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How does at-home learning compare to in-person classes?

Posted at 6:34 PM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-13 18:34:09-04

(WTXL) — More colleges and grade schools are canceling classes or going online out of caution to prevent further spreading the coronavirus.

Districts in Georgia have made the change, leaving both educators and families scrambling.

Common Sense Media rates entertaining and educational media for kids. They also provide free educational resources for parents and teachers.

Liz Kline, the vice president of Common Sense said, "Teachers are the scrappiest people you've ever met and they can pull stuff together really quickly. But this is quite a huge challenge for someone who has never done it before."

Kline says several tools are necessary to execute virtual classes.

They have a learning management system that allows teachers to assign work and students to turn in that work, video lesson plans, and conferencing software so students can ask questions

But being tech-driven creates concerns about education equity.

Last year, Common Sense found one in 10 children don't have internet access.

Kline said there also other drawbacks.

"You know kids aren't going to be at recess, they aren't going to be at PE, and so we have to make sure that they have, you know, met the necessary time to get out and move," said Kline. "And that is a key part of being a successful learner."

Common Sense has resources for educators and parents facing closures on their website.