Technology has played a central role during COVID-19, enabling educators to continue teaching remotely, with both students and staff ensconced in the safety of their kitchens or living rooms. Remote learning technology has become mission-critical for education.
But as the pandemic stretches out far longer than we could have imagined, evidence suggests that remote learning is falling short in a number of ways.
According to a Wall Street Journal article, approximately 20 percent of students nationwide don’t have access to the technology they need for remote learning. Further, the Economic Policy Institute said that “children’s academic performance is deteriorating during the pandemic, along with their progress on other developmental skills.”
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For these reasons and more, school systems across the nation have been returning to the classroom. Each district is charting its own path to keep students and staff safe in ways similar to what other industries have successfully done. They’re reducing class sizes, employing staggered shifts, alternate days and varied stop/start times, and are implementing self-reporting protocols when parents drop off children–all in an effort to reduce the number of people in close contact with one another.