Distance learning, also known as e-learning, remote learning and online learning is the process where instruction is provided using technology to enable teacher-student and student-student communication.
Recent distance learning advances including the ability to track student progress in real time and virtual classroom walk-through oversight by Principals, mean that high quality teaching and learning continues to occur for every student when schools close. Teaching software such as the H.E.L.P. Mastery Tracker used in conjunction with Google Classroom and Google Hangouts Meet allow teaching staff and administrators to virtually recreate the familiar learning environment. Until now, most alternatives to classroom instruction offered only independent and isolated options to be “figured out” by teachers or parents. Learn how these tools bridge the gap between technology and classroom curriculum in response to Covid-19 school closures.
Emergency School Closures
Schools face weather related closures, building and infrastructure related closures (fire, broken pipes, mold, etc.), or any unforeseen catastrophe that would prohibit the use of school buildings. Imagine converting long term snow days or hurricane cleanup closures to distance learning days. The alternative was adding extra days to the end of the school year.
In the past, students were given worksheet packets when they were unable to attend class. Worksheet packets are not conducive to dynamic learning. While worksheets are meant to drill and practice content already taught, no new learning comes from completing them. Distance learning engages every student in daily instruction provided by their own teacher in real-time. New skills and concepts can be taught in the virtual classroom, just as they are in the physical classroom with questions, answers and teacher support. Principals monitor classroom instruction and student progress in real-time.
Students get the benefit of a well-planned school day. Parents get to plan their day with peace of mind.
Student discipline is a normal part of school life. But the more severe consequences no longer have to mean sacrificing learning.
Students isolated for in-school detention or out-of-school suspension can still be afforded the same learning opportunities as their peers, and in accordance with federally mandated Free Appropriate Public Education (known as FAPE), where applicable.
Data continues to show inequities in certain populations of students who disproportionately receive suspensions. As a result, schools have struggled to develop creative ways to address student discipline, while minimizing the disruption it causes to classroom learning. Distance learning enables the school to continue to provide the opportunity for uninterrupted learning, while parents address the behavior issues at home during the suspension from school.
Every student can receive daily lessons with direct instruction and real-time student-to-teacher engagement so that learning continues until the student returns to their classroom.
Student Health Issues
Just like adults, health issues can knock a student out of their daily routine. Long term hospitalization, immune deficiency concerns, teenage pregnancies or rehabilitation protocols are just a few inevitable reasons a student might be unable to attend school.
Missing weeks or months of school most often creates severe learning gaps from which few students are able to recover. As a result they continue to struggle in each subsequent grade level, consistently falling behind their peers and receiving a less than positive education experience.
Just because a student is experiencing a required period of isolation does not mean that they need to sacrifice their learning opportunities. Every student can receive daily lessons with direct instruction and real-time student-to-teacher engagement so that learning continues until the student returns to their classroom.
Supplementing Homeschool Needs
Homeschool parents can encounter confusing content just as classroom teachers do. Content areas from early literacy to complex middle school math can cause frustration in unpacking the standards and locating resources that will challenge students to apply the new knowledge in real-world contexts.
Homeschool students can connect to school using virtual learning to supplement their instruction in chosen content areas.
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