New York, Gates Team Up to ‘Reimagine’ Remote Learning

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As we continue to navigate what the during and post-pandemic “normal” is, states are figuring out how to safely reopen K-12 schools and universities. New York state, with one of the hardest hit populations in the country, is teaming up with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a new blueprint for education. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced plans to reimagine remote learning.

“Let’s learn from this experience. We did a lot of remote learning. Frankly we weren’t prepared to do it. We didn’t have advanced warning. But, we did what we had to do and the teachers and the education system did a great job, but there is more we can do.”

Governor Andrew Cuomo

Online or remote learning is nothing new. However, the chosen online classes were carefully vetted and constructed. And then came the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools moved to online instruction within a matter of days, and all of that careful planning flew out the window.

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Answering the ‘Hows’

As New York develops newly imagined plans with the Gates Foundation, they will be finding answers to the following questions:

– How can we use technology to provide more opportunities to students no matter where they are;

– How can we provide shared education among schools and colleges using technology;

– How can technology reduce educational inequality, including English as a new language students;

– How can we use technology to meet educational needs of students with disabilities;

– How can we provide educators more tools to use technology;

– How can technology break down barriers to K-12 and Colleges and Universities to provide greater access to high quality education no matter where the student lives; and

– Given ongoing socially distancing rules, how can we deploy classroom technology, like immersive cloud virtual classrooms learning, to recreate larger class or lecture hall environments in different locations?

New York State News

“When we reopen schools, let’s open a better school and let’s open a smarter education system,” said Cuomo.

Importantly, no matter the pandemic, online learning isn’t going away anytime soon. It should, and will, with hard work and difficult questions, improve. The drive to reimagine remote learning might have started with an emergency, but it will end with a better educational system for the 21st century.

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