On Thursday, June 11, 2020, Education Week will be hosting an online summit to examine how the massive school closures caused by the coronavirus and the rapid transition to remote learning across the country is re-shaping the role and use of technology in schools now and for years to come. During this virtual event, Education Week writers and editors and their expert guests will staff “discussion rooms” that tackle a set of issues that are very much top-of-mind for teachers, principals, and district leaders, who are arguably working under the most difficult circumstances ever.
Education Week’s newsroom offers you an opportunity to ask tough questions and better understand the educational technology challenges facing schools as they struggle to figure out what the next steps are for the K-12 system. In this Online Summit, Education Week journalists and their guests will be fielding your questions and guiding the conversations in discussion rooms on a host of topics, including:
• How the nationwide move to remote learning is expanding significantly the percentage of schools with 1-to-1 computing opportunities for students, and what that means for teaching and learning.
• What educators need to do to bridge tech equity gaps, which the coronavirus school closures revealed as schools moved learning from their buildings to students’ homes.
• How the scramble to put together remote learning programs was messy and frustrating but led to teachers developing valuable virtual teaching skills.
• Why the massive move to remote learning raised already heightened concerns about students spending too much time in front of computer screens.
• What technology steps schools need to take now to get ready for next year, whether school buildings are reopened or remote learning continues into the 2020-21 academic year.
• The lessons learned during this massive remote learning experiment about what might work better in training teachers how to use technology more effectively to improve student learning?
Teaching and learning in the new ed-tech landscape. Big disruption or business as usual?
The big tech equity challenges schools are up against. Can they fix them?
The rising value (or not) of virtual teaching skills.
Too much screen time. Should we be worried?
What technology steps schools need to take now to get ready for next year.
Teachers, technology, and professional development. What’s missing?
Building Confidence in Remote Teaching and Learning
No matter where you are on the journey to implement your blended or distance learning plan, Microsoft Education enables schools to continue building communities of learners while also achieving student outcome goals. Join Microsoft Learning Consultant, Danielle Olson, to experience how educators, district leaders, and administrators are using Microsoft Education Tools to seamlessly collaborate, monitor progress, provide individualized feedback, and engage with students and colleagues.
How Educators Can Create Meaningful Learning Experiences Online—Now and in the Future
In this booth, we will share strategies for designing high-impact learning experiences online.
Topics will include:
Our goal is to help educators make distance learning an active and creative experience, support the diverse needs of students, and lay the foundation for new approaches to learning even in the future.
• Empowering students with critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration.
• Connecting with students and fostering a virtual classroom community.
• Bridging the digital readiness gap by supporting digital literacy and citizenship.
• Committing to equity for all students with technology.
• Optimizing instruction for synchronous and asynchronous learning.
• Activating learning through student-led and hands-on activities.
How to Successfully Implement At-Home Learning: One District’s Story
Effectively implementing educational technology for school and home should be a top priority for educational leaders during these unprecedented times. Join the discussion with educators from across the country. Learn ways parents and students can transition to distance learning with ease. Plus, discuss how districts can keep students engaged and on track to powerful academic growth through summer school and the 2020-21 school year. Educators will hear implementation best practices, tips for solving ed-tech hurdles, and actionable next steps for leveling up their ed-tech implementation.
Bring SEL Home: Experts Share Tips and Resources to Use In Class—and Beyond
1 in 5 teens suffer from mental health challenges—and more than 75 percent don’t seek help. Now, more than ever, is the time to provide trustworthy resources that students can turn to when they need them most. In this discussion, social and emotional learning experts will share:
• How schools can support SEL now and in the fall
• Ways to help students cope with everyday stressors, adjust to social distancing and virtual learning, and understand they’re not alone
• Where to find credible, confidential online resources for students at every age and stage
• Tips for educators to manage stress and anxiety
Mind the Gaps: How to Identify Where Students Are and How to Support Their Learning Needs
To support students at risk for falling behind in reading and math, educators need to quickly and efficiently identify learning gaps before they can provide interventions to raise proficiency and scores. For accurately assessing student learning needs, teachers must be equipped with valid and reliable assessment tools that provide early identification of students with skills deficits, highlight instructional needs, and offer ongoing progress monitoring. Join this informative conversation with respected researcher Roland Good III of Acadience® Learning as he discusses how to screen students and provide direction for targeted interventions that support RTI and MTSS to positively impact student outcomes.
Taking Learning Online: Exploring Your Experiences and Insights
Data from the Speak Up Research Initiative indicates since March 2020
• 48% more teachers now say that they want to learn how to implement a blended class
• 70% more teachers now say they want to learn how to create teaching videos
• Teacher interest in learning how to teach online doubled in 8 weeks
Let's spend this time exploring our insights to questions like:
• What have we learned?
• What does learning look like today and how will it differ in 2020-21?
• What do you want to continue doing and what will you abandon?
• What are parents thinking and what are their expectations?
Digital Curriculum in the New Era of Distance Learning: What Really Matters?
Digital curriculum should support all students in achieving their potential. Visit proven industry veteran Apex Learning at their virtual booth to understand what to look for in a digital curriculum and why. Learn how pedagogy that engages students in active learning, content built to standards, and best-in-class success services can help support your students’ distance learning needs.
How Can School Districts Support and Secure Their Investments in Remote Learning Devices?
As school districts across the country scramble to purchase large numbers of digital devices and get remote learning up and running, many are focusing only on the purchase without considering the quality of the support that comes afterward. Buying equipment that comes with customer service, software training, built-in warranties, and accidental damage coverage can reduce operating costs, ensure workable equipment, and free teachers from handling technical issues so they can focus on teaching. Learn more about the impact that post-purchase support can have on your district’s digital equipment investment.
Find Success in Online K-12 Learning
With so much uncertainty and questions about what school will look like, let our experts answer some of your most burning questions, including:
1. Is online learning as effective as classroom learning?
2. How do you support elementary learners online?
3. What are best practices for student/teacher and administrator/teacher engagement?
4. Is there a “getting started” roadmap?
5. How do you effectively support teachers and students in an online setting?
6. What are best practices for onboarding and training teachers and other staff?
7. What is the difference between asynchronous and synchronous learning? Is one more effective than the other?
Homeroom to Home: Blended Learning Tools and Techniques to Build Instructional Resilience in 2020-21
The COVID-19 outbreak didn’t create the need for distance learning. But it certainly put a spotlight on the importance of building resilient instructional systems that support students, wherever they are, regardless of their individual situation, and in whatever manner they learn best. Whether you need to implement—or improve—your distance learning or blended learning program, PowerSchool and Schoology can help.
In this booth, we will discuss how to:
• Get started with distance learning
• Engage students remotely
• Deliver online PD to teachers
• Assess instructional gaps for students and teachers
• Connect special education to instruction.
Education Week can provide 1 hour of Professional Development credit for online summits if the educator attends live. A Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you shortly after the summit has ended. On demand viewing of a summit cannot be used for credit. As with all professional development hours delivered, Education Week recommends each educator verify ahead of the online summit that the content will qualify for professional development in your school, district, county, or state with your supervisor, human resources professional, and/or principal or superintendent’s office.