Campus is Closed, so College Students are Rebuilding Their Schools in Minecraft
A University of Pennsylvania student thought of an alternate way of celebrating their college commencement. Instead of using Zoom as indicated by the administration, he decided to organize it in Minecraft as a Japanese elementary school had done just days earlier.
“Penncraft” students began to recreate dormitories, food trucks, and local sculptures in-game hoping to have a completed campus by graduation.
“I didn’t have the chance to properly mourn or, finish out my senior bucket list, say goodbye to my friends and teachers,” senior Nyazia Sajdah-Be says. “I’m still trying to process that loss. So it’s really sweet working on the campus. It’s making the process of leaving feel less sudden and more gradual.”
Other universities have joined the fray and created or resurrected Minecraft servers sharing their creations on Discord chats, in Facebook meme groups, and on Reddit threads.
Source: The Verge
NY Schools Log Out of Zoom, Adopt Microsoft Teams
Until further review and update due to security concerns, New York City has banned Zoom’s use for remote learning purposes in schools and is transitioning to Microsoft Teams.
“There are many new components to remote learning, and we are making real-time decisions in the best interest of our staff and students,” says Danielle Filson, a spokesperson for the New York City Department of Education.
Zoom’s platform started facing criticism shortly after its intense use after the massive closure of schools on March 16th. From reports of unidentified persons accessing classes to inappropriate videos disrupting video calls and Zoom calls being routed through servers in China, privacy and security issues are mounting.
Source: The Pioneer
Paylocity Announces Acquisition of VidGrid
Paylocity just announced the acquisition of VidGrid, a leading video platform provider that enables peer-to-peer video learning courses. Having worked with VidGrid for several years, Paylocity anticipates expanding its product functionality around workplace video communication while also increasing its employee collaboration, engagement, and retention.
“As a leading modern workforce platform, we are constantly looking for opportunities to make our product suite even more useful for our clients. We believe video will play a critical role in transforming workplace communication,” said Steve Beauchamp, CEO of Paylocity.
Source: Paylocity News
Learning Management System – Bryan Independent School District
Bryan ISD Begins Using Schoology Program
After researching Schoology since 2017, Bryan School District decided to start using this learning management system as its students are heading into the last six weeks of class and, in the present context, must do so virtually.
Through this new LMS, teachers will be able to use a variety of teaching options from video conferencing, pre-recorded videos and chat room discussions in order to engage students and help them complete their school year.
“It gives a semblance of normal […] The students need to be going to class, and this is a chance for them to do that and to try and finish the year,” says biology teacher Steven Grant.
Source: The Eagle