Teacher shows how much energy she needs to keep students engaged in online learning: ‘The hardest job ever’

Teachers who were trained to educate in bustling classrooms are now being forced to adapt to virtual learning on the fly. 

A kindergarten teacher shared on TikTok how she is keeping her class of kindergarteners interested during video calls. Mackenzie posted a video highlighting her incorporation of visual cues into teaching on her TikTok account kenziiewenz. 

“My facial expressions trying to keep kindergarteners engaged in online learning,” she wrote in the video caption. 

In the clip, Mackenzie is teaching her class of 5-year-olds about the number four. 

“The number four,” Mackenzie announces, cheerfully holding up four fingers with one hand. 

“I see Brandon is holding up two and two. That will also make four,” she says with double peace signs. 

“I see four and zero,” she puts up four fingers with one hand and uses her fist to make a “0.” 

Mackenzie then asks the students what kind of pictures

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Online or in-person? Having options and flexibility are key in new world of higher education

Colleges have also had to adapt to a new world of higher education.

As soon as the pandemic hit, Cincinnati State launched a college-wide effort to not only expand the number and type of its online course offerings, but also to enhance student support services.

Cincinnati State now offers three different types of online courses:

  • Web courses are traditional, self-paced online courses and do not require specific meeting times.
  • Live Web courses require instructors and students to meet online on a regular schedule just as if they were in person.
  • Hybrid courses are a mix of traditional web and live web that include regular meeting times, but not as frequently as live web.

Cincinnati State is also offering selected in-person courses that have been carefully planned to ensure adherence to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state and local safety guidelines related to COVID-19:

Cincinnati State Middletown is offering in-person

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Northern Virginia schools adjust to online learning

“Margie went into the schoolroom . . . and the mechanical teacher was on and waiting for her,” the passage reads. “The screen was lit up, and it said: ‘Today’s arithmetic lesson is on the addition of proper fractions. Please insert yesterday’s homework in the proper slot.’ Margie did so with a sigh.”

These days, Bradley — who teaches middle school in Fairfax County Public Schools — feels a lot like the “mechanical teacher.” He spends every morning huddled in a spare room in his Northern Virginia home staring at his computer screen. The monitor is filled with small rectangles: Each one depicts an anonymous, identical silhouette.

These, Bradley explained, are his students. Most keep their cameras off.

“Sometimes,” he said, “you feel as if you’re speaking to thin air. Or to no one at all.”

One week into remote schooling, students, parents and teachers throughout Northern Virginia — where

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Special education students will start in-person classes as other students begin hybrid, online learning

Tabitha Day is glad her daughter, Emily, 13, will be going to school on Monday.

“Her actually going to school and getting any services at this point would be successful because she’s had nothing,” the Cedar Rapids mom said about her daughter, who is non-verbal and has a form of epilepsy that causes severe seizures.

In the past, school has been a place for Emily to interact with children of different abilities, work with a physical therapist and use equipment she doesn’t have at home, such as an adaptive swing. But since COVID-19 closed schools last spring, Emily hasn’t had any of these services, her mother said.

“I know she has to have some deficits in her communicating,” Day said. “The social part is really important to her. She needs to have those connections with people — her peers and other people besides myself.”

Day filed a federal lawsuit against

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Online Education Market- Roadmap for Recovery from COVID-19 | Growing Advantages of Online Learning to boost the Market Growth


Technavio has been monitoring the online education market and it is poised to grow by USD 247.46 billion during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of over 18% during the forecast period. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment.

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Technavio has announced its latest market research report titled Global Online Education Market 2020-2024 (Graphic: Business Wire)

Although the COVID-19 pandemic continues to transform the growth of various industries, the immediate impact of the outbreak is varied. While a few industries will register a drop in demand, numerous others will continue to remain unscathed and show promising growth opportunities. Technavio’s in-depth research has all your needs covered as our research reports include all foreseeable market scenarios, including pre- & post-COVID-19 analysis. Download a Free

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Online COVID-19 reports show Fort Bend ISD, Katy, Lamar CISD case counts

State officials recently announced less than half-a-percent of the estimated 1.1 million students in public schools have tested positive for COVID-19 since students returned to school. New online reports indicate approximately 2,344 students have tested positive for COVID-19 statewide of those attending in-person classes so far this year, Texas Education Agency (TEA) officials announced in a press release Thursday (Sept. 17). A total of 2,175 on-campus district employees tested positive during the same time period. TEA officials say new totals will be posted online daily on the Texas Department of heath and Human Services site via a partnership between the two agencies. Starting Monday, the counts will include counts provided by individual school districts as well a state-wide data. School districts were instructed in recent weeks to upload case data via TEA reporting and information is uploaded every Monday. Antibody tests, which indicate a previous infection, are not included in

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University of California’s top doctor says school should prepare for online learning beyond the fall semester

The University of California’s top doctor had a sobering message for the system’s leaders this week: School won’t go back to normal for at least another year.

a clock tower in the middle of a road: The head of UC Health says California's university system should prepare to deal with the coronavirus pandemic for at least another year.

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The head of UC Health says California’s university system should prepare to deal with the coronavirus pandemic for at least another year.

Dr. Carrie Byington, the executive vice president and head of UC Health, delivered the message to the University of California’s Board of Regents during its two-day virtual teleconference this week. Speaking on Wednesday, Byington told the regents that in the US, herd immunity wouldn’t be expected until July 2022 — meaning that the safeguards will have to continue.


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“I believe that we will still be undergoing these modifications, accommodations, for the virus for at least another year,” she said. “I am still planning on a year of disruption, with hope that between September (2021) and

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How Online Education Startup Outschool Raised $45 Million During The Pandemic

The pandemic has been good to Outschool CEO Amir Nathoo, 40. Today the cofounder of the five-year-old San Francisco-based online education provider announced that he had raised $45 million in a funding round led by Lightspeed, a Silicon Valley venture fund. That brings the total invested in Outschool to $57 million.

“We’ve been dealing with overnight rocketship growth,” says Nathoo, who won’t share Outschool’s valuation. Last year revenue totaled $6.5 million, he says. In 2020 it’s on track to hit $100 million and he says Outschool is turning a profit.

The platform offers a staggering 50,000 not-for-credit classes aimed at students in grades K-12. That’s up from 15,000 just three months ago. Among the most popular right now: How to Make Awesome Animated Movies, a five-week course for students aged 10-15 that meets once

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