Glastonbury Public Schools [ CT] will use remote learning during inclement weather instead of taking traditional snow days, NBC CT reported. Superintendent Alan Bookman said that the district decided to take advantage of this new option as much of schooling has migrated online during the pandemic. While some students aren't loving the change, Bookman said that school days during the winter tend to be more valuable than those in June, when snow days are usually made up for[.]
Even the best technology can't eliminate the inherent problems of virtual schooling. Several key technological stumbling blocks have persisted in keeping remote learning from meeting its full potential:
1. The needs of IT departments and students can be at odds.
2. Existing tech can't just be grafted onto remote learning.
3. The digital divide looms over everything.
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What millions of students around the world are experiencing right now on Zoom and other conferencing platforms is not online learning, but rather remote learning. Susan Grajek of Educause, the association of education technologists, distinguishes remote learning from “well-considered, durable online learning.” Remote learning, she said, is a “quick, ad hoc, low-fidelity mitigation strategy.”
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“We can't just move what we did, traditional bricks and mortar schools, online. We have to think about what are the unique needs that we have of each family. What are the unique needs that are time dependent in these uncertain times? And what are unique affordances of being able to do our work online?”
Source: Harvard Graduate School of Education
“The presence of one’s smartphone enables on-demand access to information, entertainment... and more,” the study concludes. “However, our research suggests that these benefits—and the dependence they engender—may come at a cognitive cost.” A bevy of other studies, meanwhile, clearly indicate that environments or activities that divide our attention can hurt us when taking tests and especially when encoding new learning. Taken together, there’s increasing evidence that the presence and usage of cell phone in the classroom—while not necessarily detrimental in all contexts—should be carefully monitored, intentionally structured, and even restricted in some cases.
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Why would someone bother going through extra steps for a login when a quick social login with Facebook or Google is so much more convenient?2 Do you really need a password manager if you add a symbol, dollar sign, or ampersand to your dog's birthday? (Yes!) But in an age of unprecedented convenience, don't people deserve ease, utility, and simplicity?3 In fact, aren't things like social logins and online shopping catering to the desire for convenience?
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Poor rich kids:-)
Young people from families making $35,000 or less a year spend much more time with screen media — nearly two hours per day more when compared with families making more than $100,000. Vicky Rideout notes that gap has been pretty persistent over time. "Entertainment media is an affordable alternative to after-school programs or private piano lessons," she says. And there can be opportunities for "informal learning" — with the right guidance.
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