As schools navigate the realities of partial reopening, hybrid classrooms will prove to be the norm. In an effort to guide conversations and ideas on how to improve the hybrid classroom, we asked several technology vendors to tell us about the features, functionalities and benefits of their must-have technology products for the hybrid classroom.
Educators are struggling with keeping students engaged in virtual and hybrid environments. That's because videoconferencing without the aid of tools to engage audio and visual stimulation can leave kids feeling bored and unmotivated. There's a slew of tools and apps that teachers are experimenting with to make the virtual experience more active. We spoke with an educator from Hemet Unified School District who shared some of her favorite interactive student engagement apps for the remote learning environment.
Schools have often been tasked with teaching and educating young minds on what it means to be a helpful, productive, considerate and thoughtful member of society. As life and learning has become more digitized, however, there's a need to similarly guide students and teachers on how everyone should responsibly conduct themselves when using technology. We spoke with two teachers at the forefront of the digital citizenship push in the Alisal Union School District to better understand how the district began its journey and where it's going next.
As one of the most popular classroom management platforms, Google Classroom offers an assortment of assignment management functionality and digital student engagement tools. We spoke with an instructional technology expert to get his advice on some handy tips and tricks that educators can use as they navigate and master using Google Classroom for their instruction.
Too often, the conversation about digital equity is focused on one angle. In many cases, that's the devices. But educators understand that tackling true digital equity issues and achieving desired outcomes means looking at the problem holistically. This means discussing and addressing the digital equity issues not only from the perspective of putting devices in the hands of students, but also in empowering teachers with the necessary professional development to meaningfully engage with digital learning tools and processes.