websites:

  • Domains: What is a domain name? How does DNS
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12 Important Gadgets for Your Online Classes

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Online Classes


With the pandemic still surging in various countries, many government around the world are imposing lockdown and quarantine procedure to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

The Covid-19 Impact on Schools

Hundreds of thousands of schools in various countries will be teaching their students remotely. From early learning pre-schools to well-renowned engineering universities, teachers and students are preparing for the largest online distance learning in the history of mankind. The distance online classes also includes thousands of training centers for professional and skilled workers.

Video Streaming to the Rescue

Most of the classes this year will take place over video streaming platforms such as Zoom, Google Meets, Microsoft Teams, Webex and other video conferencing platforms. The assignments of students will be uploaded via apps. Most of the traditional schools are learning to adapt on how to upload, check and manage each students activity online and apps.


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On first day of online school, Olathe system shuts down

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At 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, thousands of Olathe students sat at their computers, ready to start the first day of school and meet their new teachers via a Zoom video chat.

But within a few minutes, many realized they had been blocked from doing so.

“At first I thought that maybe the internet wasn’t working in our whole neighborhood, since everyone was trying to get online. But then we figured out that (the district system) must have crashed,” said Cassie Collar, who has a middle schooler and high schooler in the Olathe district.

District spokesman Cody Kennedy said 50,000 people were attempting to log in to the online portal StudentVue on the first day of school. But the system was designed to accommodate about 30,000 users. It soon crashed.

In an email to parents, district officials said there were more than 160,000 attempts made at logging into the system.

“We know

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Good News: Chandigarh girls collect gadgets to help needy students attend online classes

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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 donations of gadgets. With the coronavirus outbreak continuing to tighten its grip across the globe and driving the shift from in-person schooling to online school, several others who were unable to afford internet connections or correct equipment have lost months of their education.

However, these school-going girls themselves hailing from Chandigarh have come together to help those in need and Saachi Ahuja told ANI that till now they have given gadgets to at least 21 girls. 

The teenagers are encouraging people to donate their gadgets including mobile phones, laptops for underprivileged girls who are unable to afford the same for online learning. According to reports, it has already been more than four months

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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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‘Who is standing up for us?’- Black, rural students left behind as U.S. schools go online

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WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – With coronavirus sweeping through their rural district, the children of Francis Marion School in Perry County, Alabama, started school online this week. But for many, logging on for class was out of the question.

Only about half of the school’s 600-odd students have reliable internet at home and one in five has no connection at all, said principal Cathy Trimble.

“Our district cannot afford to get devices for our students. And then the biggest thing is connectivity. No broadband,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Perry County is one of the poorest in the state, and Francis Marion School ranks near the bottom of Alabama schools on test scores. Ninety-nine percent of its students are Black.

As the pandemic forces schools across the country to switch to virtual learning, a technology gap that has existed for decades has suddenly become visible and of urgent concern.

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How We Ran a Student Hackathon Online — THE Journal

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How We Ran a Student Hackathon Online

This education provider that teaches students to code ran its first hackathon virtually and drew more than a hundred young participants in a two-day event.

Coronavirus-induced lockdown has not only made the classroom go
digital, but also onsite events too, such as hackathons that are
adapting to the situation and switching to an online format.
recent kids’ hackathon — its first and entirely online version —
shows how this can be achieved.

YoungWonks, an
after-school coding program headquartered out of California, has
always used technology to come up with solutions for real-life
problems. That approach isn’t just part of the curriculum being
taught to the students who go through the program, but it has become
a motto of sorts for the staff as well. Which explains why YoungWonks
didn’t hesitate to shift during the pandemic to entirely online


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Over 58,000 secondary school students in Prayagraj lack gadgets for online studies – education

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With schools closed and education being imparted only through online and on-air modes in the wake of the corona pandemic, a whopping 58,000 plus students enrolled in Class 9 to 12 in intermediate colleges of the Sangam city had no access to a smart phone, laptop, tablet or a TV, revealed a recent survey undertaken by the office of the district inspector of schools (DIoS).

These students accounted for 19% of the total enrolments in government-run, government-aided and unaided intermediate schools of the district, conceded officials.

The findings of the survey also indicated that a large number of students enrolled in these institutions were unable to benefit from academic content being provided online through YouTube as well as on-air through Swayam Prabha— a group of 32 DTH channels devoted to telecasting high-quality educational programmes 24X7, using the GSAT-15 satellite.

“These primary facts have emerged in the survey undertaken in the

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