Hybrid learning instructional models took center stage during the spring of 2019 as schools moved in and out of learning modalities. As buildings were closing, groups of students were shifting between the physical classroom and digital learning platforms to continue their learning before the end of the year. While the Covid-19 pandemic continued to ravage the educational landscape for over a year, instructional coaches and teachers came together to find strategies to make hybrid learning work for their students.
More than ever before, teachers are discovering the power of education technology as essential to their success as educators. Teachers have long used EdTech, the combination of the words ‘education’ and ‘technology,’ to bring high-impact learning to students in a variety of ways. Whether it was interactive whiteboards that animated learning concepts or in-class, in-the-moment survey tools that amplified student
Teachers engaged in steep learning curves as they made distance learning work for their students and them. As a result of teachers selflessly grappling to hold everything together, different and even more effective ways of teaching and learning became a part of their pedagogical toolboxes. Schools made quality moves with student betterment in mind, and many of these strategies will contextualize the impact teaching during a pandemic has had on the educational field.