I’m an Educator, and I Find Distance Learning Hard to Manage

Close up of a young boy studying and doing homework using his laptop

This morning, I try to get my twins to draw their favorite animal, an assignment we were supposed to have done for kindergarten yesterday. One sobs because her deer does not look like a deer. I want to sit with her but I forgot to print the alphabet for today and I can’t find the password to GoogleClassroom and I don’t know which app is for math. I squeeze my eyes shut and whisper, “I am doing the best I can” — and I almost believe it. I have a PhD in education. I am supposed to be able to figure this out. Professionally, I run parenting groups for families raising spirited kids who want to parent gently and positively. I have written papers on digital literacy, and I regularly consult with school districts on how to support social emotional development during distance learning. And yet, I am failing distance-learning

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HC stays shifting of distance education courses to open university

The provisions in the Sree Narayana Open University Ordinance to shift the distance and continuing education programmes and private registration of students from Kerala, Calicut, Mahatma Gandhi, and Kannur Universities and to vest it in the open university was stayed by the Kerala High Court.

The court directed the Special Government Pleader and the Standing Counsel for the University Grants Commission to inform the court whether the open university had obtained the necessary recognition from the UGC for the educational programmes.

On a question from the court whether the government had approached the UGC for necessary recognition for the university to start functioning, the Special Prosecutor sought time to file the reply.

The UGC provisions stipulates that that no higher educational institutions shall offer distance learning programme or other online programmes and admit leaders without obtaining the commission recognition. The UGC also stipulates that admissions shall not be made by

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Ginnie Graham: Distance learning not ideal but provides consistency and safety | Columnists

The Tulsa Public Schools board is going to decide next week on whether to accept Superintendent Deborah Gist’s recommendation on how to reintroduce students back into physical classrooms. It’s a hybrid, phased in approach that seems reasonable.

Opinions about distance learning is polarizing among parents, colored by national political overtones and differing views on risk taking.

Academically, my kids aren’t getting the same quality education. That is no one’s fault.

Teachers are doing a Herculean task by pivoting into online learning. Different platforms are needed, tailored to the courses offered by the schools. Classes dependent on student interaction require creativity.

At first, my teenagers were asked to be online for each hour of each class. That was six to eight hours daily in front of a screen, followed by homework. The normal practice of allowing kids to do work in class was lost in this model.

There were miscommunications and

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Social media use in distance learning raises privacy concerns

Dive Brief:

  • Connecting with students over social media raises equity and privacy concerns, The 74 reports. Though social media sites give teachers a convenient way to connect with students, children younger than 13 are prohibited from signing up for many social media platforms because they collect user data, which runs counter to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).
  • Students also may not have access to social media or they may have connectivity issues, making content streaming difficult, and the practice can also raise concerns about the potential for educator misconduct. 
  • Parents are concerned about the digital safety of students, as well, according to a report from the Center for Democracy and Technology that found 62% of parents reporting they are at least somewhat concerned about the privacy and security of data collected by schools, and only 40% saying their child’s school explained to them how it protects this information. 
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California parents mostly disapprove of distance learning, poll finds

Six-year-old Ezra holds up a drawing for his first grade Zoom class. <span class="copyright">(Courtney Patterson)</span>
Six-year-old Ezra holds up a drawing for his first grade Zoom class. (Courtney Patterson)

As most public and private school students in California continue to study from home, a majority of voters say the state’s schools are not prepared to offer high-quality distance learning, although they are more positive about their own local schools, according to a poll released Thursday.

Parents worry that if children are at home for the rest of the year, it will result in learning loss for all students, but especially for the most economically vulnerable who suffer from hunger or housing insecurity. Low-income parents, in particular, worry that prolonged distance learning will mean they won’t be able to get back to work, according to a poll commissioned by EdSource, a nonprofit education news organization.

The poll was conducted online between Aug. 29 and Sept. 7 by the FM3 Research polling firm and surveyed 834 registered

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IEPs altered to reflect distance learning service changes, but at cost to schools

When schools closed to in-person learning in the spring, some individualized supports for students with disabilities were easily transitioned to remote or virtual learning. But other services were harder to adapt to new learning formats due to the specific interventions that require physical or behavioral supports and other intensive services.

To help all students with disabilities, schools are looking at the most important document in special education and a requirement under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)  a student’s individualized education program (IEP). These documents are being scrutinized and, in many cases, altered or expanded in order to reflect pandemic realities of how best to replicate in-person services to full or hybrid virtual learning approaches.

IEP reviews ensure students with disabilities receive the services they are legally entitled to even during this public health crisis, but it’s also an undertaking that is daunting and difficult, say special

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Khan Academy Founder Sal Khan Discusses Distance Learning’s Challenges and Potential Amid Pandemic

HOUSTON, October 2, 2020 — Asia Society Texas Center was pleased to present the founder and CEO of Khan Academy, Sal Khan, along with moderator Laura Arnold, co-chair of Arnold Ventures, in a webcast addressing educational equity as part of the COVID-19: New Realities series. The two discussed how the inequities of online learning can be addressed, as well as the future of online education.

Starting Khan Academy

Arnold began by asking Khan to share how he started Khan Academy and how it became what it is today. Khan said the idea came to him during his days of managing a hedge fund, when his younger cousin Nadia asked him for help with school. When he

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Twin Cities teachers call for more distance learning as coronavirus case numbers rise

As St. Paul teachers and school district leaders argue over when to return to the classroom, a recent surge in confirmed coronavirus cases could push more Minnesota schools to close in favor of distance learning.

a large room with tables and chairs: A classroom is ready for social distance at St. Anthony Park Elementary School in St. Paul on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. (John Autey / Pioneer Press)

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A classroom is ready for social distance at St. Anthony Park Elementary School in St. Paul on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. (John Autey / Pioneer Press)

A weekly report released Thursday by the state Department of Health shows only 11 counties have a small enough number of new cases that all students should be able to safely take in-person classes. That’s down from 24 counties in last week’s report and 46 one month prior.

The new case rates are intended as a starting point for districts as they consider whether to open their schools.

The rise in new cases has come with a corresponding increase in testing,

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Salt Lake schools to stay on distance learning until at least Nov. 9

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City schools will remain in remote learning mode until at least Nov. 9, according to a letter sent to the school community by Interim Superintendent Larry Madden on Tuesday.

“As we approach the first midterm checkpoint, Salt Lake City has not met the metrics the board selected to return to in-person learning. Therefore, we will continue in remote learning through the end of the first quarter, which ends on Nov. 9,” Madden wrote.

Prior to the start of the school year, the Salt Lake City Board of Education established the metrics to allow students to return to some form of in-person learning provided that Salt Lake County’s COVID-19 positive test rate was below 5% for seven consecutive days, and there was a COVID-19 positive case count of less than 10 per 100,000 residents of Salt Lake County.

“Over the last seven days, Salt Lake

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Officials: Some students still ‘disconnected’ from distance learning

In a school year unlike any other, districts have to be mindful of a new sort of attendance problem — digital truancy.

Though many school districts opted for hybrid or in-person learning models, most have at least some students learning remotely. There are a total of about 161,645 fully remote students, according to the state Department of Education. That means nearly 32 percent of the students enrolled in Connecticut schools are learning from home.

And while many officials said the year is off to a relatively smooth start, most also reported that at least some digital learners have been “disconnected” during the initial few weeks. The problem seems particularly pervasive in New Haven, one of the districts that opted to go fully remote to start the year.

In the first week, 14,762 students were marked present at least one day, while 5,446 were absent at least one day, district officials

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