Ready or not, it’s back to school time, and we’re giving you tips for distance learning in this blog. In years past, the flurry of educators buzzing in August showed their hard work in the classroom. Sadly, efforts must now show on a screen.
That’s right; we’re preparing for Distance Learning or a Hybrid approach to learning thanks to COVID.
Teachers and administrators quickly realized that preparing lessons online differs significantly from traditional teaching in the classroom.
It does not end there.
Parents must also be in the digital loop.
Recognizing that parents play a dual role in distance learning, they must handle their affairs from work while balancing it to keeping their children on point.
No easy feat.
One notion I quickly realized came to me because I heard about parents not being so tech-savvy.
Some typical tasks, such as clearing the web’s cache, are unfamiliar.
Hence, the opportunity arose to develop a checklist for six Crucial Tips for distance learning.
It may not solve all of their computer issues, but it might resolve an excessive amount, making the school year a little easier.
Let’s briefly discuss each tip.
Getting online remains the linchpin to distance learning, and having critical aspects covered will substantially maintain the provider’s speed, decreasing child frustration.
Having the most frequently used software updated and running efficiently signals an environment ready to learn. Conduct your updates as needed.
It seems as if we have hundreds of user ids and passwords. Children, they share the same opinion. Having the school-related ids and passwords in the same location quickens a child’s start to the lesson.
Google has become the elephant in the room regarding online learning. Understand what students will frequently access in Google and print off some tips they don’t know. It would also benefit you to acquire Google Drive, where you can download and upload documents.
Knowing who to contact when their accounts are locked out and having the latest school calendar helps relay clear and consistent communication. This information contains troves of data, which will decrease the level of anxiety one can form if not informed.
How often have we had issues with our Wi-Fi or Router? Keeping this information stored in a convenient location helps to get assistance quickly should the need arise.
Now you are probably wondering why this week’s blog appears smaller.
Because I wanted you to download a checklist that contains the tips we just discussed; please share it with your families.
Let me know if you have an idea to add to the checklist. I will update this, so check back and see what has changed since the original checklist was made.
Last, I wanted to leave you with something for new parents or those who need a refresher on setting parent expectations. I encourage you to read 6 Ways To Manage Your Sky-High Parent Expectations of Yourself, which will help you consider some self-care tips we often overlook.
Do you have any tips for us to consider regarding distance learning? Let us know. We’d love to hear them.
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Aaron L. Smith
That’s a great suggestion. I’ll make sure to re-emphasize it. Thanks for the suggestion!