Remote Learning Is Here to Stay, Raising Concerns About Teacher Training and Data Privacy


Online learning efforts may remain even when the pandemic fades away. An appropriately titled RAND Corporation research report, “ Remote Learning Is Here to Stay ,” finds that one in five U.S. school districts plans to offer fully online learning even after the pandemic ends.

Parents fighting, teachers crying: Grownup stress is hitting kids hard

The Hechinger Report

In her online classes, they can seem on edge. As millions of children moved to distance learning, there were challenges of how to provide students devices and WiFi as well as training in how to use the technology. Alexis, 17, has always been close to her parents.

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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.

BombBomb is hands down the best way to upgrade your email game

iLearn Technology

Each day we were in remote learning, I sent a daily email with a video message for the community, links to all of our teacher’s daily plans, links to tech-support, and a daily check-in survey so parents could share how remote learning was going in their house.

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

The Hechinger Report

At least 17 percent of high schoolers nationwide had “seriously considered” attempting suicide and 14 percent reported they had made a suicide plan in the past year, according to the results of the most recent Youth Risk Behavior Survey by the CDC.

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Top Tips for Teaching Online From Educators Doing It Now

To help teachers with the transition to online instruction, an edWebinar hosted by SETDA featured educators sharing what is working for them as they teach students online during the COVID-19 crisis. Setting the Course for Secondary Students. Learn more at

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. SHEG currently offers three impressive curricula that may be put to immediate use in secondary classrooms and libraries. All three are outstanding (and free), but perhaps the most immediately useful to readers of this blog is Civic Online Reasoning or COR.

What these teens learned about the Internet may shock you!

The Hechinger Report

The exercise was part of “Civic Online Reasoning,” a series of news-literacy lessons being developed by Stanford researchers and piloted by teachers at a few dozen schools. The Stanford initiative launched in 2015, joining a handful of recent efforts to help students contend with misinformation and fake news online—a problem as old as dial-up modems, but now supercharged by social media and partisan news bubbles. Sign up for our newsletter to get a weekly update on blended learning.

Poll: How has technology impacted the future of work?

eSchool News

The new poll from OZY and SurveyMonkey tracks how technology is impacting post-secondary education and the workforce in the U.S. It also gauges how survey participants feel about free public higher education, online learning, classroom teachers, and more. Next page: How many would strongly support free post-secondary education and tax increases to cover the cost?).

Disrupting teacher prep for new, powerful student supports

The Christensen Institute

Prior to Digital Promise, Susanne was a teacher and administrator, leading and advising 1:1 programs at middle , secondary, and collegiate levels, as well as teaching English and advising yearbook staffs. As I wrote in my last blog , online teaching practice, or virtual field experience, has clear benefits for training teachers. All teachers also gain experience in online spaces, a critical need to ensure that the great potential of online learning is met by skilled teaching.

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Preparing Teaching Candidates for Blended and Online Environments

Fractus Learning

There is a growing need for today’s pre-service teachers to be equipped with skills and competencies for blended, online, and technology-rich teaching and learning environments. As teaching candidates progress through teacher education programs, they should be exploring , evaluating , and applying methods and tools for effective instruction in the dynamic learning environments that exist in today’s K-12 schools. Experiencing online pedagogy: A Canadian case study.

COVID-19 Has Widened the Skills Gap. But It Also Presents an Opportunity to Close It.


And it appears that investing in last-mile training has a secondary benefit: higher retention. Surveys suggest that employees stay longer at companies that offer formal training pathways. America’s skills gap has been widely discussed.

How Brain Research Helped Retool Our School Schedule for Remote Learning


After twelve months of planning we launched a new daily schedule based on brain science and designed to encourage deeper learning and student wellbeing. Classes met at the same times for the same 65 minutes, but online. We quickly learned how unsustainable this was.

Pandemic May (Finally) Push Online Education Into Teacher Prep Programs


It’s an opportunity for the future teachers who are enrolled at the college to apply what they learn in class in a practical setting, testing out lesson plans with real elementary students. But there’s another factor that’s impeding remote learning. Going fully online is different.

VHS Learning Once Again Earns High Satisfaction Rates from Schools Around the Globe

eSchool News

states (up from 45) have enrolled in VHS Learning courses in the past academic year. In fact, VHS Learning’s school retention rate has been over 90% for the last ten years, indicating strong satisfaction in the program. About VHS Learning.

Facing uncertain futures, high school seniors weigh tough college options and alternate paths

The Hechinger Report

Liz Willen is editor-in-chief of The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit news organization that covers K-12 and post-secondary education. Are those colleges going to be open, or will they be at home starting online? Will they have to pay the same amount of tuition to take online courses?

