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The Education Week Spotlight on Online Learning is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on how educators balance in-person and remote instruction, how edtech is expected to change by 2025, and how districts are addressing tech inequities.

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Sunnyside Elementary School 4th grader Miriam Amacker tackles a school assignment at her home in San Francisco last spring. Experts say many students will likely be transitioning back and forth between remote and in-person instruction this school year.
Sunnyside Elementary School 4th grader Miriam Amacker tackles a school assignment at her home in San Francisco last spring. Experts say many students will likely be transitioning back and forth between remote and in-person instruction this school year.
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Curriculum How to Balance In-Person and Remote Instruction
Full-time remote instruction? In-person instruction? Or a hybrid model? Deciding among those three options can be an excruciating decision for school officials. But the choice many schools appear to be leaning toward is a hybrid model, at least for now.
Mark Lieberman, July 22, 2020
9 min read
Ainslie Illig, 8, works on her computer at home in Ebensburg, Pa., during school closures last spring. Schools are putting together strategies for improving student and teacher engagement with online learning tools for the 2020-21 academic year.
Ainslie Illig, 8, works on her computer at home in Ebensburg, Pa., during school closures last spring. Schools are putting together strategies for improving student and teacher engagement with online learning tools for the 2020-21 academic year.
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Data Knowing How Students and Teachers Use Tech Is Vital
Data on the usage of educational technology tools can provide districts with a helpful road map for improving student engagement under remote, in-person, or hybrid learning conditions. See how school districts are using such data to make smart, strategic decisions.
Mark Lieberman, July 22, 2020
5 min read
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Classroom Technology How Technology, Coronavirus Will Change Teaching by 2025
Professors Elliot Soloway and Cathie Norris reflect on how ed tech use in schools has changed in the last five years, and then predict what might lie ahead in a time of massive disruption in K-12.
Catherine Gewertz, June 2, 2020
5 min read
Sam Urban Wittrock, a history teacher at W.W. Samuell High School in Dallas, shows an example of one of the many WiFi hotspot devices his school district is giving to students. Schools nationwide are gearing up to do a better job this academic year making sure digital devices and WiFi access are available to all students.
Sam Urban Wittrock, a history teacher at W.W. Samuell High School in Dallas, shows an example of one of the many WiFi hotspot devices his school district is giving to students. Schools nationwide are gearing up to do a better job this academic year making sure digital devices and WiFi access are available to all students.
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Infrastructure How to Address Big Tech Equity Challenges
School districts are facing huge tech equity issues this school year, especially if schools return to full-time remote learning. Here’s how they are addressing those challenges.
Christina A. Samuels, July 22, 2020
7 min read
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Classroom Technology Opinion English-Language Learners Need More Support During Remote Learning
These four evidence-based suggestions can help educators offset learning loss for young English learners, write Leslie M. Babinski, Steven J. Amendum, Steven E. Knotek, and Marta Sánchez.
Leslie M. Babinski, Steven J. Amendum, Steven E. Knotek & Marta Sanchez, June 19, 2020
5 min read
Teaching Opinion Collaborate With Colleagues to Make It Through This School Year
Wrapping up this series on the dos and don'ts of teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic, three educators suggest such strategies as creating online and offline content and embracing uncertainty.
Larry Ferlazzo, August 7, 2020
12 min read
Education Opinion What Does Remote Instructional Leadership Look Like During a Pandemic?
We are over 8 weeks into this pandemic and teachers and leaders all over North America are engaged in pandemic teaching. But, the fall is coming and we will find ourselves in this position once again. We need virtual instructional leadership to move from pandemic teaching to virtual learning.
Peter DeWitt, May 17, 2020
9 min read