How Schools Are Adapting to Virtual Learning

How Schools Are Adapting to Virtual Learning


April 23, 2020·5 min read

Video is a valuable tool for virtual teaching and learning and is keeping administrators connected to staff across schools and districts.

With the current global health crisis, most schools have shut down to help stem the spread of COVID-19. This move has forced educators to deliver some form of distance education or virtual learning online to support both students and parents.

Before the pandemic, many schools were already using a host of teaching and educational technologies every day in the classroom, with many built to support distance learning in some capacity. In addition to technology, schools have been experimenting with delivery methods such as blended learning to help offer personalization and choice to the way students learn.

However, and perhaps especially for lower-level grades, many teachers have had limited involvement with technology in the classroom. Several are new to teaching in an entirely virtual environment and need to move quickly to support this delivery method.

Schools aren’t the only ones scrambling in this new world. Students and parents are feeling the pressure too. Anxieties are high around the virus itself, and the stresses parents and students are putting on themselves to homeschool while maintaining work and traditional home responsibilities are mounting.

The worry for parents doesn’t end there. How will their kids finish the school year? Will they be held back? Will they graduate? What does this mean for their college admissions? They are looking to teachers for reassurance and guidance on what to do.

Ever creative and resilient, teachers are getting inventive in the ways they’re staying connected with students, alleviating some of the anxieties families are feeling. One significant way they’re doing this is by using video for education.

Video Teaching is the New Normal

Synchronous video tools like Zoom are becoming a popular option for schools to deliver live lessons to students. However, as crucial as these tools have become to teaching and learning, they can pose a problem for teachers who are trying to maintain control of a virtual classroom.

Other limitations include the ability to accommodate schedules with working parents and access to computers in the household. Taking all of these things into consideration, on-demand or asynchronous video teaching tools can help relieve some of the pressure.

Vidyard has been a popular teaching tool for a long time, but over the last couple of months, we’ve seen educational use of the product explode. This growth all goes back to the creativity and tenacity of the teaching population as they search for effective ways to stay connected to their students.

As great as it is to see teachers accommodating students with a mix of virtual teaching tools, disparate solutions across schools and among teachers can be a bit of a nightmare to manage at the administrative or district level. Districts and schools want to provide options, but may have concerns about security and the safety of students, training, and maintaining multiple solutions.

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