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Pepper Robot can now scan office workers' faces to check if they are wearing masks to help stop the spread of COVID-19

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Japanese tech company SoftBank has created a version of its Pepper robot that can detect whether office workers are wearing a mask.    

The 47-inch-high robot with human-like features is already in operation in some countries welcoming visitors to shops, exhibitions and other public spaces.

But the upgraded version is designed to stand at the entrance to offices, conferences, airports and other public spaces, to provide a gentle reminder to people to wear masks. 

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How Will Ed-Tech Change After COVID-19?

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Right now, COVID-19 seems to be accelerating several trends that existed before the pandemic — like the push to cashless transactions and work-from-home arrangements.

Schools and the ed-tech industry are struggling to adapt to a new world where almost all students learn from home. Teachers are finding ways to adapt lesson plans and homework to remote education. At the same time, school districts are trying to invest in cybersecurity tech and professionals that can keep their students and faculty safe.

It's likely that even once the pandemic is over, the changes will continue to have a big impact on how educators teach students. It could determine which services the ed-tech sector focuses on over the next decade.

By Shannon Flynn

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To Ease Loneliness and Improve Mental Health, Robots Could be the Solution

Robots could be used in care homes after a study found they can improve mental health and have the potential to reduce loneliness in vulnerable older people. A robot called Pepper, which can engage in conversation and learn people's tastes, has been tested in care homes. 

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How Robotics Became Relevant due to COVID-19 and why it has Become Essential to Teach in the Classroom

Given the recent COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on traditional educational institutions, the fields of formal education are headed for a systematic change. Robotics and artificial intelligence technologies can not only mitigate difficulties caused by the pandemic but also help build on their foundations.

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Here's the Technology That's Helping to Track COVID

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In August, about half a year since the coronavirus pandemic first caused businesses, schools and banks to shut their doors, organizations around the country are tentatively reopening. Concerns remain, however, about how possible it will be to ensure that reopening is safe for students and consumers. 

Safety measures like regular sanitizing and temperature-measurement checkpoints are two options organizations are using to keep operations safe. However, carriers without symptoms can spread the coronavirus — meaning temperature checks alone won't halt the virus. Because the virus can also spread via airborne droplets in enclosed indoor spaces, surface sanitizing also may not be enough.

One of the best ways to stop the spread of the virus is to identify who may have it and alert anyone who's come into contact with them — a strategy known as contact tracing. New tracking technology is making it possible for individual organizations to launch contact-tracing initiatives. This tech for tracking COVID may make reopening procedures and normal operations much safer for sectors like education, banking, and hospitality.

By Shannon Flynn

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Online Classroom Management: 4 tips for teachers

Combining in-person and online learning changes more than your teaching style.

While teaching remains at the core of an educator’s mission, a significant amount of time is spent managing day-to-day activities and maintaining your rapport with students and co-workers.

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Reducing the time you spend together changes the way you manage the classroom and takes away some of your strategies to communicate and build relationships, but also gives you new ones to explore.

Let’s have a look at some useful tips for teachers to manage their online classroom.

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Keys to Success in Distance Learning

Educators from around the country shared their advice about making remote instruction work for middle and high school students.

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Does Using Fever Detection Technology In School Stop the Spread of COVID-19?

​​​​​​​​Given the geometric progression in which Covid-19 spreads, it is important to contain it right at the root. This is exactly why it becomes important to use fever detection technology in schools extensively. Schools all over the world are working out a protocol to ensure proper detection and effective control of the situation.

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Here is a quick look at how fever detection technology enables schools to address the problem conclusively and helps make it significantly safer for children during the  Covid-19 crisis.

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How to Sanitize your EdTech Equipment.

In this blog post, we want to show you how to sanitize your EdTech equipment and help to prevent the spread of viruses, germs and bacteria. There are some easy measures to help educators, students, and parents stay healthy. Check it out!

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Back to School: Thinking through Whole Room Disinfection in Education Facilities

As the summer months wind down and September approaches, students and faculty prepare to return to school and get back into the routine of another academic year. However, as students and teachers get back to school, they also get back to the threat of infection posed by dangerous germs and pathogens that are commonly spread in educational facilities, such as those that cause respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), rhinovirus, enterovirus D68, and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), among others.

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