Microsoft helps teachers and students make the switch to remote learning

Since the COVID-19 outbreak first hit China, Microsoft’s Education customers in the region kept students learning while they transitioned to learning remotely.

“From e-learning innovations to keeping students’ spirits high with photo and cooking challenges, teachers and students have shown extraordinary resilience during this difficult time … Now, as countries around the world take steps to contain the virus, many schools and universities globally are moving classes online. Teaching and learning from home is a big change for most students and educators. Without a physical classroom, how can you check that students are engaged and progressing? How do educators and faculty stay connected?

We want to help ease the transition, so we have asked experienced online educators—including Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA) and O’Dea High School here in Seattle—to share the tips they’ve gathered over years in remote education.”

Read more about how Microsoft is facilitating learning from home.

Explore fun activities on Pi Day

“Founded in 1988 at the Exploratorium, Pi (π) Day has become an international holiday, celebrated live and online all around the world. The numbers in the date (3/14) match the first three digits of the mathematical constant pi (π).

What is π, anyway? Divide any circle’s circumference by its diameter; the answer (whether for a pie plate or a planet) is always approximately 3.14, a number we represent with the Greek letter π. Keep calculating π’s digits with more and more accuracy—as mathematicians have been doing for 4,000 years—and you’ll discover they go on literally forever, with no pattern.” Learn more about it at Exploratorium.

Computer Modeling Of COVID-19’s Spread Could Help Fight The Virus

An epidemiologist at Los Alamos National Laboratory suggests creating a global center forecasts infectious diseases, much like the National Weather Service provides weather forecasts.

“Scientists who use math and computers to simulate the course of epidemics are taking on the new coronavirus to try to predict how this global outbreak might evolve and how best to tackle it.

But some say more could be done to take advantage of these modeling tools and the researchers’ findings.”

Read more about it NPR.

Daylight savings time has a dark side

“… workers are misusing their internet access when they should be working—a behavior called cyberloafing. Such loafing on the job following the time change suggests that people are less productive when mildly sleep-deprived due to the time change.” Read more about the detriments of moving our clocks forward at FastCompany.

Major tech companies ask Seattle employees to work from home after coronavirus cases

“Amazon, Facebook, Google and Microsoft are all encouraging employees in the Seattle area to work from home due to concerns about the novel coronavirus as the outbreak in Washington grows. Amazon revealed earlier this week that one of its Seattle-based employees has been diagnosed with the virus. On Wednesday, Facebook said a contractor who works at one of its offices in Seattle had tested positive.” Read more about it at CNN.