3 tips for a better student online learning experience

The Christensen Institute

The best option to try and continue student learning, it seems , is to move everything online. Outside of the practical and difficult challenges of switching from brick-and-mortar operations to fully virtual ones—mad-dash technical setups, student access to broadband and computers, and student hardware and software accessibility—ensuring that students still have access to the best possible education is also a considerable hurdle for schools and universities.

OPINION: College in a pandemic is tough enough — without reliable broadband access, it’s nearly impossible

The Hechinger Report

That means we must prepare now for the potential that colleges and universities that swiftly shifted to online instruction as the pandemic swept through the country and forced campuses to shutter will have to continue, and even ramp up, those efforts in September. The Universal Service Fund program known as E-rate helps K-12 schools and public libraries address technology infrastructure needs, which includes providing onsite broadband access to students and patrons.

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4 things districts need to know before moving to online learning

eSchool News

[ Editor’s note : This story originally appeared online on MSU Today , Michigan State University’s news site, and is reposted here with permission.]. Related Content: eSchool News Online and Blended Learning Guide.

A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

The floor-to-ceiling glass wall between the high-tech fabrication lab and the hallway at Monticello High School in Albemarle County, Virginia, is meant to showcase the hands-on, self-directed learning done there. “I But Bredder can’t give students the tool he considers most indispensable to 21st-century learningbroadband internet beyond school walls. They’re building their own countywide broadband network. Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter.

4 In 10 U.S. Teens Say They Haven’t Done Online Learning Since Schools Closed

MindShift

With most schools closed nationwide because of the coronavirus pandemic, a national poll of young people ages 13 to 17 suggests distance learning has been far from a universal substitute. The poll of 849 teenagers , by Common Sense Media, conducted with SurveyMonkey, found that as schools across the country transition to some form of online learning, 41% of teenagers overall, including 47% of public school students, say they haven’t attended a single online or virtual class.

E-Rate Funding Applications Total $3.9B for 2015

EdTech Magazine

Classroom Funding Management Mobile Broadband Mobility Networking Online Learning WirelessFrank Smith 'These requests reflect long pent-up demand' says FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.

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E-Rate 2.0: Advice for Companies Navigating Changes to the Program

Marketplace K-12

E-rate For-Profit Education Online Learning Procurement broadband erate edtechBusinesses working with schools can help themselves by closely monitoring applications to the E-rate program, and their use of federal discounts made available, a newly published guide says.

U.S. expanding internet access to 200k low-income kids

eSchool News

ConnectHome will link 270,000 households, and 200,000 children, with broadband access in 28 communities including the Choctaw Nation in Oklahoma. Broadband and internet McClatchy News Online Learning Top NewsNew program would help low-income households connect to internet access and devices.

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.”.

Coronavirus becomes unprecedented test for teacher-student relationships

The Hechinger Report

My biggest worry is the kids I’ve gotten no response from,” said Rose, who is retiring in June and never expected to end her career struggling with online teaching. “I’m Of course, teachers want their students to master content, develop a love of learning and move on to the next grade.

FCC changes its rules, puts educational spectrum up for open auction

The Hechinger Report

In Albemarle County, Virginia, where school officials estimate up to 20 percent of students lack home broadband, radio towers rise above an apple orchard on Carters Mountain, outside Charlottesville. Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter. Future of Learning.

Cincinnati Schools launches blended learning AP courses

eSchool News

“Boot camp” sessions introduce students to new blended learning platform. Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) is launching an Advanced Placement (AP) Blended Learning program, and wireless provider Kajeet will provide students with mobile hotspots to support the district’s efforts. The sessions will guide students in how to best work in this setting—one with a state-of-the-art learning platform where teachers will facilitate student engagement with online course materials.

Online higher education isn’t winning over students forced off campus by the coronavirus

The Hechinger Report

Students on the quad at the University of Washington, one of the first institutions to shift classes online because of the coronavirus. The vice provost promises instruction online will improve. Madison Selby was already disappointed that her courses at the University of Washington were going online as part of the effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Students should expect an improvement in quality in the spring quarter, which will be entirely online, Reid said.

Every student needs summer school this year to combat coronavirus learning loss

The Hechinger Report

As the coronavirus closes schools, online platforms are proving to be invaluable, allowing instruction to continue and alleviating the severity of students’ learning loss. To make up for probable academic gaps produced during this unprecedented period, districts should continue providing academic services online in the summer. More recent studies show that the summer is a pivotal period for student learning. But, for all kids, summer learning loss is a setback.

OPINION: The outbreak didn’t need to be this hard on students — we can do better next time by rethinking how and when learning takes place

The Hechinger Report

Many offices were arguably ready to go online. We have failed to address the persistent inequities in student access to technology, broadband internet social networks, mentors, enrichment activities, community and service learning, and the other elements that comprise learning. They already know how to continue learning outside of school. We have to teach students to seek out and demonstrate learning wherever they are.

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 We report on how climate change emergencies are disrupting student learning, exacerbating mental health problems , devastating school infrastructure , and how the coronavirus pandemic is a preview of what education looks like in a climate emergency.

The future includes good (human) teachers

The Hechinger Report

He’ learns from live broadcasting videos by himself and can read texts as naturally as a professional news anchor,” according to Xinhua News. Learning in practice is no longer about extracting knowledge; it is about constructing it — and that’s what separates humans from machines.

