As a global pandemic necessitates school closures and social distancing, online learning takes center stage to combat the coronavirus and COVID-19.

COVID-19 pushes learning online


As a global pandemic necessitates school closures and social distancing, online learning takes center stage

The inevitable spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, to the United States has prompted state leaders to close schools, leaving at least half of all U.S. students in K-12 schools on a forced break for two weeks–or longer, as many states and cities have extended closures.

The Centers for Disease Control has issued guidance and recommendations for school leaders as confirmed cases of coronavirus spread across the nation, and has noted that schools should plan for the possibility of extended closures and should put plans in place to disrupt learning as little as possible.

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Suddenly, social media and networking platforms offered a flurry of resource-sharing, with educators posting ideas for everything from at-home math activities to fun STEM and art projects designed to keep children engaged while practicing social distancing. Districts scurried to assess students’ ability to learn at home, lending devices or mobile hotspots–or both–to students in need.

Laura Ascione

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