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How to reduce remote learning burnout in kids

How to reduce remote learning burnout in kids
How to reduce remote learning burnout in kids

Remote learning has children tethered to their screens. And while necessary to stop the spread of coronavirus, all this screen time can cause an unfortunate side effect in kids: remote learning burnout. 

Nancy (whose last name was withheld to protect her privacy) knows this phenomenon well. Last spring, when her daughter’s school went remote, her and her husband thought their daughter had adjusted well. During the school days, she would shut her door and not allow her parents in. They respected their elementary-school-aged daughter’s independence, assuming she was attending classes and getting her work done.

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In early June, though, she bounded down the stairs with a pair of scissors and her computer cord. She had cut the cord because she didn’t want to learn remotely anymore. Since then, she’s refused to be online except to play video games or watch

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As schools shift to online learning, what should they do about cyberattacks?

PATERSON, N.J. – Some students got a lesson in the pitfalls of virtual learning when their online classes were interrupted by obscenities, pornography and threats against teachers.

Paterson schools aren’t alone in dealing with electronic intrusions in the age of virtual learning. Similar incidents have been reported in districts from California, Miami and Ohio to Lumberton, New Jersey, which was bombarded with pornographic images and racist language during Zoom conferences in April.

Problems with online security and privacy – from student pranks to ransomware attacks – are expected to get worse as schools shift to full- or part-time virtual learning because of the coronavirus pandemic, experts warned.

“Zoom bombing, cyberbullying, phishing – you name it, it has increased astronomically. Everybody needs to be really mindful about security right now,” said Kutub Thakur, an assistant professor and director of the Cyber Defense and Security Program at New Jersey City University. “Because

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Online learning provider Everfi makes $100 million commitment for curriculum that pushes for social change

Education has been a hot topic lately. There are questions about the impact remote learning will have on kids, and controversy swirling around President Donald Trump’s recent calls to end racial sensitivity training across federal agencies and clamp down on a New York Times initiative called the 1619 Project, used by some schools to teach the history of slavery and its far-reaching consequences. In short: There’s lots to talk and worry about. 

To be sure, this is also an opportunity to rethink and revamp how and what we teach, for those who seize it. Online learning platforms are seeing a boom, and technology in general is being incorporated in unprecedented ways, which is actually helping to broaden the reach of educators in some regions of the world. What’s more, despite the rhetoric from the White House, the current racial reckoning is leading many in the private sector to up their

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7 Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe Online During Remote Learning

You can’t supervise them 24/7. Here are easy ways to make sure they’re protected on their own.

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Boy on Laptop

Virtual learning means more time on the web, which means a greater need for cyber safety lessons.

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This back-to-school season looks a little different in much of the country. With over 6 million kids distance learning, working families are met with an entirely new set of challenges. With kids on the computer for several hours a day—and working parents not able to give their full supervision—cyber safety is a concern now more than ever. Here are seven top tips on how to keep your child safe online from cybersecurity company NortonLifeLock.

Check your surroundings: With children remotely attending school through Zoom and the like, families now have multiple surveillance cameras throughout the house, potentially making their homes far less private than they might otherwise be. If your child

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As more schools shift to online learning, what should they do about cyberattacks?

PATERSON, N.J. — Some New Jersey students got a lesson in the pitfalls of virtual learning recently when their online classes were interrupted by obscenities, pornography and threats against teachers.

But the Paterson schools aren’t alone in dealing with electronic intrusions in the age of virtual learning. Similar incidents have been reported in districts across the country, from California, Miami and Ohio to Lumberton, New Jersey, which was bombarded with pornographic images and racist language during Zoom conferences in April.

Problems with online security and privacy — from student pranks to ransomware attacks — are expected to only get worse as schools across the country shift to full- or part-time virtual learning because of the coronavirus pandemic, experts warn.

“Zoom bombing, cyberbullying, phishing – you name it. It has increased astronomically. Everybody needs to be really mindful about security right now,” said Kutub Thakur, an assistant professor and director of

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Mom’s Relatable Comics Capture The Realities Of Distance Learning

As a mother of two, cartoonist Adrienne Hedger understands the trials and tribulations of distance learning during a pandemic.

