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. Music teachers need your advocacy and your help.

Online Education Advocacy Group Launches as Dept. of Ed Proposes Loosening Regulations


To advocate for and on behalf of effective online teaching and learning practices, four organizations are joining forces to establish the National Council for Online Education. Department of Education about distance learning regulations.


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7 new standards for excellent online learning leadership

eSchool News

As online learning evolves from amateur experimentation to a mainstream professional entity on campus, new standards for quality online learning leadership are emerging in order to not only sustain these distance programs, but ensure they meet the growing demands of 21 st -century academe. Key Points: The University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) has released a report detailing seven hallmarks of excellence in online leadership.

Despite mediocre records, for-profit online charter schools are selling parents on staying virtual

The Hechinger Report

Then she saw an online ad for the Ohio Distance and Electronic Learning Academy (OHDELA). Related: Could the online for-profit college industry be a ‘winner in this crisis’? Related : The pandemic’s remote learning legacy: A lot worth keeping.

OPINION: School leaders must come forward to help Latino students after the pandemic set back long-awaited progress

The Hechinger Report

A viral photo of two young Latinas sitting outside a Taco Bell in California so they could access Wi-Fi to do their homework crystalized a national problem: Too many students do not have access to the tools they need to participate in distance learning.

The Technological Transformation of Districts to Benefit All Learners


Many school districts are now going through a process of determining which pandemic-related practices should be kept, improved, or discarded, and the use of remote and blended learning technologies is frequently being raised during these types of discussions.

How one district went all-in on a tutoring program to catch kids up

The Hechinger Report

And Shayla Savage, a middle school principal, said that when her students returned to in-person learning this spring, she noticed differences beyond just their math and reading progress compared to previous years. “We And so we always talk about it as ‘unfinished learning.’ ”.

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.

Remote learning a bust? Some families consider having their child repeat kindergarten

The Hechinger Report

Lola sat in a room with her classmates while her teacher, who was home for medical reasons, taught them online. Dissatisfaction with remote learning has played out with kindergarten parents across the country and not all of them have stuck it out. The post Remote learning a bust?

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

The Hechinger Report

Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), today, more than 7 million children, or 14 percent of public school students , are entitled to special services and accommodations to help them learn. Classes will be online until at least the spring. All kids learn.

CoderZ Named 2020 Tech Edvocate Award Winner for Best Coding App or Tool

eSchool News

CoderZ , an online learning environment where students learn robotics and STEM by coding virtual robots, has been named a 2020 Tech Edvocate Award winner in the Best Coding App or Tool category. CoderZ is an innovative and engaging online learning environment.

They helped all schools get good internet, now they?re focusing on homes

The Hechinger Report

More than 99 percent of schools nationwide have access to speedy and reliable internet, making online learning an option for their students. School buildings are closed because of coronavirus, and the bandwidth that powered digital learning for kids is going unused.

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.

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.”.

How much will it take to reopen, catch up kids, and save public schooling long term?

The Hechinger Report

For those that closed buildings or turned to a hybrid of in-person and remote learning, it meant buying one-to-one remote learning technology so that every student had a laptop or learning device. Schools are now tasked with making up for those kinds of learning losses.

Why new technologies often don’t help students

The Christensen Institute

Edtech enthusiasts promote the benefits of innovations such as open educational resources (OER), learning management systems (LMS), and adaptive learning software. But edtech innovations hold real promise for improving student learning outcomes if education leaders use them to redesign classroom and school models in ways that transform teachers’ instructional practices. The Gooru software and LPS’s learning resources are available for free at gooru.org.

Counseling kids during the coronavirus: A tough job made even tougher

The Hechinger Report

Just before this crisis began, Arizona was poised to spend millions more on boosting its thin roster of counselors, thanks in part to the advocacy of students like Kumar.

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Grandparents raising grandchildren under lockdown: When the protectors are the most vulnerable

The Hechinger Report

But for grandparents raising grandchildren, that’s not possible, said Jaia Peterson Lent, deputy executive director of Generations United, a nonprofit advocacy group. Jaia Peterson Lent, deputy executive director of Generations United, a nonprofit advocacy group.

The overlooked power of Zuckerberg-backed learning program lies offline

The Hechinger Report

Summit Learning’s personalized learning program is a key part of the school’s improvement efforts. He finds it easy to teach himself with online content as his guide. But Logan’s feelings about online learning are common.

Coronavirus is the practice run for schools. But soon comes climate change

The Hechinger Report

His schools have been scrambling to set up online learning, connect students with virtual counseling and get laptops into the hands of families — steps McKneely says will be invaluable if another hurricane disrupts education. “We What Experts Say We Need for Distance Learning.

Experts call for an end to online preschool programs

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Mississippi Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes with trends and top stories about education in Mississippi. Some online preschool programs boast “award-winning curriculum” and offer money-back satisfaction guarantees. It receives funding from the state of Utah to provide online learning to rural children and has launched pilot programs in several states across the country, including Mississippi.

