Google, Kahoot! And Zoom are the most-used tools of 2020–2021.
The COVID-19 pandemic changed how we teach and lead. From book drop-offs to hotspots for families, the past school year required tremendous amounts of flexibility and adaptation as schools switched between in-person and remote learning environments.
- By Kennedy Schultz
Microsoft has released a free reading fluency app for its remote remote meeting and collaboration tool, Teams.
In the 2020–2021 school year, the first full school year of the pandemic, public school enrollments declined by 2%, or roughly 1.1 million students, largely the result of schools moving to remote instruction, according to a new working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).
A new study of data generated by an education platform has found that K-12 students in states that allowed in-person learning during the 2020-2021 school year showed more engagement in learning than students residing in states where fully remote learning was the norm.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
More K–12 educators are spending their own money on classroom essentials like books and other learning materials, according to a new survey. At the same time, most are not being given a say in how American Rescue Plan funds are being allocated.
Virtual education platform InSpace, a new tool that allows students and instructors to interact online much like they would in physical spaces, has announced integration with Instructure's Canvas learning management system.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Amid new fears arising over the Delta variant and wildly contradictory messaging on COVID-19 policy at all levels of government, parents appear to be growing increasingly concerned about sending their kids back to school in the fall.
A new report noted that students on the whole did make gains during the 2020–2021 school year. However, those gains were lower than seen in previous years. Underrepresented groups and students in high-poverty areas were disproportionately impacted negatively by the public policy response to the pandemic.
A new report finds that high-quality instructional materials that incorporate technology, that are culturally relevant and that bring caregivers into student learning helped remote students meet or even exceed expectations during school shutdowns.