Commentary: Biggest limitation to online learning may be our imagination

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As we let our imagination play itself out regarding the upcoming school year, we need to ask ourselves: Are we going to see children getting a great education or are they going to fall behind?For parents who balanced the demands of doing their jobs remotely this past spring with children underfoot, often watching them disengage after hours on the computer, many have concluded that remote learning doesn’t work. But is that really true?If your child spent hours without interruption in front of a computer, they may have been watching their teacher and class on Zoom, but they were not necessarily experiencing remote learning. Since the inception of e-learning, technology has delivered increased bandwidth, and more engaging multimedia tools. Innovative instructional methods supported by a growing body of best practice have advanced the efficacy of remote learning. So, if we worry that e-learning doesn’t work, or will re-create educational inequities, perhaps we need to ask ourselves instead: How do we accelerate learning to prepare children for the wired global workplace they will inhabit? Great teachers answer this question readily. They:Engage students directly in their own learning and help them think independently.Excite students’ natural curiosity and appetite for …

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