Few preschool apps are developmentally appropriate, report finds

The Hechinger Report

But few of these apps are developmentally appropriate and most fail to teach in ways preschoolers need to learn. The researchers looked at 171 apps from the top 10 paid and free Apple and Android math and literacy apps available on Amazon and Google Play and found that few apps are designed to teach children based on research showing how children aged 3 to 5 learn. Related: Thousands of parents are enrolling their children in online preschool.

Digital Equity After the Pandemic


All conversations start with why: Get all constituents involved from the beginning—even students and teachers—as to how the schools might adopt digital learning. Familiarity does not equal experience or understanding: Just because staff have some knowledge about technology does not mean they understand how to scale it for effective digital learning. ClassLink empowers your students and teachers with instant access to their learning resources. By Stacey Pusey.

Museums, libraries win grants for youth to enhance online learning, community

Educator Innovator

Sixteen museums, libraries and nonprofit institutions have been awarded a total of $150,000 to engage young people in the development of apps, badges, curricula and other tools that will make the online experience more civil, safe and empowering. MacArthur Foundation, administered by Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC), and was carried out in collaboration with Facebook, the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI), and Mozilla.

A Tiny Microbe Upends Decades of Learning

The Hechinger Report

Almost no district was truly ready to plunge into remote learning full time and with no end in sight. There is no one-size-fits-all remedy and no must-have suite of digital learning tools. Related: Teachers need lots of training to do online learning well.

New report underscores education problems in institutions for foster youth

The Hechinger Report

The advocacy groups are calling for greater state oversight of these facilities, which were the topic of an investigation last month by The Hechinger Report/HuffPost. K-12 News Data and research Mental health and trauma online learning poverty Race Social emotional Special educationOliver Francis, who was placed in foster care because he was truant, graduated this year from George Junior Republic, in Grove City, Pennsylvania.

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking


You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning. All three are outstanding (and free), but perhaps the most immediately useful to readers of this blog is Civic Online Reasoning or COR. These tasks are perfect for learning across the curriculum and especially for librarian-led learning.

The messy reality of personalized learning

The Hechinger Report

In one class, Danusis introduces me to a lanky child in rain boots, who clicks through an online math program while chatting about a baby goat that’s being weaned in her backyard. In another room, children rotate through learning stations, sometimes at screens, sometimes putting pencils to paper. Danusis and her teaching staff practice personalized learning, an individual-comes-first approach, usually aided by laptops, that has become a reformist calling card in education.

Come for the computers, stay for the books

The Hechinger Report

In fact, the busier it is, the better—whether it’s kids experimenting with the Makey Makey circuitry or uploading designs to a 3D printer, or a class learning media literacy or a student seeking advice on a video she’s editing at one of the computer workstations. based education advocacy group. “It Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter. Columnists K-12 Tech Smart online learning Technology access

Schools lead the way to zero-energy buildings, and use them for student learning

The Hechinger Report

Dressed in pastel pink and green for an early spring day, second-grader Katherine Cribbs was learning about energy on a virtual field trip – to her own school. Katherine Cribbs, a second-grader at Discovery Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia, explores the online “energy dashboard” that tracks her school’s energy consumption and production. I learned that our solar panels rotate,” she said. “So, ARLINGTON, Va.

STUDENT VOICES: Kids bring into school what they’re dealing with at home. Teachers don’t get that

The Hechinger Report

I also definitely want to be heavily involved in advocacy for young black youth, or, for youth in general, and just promoting student leadership. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning. They don’t just want to learn physics, AP Vocabulary, and whatever else you’re teaching them. I feel like school should be a place where I can learn about their culture and where they came from and for them learn about mine. Student Voices.

School of Me: Letting students study what they want, when they want is the latest education trend

The Hechinger Report

A fifth grader works on a digital lesson as part of a blended learning program. We have proven the fact that all children can learn — and can learn well — under the right instructional circumstances,” said Kenneth W. They decided to “personalize” learning for every child, which means that they tailored lessons to each student’s needs, interests and learning pace. Related: Must a classroom be high-tech to make personalized learning work?

OPINION: Let’s not ignore how much international students matter to community colleges

The Hechinger Report

if studying in an online-only academic program — has been on the books for some time but was exempted to allow for flexibility during the coronavirus pandemic. Continuing students, in other words, could be in online-only programs, but newly enrolled international students could not.

OPINION: Time to rebuild the economy, not just stimulate it

The Hechinger Report

To keep pace with the 21st century workplace, workforce development programs must provide better advocacy, choices and career pathway guidance for every American. It would promote lifelong learning. It would facilitate learning while earning.

Technology, Community & the Future – Reflections at SPU

Improving Education Environments

On November 17, I spoke at Seattle Pacific University to a group of faculty, administrators and support staff regarding how digital learning and educational technology can support notions of community and active learning in alignment with both a liberal arts and a faith-based mission. Dr. Wicks has noted to me that the asynchronous element of these learning communities has struggled to take off, and several faculty told me they saw technology as antithetical to community.