Although school may look different, we all must do what we can to help each student learn to the best of their ability. Here are some tips to consider that can enhance distance learners educational experience while attending virtual school:
Distance Learning Tips
- Check all technology before class, such as your headphones, mic, camera, laptop, or computer. If you borrowed technology from your school, communicate any issues you may be experiencing so that they can be remedied as soon as possible.
- If your student is comfortable using a computer mouse, consider buying one. You can find various styles and sizes at reasonable prices.
- Slow Wi-Fi? Please consider opting for a faster speed—especially if you have multiple students at home sharing the bandwidth—so that each student is able to stay in their class session and not get kicked out due to slow Wi-Fi.
- During the class session, please encourage your student to use appropriate language and to not play with the camera. Everyone should be attentive and showing respect to the teacher, their peers, and themselves.
- Check periodically if you need to clear your cache—especially if you have a lot of downloads.
- Please attend class prepared with notebook and paper. Although your student is working online, you should still encourage note-taking and written practice with paper and pen/pencil.
- As stated in my August article, please create a designated place that is quiet, and follow a routine for ALL students—proper food, nutrition, and sleep are a must for everyone.
- Last but not least, please do not get upset when school staff call you. We all have to work together in order to create smooth systems for your student(s), so be patient and engage positively with the school staff.
We all want to see your student succeed.
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