In a world of digital bystanders the challenge is for all of us to design engaging online education

We are increasingly becoming digital bystanders, continually monitoring our different palm-and-TV-sized screens. From dawn to dusk and even in moments of insomnia we turn to digitally communicated news and social media. In the world of education, from primary school to university and beyond, we have realised digital learning is not only an option for learning, but is fast becoming the main option.

Consider this vignette: during the COVID-19 pandemic a family are living in a big city where access to stable digital streams and affordable data bundles is not a problem. Confined to long periods of school learning now moved online, one of the parents asked their daughter about her experience. She says:

It is boring and I learn almost nothing. Teachers give a lot of instructions with little explanation.

She had became a digital bystander. The teacher struggled to engage with all students, and few experienced rich interactions with

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Another victory from my efforts to advance civil rights and challenge systemic sexism in higher education | American Enterprise Institute

I was informed last Friday by the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) that another of my (now) 231 complaints (probably the most ever filed by an individual) alleging Title IX violations in higher education has been successfully resolved in my favor. That brings the total number of Title IX complaints to date that have been resolved in my favor to 27 and there are more than 80 ongoing OCR investigations based on my complaints that I expect to also be successfully resolved in my favor (given the clarity of Title IX above and the clear violations of that law). Successful resolutions are illegal Title IX violations involving sex-specific female-only programs that are corrected with one of three outcomes: 1) the discriminatory program is discontinued, 2) the discriminatory female-only program is offset with an equivalent male-only program, or 3) the discriminatory female-only program is converted to a program

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Online learning still a challenge for students, districts say it’s getting better

SALT LAKE CITY – When the Salt Lake City School District transitioned to online learning last semester, hundreds of students did not log on. This time around, district spokeswoman Yandary Chatwin says things are going better.

“Our login rate this week is 94.3%, and our attendance last year (at this time) was 94.7%. Slightly lower, but about on par with what attendance looks like for in-person school in a regular year,” Chatwin said.

The district handed out thousands of iPads over the summer, as well as internet hotspots, to help students stay online.

A big difference, says Chatwin, is teachers are contacting the families of children who do not log on.

“Some of it is just due to absences like in any other school year. But our teachers are going out, they’re still working on home visits, connecting with families one-on-one to see if it’s just a simple tech issue

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New OECD PISA report reveals challenge of online learning for many students and schools

 

29/09/2020 – The COVID-19 pandemic has led to school closures across the world and forced teachers and students in many countries to adapt quickly to teaching and learning online. But a new OECD PISA report reveals wide disparities both between and within countries in the availability of technology in schools and of teachers’ capacities to use ICT effectively.

Effective Policies, Successful Schools analyses findings from the most recent OECD PISA 2018 test, involving around 600,000 15-year-old students in 79 countries and economies.

On average across OECD countries in 2018, there was almost one computer available at school for educational purposes for every 15-year-old student. Yet in many countries school principals reported that the computers were not powerful enough in terms of computing capacity, affecting one in three students globally.

“This crisis has exposed the many inadequacies and inequities in education systems across the world,” said Andreas Schleicher, OECD Director for

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Lingoda announces the Lingoda Team Challenge: the future of online language learning

– The Lingoda Team Challenge makes language learning an experience to share with friends, relatives and colleagues

– Mutual motivation and support are key to create a successful learning habit, achieve a common goal and win exclusive prizes

– Success in the challenge will enable learners to play a leading role as responsible global citizens

BERLIN, Sept. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Lingoda, the number one trusted online language school, announces today the launch of the #LingodaTeamChallenge, a global contest bringing together people from all over the world, united in the mission to learn a new language.

What makes the Lingoda Team Challenge special is the combination of remote learning programs tailored to individuals’ needs and the dynamic environment of a goal-based contest. The format allows people separated in time and space to connect with their friends, relatives, and co-workers by joining as a team. Teams showing team spirit

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TGR Foundation launches Bid with Purpose, Giving Challenge fundraisers to further expand online learning resources

The unprecedented pandemic of COVID-19 has challenged the way educators teach and how students learn.

With a shift to remote learning, there have been newly-presented limits of access to quality educational resources, especially in under-resourced schools and high-needs communities. Recognizing this need, the TGR Foundation has substantially expanded its free online learning resources to these communities and has continuously introduced new lessons online each month.

To support this initiative, two new fundraisers – TGR EXP: Bid with Purpose and the Giving Challenge – have been created to help serve youth through education, as funds are critical for the foundation to provide free programs.

The first fundraiser, Bid with Purpose, is an online auction which includes authentic Tiger Woods signed memorabilia and dynamic golf experiences. The auction is currently live and ends at 3 p.m. ET on Friday, Sept. 25th.

A few of the auction items for golf lovers include a

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For Kansas schools, challenge will be ensuring special education students aren’t left behind – News – The Topeka Capital-Journal

It’s one challenge to close any learning gaps for special education students, but in a pandemic, just measuring those gaps will be another obstacle for Kansas schools, two special education leaders told The Topeka Capital-Journal.

Bert Moore, director of special education and title services for the Kansas Department of Education, and Heith Peine, executive director of student support services for Wichita Public Schools, joined The Capital-Journal’s Teaching Topeka podcast to discuss how special education teachers across Kansas have adapted to teaching in a pandemic.

State Commissioner of Education Randy Watson on Tuesday told the Kansas State Board of Education that, after a tour of just a few western Kansas school districts, he was becoming increasingly concerned that certain student groups, including special education students, are showing signs of academic regression as schools adjust their operations for the pandemic. More than 76,000 students, or 14.7% of all Kansas students, receive special

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Online pre-kindergarten is a challenge for Fort Worth ISD

Every weekday morning last spring, Tamara Sapp sat down with her daughter, logged into her daughter’s online learning portal and started the school day.

Some things went better than others, Sapp said. Her daughter loved music time, but she zoned out during story time. And when her teacher gave her short assignments to help prepare her for writing, it was a struggle to get her to do them.

“She likes to bargain with me — ‘I’ll do half, and then I’ll do the other half later,’” Sapp said.

Sapp’s daughter was in pre-K last year at South Hi Mount Elementary School in Fort Worth. When COVID-19 reached North Texas and school districts across the region shut down, her daughter’s classes moved online.

Trying to do school remotely wasn’t ideal, Sapp said. Even though her daughter was only online twice a day for a half hour at a time, Sapp worried

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