The Online Judaic Studies Consortium Introduces Four New Courses


28, 2018 — The Virtual High School’s Online Judaic Studies Consortium (OJSC) is offering four new courses for the 2018-2019 school year. Students will also develop biblical textual skills and survey a broad spectrum of rabbinic literary genres in their exploration of the themes of individual and communal Jewish identity. They expand the learning and the thinking as students engage with peers and instructors from other schools. is an online learning pioneer.

American higher education might not be broken, but seems to be sick

Bryan Alexander

We discussed the future and current state of online learning. IHE surveyed college and university admissions officers to see their views of student enrollment and institutional support. This survey is an annual affair, so there is now some decent longitudinal data to check. Out of those surveyed, only one quarter prioritized recruiting first-generation college students.

Schools in Three States Establish or Expand Student Access to Courses from The Virtual High School


a Massachusetts-based non-profit organization helping schools provide their students with a variety of online and blended learning programs, has spurred institutions in Rhode Island and Vermont to give their students greater access to the wide array of VHS core and elective courses. The Virtual High School has a distinguished 22-year history of providing middle and high schools from 40 states and 33 countries with access to high-quality online and blended learning experiences.

A Unified Approach for Digital Integration

They also send a technical survey to the vendor, many times followed by a call or meeting to review more details of that resource. His participation in a Learning Counsel event led to district recognition for VPS’s systemic leadership. He is currently working with Apple, Instructure, the Friday Institute, Learning Counsel and other organizations to build authentic partnerships to support his district’s work.

New, MIT-based program proposes transforming physicists, engineers into teachers

The Hechinger Report

The “Great Dome” on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which is hosting an experimental program to recruit physicists, engineers, chemists, linguists, biologists, neuroscientists and other experts and train them to be primary and secondary school teachers. This experiment, just getting under way, is called the Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning, named for the foundation that is underwriting it. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter.

The best ideas from the Distance Learning Playbook by Fisher & Frey

The Cornerstone for Teachers

This week on the Truth for Teachers podcast : We’re talking to Doug Fisher about the best practices in distance learning from their book with John Hattie — The Distance Learning Playbook: K-12 Teaching For Engagement and Impact in Any Setting. For secondary, it’s 4 hours.

Storms over liberal education: notes on the 2016 AAC&U conference

Bryan Alexander

A quick round of introductions revealed some interesting trends: a growing number of liberal arts institutions are launched or growing online learning programs; many sought to find the distinct ways liberal arts institutions, and campuses pursuing liberal education, can use technology. Discussion went in some interesting angles, such as secondary education. Online learning is on the rise.

Different Definitions of Personalized Learning Conflict, Cause Confusion


It’s called personalized learning: What if each student had something like a private tutor, and more power over what and how they learned? It found that schools using some form of personalized learning were, on average, performing better ( there were some wrinkles we’ll talk about later on). ” It’s a concept grounded in the psychology of motivation, learning science and growing technologies like artificial intelligence (AI). Learn what you want.

Transforming Physicists, Engineers into Teachers at New MIT Program


This experiment, just getting under way, is called the Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning, named for the foundation that is underwriting it. This gives them experience with a process, known as competency-based learning, that a growing number of primary and secondary schools where they’ll eventually teach are beginning to adopt. The International Association for K-12 Online Learning urged in December that competency-based learning be expanded.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Via Edsurge : “The Makings (and Misgivings) of a Statewide Effort to Personalize Learning in Massachusetts.” Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Launches Online School to Teach Software Development.” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via The GW Hatchet : “Oversight of online learning programs lacking in some schools, report finds.” (National) Education Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Online education pioneer Tony Bates asks “ What is online learning ?” ” Via NBC News : “How to Thrive: Arianna Huffington Launches E-Learning Series.” ” (It’ll run on LinkedIn Learning , formerly , which means it’ll cost you $24.99 Jeff Fernandez, the co-founder of the online learning company Grovo , has resigned.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Trump’s education platform promises to “make post-secondary options more affordable and accessible through technology enriched delivery models.” “Websites that offer students online study guides and tutoring services grow, but faculty members find they raise copyright and academic integrity issues – as case at U Illinois at Urbana-Champaign shows.” The Chinese online learning company has raised $40.14 ” Bravo, blended learning.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

In 2012, Pearson, Cengage Learning, and Macmillan Higher Education sued Boundless Learning, claiming that the open education textbook startup had “stolen the creative expression of their authors and editors, violating their intellectual-property rights.” Online Grade Portals.