If you find yourself having to make a quick shift towards distance learning or virtual learning due to school closings or local quarantines, you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed. BetterLesson coaches have gathered tips and resources in response to eight questions important to consider when planning for a successful launch of virtual learning. We hope the recommendations we've compiled will help you create an engaging and impactful distance learning experience for your students during this challenging time.
Before diving into any model of distance learning, it is important to consider whether your plan is equitable for all of your students. Do all of your students have the resources they need to engage with virtual learning (hardware, internet, etc.)? If not, consider what supports you can put in place to ensure all students can engage in the learning. Prior to school closings, schools may want to establish systems for students to check out devices for the length of time that schools will be closed. If necessary, teachers may also want to consider what resources can be shared via alternative means, such as sending hard copies of course materials in the mail to students with limited internet access.
In order to plan for a successful launch of virtual learning, we recommend thinking through the following eight questions. Our guide provides tips, resources, and recommendations to support you in responding to each one.
Below, we've highlighted a few of the resources we recommend. For more suggestions, download the guide via the link above.