Academic institutions across the U.S. have resumed the fall semester, with many choosing to continue offering instruction in virtual or hybrid environments. While educators pivoted and quickly adjusted to virtual learning environments at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the transition was not without its challenges.
In March, 41 percent of school districts reported they could not provide ongoing virtual lessons to all students due to educators’ lack of appropriate tech tools—a significant barrier to effective remote learning.
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However, it’s important to point out that technology is a complementary tool for high-quality teaching, not a replacement. Learning institutions and school districts must empower educators who use technology to facilitate remote learning by providing appropriate devices, technical training, and ongoing technical support.
To ensure virtual learning is successful and efficient, school districts, colleges and universities must prioritize and invest in professional development for experienced and emerging teachers.