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10 Essential Online Learning Best Practices – Free Webinar

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter We took our school from a physical school on a Friday to a distance learning campus by Monday. And the learning continues. They know how to do distance learning.

How Educators Can Support Families of Children with Disabilities During Hybrid or Online Learning


The sudden shift to online or hybrid learning during the COVID-19 pandemic has created plenty of challenges for students, schools, and parents. Chief among those is determining how to support students with special educational needs. United States Department of Education.


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10 Essential Online Learning Best Practices

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Video and Infographic From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Teachers are moving from face to face classrooms to online classrooms quickly. Top online course designers who have also taught face to face tell us how.

Student seeks to create the ‘Netflix of online learning’

The Hechinger Report is a database of more than 300 online resources, from a civics curriculum created by a former Supreme Court justice to engineering lessons for building a robotic arm. When the coronavirus pandemic first struck and classes shifted online last spring, Sophia Joffe was in 11th grade.

Teachers need lots of training to do online learning well. Coronavirus closures gave many just days.

The Hechinger Report

After the Arizona State University Preparatory Academy announced on Friday, March 13, that it would shift its 11 schools to online learning because of the coronavirus crisis, teacher Theresa Ordell switched to high gear.

OPINION: With many schools choosing online learning, how can we keep the music alive?

The Hechinger Report

this spring, educators have been faced with a challenge: How do we ensure that our students can safely engage in school this fall? We advocate for our programs to ensure that our students receive the highest quality music education, year in and year out. FRANKLIN, Tenn.

K-12 Class Sizes Have Ballooned With Online Learning. It’s Not a Good Thing.


When leaders at Megan Claffey’s Colorado district decided to give parents a choice between online and hybrid learning, they didn’t expect many to choose the all-online option. So the day before teachers were called back, I got a call from my principal asking me to go online.”

Sudden Shift to Online Learning Revealed Gaps in Digital Literacy, Study Finds


When schools abruptly moved online as COVID-19 swept across the U.S. Many also ended up serving as tech support for students and their parents, who themselves struggled to learn new tools as well. One of the biggest was access to technology, including adequate Wi-Fi.

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Closing the homework gap so ‘no child is left offline’

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every other Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. Department of Education, during the forum.

How to reach students without internet access at home? Schools get creative

The Hechinger Report

On the Friday before spring break at Meigs Middle School, special education teacher Matt Coe was busy preparing new lessons for his students now that schools were set to close due to the coronavirus crisis. Matt Coe, special education teacher, Tennessee.

Is the pandemic our chance to reimagine education for students with disabilities?

The Hechinger Report

But when schools shuttered for the coronavirus last spring, Vaughn gained a slew of new responsibilities, like helping her kids access virtual classrooms and coordinating the special education services they receive. Vaughn feared how her absence would affect her children’s education. “I

How Designing Accessible Curriculum For All Can Help Make Online Learning More Equitable


As the dust settles from emergency distance learning, schools now have the summer to reckon with what worked and what must change as they grapple with the uncertainty of the next academic year. Online Class Design. Universal Design for Online Learning.

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The pandemic’s remote learning legacy: A lot worth keeping

The Hechinger Report

As districts across the United States consider how to get student learning back on track and fortify parent interest in public schools, they’re asking the same question as Steve Joel: What should we keep after the pandemic? We are in that moment now in education.”.

Will the decline of AP course offerings spur the rise of Course Access?

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It’s also worth noting that because many of these schools serve far smaller numbers of students, the decline in percentage of schools offering AP classes does not represent a proportionate decline in the number of overall students able to access AP coursework. Still, the findings raise a much more fundamental question that states must grapple with: should the public school that a student attends dictate (and in this case, limit) the coursework that he can access?

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Will the students who didn’t show up for online class this spring go missing forever?

The Hechinger Report

Monica Williams remembers the late May day she and first grade teacher Lizette Gutierrez reconnected with the four young siblings from Cable Elementary. No teachers from the San Antonio elementary had heard from the children since schools closed abruptly in March due to the pandemic.

Work or Online Learning? Families Experiencing Homelessness Face Impossible Choices


“How do you choose between working and … your child’s education?” ” Remote learning can be difficult for children without an adult at home to supervise everything from logging on to the learning itself. A struggle to get online.

OPINION: Creating better post-pandemic education for English learners

The Hechinger Report

As the winter turns to spring and pandemic learning reaches its one-year mark, something like a return to normal, in-person schooling is becoming a reality in communities across the country. By and large, English learners aren’t thriving under distance learning.

