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Virtual Classrooms

Stories about the technology associated with learning in a virtual space, as opposed to a physical classroom. Stories involve video conference software and online educational programs that are becoming increasingly common in both K-12 school districts and institutions of higher education.

Columbus City Schools has enlisted the family counseling organization Buckeye Ranch to help students dealing with depression, anxiety and other issues that coincided with social isolation over months of remote learning.
Many colleges and universities are holding classes online in response to COVID-19 but charging full price for a lesser product, including transportation and campus fees even though students aren’t on campus.
Schools in Michigan can lose state funding if 75 percent of students don't attend school on enough days, and Detroit Public Schools has seen virtual attendance fall below 70 on several recent days.
Psychologists and teachers have found the disruptions of the pandemic and being out of school have led to more behavioral problems, anxiety, depression and other mental health issues in children and teens.
St. Vrain Valley School District had students log in from home Thursday for a shortened schedule as winter weather delayed other districts for hours. Some parents argue these days are too unproductive to be educational.
More than 60 percent of Algebra 1 students and half of upper elementary kids are far behind in math, nearly a third of high school freshmen likely need substantial help in English, and achievement gaps are widening.
Over 500 people have signed an online petition asking Quincy Public Schools to temporarily allow remote learning amid a new wave of COVID-19 cases, while the state points to mounting evidence it’s been harmful for kids.
As cases of COVID-19 skyrocket with the prevalence of a new variant, New Jersey’s largest school district is preparing technology, materials and all necessary links and codes should students have to learn remotely.
Except for one live lesson a week, EBR Virtual Academy’s new vendor will have students either completing assignments on their own, meeting in small groups or one-on-one with Arizona State University teachers or coaches.
A recent educator survey conducted by the nonprofit Christensen Institute finds that students and teachers are struggling, and some ed-tech practices that flourished during remote learning have waned as schools reopened.