How teachers can better support immigrant students during the pandemic

  • During the pandemic, immigrant students can be disproportionately affected by remote learning due to linguistic, cultural, and economic challenges. 
  • Timothy P. Williams and Avary Carhill-Poza, scholars who study immigration and technology, found that immigrant students often have limited access to WiFi and take on extracurricular responsibilities like working to help support their family. 
  • They suggest teachers leverage technologies to better support bilingual students, nurture their strengths, and adapt to their work schedules. 
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Schools across the US responded to the COVID-19 pandemic last spring with an unprecedented shift to remote learning — a trend that has continued into the new school year for many districts.

Millions of children now use laptops and tablets at home as part of their daily education. This arrangement is neither ideal nor easy. But immigrant students who are still learning English — often called English learners — face additional

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Beyond the Pandemic, Libraries Look Toward a New Era

The research arm of Gensler, the architecture and design firm, has been studying libraries for several years. In a 2019 report Gensler found that libraries were now “people-centered not collections centered,” a change that upended popular preconceptions, said Mr. Harris, who participated in the study, as well as a survey this spring of more than 200 librarians to determine how the pandemic has affected them.

Besides the obvious concerns of closed buildings and staff safety, Gensler asked librarians which attributes would “comprise the next generation of libraries.”

Those ranked the highest were community and social services; decentralized library space; more pop-ups and bookmobiles; low-touch kiosks; drive-up pickup; webinar-based story times and programs; technology-integrated conference spaces available to the community; and remote reference and information search services.

The increased reliance on digital works has also highlighted a problem that libraries face: the cost of technology. OverDrive, a popular platform, provides e-book

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Grants to help UTSA Libraries, museum reinforce technology, digital access in pandemic | UTSA Today | UTSA

Grants to help UTSA Libraries, museum reinforce technology, digital access in pandemic

SEPTEMBER 25, 2020 — The U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission have awarded the UTSA Libraries and the Institute of Texan Cultures nearly $150,000 in grant funding in support of virtual learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The grants will increase technology access for students, will help in the development of a digital literacy toolkit and will create a virtual, interactive museum exhibit.

More specifically:

  • TSLAC CARES grant provided $49,991 in COVID-19 relief funds to purchase 31 additional laptops for student borrowers for semester-long checkouts.
  • TSLAC Special Projects grant provided $72,777 to develop an open access digital literacy toolkit to teach essential digital skills to freshmen students and the general public.
  • TSLAC TexTreasures grant program provided $24,146 to create a digital exhibit of the sharecropper cabin currently on display in the African American exhibit area at the UTSA Institute of
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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties push into technology helps agents thrive in pandemic

When the coronavirus struck Connecticut, real estate agent Marla Byrnes thought she might have to give up selling homes all together to keep her and her family safe while riding out the pandemic.

Candace Adams standing in front of a cake: Candace Adams in the president and chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties. She is shown in the lobby of the corporate headquarters in Wallingford.

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Candace Adams in the president and chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties. She is shown in the lobby of the corporate headquarters in Wallingford.

But Byrnes quickly found that the push into technology and training by her company, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties, made it possible to list and sell homes almost without having to step foot outside her own house.


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“And the fact that the market has been so robust, and I’ve been selling houses and listing houses in some cases without physically walking into the houses that I have been selling has been pretty remarkable,” she said.

The forward-thinking culture of Berkshire Hathaway

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Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Certification Market- Post Pandemic Business Strategies and Processes Plan | Increasing Awareness of End-users to Boost Growth in the Information Technology Industry | Technavio

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The secure sockets layer (SSL) certification market is expected to grow by USD 2.55 billion during 2020-2024, expanding at a CAGR of over 16%. The report also provides the market impact and new opportunities created due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We expect the impact to be significant in the first quarter but gradually lessen in subsequent quarters – with a limited impact on the full-year economic growth according to the latest market research report by Technavio.

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Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Certification Market: Increasing Awareness of end-users to drive growth

The rising number of data thefts and the expanding scope of online transactions have increased the demand for secured websites. Besides, there are many search engines such as Google flags websites, that are not secure

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Pandemic offers Tokyo Game Show a chance for reinvention

Once a premier industry event, Tokyo Game Show has been increasingly overshadowed by global competitors in recent years. But as the pandemic forces it online, some see a chance for reinvention.

The exhibition, which opens online from Wednesday, showcases Japanese video games and is still regularly thronged by enthusiastic gamers, attracting over 250,000 people a year since 2013.

But its star has faded in the industry, with most of Japan’s top developers choosing to debut new offerings elsewhere.

“TGS has been on a downward trend in the last 10 to 15 years,” said Serkan Toto, an analyst at Kantan Games in Tokyo.

Part of that is the result of a decline in the dominance of Japanese gaming companies, he told AFP.

TGS began in 1996 and was an unmissable industry event in the early 2000s. But it has seen its leader position increasingly eroded by competition from E3, held in

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Businesses Spent $15bn More A Week On Technology During Pandemic

Businesses around the world spent the equivalent of $15bn extra a week on technology as they transitioned to remote working as a result of the pandemic, according to the 2020 Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey.

Harvey Nash and KPMG claim it is the largest IT leadership survey in the world, with over 4,200 CIOs and technology leaders taking part across 108 countries. This year the survey was split into two – one prior to Covid-19 and one during the pandemic.

The survey found that over an eight-week period, between 5 June and 10 August, global technology leaders reported a median additional technology spend of 5% to deal with the Covid-19 crisis as a percentage of the total of their annual IT budget.

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Brain Mapping Foundation tackles COVID-19 pandemic through science, technology, innovation, and policy endorsing California Proposition 14-2020

Proposition 14-2020 provides $5.5B in total to continue stem cell research including $1.5B for the support of research and development of treatments toward neurological disorders.

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Brain Mapping Foundation (BMF) and Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics (SBMT) have been on the forefront of combatting COVID-19 with their enormous network of scientists, physicians, and engineers worldwide.  BMF and SBMT formed a COVID-19 global taskforce in February of 2020 and by the first week of March they were connected to 5 different global taskforces in Asia, South America, North America, Middle East and India in real time. “Our taskforce coordinated efforts with our global membership and collaborators to rapidly advance our understanding of COVID-19,” said Vicky Yamamoto, Ph.D., Executive Director of SBMT, Co-Chair of COVID-19 Taskforce and Cancer Scientist, USC-Keck School of Medicine, Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery

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Four Travel And Hospitality Trends Emerging From The Pandemic

CEO of Jurny, a hospitality tech company offering SaaS-based management solutions designed to accommodate the modern traveler. 

Travel was one of the hardest-hit industries during the first 100 days of the pandemic. Several months later, air travel is ticking up, and hotel occupancy rates have improved since reaching lows in April. However, as travel resumes, it has a whole new look for both travelers and service providers. 

As the CEO of a hospitality technology company, I’ve observed these four new travel trends emerging from the pandemic — some which I believe are here to stay.

1. Vacation Rentals Surpassing Hotel Stays

Although the short-term rental industry experienced a 300% growth in the past five years, according to a recent report by data solutions company STR, hotels have historically outperformed short-term rentals in terms of higher occupancy rates and average daily rates. Several long-standing factors have attributed to hotel

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