High schoolers report on what it’s like doing school in a pandemic

The Hechinger Report

Roughly 200,000 — 20 percent — of New York City public school students have diagnosed learning disabilities. It can be very difficult for these students to obtain adequate support and accommodations, as learning disabilities are commonly misunderstood among the general public.

Hotspots no silver bullet for rural remote learning

The Hechinger Report

Back in April, as schools across the country shifted to online instruction to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Scott Muri saw firsthand just how damaging lack of internet access can be for students and families.

OPINION: The truth about returning to school? There’s no easy answer

The Hechinger Report

With the election over, now is the time for legislators and leaders in states and the federal government to turn their attention back to education. First, we have had a total failure of federal and state leadership on education. Finally, we just cannot yet do online learning well.

TEACHER VOICE: ‘With 85 percent of our students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, a major concern in our district has been a lack of access to technology and the internet’

The Hechinger Report

Now that the new school year has officially started in Nashville, Tennessee, Metro Nashville Public Schools are engaging in 100 percent virtual learning with required live teaching, attendance and assignments. The district started official distance-learning in early May.

Building virtual monuments to Black historical figures

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every other Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. He learned about them through an app on his phone.

A semester of trauma, sickness and death at a New York school

The Hechinger Report

The coronavirus pandemic closed schools and launched a national experiment in remote learning that has been chaotic and stressful for millions of American families. These kids are expected to do remote learning, but they were taking care of their parents.

OPINION: When it comes to reopening schools, it’s time for leaders to listen to Black families

The Hechinger Report

Jackson is among the many educators speaking out on ways the pandemic has impacted student learning, arguing that opening school buildings is critically important for ensuring the academic success of Black students.

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PROOF POINTS: Paper beats pixels on most picture books, research finds

The Hechinger Report

Do kids absorb and learn to read more from one format versus the other? Digital picture books have been around since the 1980s but there’s surprisingly little research that directly compares how much young children absorb in digital and in print and measures learning in a reliable way.

Making positive educational moves during the pandemic

The Hechinger Report

The Hechinger Report is collaborating with The New York Times to produce Bulletin Board, page 2 of the Times ’ s education supplement, Learning. Guiding high school peers through online learning maze. Helping Connecticut’s educators deal with this year’s stress.

PROOF POINTS: Free, no frills programs lead the class in new federal study of remote learning

The Hechinger Report

Department of Education, called the Institute for Education Sciences, commissioned a report to wade through all the studies on education technology that can be used at home in order to find which ones were proven to work. The third is an online algebra course for eighth graders.

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The in-school push to fight misinformation from the outside world

The Hechinger Report

It’s difficult to learn and to trust information if we’re not aware of some of these ways information is manipulated,” West said. Peter Adams, senior vice president of education, News Literacy Project. The NewsLitCamp , which is designed for educators, also relies on journalists.

Schooling has changed forever. Here’s what will stay when things go back to normal

The Hechinger Report

That is the consensus emerging from education leaders across the country as the nation enters a second year of schooling in a pandemic. In Oklahoma, students are having a say in where and when they learn. Related: Coronavirus opens doors to rethinking education.

What if public schools never reopen?

The Hechinger Report

The coronavirus pandemic forced schools across the country to switch to remote learning this spring. The result could topple the already fragile ecosystem of schools in this country and devastate public education for years.

As the world goes virtual, big education technology players tighten their grip

The Hechinger Report

Chaudhary is co-founder of the education technology provider ClassDojo, which enables kindergarten through eighth grade students, teachers and parents to share content, schedules and feedback — an obvious and critical need as education abruptly became remote.

Teachers, cafeteria workers and school bus drivers should be next in line for the Covid vaccine

The Hechinger Report

Related: The next education secretary must know about much more than education. Opening schools would also free up broadband, computer hardware and time for parents who have had to set up home offices next to their children’s remote learning stations.).

Remote learning has been a disaster for many students. But some kids have thrived

The Hechinger Report

Despite extra support he received through his Individualized Education Plan for students with disabilities, John often felt overwhelmed by the chaos of his middle school classroom. “He Dalton McKittrick is among a small number of students who have thrived in remote learning.

Lessons from a virtual school exemplar

The Hechinger Report

Kaye Rogers’ phone began to ring and her inbox filled with questions about virtual learning before Texas schools shut down because of the coronavirus. When campuses suddenly began shutting down last March, school administrators scrambled to figure out how they could educate Texas’ 5.4

Teachers forced to “MacGyver” their own tech solutions

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every other Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation.