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Our trusted education technology enables K-12 charter schools to implement online learning solutions. Your teachers and your students can continue learning through interactive, two-way video technology in our proprietary online classroom platform. A partnership for continued education success with health and safety in mind.

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“The kids are becoming more and more comfortable with distance learning in this format. The responsive and organized TakeLesson team has worked diligently and communicated effectively to significantly reduce any potential challenges for implementation.”
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Students continue learning and remain connected to peers, teachers, and school alerts.

Schools lead by example with proactive solutions for distance learning during times of need. 

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TakeLessons is a trusted authority in online education technology, with 15 years of experience providing e-learning opportunities to students around the world. We built an online learning platform called TakeLessons Classroom that makes distance learning possible for charter schools during times of need. Our two-way video technology enables teachers and students to connect in an online classroom from the comfort of home, with live interaction, student questions, and teacher feedback.TakeLessons offers the remote classroom solution for continued education success.

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Provide educational equity for all students through remote classroom experiences so no child is left behind without online learning alternatives.
Connect students with their teachers and classmates through interactive video technology to avoid social isolation concerns and education delays.
Empower charter schools to discover the remote classroom solution to meet their individual needs and solve their physical classroom challenges.
Share technology and teachers with charter schools to provide an effective online learning solution for physical classroom restrictions.

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Our trusted education technology enables K-12 charter schools to implement online learning solutions. Your teachers and your students can continue learning through interactive, two-way video technology in our proprietary online classroom platform. A partnership for continued education success with health and safety in mind.

Online Learning Solution
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Provide educational equity for all students through remote classroom experiences so no child is left behind without online learning alternatives.
Share technology and teachers with charter schools to provide an effective online learning solution for physical classroom restrictions.
Connect students with their teachers and classmates through interactive video technology to avoid social isolation concerns and education delays.
Empower charter schools to discover the remote classroom solution to meet their individual needs and solve their physical classroom challenges.
Talk to an education specialist about integrating TakeLessons Charter in your school
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Remote Classroom Technology

Remote Classroom Technology

The Impact of Coronavirus on Schools & The Rise of Remote Classroom Technology

Educators across the U.S. are dealing with new and unexpected challenges due to the spread of the coronavirus. Schools and universities are making the tough decision to close their doors to allow for social distancing in their communities. Many are turning to alternative online learning platforms as a solution that enables continued education during the troubling time.

The disruption of traditional school schedules presents an opportunity for academic institutions to pave a new path forward with distance learning alternatives. Universities across the country are shifting to remote classroom programs now, and independent charter schools are next in line for bringing technology innovation to K-12 students. When campuses close, learning doesn’t have to stop, regardless of age, grade, or geographic location.

In this article, we’ll explore the reasons why schools are closing during the coronavirus and discuss the options schools have for transitioning to online learning formats.


Why is coronavirus affecting schools?

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has now been detected in more than 100 locations internationally. In the United States, nearly 1,000 people in 36 states and Washington D.C. have tested positive. These stats are accurate as of today’s publishing, and numbers are expected to increase daily as more tests are available in communities around the world. There is currently no vaccine to prevent the disease.

The virus is believed to spread mainly from person-to-person interaction; between people who are in close contact with one another, and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the best way to prevent the illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. Because of this, schools across the United States are taking steps to protect students, teachers, staff, and families by closing campuses and pausing traditional in-classroom instruction. It’s a big change that could have a significant impact.

As National Public Radio points out, closing schools “is a proven measure that has been shown to slow the spread of disease and, in turn, save lives.”


Why are schools closing for coronavirus?

Stanford University, Columbia University, The University of Washington, and Georgetown University are among the long list of more than 100 American universities that have transitioned to remote learning solutions in effort to reduce the spreading of coronavirus. According to The New York Times, “colleges seem to be leading the way in the national experiment with remote learning.” 

