Online Education During Covid

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Jocelyn Swanlund

The shift to remote learning during the pandemic has seriously harmed America’s students. The end of in-person instruction last spring reduced expected learning gains by an estimated 50% in math and nearly one-third in reading according to Collaborative For Student Growth. This underscores the need to reopen schools as quickly as possible, which, in turn, will require new funds to pay for safety measures and careful limits on activities that might spread the virus. However, even if reopening moves as quickly as prudence allows, schools will need to rely for a while yet on some degree of remote learning. It’s vital to ensure that this kind of instruction is as effective as possible. 

Since the start of the pandemic, school districts have increased the number of hours students working at home spend in live video classes. A marked improvement on the chaos of last spring, when teachers struggled to adapt to online instruction. School officials should work with providers to identify and connect households that lack reliable service. 

The most successful transitions to remote learning have other things in common to help students: a consistent class schedule, tools to track attendance, regular assessments, and online assignments that are collected and graded, to learn more visit here. And younger students need new, simpler lessons focused on basic skills. 

In addition to buying new technology, school districts need to give teachers digital training. Districts should offer incentives for teachers to develop online courses and mentor fellow teachers. Such investments can continue to pay off even as normality resumes, by allowing teachers to supplement in-person classes with high-quality virtual coursework that students can use to catch up. 

Remote learning has been an ordeal for many students in more than one way, and for many parents as well. It cannot hope to replace in-school instruction, least of all for the youngest children, who need the kind of training in social skills that only a schoolroom setting can provide. For the time being, millions will need to keep learning from home. For as long as that lasts, it’s essential to make this second-best education as good as it can be.