It’s a brave new world!
As teachers and students everywhere embark on a new, post-pandemic school year unlike any other, it is becoming all too clear that the pandemic has changed how we teach and learn forevermore.
For starters, students are everywhere!
Despite the daunting challenges of remote-only learning during the height of the pandemic, at least half of the nation’s 20 largest school districts will offer more full-time virtual schooling this Fall than they did before the pandemic.
Students are now learning in person in traditional classrooms, virtual-only schools, learning pods, road schools (remote learning in an RV), on “workations” with their Digital Nomad families and, in the next few years, they’ll be learning in immersive realities like the metaverse.
As we enter the 2022-23 school year, it will be important for educators to continue focusing efforts on closing the knowledge gap and accelerating deeper learning. But meeting students where they are isn’t just about geography. It’s a wholistic approach to engaging students that considers who they are as individuals and their unique psychological, social, and emotional journey. Now more than ever, teachers need high-quality tools and support to engage today’s “anywhere student” in deeper science learning.
How does OpenSciEd empower teachers to confidently meet students where they are to give them the transformative learning they need? We explore this question in this issue of our newsletter and, later this month, on our blog. So connect with us on social and our newsletters to get our content notifications.
Enjoy this issue. And let us know how you’re meeting students where they are!
The Activate Learning Team