As uncertainty continues to grow over what school will look like in the fall, it is becoming clear that school districts must develop longer-term plans. If online school is to become a norm, or a backup solution in the event of an outbreak of cases, a solution must be available to ensure learning continuity.
However, the online classroom is not new for all students and teachers. As the high school director for California Virtual Academies (CAVA), an online public school, I know what it takes to have a successful virtual education environment. By following these three tips, school districts can replicate a learning solution that works for students, families, and teachers.
1. Provide online training to teachers
Think about when you visit a new city. You typically need a guide to help you navigate this new environment, right? The same can be said for teachers adjusting to online school. While they may use websites as an extension of their classroom, moving lessons entirely online is completely foreign at first.