With so many schools starting the academic year fully online or with a hybrid of in-person and online instruction, parents are forced to be teachers, administrators and the technology help desk – often while trying to do their own jobs remotely.
The education part is tough enough. After 125 years of largely in-person education, moving to digital platforms has challenged educators to reimagine how they deliver learning. But the technology part threatens to send some over the edge. We heard from one parent whose middle school son had just logged on to a physical education class – via video, with 60 other kids. This isn’t a standard chapter in child-rearing books.
Many school districts are providing help. Some feature online tools through district websites, tech help sites and even paper and pencils. Hamburg Schools Superintendent Michael R. Cornell says many people are tech-savvy but not necessarily adept at using their own home technology. Schools want to help parents navigate through the issues.
The state Education Department has provided a valuable resource linking to various tools.
• “COVID-19 Resources for Families and Communities” contains key information under NYSED’s Continuity of Learning Website.