In today’s environment of rapidly expanding technological options for schools and teachers, the question of what technologies work best in the classroom is an evolving one.
To assess students during distance learning, teachers are relying on informal check-ins, open notes and webcams to monitor a student’s behavior.
State leaders struggle to pinpoint how many students remain unconnected, and fear widening inequality as distance learning continues.
Some teachers report less engagement with cameras off, but anxiety, tech glitches and privacy concerns could keep some students from turning them on.
Distance learning is not a mode of instruction most parents, students, teachers and administrators would have chosen in the absence of the pandemic.
The governor wants to reimagine the state’s Broadband Council and ramp up efforts to connect all students to technology during distance learning.
A citywide campaign raised $12.5 million to provide for low income students, but the devices have not yet arrived due to a backlog.
EdSource reporters and readers met Wednesday in a virtual town hall to discuss what education will look like this fall in California.
The Legislature set minimum hours but left it to districts and unions to define instruction, engagement and set the length of a school day.
At least 100,000 tablets with internet included will be ready for districts in time for the new school year, state officials said.
Sal Khan, a pioneer in distance learning, warns that distance learning does not replace the value of in-person instruction.
Many school districts will have to ditch plans for hybrid learning and in-person classes at the start of the school year.
About 56,700 laptops and 94,000 hotspots have been sent to districts across the state so far.
Very large classes are less common than often thought. Technology and new in-the-round designs will alter teaching experience.
While some families are doing science projects at home, teachers say a lack of supplies makes it difficult to assign hands-on experiments.
A bond proposal aims to build broadband infrastructure in rural California, help purchase computers and fund professional training for teachers.