Stories from the Classroom
How COVID-19 Will Change Education
A month ago I read an article that said schools will definitely be doing 'blended' learning permanently and that social distancing will require schools to have kids come to school on different days to lower the capacity. I thought 'well...that MIGHT happen but we can't say with certainty.' 30 days later, these are the exact things school leaders are discussing around the world. What will education look like in the Fall of 2020? What will it look like in a post-COVID-19 world?
I wanted to chat with someone about everything I had been reading online and seeing from schools around the world, some of which are beginning to open up after 3 months of remote learning. Carl Hooker was the first person to come to mind.
Carl Hooker has been in education for 20+ years and is an Apple Distinguished educator, has served as a classroom teacher, instructional technologist, virtualization coordinator, director of innovation & digital learning, and founder of iPadpalooza, an educational technology conference in central Texas.
In today's episode, Carl and I chat about what the future of education may look like not only in this upcoming school year but what it may look like beyond Covid19.
- the transition from 'emergency remote learning' to 'how to do remote learning well'
- two best practices that have emerged so far in remote learning
- what some school schedules around the world are already doing
- what type of schools will thrive in this environment
- impacts of the current extended 'summer slide'
- psychological impacts on student of prolonged social distancing
- how schools in China are currently following santization & social distancing protocols
- what blended part in-class, part virtual-class could look like
- approaches of independent / private schools vs public schools
- what a 'delayed start' could look like
- schools that are already planning for a fully remote Fall 2020
- emerging possibilities for teachers & students who prefer remote learning
- changes to testing and assessment
- opportunities to differentiate in virtual learning
- optimal ratio of synchronous vs asynchronous time
- how to build community in the virtual classroom
- what a post COVID-19 classroom may look like
- equity and access; leveling the playing field for all students
- words of hope for educators who are worried, scared, and anxious about the future of education
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