3 Must-Have Technologies to Help Protect Schools from COVID-19 Protecting students while giving them a safe learning environment is a top priority during the lingering COVID-19 pandemic. As students across the country are coming back to the classrooms, school districts are turning to IoT and technology solutions that can help stop the spread of the virus. Wachter has identified three technologies that make pandemic mitigation easier for schools.  
Artificial Intelligence Brings Together People, Past and Present Holographic and voice processing technologies are enabling like-life recreations of people that can interact with others in real time. New AI capabilities enable people to “talk” to departed loved ones using an individualized chatbot. The technologies are being used to document personal experiences, capture family stories, and converse in real time.  
Robots Show Promise for Students with ASD Assistive technology is moving from the shop floor into the classroom in the form of small, human-like robots. Designed to help students with autism, these robots use artificial intelligence to teach social and emotional skills through interactive modules, consistency, and repetition.  
Intel AI-Powered Backpack Helps Visually Impaired Navigate World Artificial intelligence (AI) developer Jagadish K. Mahendran and his team designed an AI-powered, voice-activated backpack that can help the visually impaired navigate and perceive the world around them. The backpack helps detect common challenges such as traffic signs, hanging obstacles, crosswalks, moving objects and changing elevations, all while running on a low-power, interactive device.  
Building Automation System Becomes Hub for Data-Driven Research at STEM School The installation of a smart building automation system designed to rein in energy costs became an integral part of the curriculum at a private school on the East Coast. An easy-to-use dashboard provided students with access to thousands of data points and led them to explore new ways to improve sustainability on campus.  
AI-Based Vision Applications in the Classroom Engaging students in class—especially during remote learning—can be a challenge for teachers. Artificial intelligence can help teachers be more aware of when their students lose focus and new devices can encourage student interaction.    
Universities Draw Remote Learners with Massive Open Online Course Model The use of Massive Online Open Courses, or MOOCs, swells during the pandemic as socially distant learners have fewer outside engagements. A decade after launching, these online teaching platforms have tapped into artificial intelligence, data mining, and virtual teaching assistants to strengthen course content and improve the student experience.  
Smart Classroom Technology is Transforming Teaching and Learning Technology is enabling schools to get on with the business of teaching and learning during the pandemic, by enabling remote and hybrid learning models. AI and intelligent tools, coupled with content management systems can engage students, help instructors teach in person or remotely, and facilitate interactive learning.   
Universities Implement Touchless Technology for Student Dining Fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic, contactless dining and payment options at universities are on the rise, especially in high-traffic areas. Smartphone apps and biometric readers give students easy and safe dining hall access.
Vending Machines, Self-Screening Apps Help Combat COVID-19 The University of California San Diego is using vending machines to distribute COVID-19 tests to students. Universities hope easy access to testing and self-screening apps will tamp down possible Coronavirus outbreaks, so students can stay on campus. Airports and other public areas are also following suit and adding easy-to-use vending machines with test kits.   

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