Remote/Virtual Learning

Education news, analysis, opinion, and lessons learned about schooling happening outside of schools including all-virtual schools and students learning from home during periods of school closures.
Classroom Technology Quiz Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Creating Effective Hybrid Learning Environments?
Quiz Yourself: How effective are your hybrid learning environments?
June 21, 2021
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Ed-Tech Policy Opinion Why Are We Turning Our Backs on Remote Learning?
Neither the detractors nor defenders of remote learning are fully in the right, argues one superintendent.
Theresa Rouse, June 17, 2021
5 min read
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School & District Management From Our Research Center To Offer Remote Learning in the Fall or Not? Schools Are Split
An EdWeek Research Center survey shows that nearly 4 of every 10 educators say their schools will not offer any remote instruction options.
Holly Kurtz, June 10, 2021
4 min read
Heath Oates, Superintendent of El Dorado Springs R-2 School District, says to drive through the the school district of El Dorado Springs in Missouri "from end to end could take 45 minutes." Much of it doesn't have cell phone service. His school district is all white. Students were given Verizon Hotspots so they could attend virtually.
Heath Oates, superintendent of the sprawling El Dorado Springs R-2 School District in Missouri, says much of the community has spotty Wi-Fi and cell service, so students were given Verizon Hotspots so they could attend school virtually.
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Budget & Finance One Big Reason Schools Are Ditching Remote Learning: The Cost
Despite increasing demand from parents, states are giving districts little financial incentive to provide online learning this fall.
Mark Lieberman, June 7, 2021
13 min read
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School & District Management Opinion Pump the Brakes on Drive to End Snow Days
Even setting aside (legitimate) questions about hardware, connectivity, and student preferences, ending snow days deserves careful scrutiny.
Rick Hess, June 7, 2021
3 min read
Tanya Holyfield, a second grade teacher with Manchester Academic Charter School, teaches remote students from her classroom on March 4, 2021, in Pittsburgh.
Tanya Holyfield, a 2nd grade teacher at Manchester Academic Charter School in Pittsburgh, teaches remote students from her classroom in March.
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School & District Management Forbidding Remote Learning: Why Some Schools Won't Offer a Virtual Option This Fall
Some K-12 leaders say remote learning is inferior and needs to go. But some parents and health experts caution against such strict limits.
Catherine Gewertz, June 1, 2021
8 min read
Kelly Mack works on her laptop to teach remotely from her early 1940s vintage camper/trailer in her backyard at home in Evanston, Ill., on Sept. 2, 2020. Most students in Illinois have been starting remote learning this fall, according to results from an Illinois State Board of Education survey. Mack teaches math at Nichols Middle School in Evanston.
Kelly Mack, a math teacher at Nichols Middle School in Evanston, Ill., works on her laptop to teach remotely from her camper/trailer.
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Student Achievement New Data on the Ways Full-Time Remote Learners Lost Out
A new report by the RAND Corp. shows that students who were in fully remote schools had less instructional time and worse outcomes.
Madeline Will, May 27, 2021
9 min read
Classroom Technology Online Summit Technology & the Pandemic: What’s Next for Schools?
When it comes to the use of technology, what’s next for schools?  Join the discussion to tackle issues surrounding this important question.
May 26, 2021
Student Well-Being Video The Awkward, Exciting, and Uncertain Transitions to Middle School, High School, and College
Students in 5th, 8th, and 12th grades anticipate their transition from pandemic schooling to a new level of education in the fall.
Jaclyn Borowski , Eric Harkleroad & Brooke Saias, May 25, 2021
1 min read
Student Well-Being Video Pandemic Transitions – High School Seniors Ready for College
Graduating seniors look back on their senior year and look ahead at what's to come for each of them as they pursue a college education.
May 25, 2021
Student Well-Being Video Pandemic Transitions – A Group of Hawaii 8th Graders Looks to High School
Honolulu’s Punahou School 8th graders have experienced a mix of remote, hybrid, and in-person learning over the past 14 months of COVID-19.
Jaclyn Borowski , May 25, 2021
Student Well-Being Video Pandemic Transitions – A Group of California 5th Graders Anticipate Middle School
Fifth graders from Montclair Elementary in Oakland, Calif., reflect on their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Brooke Saias, May 25, 2021
A teacher tries to keep up with her technology training
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Teacher Preparation Remote Learning Is Changing Schools. Teacher-Preparation Programs Have to Adjust
For schools to leverage lessons learned during the pandemic, new teachers need better training on how to work in online environments.
Benjamin Herold, May 18, 2021
8 min read
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