Leveling Up on Learning

The new classroom

Loveverywhere.com is committed to finding a way to share learning opportunities virtually everywhere. Over the past year, the global pandemic has demonstrated many shortcomings of our traditional educational systems to meet the needs of current and future generations of learners. Our next series of Loveverywhere.com blogs will explore how we can bridge the divide to bring virtual learning opportunities to all interested learners in a more fair and equitable way that won’t exclude underserved populations. It is time to take learning to the next level. 

Researchers have found that the pandemic served to widen the racial and socioeconomic divide in the US regarding access to in-person learning. With a lack of fair finding formulas, students in poorer urban areas were provided substantially less educational resources and support than wealthier suburban communities. 

It has become painfully apparent that simply offering access to a traditional educator through an online connection is not sufficient as a substitute for traditional education. At a time when we were called upon to pivot to new technological systems to support online learning, many schools lacked the resources or technical capabilities to engage students where they were. In many instances, the most vulnerable were hit the hardest. 

Teachers with little to no experience with technology were asked to become online educators overnight. I am an educator and technology specialist who has taught in traditional, hybrid and virtual classrooms. From those experiences, I can share that these varied modes of content delivery are exceptionally different in what they call for from an educator and a learner to achieve success. 

Let’s explore what is needed to assure we can equitably provide meaningful and valuable learning opportunities virtually everywhere. If we can provide fair and equal access to educational opportunities globally, we can help to construct a global economy where learning is based on interest, merit, desire and hard work rather than on privilege. 

In the next blog, I will interview 3 educators to get their experiences to learn what has and has not worked over the past year.