Discover how edtech coaches’ roles are evolving and morphing due to the COVID pandemic with a new report from Digital Promise.
The previous trend toward digital technology becoming ubiquitous in the physical classroom is being dramatically accelerated by the virus. Even the almost 50% of students that will be entirely in school physically next year are affected by the digitized classroom. It is imperative for teachers to create interactive environments to keep their students excited to learn.
Distance learning has made it feel to many teachers like they cannot effectively help their former physically-present students. This is exacerbated by the stress of adapting to an online-only environment and changing their coursework to fit within that context. These changes can prove to be challenging for all students, but especially those who receive significant school-based support. They no longer have that same physical 5 day per week support that was so much easier in the classroom.
Everybody knows that the response to the coronavirus is to socially distance, wear a mask, and stay away from others when possible. Unfortunately, that caused many school districts to close from April until the end of the school year. Some teachers found it challenging to catch up with the overnight shift from in-person class to online learning without access to the proper resources. Among other things, this problem is exacerbated by a lack of digital equity across student populations,