At School or at Home, CompTIA Educational Resources Available to Aspiring Technology Professionals and Their Instructors

Destiny Viator

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., Sept. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — With the 2020-21 academic year underway amid much uncertainty, CompTIA, the nonprofit association for the global technology industry, is providing a degree of certainty for students interested in careers in information technology (IT) and the teachers and instructors who are educating them.

CompTIA today announced the availability of a large selection of digital educational resources on IT careers to inspire students and assist teachers, whether instruction is happening in a physical classroom, via remote learning or a combination of both.

“We want students to have all the information they need to learn about the broad selection of career options available with technology companies and in technical roles in virtually every other industry,” said Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO of CompTIA. “We’re  committed to providing our partner educators and institutions with the resources and support they need in today’s classroom to

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Flint schools families can still get free internet access, technology for students

Destiny Viator

FLINT, MI — No family could prepare for what the 2020 school year would bring.

With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to plague the country, most students in Genesee County are learning remotely.

Flint is no exception.

Flint Community Schools Superintendent Anita Steward is asking families still in need of access to technology or internet to contact their child’s school building. The district is able to provide Chromebooks and hotspots to all families who have requested them.

The district has also learned that Comcast will continue to provide 60 days of free Internet service to new, eligible customers through the end of 2020, Steward said. The Internet Essentials from Comcast program provides low-income families free internet for 60 days and a reduced price after the free trial. Details on the program can be found here.

“Flint Community Schools is committed to a high-quality learning experience for all students,” Steward said.


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

Destiny Viator

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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Huffman Academy distributes technology bundles to students during virtual learning

Destiny Viator

One of the biggest concerns many families have with virtual learning is reliable Internet access for the student. Educators within the Birmingham City Schools system are doing their best to make sure no child goes without the necessary technology during the first nine weeks at home amid the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.In the video above, WVTM 13’s Jared Oliver tells you what all comes in the learning kit for students enrolled at Huffman Academy, a pilot school for the distribution program.TRACKING THE CURVEWVTM 13 is tracking the curve of coronavirus cases and coronavirus-related deaths that have occurred in Alabama. Click here to see the latest data.Get the WVTM 13 app for the latest updates on the pandemic.More news and coverage can be found at

One of the biggest concerns many families have with virtual learning is reliable Internet access for the student.

Educators within the Birmingham City

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CCISD technology department working with students and parents

Destiny Viator

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS — Teachers and students may have experienced some issues with getting connected to their classes since going online. The CCISD technology department has been working hard to ensure that students, parents and teachers know who to contact and how to stay connected.

Director of instructional technology for CCISD Cary Perales says her department works with providing guidance and support to the teachers that are integrating technology in their curriculum and with helping students stay connected.

Some common issues that they have found are some parents have to take their technology with them to work and then students have to wait until the end of the day to log in to canvas. Giving them less time to do the same amount of work. Some teachers have been working around this, by assigning work that students can do throughout the day without a computer.

Another issue was some students

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Teachers have concerns about technology for the new school year

Destiny Viator


Tuesday Mid-Michigan teachers telling News 10 how they’re preparing for their first day of virtual learning.

Lansing teachers say their biggest obstacle will be the technology.

“The technology has definitely been, you know the biggest challenge for all of us I think it’s new,” said Connie Larson, 8th Grade teacher at Gardner International Magnet School.

Less than a week from their first day teachers say even though they’re concerned that won’t stop them from having a successful year.

“Patience with us and patience with you. We all have to know that this is new and different for all of us,” said Larson.

“Lansing schools district teachers rock! We’re ready to go were ready to support our kids and our families and be there for them,” added Larson.

Some teachers plan to teach from their classroom and say they will teach as if they are actually together.

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Technology shortage causing learning delay for students in several NC districts ::

Destiny Viator

Due to a national shortage of Chromebooks, several students in North Carolina school districts are still waiting on their devices. Classes began virtually in many districts on August 17 in North Carolina, despite this technology shortage.

“Not being able to attend school for the whole first week of school is kind of an injustice for those kids,” said Camille Brown, a Wake County parent.

Brown’s 10-year-old son started remote learning on Monday, and he’s still waiting for a Chromebook. He hasn’t been able to get much learning done.

“I think we’ll get into a rhythm, but if kids don’t have the technology,” Brown said, “it doesn’t matter what the teachers and administrators are doing and how great they’re being if the county isn’t providing access to the work teachers are putting together.”

Out of the more than 160,000 students in the Wake County Public

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Teachers voice concerns over new technology to be used for SCS students

Destiny Viator

SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. (WMC) – School returns for Shelby County Schools in less than a month. Virtual training for teachers is proving to be a challenge.

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Teachers voice concerns over new technology to be used for SCS students

Derry Phillips spent Wednesday morning leading a workshop at the Memphis Shelby County Teacher’s Association, to help them better prepare for virtual teaching.


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He feels the training they have been given by SCS has not provided enough hands-on instruction.

“The training that has been provided has been limited, and it doesn’t really go in-depth of what we need to do to educate children,” said Phillips.

Teachers will be using Microsoft Teams for live instruction. Phillips said teachers are anxious, and he feels that starting training months earlier would have helped.

“For instance in March, the training for Teams could’ve begun,” he said.

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Schools receive grants for technology to help students, teachers

Destiny Viator


Local K-12 schools and Ball State University were among the recipients of grants from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) fund recently.

Statewide, these grants will fund a minimum of 68,689 student devices including Chromebooks and iPads; nearly 2,900 teacher devices including new or upgraded laptops, MacBooks, Chromebooks and iPads, and more than 85,800 connectivity solutions for families who lack reliable internet connectivity, according to a release from Gov. Eric Holcomb’s office.

Local grant recipients and amounts are:

Blue River Valley Schools, $10,922.

Charles A. Beard Memorial Schools, $204,250.

Muncie Community Schools, St. Lawrence Catholic School and St. Mary Catholic School, $363,654.

New Castle Schools, $250,000.

Randolph Eastern Schools, $121,500.

South Henry Schools, $181,000.

Ball State University, $ 500,000.

Chosen from 257 applications, grant recipients included 184 traditional school corporations, 64 public charter schools and 124 non-public schools, as well as 12 institutions of higher education, according to

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Salt Lake educators hand-deliver supplies, technology and human connection to students

Destiny Viator

SALT LAKE CITY — For Salt Lake City School District students, the school year starts Sept. 8, but until then educators are hard at work connecting with students and ensuring they have the tools they need to take part in remote learning.

a person holding a birthday cake: Debrah Tamari, left, Abshiro Yassin and Chanceline Touindjo pick up school supplies as they register for Clayton Middle School at the Park Place apartment complex in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020.

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Debrah Tamari, left, Abshiro Yassin and Chanceline Touindjo pick up school supplies as they register for Clayton Middle School at the Park Place apartment complex in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020.

On Tuesday, educators, counselors and parent volunteers from Clayton Middle School visited Park Place at City Centre Apartments to help students register for school, and to deliver school supplies, food and technology to students to help them get off to a good start this academic year.


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Salt Lake City schools will start the school year with online learning, with the hope of shifting to a hybrid model

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