Ann McMullan is an education consultant based in Los Angeles and a featured speaker for FETC®. She is also the project director for the CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) Empowered Superintendents Initiative, and the former executive director for educational technology at the Klein Independent School District, which is located just outside Houston. Here, she addresses ed tech best practices and resources from CoSN, an FETC partner:
“As we enter another week of COVID-19, with more schools and school districts either closing for the first time or extending their closure dates (some announcing that school will not open again before the end of this 2019-20 school year), the challenges and opportunities that come with remote learning continue to grow.
“Although many schools and school districts have been leveraging technology tools for online learning for several years, there are a large number of schools and school districts who are forging into this new learning environment for the first time. Even tech-savvy educators who have previously used online tools in their classrooms are now experiencing remote learning as the primary mode to connect with their students and continue working together. In light of these rapid changes, there are several important areas that teachers, school leaders, students and parents need to consider beyond simply connecting online.
“The CoSN has launched the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Edtech Guidance webpage to assist school technology officers and other school leaders in the best practices for remote learning. This guide will help those who may be in the initial phases of starting this process—and includes many useful reminders for those with more experience—on how best to deliver instruction via the internet.” Click here for more information.
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