No internet? The unusual ways some Kansas City area students access online classes

Knowing that several of his kids’ friends are relying on cellphone data or spotty internet to stream hours-long Zoom classes each day, Brian Connell decided to turn his Olathe basement into a classroom.

His family enjoys gigabit speed from Google Fiber. But he said many of his daughter’s classmates at Olathe North High School are hanging on by a thread, relying on sluggish internet to get through the school day. So he’s opened his doors, offering access to his Wi-Fi and extra computers.

“There’s a huge discrepancy,” he said. “We’re really worried about them. It’s not equal.”

But it’s not just a problem for some Olathe students: With most urban and suburban schools in the Kansas City area relying on virtual education or hybrid models of teaching during the pandemic, many local school systems and families have been scrambling to find ways to keep their kids connected — a

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MassBay Adds Fully Remote Classes For High School Students

Christel Deskins

WELLESLEY, MA — MassBay Community College has added seven online and remotely-formatted courses this fall to be offered for high school students, exclusively. The courses include Medical Terminology, Drugs and Society, Law and Society, Entrepreneurship, Security Awareness, Environmental Studies I, and Intro to Communication. High school students can also enroll in other MassBay courses or apply for dual enrollment courses.

“Due to the coronavirus, many high school students and their families have been contacting us to learn about all available options for fall courses, wanting to add to their high school course selection. Taking one or more college-level courses is a great way for high school students to jumpstart their college education,” said Interim Vice President of Enrollment Management, Alison McCarty. “High school students have the opportunity to earn college credits at an affordable price, and possibly find a career path that interests them. We hope by adding classes specifically

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Notre Dame pauses in-person classes; Chicago’s Navy Pier to close early; Mississippi reports cases in 71 counties

Christel Deskins

The World Health Organization is dashing hopes of those who think enough people around the globe are being infected by the coronavirus to create “herd immunity,” which could stop the spread.

A researcher says we’re still a long ways off from that point in which enough people have antibodies from the virus that it can halt the spread before vaccines become available, the Daily Mail reported. The big problem at the moment is younger persons, those in the 20s, 30s or 40s, with mild or no symptoms of COVID-19 who are unknowingly spreading it.

Another way to slow the spread: wear masks in public restrooms. Flushing a urinal can create an “alarming upward flow” of particles, which are present in human feces and urine, according to a new study.

The government’s response to the coronavirus, meanwhile, remains a political football. A woman whose father died from the coronavirus blamed President

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Texas Cases Up; Notre Dame Halts In-Person Classes: Virus Update

Christel Deskins

(Bloomberg) — The coronavirus outbreaks in Florida and California showed signs of easing. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi indicated that Democrats might cut their economic stimulus proposal to seal a deal for a Covid-19 relief package.

Finland’s prime minister is being tested for coronavirus, while Germany’s chancellor ruled out any further easing of restrictions after a recent surge in cases. The U.K., Europe’s hardest-hit country, reported the lowest tally of deaths in 20 weeks. The World Health Organization warned against vaccine nationalism.

Hong Kong’s government will roll out a third round of anti-epidemic measures, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said. A flareup in South Korea continued to grow, with 246 more cases reported Tuesday, and the country banned large gatherings in and around Seoul.

Key Developments:

Global Tracker: Global cases top 21.8 million; deaths pass 774,000Mystery grows over whether virus spreads through food packagingUNC calling off in-person school seen ‘clear as

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How to Navigate Online College Classes as a Student With Disabilities

Christel Deskins

As the fall semester begins and students head back to class, many are doing so virtually. Colleges are taking coronavirus prevention precautions, with hundreds opting for fully or partially online classes.

But what does the shift to online classes mean for students with disabilities?

To get a sense of what lies ahead, it may be useful to look back at the spring semester, when campuses closed and classes were suddenly shifted online, forcing students with disabilities to make quick adjustments.

Lessons Learned From the Spring Semester Online

One advantage that college officials have to plan for the fall is the ability to look back on the spring of COVID-19.

“Accommodations that had been approved for (face-to-face) communication were revisited, depending on the disabled students’ needs,” Mary Lee Vance, director of services for students with disabilities at California State University–Sacramento, wrote in an email.

