Our new reality that has brought virtual school and online learning is unexpected to say the least. But you and may others are probably thinking, how long will this last? For the foreseeable future, many schools have decided to start the 2020-2021 school year online until further notice. This decision is all in part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 between students and their families. Although temporary for now, some educators believe this is only the beginning for the future of learning. University College of Education professor William Watson argues that this temporary switch will possibly turn into a new reality. He argues that online learning provides personalized learning options for all students, allowing them to be most successful adding that "A personalized approach to learning supports student autonomy and the direction of each student’s learning process”. More importantly he suggests that the idea of more personalized learning systems will happen, online or not. He puts it as, “Ultimately, the move to personalized systems of education is a question of when, not if ".
With this in mind, the first thing that may come to mind is the millions of youth who might not have access to adequate technology to participate in online learning. This barrier brings a disadvantage for some youth to access the education that they deserve. Our mission here at Bridging Tech is to bridge the digital divide gap for children in homeless shelters. We would love your help in reaching our goal so students in need can start their school year prepared and confident. Learn how you can help by going to "About" and then "Get Involved".
Source: Herald Journal