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Building Social Connections Through Virtual Learning

Kajeet

Developing strong student-teacher relationships is an important part of effective teaching and learning and has been shown to lead to better student outcomes. Here we talk about building social connections in a virtual learning or distance learning environment – why it is important, the challenges inherent in doing it virtually, and what teachers can do to build and strengthen virtual connections with and between their students.

3 Takeaways from the Inaugural Digital Learning Annual Conference

Education Superhighway

Seven years ago, a wide-scale digital learning conference was unheard of because the majority of school districts across the country weren’t equipped with the infrastructure or technology to implement a robust digital curriculum. Thankfully, over the past several years, federal, state and local leaders have worked to tackle the digital divide, which has results in 98 percent of school districts now meeting minimum connectivity goals.

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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.

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.

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. But America’s persistent digital divide has greatly hampered efforts toward this goal.

21 Top Professional Development Topics For Teachers Now

The CoolCatTeacher

However, our professional accreditation requirements are still on track and need to be renewed, as we have to learn and up our abilities for the fall. They fit into the categories of SEL, digital instruction, engagement/management, and leadership. Social-Emotional Learning.

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Blackboard launches New Learning Experience platform

eSchool News

Integrated platform enables personalized learning, streamlined communication with family and community engagement, and unified workflows. Blackboard has launched a new K-12 platform for districts and schools that brings together institutions, parents, teachers, and learners in an integrated approach that addresses fundamental requirements for student success including school safety and security, family and community engagement and personalized competency-based learning.

Digital equity bill targets ‘homework gap’

eSchool News

Proposed legislation would ensure students have access to digital learning resources, internet outside of school. New legislation introduced in Congress would support “innovative strategies and methods to increase out-of-school access to digital learning resources” in an effort to boost both student and educator engagement. The Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015 , introduced by Rep. “The Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015 (H.R.

Should Remote Learning Be an Option, Even After the Pandemic?

Graphite Blog

For both students and teachers, online learning has come with a lot of challenges, from the digital divide and technology access to mental health impacts , or a lack of essential school and community supports. Make a copy of the Are There Benefits to Distance Learning?

29 K-12 edtech predictions for 2021

eSchool News

Abrupt shifts to virtual and hybrid learning laid bare the vast inequities that exist in the U.S. The move to online learning also made people wonder: Are there practices we can continue when the pandemic abates? This may assist with mitigating learning loss.

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Vote for Digital Promise’s SXSW and SXSW EDU 2018 Session Ideas

Digital Promise

Every day at Digital Promise, we work with leading educators, researchers, and developers across the country to help close the Digital Learning Gap and improve learning for all. This year, Digital Promise has proposed a record 15 (!) Applying Research to Truly Personalize Learning. One critical aspect of personalized learning is too often missing: the use of learning sciences research to best understand and reach each learner.

Navigating the Digital Transformation Journey

Digital Promise

When we started thinking about how to support schools working to close the Digital Learning Gap , we knew we wanted school leaders to feel just as confident and prepared as athletes ready for a race. We call it “The Digital Promise Journey.” For those preparing to take on the challenge, Digital Promise can provide guidance and help planning for each step along the way. Read this : “Words Matter: Let’s Talk about Learning, not Technology”.

Technology and Innovation as Paths to Educational Equity

edWeb.net

The COVID-19 pandemic exposed and, in many ways, worsened the digital divide and other inequitable aspects of America’s education system. The presentation featured Dr. Beth Rabbitt, Chief Executive Officer of The Learning Accelerator; Richard E. Learning Transformation.

5 Things We’ve Learned About Virtual School During the Pandemic

MindShift

The number has fluctuated as cases rise across the country, but throughout this fall pandemic semester, between 40% and 60% of students have been enrolled in districts that offer only remote learning, according to a tracker maintained by the company Burbio. And even in hybrid districts, some students have been learning remotely, either part or full time. In short, online learning is the reality for a majority of students this fall. Here are five lessons learned so far: 1.

The 3 Biggest Remote Teaching Concerns We Need to Solve Now

Edsurge

With the rapid spread of COVID-19, educators across the country and around the world have been tasked with shifting to emergency remote teaching—a move from in-person to remote classes made necessary by pressing circumstances. Additionally, most digital tools and apps are not very accessible.

98 Percent of U.S. Public School Districts Connected to High-Speed Broadband, But 2.3 Million Students Still Left Behind

Education Superhighway

At the same time, the report cites the urgent need to close the digital divide for 2.3 million students across the nation who lack access to the minimum connectivity required for digital learning. million teachers in more than 81,000 schools have the Internet access they need for digital learning. million teachers in more than 81,000 schools have the Internet access they need for digital learning.

10 Edtech people to watch in 2018 [INFOGRAPHIC]

Neo LMS

She believes that every classroom can be a place for these educational adventures — or student-centered, passion-based learning experiences — despite the many challenges facing schools today. As the Executive Director of ICWE , Rebecca Stromeyer has been a champion of e-learning for decades, organizing some of the world’s most popular education events: OEB Global and eLearning Africa. He knows pedagogy isn’t something to be forgotten in any digital endeavor. E-learning

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What to Know About Miguel Cardona, Biden’s Pick for Education Secretary

Edsurge

A focus on tackling the digital divide and resource inequities laid bare by the pandemic. In 2013, he became Meriden’s assistant superintendent for teaching and learning. Teaching experience. An advocate for programs supporting underserved learners.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

That being said, if you’re using a piece of technology that’s free, it’s likely that your personal data is being sold to advertisers or at the very least hoarded as a potential asset (and used, for example, to develop some sort of feature or algorithm).