Thursday, July 9

eLearning

How Teachers Want Emergency Distance Learning Improved
Education, eLearning, Learning, Student, Teacher

How Teachers Want Emergency Distance Learning Improved

On teaching in one of the country’s coronavirus epicenters: “The whole first two months and change, we were hearing about 10 sirens a day. And obviously New York City is a very special place in that respect because of the density of the population, surely. But it can really rack on the brain in a way when you have so many sirens going off and so many things happening around you and the (few) degrees of separation between you and someone who's passed away. ... For me, living in Harlem, which is not too different from Washington Heights, that's kept me closer to the kids than they can imagine. Even though I can't see them every day, I know … what they're going through. I have students whose parents have passed away, whose family members have passed away, whose families also many of them are...
What materials do students and teachers need for distance learning? We asked our data!
Education, eLearning, Learning, Student, Teacher

What materials do students and teachers need for distance learning? We asked our data!

When schools started closing because of coronavirus, we knew that teachers would need resources to facilitate distance learning with their students. To help teachers and students get the resources they need where they need them, we launched Distance Learning Projects. Since this new project type launched on April 28, teachers have been requesting resources for both themselves and for their students to use at home. Best of all? Teachers get to pick the shipping location. Teachers can have materials shipped to their own home, or they can ship directly to a student’s home. We were curious to see exactly what teachers and students need most for distance learning, so we dug into the data from the first week of projects to learn what teachers are requesting. Students need books, educat...
Distance Learning: A Gently Curated Collection of Resources for Teachers
Education, eLearning, Learning, Student, Teacher

Distance Learning: A Gently Curated Collection of Resources for Teachers

Listen to this post as a podcast: Sponsored by World101 and Listenwise   Disclaimer 1: This post was written in the Spring of 2020 as a response to the COVID-19 outbreak, so a lot of the information here is discussed through the lens of distance learning launched by a global pandemic. I have attempted to broaden the lens beyond our current situation to take other distance-learning situations into account. Disclaimer 2: I recommend quite a few tech tools in this post. Before you proceed with them, please check with your district to make sure the tools comply with your specific use policies for age, privacy, etc.     If you’ve found yourself teaching in a distance-learning situation, especially if it’s been foisted upon you by circumstance, you’ll discover pretty q...
Children & Screen Time
Education, eLearning, Learning, Student, Teacher

Children & Screen Time

I’m one of many parents who, during this “new normal,” has children (ages 9 and 6) who currently interact with their screens more than with each other or their parents. My husband and I have full time jobs, so distraction doesn’t bode well while we are working at home. We’re also former educators, so we know enough of the science and recommendations around “screen time” to understand what is happening with our kids.  And we don’t like it one bit.  If you are reading this, you might be in our frustrating position, and like us, you may have just needed to bite the bullet and free the children to go into the abyss of screen time and the Internet. To soften the blow, allow me to share a few insights I’ve learned over the years about the idea of “screen time.”  Today’s Generation Z is growing...