Back in January, Georgia Tech professor David Joyner got a puzzling e-mail from a trainee based in

Wuhan, China.”I’m under quarantine, but my internet access is fine so I have more time to invest in classwork, I wanted to let you understand,” the message read. Unsure why Wuhan would be under quarantine, Joyner did a quick Google search and saw the beginnings of the coronavirus pandemic.

“I thought, there’s something going on in Wuhan so maybe we’ll have some trainees impacted by it,” Joyner stated. Fast-forward two months and the coronavirus is a household term. All of Joyner’s trainees, despite location, have been affected by the pandemic.

It has been a little over a month since colleges and schools across the country began shutting down due to COVID-19. Edtech startups had a surge in use and a need for more resources than ever. Now that the adoption scramble has actually slowed, the same startups are reckoning with unmatched usage cases.

Everybody knows how they’re expected to behave in a physical classroom, however can you stop a student from cheating when taking a test in their bedroom at home? How should teachers provide 1:1 time and take questions during a lesson?

Piazza creator Pooja Sankar says teachers deal with more open concerns: “What does it indicate to tape myself? What does it imply to have a cam on my face? How do I understand I can hold a class with dependable internet connection?”

Article curated by RJ Shara from Source. RJ Shara is a Bay Area Radio Host (Radio Jockey) who talks about the startup ecosystem – entrepreneurs, investments, policies and more on her show The Silicon Dreams. The show streams on Radio Zindagi 1170AM on Mondays from 3.30 PM to 4 PM.