In her Hedger Humor comics, the Southern California-based artist captures familiar moments with honesty and wit. Her teenage daughters, Kate and Claire, have been doing remote learning since March. So far, the fall semester has gone more smoothly than the spring, Hedger told HuffPost. 

“In spring, everyone was caught off guard, and it felt like, ‘Let’s just get through this.’ Teachers were posting assignments and doing their best, but there were no set times when classes met online,” she said. “It was a confusing, stressful time. Things are a lot better now. There is a set schedule and all the classes meet in videoconferences.”

A few things every parent could use during remote learning. (Photo: <a href="https://www.instagram.com/adriennehedger/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Hedger Humor" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Hedger Humor </a>)
A few things every parent could use during remote learning. (Photo: Hedger Humor )

One of the downsides of distance learning is that kids miss out on

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School Districts Are Facing Chromebook Shortages as Students Shift to Online Learning

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School districts are facing difficulty securing Chromebooks for students this year due to supply shortages amid the coronavirus pandemic.

With students across the country starting the school year at home, laptops and computers have become necessities to participate in classes or do coursework. Chromebooks — which run on Google’s Chrome operating system — have been a popular choice for students thanks to their low-price range. While high-end Chromebooks can cost hundreds of dollars, the most affordable models run just under $300.

But communities have been struck with Chromebook shortages over the last few weeks, due to high, nationwide demand for the machines and a slowdown in production.

According to the Associated Press, Lenovo, HP and Dell — three companies that make their own versions of Chromebooks — have said they will be short 5 million laptop units this year. The outlet said the

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Power outages hamper evacuation warnings and distance learning in wildfire-torn California

Danielle Mays lives in a wood cabin at the end of a 10-mile dirt road near Feather Falls, California. On Tuesday afternoon, Mays, a music teacher, saw smoke from the approaching North Complex West Zone fire, and knew something was wrong.

But Mays had no power, and thus no reliable cell phone service, so she hadn’t received any emergency alert to warn her of the dangerous fire. In fact, she had no Wi-Fi or even water, because her cabin and 70 acres rely on a well. In an effort to prevent more wildfires from igniting, California’s largest utility provider, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) had intentionally shut off power the previous night to Mays and more than 150,000 other customers across 22 counties in Northern California.

The North Complex West Zone fire has already killed 10 people and burned more than 70,000 acres in Butte County. The fire was caused

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Miami-Dade School Board votes to cut ties with K12 online learning platform

The Miami-Dade County School Board has voted unanimously to stop using My School Online, the district’s controversial new online learning platform many say is at the center of the failed start of school.

The board voted to sever ties just before 2 a.m. Thursday, 13 hours after the meeting began. Teachers can begin using other platforms immediately.

The early morning decision sent some elementary schools into a scramble. Some schools that never used Microsoft Teams, like Bob Graham Education Center, were caught off guard and quickly went to work to set up Zoom meetings to find a way to educate students.

The School Board debate and vote stretched into the middle of the night because members had to finish public comment on Vice Chair Steve Gallon’s catch-all proposal to get to the bottom of what went wrong. In the first board meeting since school began Aug. 31, nearly 400 teachers

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11 Remote Learning Truths From Parents Whose Kids Have Started School

Many kids across the country are starting the school year from the confines of their own homes, as both large school districts and individual parents are keeping students remote this fall. 

What can parents expect this fall? What’s been working and what hasn’t? A warning: It doesn’t seem to be going too great overall. 

We asked parents in our Facebook community whose kids have started the school year virtually about what we should know. Read on to find out what they had to say. 

“I live in Metairie, Louisiana, and my son is attending first grade virtually for at least the first nine weeks. He started yesterday, and naturally there were hiccups with the format. However, I am truly flabbergasted that in general the district seemed extremely underprepared for a virtual learning option. … Teachers seem overwhelmed by the virtual format. So far, the majority of the class periods have

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