The early March onset of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. forced the majority of the nation’s school districts, ready or not, to embrace a fully online learning model.
As buildings closed to help slow the illness’ spread, administrators had to confront a number of questions: How do we quickly provide training to do this effectively? What about students who lack home internet access? How should assignments be structured to take pressure off of families also dealing with layoffs or adults now working from home?
And, of course, how do we keep students and sensitive information secure in a fully remote learning environment?
“This is a story that isn’t going to be able to be fully written for a while,” said Doug Levin, president of EdTech Strategies, a strategic research consultancy. “Like many things about the situation, it continues to evolve. There’s always a lag time between when schools experience incidents and when those incidents become public, and that lag time may be greater today, when many people are not physically in schools and they’re juggling many other priorities.”