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Digital Considerations for Remote Learning: Learning Environments

Equitable Access

Educational services should strive to include equitable access to instruction for all students and this will be of paramount importance as schools and districts transition to remote learning. CDE has prepared guidance to support districts and schools with understanding their responsibilities for special education and related services and educating English learners.

Student Privacy

Districts should be mindful of how any eLearning platforms handle student data and personally identifiable information (PII). CDE has prepared guidance to support schools and districts as they transition to remote learning. 

Social Emotional Considerations

In this time of disruption, uncertainty, and constant change, both students and adults are likely to experience stress. From a learning perspective, this elevate stress can hijack learning and diminish both student and educator ability to be creative, learn new skills, and think outside the box at a time when those skills are needed most. Research has shown the single best way to combat stress, and keep students productive in the face of uncertainty is connection. Most students are used to connecting in a traditional classroom but being virtual doesn’t mean they can’t connect in relationship-rich ways.

The Colorado Education Initiative has been working with partners from around the state to coalesce a variety of school and community health resources out there in one place at The Hub. The Hub is a useful tool for educators looking for health and wellness related content.

Screen Time

As students shift to a remote learning environment, the amount of time that students spend on a screen is a point of discussion. Understanding that there are different purposes for screen time, ranging from recreational to educational use, districts and schools should consider the amount of screen time that will be utilized in the remote learning environment. Technology is a tool that assists educators in delivering content and instruction to students and can be used in conjunction with a variety of off-line assignments and projects. For more information about learning time by grade level and screen time recommendations by age, visit the Getting Started at Home page.

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