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Note from the editor

Dear readers,

The coronavirus pandemic has led to a seismic shift in the ed tech landscape nationwide. Where previously schools were approaching transformation from a tech-supported standpoint, a transition to distance learning in the wake of building closures has necessitated a tech-dependent approach.

Needless to say, districts nationwide are still adjusting to challenges from basic infrastructure to the nuances of approaches to curriculum.

As the beginning of the next school year approaches in fall, they're challenged not only with further preparing educators to overcome these hurdles and address students' needs, but with doing so on schedules that will see them switching back and forth between full distance learning and a model that will likely have students in class on staggered schedules throughout the week.

With resources expected to be limited by looming budget cuts due to a recession exacerbated by stay-at-home orders, meeting these needs becomes all the more complex.

To help keep you in the loop, Education Dive will keep this page up to date with the latest ed tech trends and developments as the year continues to shape ed tech's role in K-12. Here are some recent highlights from our coverage.

Best,

Roger Riddell Editor, K-12

Fast Forward: Hybrid models could prove effective. Are they here to stay?

As educators prepare to potentially teach both in person and online in fall, blended learning could be a change that lasts beyond the coronavirus outbreak.

King: US faces 'pivot point' in getting students access to internet, devices

The former education secretary's comments come as more than 500 superintendents say connectivity gaps would hinder fall distance learning.

Efforts to close digital divide top states' plans for emergency relief funds

States are also prioritizing training for teachers in deciding how to distribute a total of almost $3 billion for pandemic-related needs.

Youngest learners prepare to start school — without the school

Summer transition activities help acclimate 5-year-olds to the classroom. Can a remote version even come close?

As summer nears, school districts begin 'scenario planning'

It's unclear whether in-person summer learning will be possible, but a few options are beginning to emerge.

Ed, tech coalition launches resource for remotely serving special needs students

Some also suggest parents and educators will be more likely to consider virtual services in the future, following school closures due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Lessons In Leadership: Administrators' advice for addressing 5 coronavirus challenges

The pandemic left superintendents and principals grappling with an online learning transition, meal distribution logistics and more. Here's how they're coping.

4 strategies to keep tech support rolling through COVID-19 shutdowns

Hotlines, drop-off device repair centers and remote troubleshooting are among solutions districts are offering during the pandemic-induced transition to online learning.