Schooling At Home??? Now What! Online Learning At Home Replaces America's Classrooms! Here's What's Next!!!

RE@L-logo_Corp_TM_New-Tag_8-15-17_CMYK-300x127RE@LBlog found this recent headline article on keeping an “open mind” in a local publication,” MINNPOST,” just as many local students went back to online school during their prolonged “Stay Home!” 

Here’s the caption from an involved parent: “I’m just trying to keep an open mind: What the first day of distance learning looked like in Minnesota.”

The “Online Learning Cloud” out there is not like the school students once learned in. What’s now called “distance learning” is in fact distancing many students. Teachers wonder aloud, “How am I going to meet the needs of students who don’t know how to learn online when I’m not sure how to teach online.”

Can effective teaching and learning be accomplished on “The Cloud?” Here’s what happened at home to a first grader from the Cass Lake-Bena School District, and her mother, a student at Bemidji State University with only one laptop at home.

Click on the MINNPOST graphic below right to read the entire article.

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MinnPost“She definitely needed more support than her brothers did with their typical classes,” she said. “I was by her side the whole time she was learning and trying to access that education.”

But they still ran into some issues, in navigating the new online learning platforms together and in adjusting to longer communication wait times as her daughter waited to hear back from her teachers when she had questions about her assignments.“Luckily, she had a brother in the same grade who was able to help as well. Without him, I don’t think she would have gotten her assignments done today,” Haglund said.  “It was certainly a team effort here today.

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There are lessons to be learned for all of us who serve the many needs of learners. Here’s the closing quote at the end of the MINNPOST story:

“Luckily, she had a brother [at  home] in the same grade who was able to help as well. Without him, I don’t think she would have gotten her assignments done today…It was certainly a team effort here today.” 

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RE@L believes we all need to keep that “Open Mind” mentioned above (even if it’s a “brother). We all need to be on the lookout for more “team learning efforts” to make this new online, distance learning work. There’s lots more to learn about these many new schooling sites now called “Home.”

1_up_banner_3-04-1024x355In the forthcoming months we will need more such “Team Efforts” to build more new learning models. More Learning Products will be needed for both the learners and their teachers.

RE@L is positioned to do just that with our innovative “1Up On Vaping”  LearningProduct. For more information, click on the graphic to the right above.

Soon RE@L will hear from both students and teachers about this new product. What’s missing from this current report are the many new roles both students and teachers must learn and share.

Coming soon will be more commitment, exploration, task-centered learning, full of more STEM “show & tell” projects than we’ve ever seen before! 

RE@L says: “Grab hold, kids…we need you at the helm of your own new voyage of learning!” Parents and siblings, too! 

Tom King & Dale LaFrenz

Dr. Tom King has served for over 40 years as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Saint Thomas in the School of Education. The Saturn School of Tomorrow, formerly a St. Paul Public School, was his visionary response to educational reform needed in K-12 schools. Saturn was a lighthouse on the frontier of school change. Tom served as an experienced high school mathematics teacher, a school administrator at Saturn School and Director of Technology for the St. Paul MN Public Schools. Tom is also a member of the RE@L Team ----- Dr. Dale LaFrenz is Chairman of RE@L, Inc and one of the founders of MECC, Inc - the Minnesota company that brought “Oregon Trail” and more than a hundred products to millions of K12 students across the world. His work in building new paths for MECC’s “consumer” market” was instrumental in the start of an Industry in K12 EdTECH: including school-markets, students, teachers and parents. RE@L Inc continues to serve K12 as a LearningProduct "launching pad" for schools, online learning and the rapidly growing STEM market as a whole.