Fifty-nine percent of parents who participated in a recent poll would like schools to continue working on remote-learning options after the pandemic, up 5 percentage points from September's numbers. Among the goals these parents would like to see their schools achieve are the establishment of permanent online education options and the implementation of innovative education methods.
Audrey Green, a middle-school teacher in Florida, describes teaching remotely -- and finding low-cost or no-cost tech solutions -- like "mission impossible." Yet, she and other educators nationwide say they are innovating, with little budgetary support, to ensure students have the tools they need to learn, including Green's idea to use a tablet to text with students who did not have the headphones needed for their laptops.
Experience has helped build confidence in remote teaching, says Sarah Crowther, an art teacher who uses Zoom and Showbie to teach her high-school students. In this article, Crowther
and other educators share their online teaching successes, including Joel Ashton, director of a language school in the UK, who praises Zoom as "a revelation" for making education accessible to more people.
A multisensory approach adapted for remote learning can help support students with dyslexia during virtual classes, says Katy Vassar of the Dyslexia Center of Austin in Texas. In this article, Vassar discusses the pros and cons of interactivity, assistive technology and sound production, and highlights one benefit of remote learning -- students can see the mouths of teachers who are free of masks.
Educators who have felt their joy for teaching wane as the pandemic has worn on can reclaim their bold passion for their work, Apex Learning Chief Academic Officer Jean Sharp writes. In this blog post, Sharp writes that reexamining shared experiences, reflecting on life-changing moments and recommitting to a common mission can help rekindle this missing excitement.
The coronavirus pandemic has upended traditional college admissions testing, with many students registered to take the exams unable to do so and about 30% of testing sites closed. The College Board says a remote SAT is under consideration, and some schools are administering an online SAT.
Curriculum maps developed in the platform Chalk helped a middle school's transition to remote instruction, write Michele Bailey, a middle-school assistant principal, and Leiah Coraine, an elementary-school assistant principal. In this blog post, they share how the platform assisted with planning and enabled access to real-time data.
Former President Barack Obama, others, at signing of Every Student Succeeds Act. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
The data used to measure progress under the Every Student Succeeds Act likely will be affected by the coronavirus pandemic, said Anne Hyslop, assistant director at the Alliance for Excellent Education. In the short term, it's also unclear whether the incoming administration would grant testing waivers because of the disruption caused by the pandemic.
On this episode, we chat with Dr. Monica Burns, a former New York City school district teacher, Apple Distinguished Educator, and the Founder of ClassTechTips.com. Monica shares the challenges teachers are facing with many competing agendas when it comes to instruction. She also provides examples of what some districts have done to successfully navigate these challenges through the lens of the student, the teacher, and the parent. Listen to the podcast.
Virtual Learning -- New Reality, New Opportunity
When schools shifted to all-virtual learning this past spring, educators quickly learned what worked and where there were areas for improvement. While adjusting to all-virtual learning may have been a challenge, it also presented opportunities to approach instruction in a different way. In this special report, review steps you can take to continually evaluate and strengthen your virtual learning plan. Read the report.
Case Study: Online Learning at Scale
When schools closed in March 2020 due to the pandemic, Albany City Schools, like many districts across the country, needed a way to set up all their students and educators for virtual learning and teaching. Learn how they quickly pulled together a virtual learning program for all their middle-school and high-school students using Apex Learning. Read the case study.
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About Apex Learning:
An industry leader with deep expertise in digital curriculum, Apex Learning works closely with school districts across the country to implement proven solutions that increase on-time graduation rates and create opportunities for student success in school and beyond. The company is driven by the understanding that supporting the needs of all students – from struggling to accelerated – strengthens schools and creates stronger communities, brighter futures and a more equitable world. Apex Learning is accredited by AdvancED and its courses are approved for National Collegiate Athletic Association eligibility. Apex Learning, where opportunity thrives. For more information, visit http://www.apexlearning.com.