With remote learning still going strong, students now rely on virtual engagement with their teachers when they need questions answered and assignments clarified. With the appropriate tools and tech access, instructional assistance from afar can be academically beneficial, and digital student-teacher communication can work.

Dr. Julie Evans, Chief Executive Officer of Project Tomorrow, explained how during an edWebinar sponsored by Blackboard. Evans examined findings from the program’s 2020 annual research project, Speak Up, for which 10,000 K-12 students nationwide shared their preferences and expectations for student-teacher communication.

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The results? Digital tools are part of students’ virtual communications backpack with their teachers and schools and are becoming vital to academic achievement, which Project Tomorrow and Blackboard highlight in their joint report Strengthening the Bonds of Communications. The report is one of four reports featured in the executive brief series 90 Days that Changed K-12 Teaching & Learning.

Communications conversion

Without the opportunity for immediate or regular face-to-face support from teachers, students are using texting, social media posts, mobile app alerts, and personal emails for the interaction and support they need.

About the Author:

Michele Israel writes about the ideas and best practices that are shared in edWeb’s edWebinars so they can spread innovative and best practices to the education community. Michele owns Michele Israel Consulting, LLC, which serves large and small educational, nonprofit, media, corporate, eLearning, and blended-learning organizations to bolster products and programs. Her rich career spans over 25 years of successfully developing educational materials and resources, designing and facilitating training, generating communication materials and grant proposals, and assisting in organizational and program development. In addition to lesson plans and other teacher resources, Michele’s portfolio includes published articles covering a range of educational and business topics.


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