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Colorado partners with Apple, Google to allow for coronavirus exposure notification on cellphones

Colorado officials announced Tuesday that the state is partnering with Apple and Google to allow people to download an application on their smartphones or opt into a service that can anonymously inform them if they have been exposed to the coronavirus. Sarah Tuneberg, Gov. Jared Polis’ coronavirus innovation response team lead, said the system will […]

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Colorado pours $2M into internet access for families while partnering with providers like T-Mobile to expand broadband

Colorado will invest $2 million in federal coronavirus relief funds in school districts trying to make sure all of their students have a reliable internet connection while learning at home.  Districts will be able to use the money to purchase hot-spots for families who live in areas where broadband service isn’t readily available or to […]

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Why thousands of Colorado students disconnected from school despite hotspots and internet deals

When COVID-19 hit, the internet became an essential school supply. Districts in the Denver metro area scrambled to meet the need, collectively spending more than $1 million in the past five months to buy mobile hotspots and pay families’ internet bills so children could learn. Philanthropies and foundations have spent even more. But the effort […]

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Secretive Palantir, which recently relocated to Denver, lifts veil before Wall Street stock sale

By Frank Bajack, The Associated Press BOSTON — Palantir Technologies Inc., a data-mining company with deep ties to U.S. intelligence and military agencies, has shed a good deal of its trademark secrecy about its business in filing for a Wall Street stock offering. Like many other tech companies, it will be going public without ever […]

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With classes set to start online next week, Denver schools are short thousands of computers

Five days from starting a new school year online, the Denver district has a computer shortage. Denver Public Schools ordered 12,500 computers but not all of them have arrived, spokesperson Winna MacLaren said. The district serves about 92,000 students. District officials on Wednesday cited a nationwide device shortage caused by global supply chain issues. Denver […]

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In rural Crowley County, a safe return to in-person school is really the only option

What is distancing learning like without a laptop? Without internet? Without parents at home? Without a home at all? This spring, remote education brought on by the coronavirus pandemic raised difficult questions about equity and introduced unprecedented challenges for school districts across Colorado. These challenges hit Crowley County — a small, rural community in the […]

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Denver’s Black students are raising their voices to redesign the curriculum, ensure their history is taught

Jenelle Nangah was in fifth grade when a white classmate called her the n-word. That moment, and how it was handled, has stuck with her, in part because of what followed — or didn’t. Jenelle said her teacher and an office administrator confronted the boy as part of a classroom discussion, telling the kids that […]

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Opinion: How technology is shaping the brave new world of health care in the coronavirus era

While we are fighting the battle against COVID-19 and adjusting to the new normal, technology is helping to rewrite the playbook of the health care industry. Modeling, artificial intelligence, remote monitoring and chat bots are paving the way for a better tomorrow.  If you haven’t yet connected to a doctor remotely via an app, chances […]

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Broadcom orders its software employees to return to work a week before Colorado will allow others

Before Gov. Jared Polis said reopening the state would begin slowly on Monday, Broadcom engineer Andrei Taraschuk, who works at the San Jose-based chipmaker’s Broomfield office, was shocked to get a note from his company telling everyone to show up in the office starting April 27.  He tweeted his disgust: “As of today, @Broadcom employees […]

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How do you study online without a computer or internet access? It’s a reality for many Colorado kids.

Once Centennial School District R-1 attaches an antenna to its K-12 school building, students in the tiny San Luis Valley district will have a new place to access the internet for their classes: the parking lot. At a minimum, Superintendent Toby Melster said, students will be able to come to the school, sit in the […]