While “not all students experienced a need

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UNC-Chapel Hill Pivots to Remote Learning 1 Week After Classes Start as Coronavirus Cases Soar

Christel Deskins

Ted Richardson/getty images Students returned to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has announced it will be shifting to remote learning after coronavirus cases among students soared just one week into the new school year.

The announcement came on Monday, just seven days after the university held its first week of in-person classes. Since then, 130 students have tested positive, according to CNN.

In the past week, the rate of positive COVID-19 tests rose from 2.8 percent to 13.6 percent — and as of Monday morning, almost 1,000 students have been tested, with 177 placed in isolation and an additional 349 in quarantine, according to a university statement. So far, the majority of students who have tested positive have only “demonstrated mild symptoms.”

Starting Wednesday, all undergraduate classes will be conducted remotely, and UNC-Chapel Hill will allow students to

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The Best Online Baking Classes for You & Your Family to Try

Christel Deskins

Baking seems to be everyone’s favorite hobby these days and if you’re wondering how all of your friends turned into superstar bakers overnight, the answer probably lies in one of the internet’s best online baking classes. We’re all spending a lot more time at home these days and looking for fun hobbies to get into and as a result, online classes have skyrocketed in popularity. You can take everything from online cooking classes to online interior design classes and we love them because they’re easy, convenient, super affordable, a great family activity and you don’t even need to get dressed up to attend them.

Baking is one of those hobbies that can seem overwhelming until you dive in and actually start doing it. Yes, you will make mistakes, but that’s half the fun and you’ll learn a lot from those mistakes along the way. Luckily, tons of chefs and bakers’

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El Camino Real students make it through first day of online classes

Christel Deskins

El Camino Real catcher Josh Klein had his first day of online learning from home on Monday, the first day of the new semester for students at the Woodland Hills charter school. <span class="copyright">(Abby Spencer-Knerr)</span>
El Camino Real catcher Josh Klein had his first day of online learning from home on Monday, the first day of the new semester for students at the Woodland Hills charter school. (Abby Spencer-Knerr)

Monday was the first day of the school year at El Camino Real, an independent charter school in Woodland Hills.

Junior catcher Josh Klein woke up at 7:45 a.m., took a shower, got dressed, ate breakfast, and then turned on his school-supplied Lenovo laptop at 8:45 a.m. for his first day of online classes.

The first part of the day ended at 12:15 p.m. for a 30-minute lunch break, and his remaining classes ended at 2:15 p.m. Using Microsoft Team, he had classes in Spanish III, English, math, honors chemistry, baseball and advanced placement U.S. history.

“Today was getting used to classes and going over curriculum and how online distance learning is going to work,” he

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15 things you need from HP if you’re taking classes online this fall

Christel Deskins

Here are some of the best back-to-school products you can get at HP.
Here are some of the best back-to-school products you can get at HP.

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Many schools around the U.S. are bringing students back to school digitally this fall, and with transitioning to an online classroom comes a slew of possible technical issues. The most you can do is be prepared for any eventuality, and having the right tools can help you be better prepared for online learning. We’ve got recommendations for the best laptop you can buy, the best laptop for students, and even the best laptop under $1,000. And there’s one thing all three lists have in common—HP sits at the top.

Seeing HP at the top of our laptop roundups isn’t surprising. The company boasts an impressive line of high-performing and affordable laptops that are perfect for students, whether they’re in

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Want to know how SEO actually works? Check out these online classes.

Christel Deskins

Want to know how SEO actually works? Check out these online classes.
Want to know how SEO actually works? Check out these online classes.

TL;DR: The Pro Google SEO and SERP Certification bundle is on sale for £22.02 as of August 7, saving you 98% on list price.

Whether you work for the man or you’re building a personal brand, you want to make sure your company/wellness vlog/Etsy account ranks somewhere near the very top of the page when people search for you on Google.

But what if you only appear on the second page of results, like some sort of dormant Twitter account or obscure Urban Dictionary entry? Should you pack in your influencer dreams? Or tell the CEO to liquify company assets and declare bankruptcy? The answer is no.

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Instead, get on top of your Search Engine Optimisation. If you’ve heard the term SEO but have no idea what

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