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Digital Instruction During the Pandemic

Teaching virtually comes with its own set of challenges—,, especially during a pandemic. Use these strategies to focus on specific goals, embrace uncertainty, and keep communication open.

As school systems nationwide remain closed, educators feel a collective undercurrent of uncertainty from Covid-19, but also from the burden of providing quality online instruction. The responsibility of ensuring that kids do not fall irreparably behind during a months-long closure is daunting. Simple interventions and strategies may be the most effective in these challenging times. 

How Phones Can Facilitate Distance Learning

Many students lack either high-speed internet or computers, but teachers can use phones for both academic and community-building purposes.

Schools across the country have been forced to make hard decisions about teaching and learning during the coronavirus crisis. Some have chosen to shift their instruction online. Others are still trying to figure out what remote learning looks like for their students. But one thing is clear: Digital learning presents an enormous hurdle for the millions of school-aged children in the U.S. who lack either internet access or an internet-connected device, or both.

There is good news: Recent data from the Pew Research Center indicates that approximately 96 per cent of households have access to a mobile phone and 81 per cent have access to a smartphone.

Simple Ways to Incorporate Coding in Enrichment Classes

Young learners can develop an understanding of coding concepts and computational thinking through visual art, movement, and music.

Instructional technology and the arts can be difficult to integrate authentically. Despite the progress of our STEM-accredited school with an evolving STEAM program, these two fields rarely overlapped in our classrooms. 

By focusing on a final product and promoting integration in the Hour of Code, we merged resources to create, communicate, and collaborate across grades and subject areas. Here are some tips for integrating code in arts-based settings for younger students.

11 Meaningful Writing Assignments Connected to the Pandemic

Writing gives students an outlet to express their feelings and connect with others during this unsettling time in their lives.

With students currently at home because of the pandemic, it’s helpful to provide learning opportunities that get them talking about what’s happening in the world with trusted adults and peers.

These ideas for home assignments build connection and help our young people process this difficult experience while developing their writing skills.

4 Ways to Celebrate High School Graduation This Year

With coronavirus school closures extending into the fall, districts are coming up with clever alternatives to give seniors the graduation ceremony they deserve.

In high schools, the last few months of the school year are typically filled with a flurry of celebrations—prom, pep rallies, yearbook signing—culminating in the final rite of passage for seniors: graduation.

But coronavirus school closures this spring have upended the traditional pomp and circumstance, leaving students across the country, especially seniors, feeling untethered and a bit lost.