Learn how this state is expanding off-campus connectivity for students

eSchool News

The Internet Broadband Expansion for Minnesota Students grants help provide students with the high-speed internet connections needed to complete homework and access other online learning opportunities. The funding also will be used to purchase wireless hotspots, data cards, and other mobile broadband devices that students will be able to check out for use at home. Featured on eSchool News IT Management IT Newsletter Networking & Broadband News

Groups urge IES to release months-late report on student internet access

eSchool News

A federal report on students’ home access to digital learning resources is months late, and ed-tech groups say the delay is impeding efforts to close the homework gap. In a letter to the Institute of Education Sciences , a number of ed-tech and advocacy organizations point out that many students lack home access to the internet connectivity they need to complete homework and use online learning resources.

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. As the struggle continues, a few overarching lessons learned — about equity, expectations and communication — are now helping schools navigate this crisis on the fly. Related: Teachers need lots of training to do online learning well.

Blended Learning Universe upgrades to drive educator learning, networking

The Christensen Institute

We live in an amazing time where school leaders have the capability to advance student-centered learning–the combination of personalizing learning and implementing competency-based learning–at scale. The engine to drive that transformation is blended learning. With the upgrade of the Blended Learning Universe (BLU) this week, educators and innovators have gained an important tool to advance this work.

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.

More schools are online than ever before – but it’s far from perfect

The Hechinger Report

When teachers don’t know if a program will crash midway through class – or work at all – they are often hesitant to use online programs to enhance lessons. Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter. Is technology necessary to personalize learning? But even the best online program is not a panacea, of course. Read more about Blended Learning. Digital Education K-12 News online learning Personalized Learning Technology access

Bids to bring fiber internet to schools are denied funding seven times more often than other projects

The Hechinger Report

Online work has become a classroom staple for students around the country, but hundreds of thousands are still locked out because of inadequate internet connections. Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Tuesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. They can’t access online encyclopedias. They basically can’t access online anything.

Is your school’s network ready for the future of education?

FETC Converge

A few weeks ago, “The NMC/CoSN Horizon Report: 2016 K–12 Edition” outlined coding, online learning, robotics, artificial intelligence and virtual reality as the key education trends for the next five years. As identified in its 2016 reported titled “The Broadband Imperative II: Equitable Access for Learning,” SETDA recommends that making sure enough high-speed internet is available is paramount to a school’s future.

What Schools Need to Know About Voice Assistants

EdTech Magazine

broadband households own smart speakers with these voice assistants. Today, they’re also being used for at-home learning. Families are turning their smart speakers into virtual school bells to recreate familiar routines for students and help them stay on schedule with their online learning. In many homes today, scenes from futuristic movies are playing out: A child enters a room and asks it for a weather update, to turn on the TV or to call Mom.

What Schools Need to Know About Voice Assistants

EdTech Magazine

broadband households own smart speakers with these voice assistants. Today, they’re also being used for at-home learning. Families are turning their smart speakers into virtual school bells to recreate familiar routines for students and help them stay on schedule with their online learning. In many homes today, scenes from futuristic movies are playing out: A child enters a room and asks it for a weather update, to turn on the TV or to call Mom.

This is how your infrastructure should look before your next tech rollout

eSchool News

Most educational organizations want the classroom to change; to improve teaching and learning by leveraging technology. The terms blended and flipped learning are touted extensively as useful educational goals. Accessing systems (network drives, online resources, etc.) It must also provide fast and reliable external access to teaching and learning resources that are on campus. A robust and feature rich LMS (Learning Management System).

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Teaching Online During COVID-19

Ask a Tech Teacher

We educators understand online learning, probably have taken classes this way, but we haven’t yet wrapped our brains around how to make it work in OUR classes. In fact, the biggest question I get from teachers in my online classes and on my blog is: “How do I do it?” To fulfill their personal goals of getting students excited about learning? Pedagogies for distance learning. Curricula for online teaching. Online or via Google Voice.

As coronavirus ravaged Indian Country, the federal government failed its schools

The Hechinger Report

After his high school on the Hopi Reservation in Arizona shut down in March, he finished about three weeks of distance learning via his family’s computer. Implementing distance learning for schools like Hopi High would have been difficult even under the best of circumstances — the school is located on a vast reservation where families often lack access to internet and computers. If I were a teacher, would I know how to shift to teaching online?”.

Here’s What Schools Can Do For the Millions of Students Without Internet Access

Edsurge

Emergency online teaching. Or just plain online learning. There’s just one problem: millions of students in the country don’t have a reliable way to get online. And among those who do have access, not all have a broadband connection. These access issues make it a formidable challenge for districts to move instruction online in a pinch, even if enough computers could be distributed. Remote delivery of instruction.

School’s Out: A COVID-19 Lesson

EdTech Magazine

Congress Joint Economic Committee reported that nearly 12 million children lived in homes without a broadband connection, but the problem made few headlines. Before the pandemic, we knew there was a digital divide in America.

Coronavirus is poised to inflame inequality in schools

The Hechinger Report

State and federal agencies have advised schools to create online learning plans to minimize the disruption to student learning. Their students have internet connections at home, laptops they can work from, teachers who know how to design online lessons and a strong foundation of in-school blended learning experience. Most schools are completely unprepared – or, at best, woefully underprepared – for coronavirus and virtual learning. Future of Learning.

Will a new batch of licenses help rural students get online?

The Hechinger Report

Shawn Caine, who teaches technology at Panguitch High School in Garfield County, Utah, lets students who don’t have adequate home internet service get online in her classroom before and after school. The post Will a new batch of licenses help rural students get online?

School’s Out: A COVID-19 Lesson

EdTech Magazine

Congress Joint Economic Committee reported that nearly 12 million children lived in homes without a broadband connection, but the problem made few headlines. Now that students must participate in online learning, it is like a tale of two cities — one where students are engaged and keeping up their grades online, and another where students have no or limited access to the internet. Before the pandemic, we knew there was a digital divide in America.