Remote learning is here to stay, but that shouldn’t fill you with a sense of dread. Instead, feel empowered to use a wealth of tools inside and out of your classroom.
Remote learning happens when the teacher and students are separated. They are not together in a traditional in-person classroom. Students and teachers connect with technology. The term “remote learning” usually designates that the class meets together in person and has the option of meeting remotely.
Remote, distance, and online learning all involve physical separation and technology for connectivity. Often these terms get used interchangeably, but there are some subtle differences to be aware of when talking about distance learning. Distance learning and online classes are structured for distance. Students sign up for distance and virtual classes with the knowledge that they will be online. Whereas remote learning occurs as an extension of a traditional classroom.
Remote learning can run on different timelines. Often there are set times to class with students logging in for a live lesson, and students complete real-time assignments. This is called synchronous learning. But distance learning can take on a level of flexibility with asynchronous learning. Asynchronous learning occurs when students access class materials on their schedule.
Schools have been changed forever since COVID-19. There will be more technology use and more remote learning than ever before. Read about how the pandemic changed chemistry teacher Cassandra Kobrick’s class.
The key to successful distance learning comes from preparation. Teacher May Yang said remote learning was difficult because it felt like she was “building the airplane as she was flying it.” But it doesn’t have to feel this way. There are many apps that you should check out so you can prepare for distance learning. While you’re at it, get prepared for remote teaching on Zoom.
Students need to feel safe to thrive in the classroom. Organize online class materials and lessons. Keep things predictable, so your students feel safe, but create engaging lessons using edtech to hook their attention.
There is no return to the way things used to be before COVID-19. But we can take the hardships that districts experienced and move towards a better tomorrow. We’ve rounded up a few ideas that schools can implement to help with virtual learning. Each tip below aims to increase student learning and improve job quality for teachers.