In 2020, education is dealing with a whole new reality. COVID-19 is making it difficult to get students back in the classroom, so most schools are going be doing at least half some of their classes online. Today, we’ll take a look at some of the technology that is making this distance learning possible.
Whether your child’s school district is going completely remote or trying out a hybrid approach with socially distanced classes a couple of days a week, the right technology is more essential than ever. Fortunately, most students today are already familiar with much of the technology they will be using.
What can parents and teachers do to make telelearning work? Let’s look at the issues.The Equipment
Some schools don’t have the resources to provide devices to all of their students. In this case, it is the responsibility of families to procure the technology needed. In some districts, the inability to guarantee that all students get laptops will mean that schools will not open at all, but let’s assume that’s not the case with your child’s school.
First, you’ll need a computer. An inexpensive laptop is fine, but you need to make sure that it will run the software the school provides. Many of the educational resources will be accessible from the cloud, but when you need to download software, their computer should be able to handle it. Unfortunately, right now many manufacturers are experiencing shortages.
In some classes, especially with younger learners, a tablet would be appropriate. It’s also helpful for multitasking, like taking notes while watching a video.
Headset: Students will definitely need headphones with a microphone for online participation.
Connectivity: You need a reliable Internet connection, wired or wireless, ideally 25Mbps or better.
The sudden addition of millions of young people to the internet is the kind of thing that attracts hackers. Make sure that your student’s computer is running antivirus software and that your router’s firewall is updated.
Studies have shown that the more screen time a child has, the more likely they are to develop attention disorders, anxiety, and depression. Set reasonable limits with your kids about the use of devices. Don’t forget to install parental controls. There are some really nasty threats online that you don’t want your children exposed to.
Going to school online, students will be getting quite a bit of screen time. Technology is becoming an integral part of everyday life, so talk to your kids about the risks and rewards of using it. It’s good for both parents and children to understand that technology is both a benefit and a risk.
Our IT experts are happy to talk to you about your kid’s technology needs. Call Quikteks today at (973) 882-4644. We can help.