Kinsa’s The U.S. Health Weather Map is a visualization of seasonal illness linked to fever, specifically influenza-like illness, based on aggregate, anonymized data from its network of smart thermometers and mobile apps.
The website, nCoV2019.live, created by 17-year-old Avi Schiffmann, tracks coronavirus deaths, number of local and global cases and includes an interactive map, information on the disease and a Twitter feed. It updates every minute, and pulls data from the WHO, CDC and elsewhere.
As teachers, students and parents scrambled to grasp remote learning operations following lockdowns, tech companies stepped in. Even many schools are adopting a hybrid approach that requires at least some of the course or materials to be online. Interest in remote learning tools and virtual learning has spiked among tech companies in 2020.
AT&T committed $10 million to the Distance Learning Fund in the wake of COVID-19 school closures to give parents, students and teachers tools they need for at-home learning.
Google is offering schools free access to its Hangouts Meet app during Covid-19. It also donated 4,000 Chromebook laptops and pledged free internet access to 100,000 U.S. households.
Microsoft invested $1 million in Kano, a company focused on teaching kids how to code.
Sony Corp launched a $100 million fund to support those affected by the coronavirus, including support for children and educators working remotely.
YouTube’s resource, Learn@Home, highlights educational YouTube channels that students can watch at home.
zSpace, a California-based startup, has created an AR/VR-enabled tablet used by schools to teach concepts such as electricity, circuits, the periodic table and geometry to K-12 students.
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