Some educators and startups are treating remote learning as an experiment, and have found some solutions amid its immense frustrations, Erica Pandey writes:
1. Teachers are taking advantage of the deconstructed school day's flexibility.
- Jori Krulder, a high school teacher in Paradise, Calif., found time to do regular one-on-one conferencing with her students because of the looser schedule in the spring. She plans to continue through the fall.
- Other teachers are recording lessons for students to watch on their own time, and using their video calls for personalized instruction.
2. The forced switch to remote learning is shaking up teaching and learning for the first time in decades.
- Some are even thinking beyond letter grades. Many schools did away with grades amid the chaos in the spring. Now the new methods of evaluating students may carry over.
3. Pandemic-era remote learning has also spurred innovation and made way for new types of companies.
- SitterStream, a Boston-based startup that launched at the beginning of the pandemic, is an Uber for child care. It offers on-demand virtual babysitting and tutoring to kids, both individually and in small pods.
- Transportant, a Kansas startup, is working with school districts to turn buses into rolling WiFi hotspots for students without internet.
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