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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.

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.

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Student seeks to create the ‘Netflix of online learning’

The Hechinger Report

eLearn.fyi 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.

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

Waterford

The sudden shift to online or hybrid learning during the COVID-19 pandemic has created plenty of challenges for students, schools, and parents. But how can schools and families follow an IEP when learning moves online? The physical learning space is important, as well.

10 Strategies Designed to Engage Elementary Students Online

Catlin Tucker

A few weeks ago, I published a blog titled “ 8 Ideas Designed to Engage Students In Active Learning Online.” ” I had several elementary teachers request that I work on a similar blog focused on younger learners. 8 Online Learning Stations.

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

While the learning curve has been steep in terms of new technology, and there have been some expected kinks to work out, virtual learning has brought some opportunities that an immediate return to in-person learning may not have. FRANKLIN, Tenn.

Early Elementary: Differentiate Reading Practice

Catlin Tucker

In my last post titled “ Create Small Learning Communities with the Station Rotation Model ,” I provided a blended learning strategy that creates more time in the classroom for teachers to work individually with students. In one online learning station, students listen to books/stories with an audio recording. Here are some great online resources for the online learning stations. Learning

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

Edsurge

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

Edsurge

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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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? Hints of a remote learning legacy are emerging.

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

The Christensen Institute

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

The Hechinger Report

But while many districts around the country have moved to remote learning platforms like Google Classroom, Coe was using the school’s copy machine to put together printed packets for his students to take home. We can’t do any of that online stuff.”.

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.

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

MindShift

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

The Hechinger Report

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos saying it’s not her job to track school reopening plans to states providing woefully inadequate guidance and support for districts to move online, we’ve done very little right. Finally, we just cannot yet do online learning well.

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.

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.

Work or Online Learning? Families Experiencing Homelessness Face Impossible Choices

MindShift

” Remote learning can be difficult for children without an adult at home to supervise everything from logging on to the learning itself. In May, Vanessa Shefer felt torn between her job at Dollar Tree and helping her kids with remote learning. A struggle to get online.

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.

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.

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

The Hechinger Report

In Oklahoma, students are having a say in where and when they learn. We have a chance now to make it something that will change teaching and learning forever for the better.”. Learning from Lockdown. And moving meetings online has increased community participation and engagement.

What if public schools never reopen?

The Hechinger Report

The coronavirus pandemic forced schools across the country to switch to remote learning this spring. A hybrid system is a logistical nightmare while remote learning will almost certainly leave the most vulnerable students behind.

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. There’s limited research on how best to teach students to interpret information they come across online, however, said Wineburg.

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. Related: Free, no frills programs lead the class in new federal study of remote learning. Learning from Lockdown.

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

The Hechinger Report

Almost a year later, in February 2021, the results are in: a mere three online learning technologies have clear evidence for improving student achievement. Another improves reading comprehension among older elementary school students.

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Trying to improve remote learning? A refugee camp offers some surprising lessons

The Hechinger Report

While the pandemic and the sudden shutdown of schools provoked fear, the teachers at this remote refugee camp in northern Iraq weren’t worried about how students would cope: They were confident their students were prepared to take their learning fully online.

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

The Hechinger Report

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.). Schools are located in areas that are generally accessible to the public.

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.

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. Classes will be online until at least the spring. All kids learn.

They didn’t turn in their work for remote school. Their parents were threatened with courts and fines

The Hechinger Report

Hayden, 12, had been having panic attacks about school even before a letter arrived at his home last month, threatening legal action for his alleged absences from distance learning. Hayden, a sixth-grader, hadn’t actually been missing online school.

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.

Schools provide stability for refugees. Covid-19 upended that

The Hechinger Report

When the Covid-19 pandemic forced schools to pivot to remote learning, Nawar Almadani and her family weren’t sure what they’d do. Her three kids were enrolled in middle and elementary school; she was working toward her GED. is learning loss for their kids.