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| November 30, 2017
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Article | March 25, 2020
When faced with unexpected school closures, Gwinnett County (Ga.) Public Schools has a backup plan in place: digital learning days. Since 2017, the district has been using digital tools to continue instruction and communication when inclement weather days, natural disasters and other emergencies force them to close their buildings. Yet adopting e-learning — also called remote learning, distance learning or cyber days — wasn’t an easy feat. From network and connectivity issues to teacher training, the district had a lot to work through to deliver instruction online and provide alternative assignments for students who lacked devices or internet access at home.
How fitting that our last day of in-person learning was Friday the 13th. I’m the vice principal at St. Barnabas Elementary School in the Bronx. That day in March I was refilling hand sanitizer when our week-long closure was announced. Like many of us, we scrambled, tossing teacher’s editions into bags and packing as many manipulatives as we could carry, all while lugging chart paper over our shoulders just in case. We didn’t know what was needed, so it all seemed logical to take.
With schools worldwide forced into lockdown and over 1.4 billion children isolated at home, remote learning has rocketed up the agenda with headteachers, policy makers and education ministries looking for solutions. Big Tech have responded by making accessible tools freely available to teachers and students – platforms such as Zoom, Google Hangouts, Classroom and Microsoft Teams have seen usage grow exponentially in recent weeks.
Colleges and universities continue to see the potential of moving to the cloud. In fact, they’re expected to increase investments in cloud applications and infrastructure by 22.3 percent by 2023, according to research and consulting firm Ovum. Cloud-based collaboration apps, in particular, are becoming essential tools for learning and instruction on higher ed campuses. They offer features that help students and faculty efficiently communicate and work together inside and outside the classroom, which is even more critical as distance learning and online courses grow in popularity.
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