Working remotely or as it is also known, telecommuting is the only way educators around the world have been able to reach out and connect with their students during the coronavirus (COVID 19) outbreak public health emergency. Even the most experienced online teachers must stay up to date as these systems are continuously changing and being optimized. Aside from the technical aspects of it all, which could be a demanding effort for some, it entails a steep learning curve, more for some than others. looking ahead though, providing instruction and conducting self-directed learning on virtual and hybrid learning environments seem to be the new normal of things to come in education. At least in the short-mid-term. Further down the line, these approaches and strategies will most likely merge and produce new trends and ways to synchronously and asynchronously deliver engaging eLearning content to students who will probably be doing a blend of homeschooling and school hands-on learning.
"We really missed that part, contacting and the connection with our kids," says John Rendon. “We didn’t have the time to say goodbye …. give them the final hug" adds Sandra Vargas. The Colombian married couple has been working on language immersion programs for more than a decade. They invited us into their home, near Atlanta, GA., via zoom. We shared a conversation and discussed things like their early struggles of transitioning to remote teaching, many of the details and adjustments they had to go through. They described some differences between working with primary students and preschoolers, some of the main applications that enable them to do their jobs, the reasonable need for flexibility in assessment, and the great support received from their school district, parents, and other educators within their school community.
We came across preschool teacher Silene Corn's YouTube channel. In it, she shares her teaching and learning experiences and those of others who are trying to enrich eLearning practices aimed at young learners and their families around the world.