While it is true that colleges and universities are leading the online learning trend, the evolution is not limited to higher education. K-12 schools across the nation are also beginning to cancel classes and take learning online. In fact, according to Education Week, as of March 12, 2020 there were more than 1,600 public and private schools scheduled to close, with many of these institutions transitioning to online learning as well.

Many school campuses without active cases of the virus are opting to shut down their in-person classes, as the virus spreads rapidly in surrounding communities. Northshore School District, about 30 minutes northeast of Seattle, recently began virtual classes. They were among the first public schools in the U.S. - and the first regional public school - to do so. Northshore began by hosting a webinar joined by 2,500 parents. They also prepared an online learning toolkit for families, in effort to better prepare caretakers to support their students at home. 

Northshore demonstrated how to transition an entire school to distance learning. This example also serves as a reminder that educating families is integral to the success of any online learning program in response to coronavirus restrictions.


Should schools offer remote learning alternatives?

Dealing with the fallout of a pandemic is challenging for citizens and institutions alike. For young people, a healthcare crisis of this magnitude can have a destabilizing effect.

Families are dealing with work closures and childcare challenges, while in the background, sporting events and social gatherings are being canceled. Because of COVID-19, resources like social services and food assistance are less available by the day. Coronavirus-related stress for parents has an impact on home life for children, too. When school schedules are removed from the equation, young kids lose a sense of stability that defines their reality.

When schools close, learning doesn’t have to stop. Continued education through alternative online learning platforms can provide children with the kind of consistency they need to thrive during unpredictable times. Remote classroom platforms make it possible for students to connect with their teachers and classmates through video streaming. Even outside of the classroom, kids will have the opportunity to maintain a day-to-day stability through learning.

We don’t yet know the outcome of the COVID-19 pandemic. What we do know is that education plays a significant role in childrens’ physical and mental health, and social development. In addition to keeping children safe from the coronavirus, we should focus on keeping children engaged in safe, online learning for their overall well-being during the troubling times.


How can schools transition to online learning programs?

Technology innovation provides options for schools in need of online learning programs. Distance learning, or learning through technology assistance, is one way that schools can continue classes despite physical barriers during coronavirus times. With strategic use of computers, the internet, and technology tools, schools can create online learning classrooms where teachers and students meet, from the comfort of home.

Schools around the world are experimenting with different forms of distance learning. Video conferencing allows interaction between teacher and student, with live project feedback and time for student or parent questions. Pre-recorded lectures allow teachers to prepare content in advance, and are an excellent format for social studies and history lessons. One-on-one tutorials are also being utilized across the nation through simple live-streaming software. 

As the e-learning needs expand for students, instructors are encouraged to adapt and evolve with technology. Teachers can make use of podcasts and webcams to record their lectures and share the information with students across different mediums.

While recorded videos and audio playlists are great tools for learners, there is a missing live action component. Students can receive information, but they can’t ask questions in real time. One unique online learning platform that solves this challenge is TakeLessons Classroom. This distance learning option offers a digital group classroom where the teacher and numerous students can log in and connect in real time through two-way video streaming technology. With TakeLessons Classroom, students can ask questions, talk with peers, and experience a real, live lesson from their teacher. During a crisis like the coronavirus, TakeLessons Classroom could recreate their classroom atmosphere in an online learning setting.


Why charter schools should integrate remote classroom programs

Charter and independent schools have a unique opportunity to lead the way in the field of online learning. Without public school district oversight, charter schools have a greater ability to make time-sensitive decisions that push progress forward, especially during times of health crisis.

During a period of intense change and new information, charter schools can ease community fears and bring parents and students together through online learning platforms. Video conferencing, tutorials, webinars, and pre-recorded options each present a unique chance for educators to keep learning alive as campus doors close. Through a partnership with TakeLessons Classroom, charter schools can create a safe, online classroom where teachers and students can connect, collaborate, learn, and thrive together, while remaining at home.

As coronavirus fears sweep through the country and more schools close doors, it’s important for the education community to unite and adapt with remote classroom solutions. While we work together to keep our kids healthy, let’s prioritize keeping our kids engaged and learning.