I currently work as the fully remote third grade teacher in a great, diverse, and effective school. Here, we have a mix of students who live locally, within walking distance, and many others who travel by school bus, city bus, and private van service to come to our school daily.
Our students are culturally, socio-economically, and academically diverse.
Since we left school on March 13th, learning has looked very different for my students. They are learning from home, working online, and struggling with having enough devices to get everyone "in school" every day, using remote access. The staff at my school is working their hardest to support these students, who encompass the spectrum of backgrounds, needs, and skills, in any and every way possible.
This September, NYC public schools began in a hybrid learning format. Students are either learning exclusively from home every day, as my third graders are, or learning at school a few days per month and at home the other days. I need to be able to reach my students, no matter where they physically are.
When teaching and learning, communication is key. Teachers have to be heard by the student. Students have to be heard by the teacher, as well as by one another. Everyone succeeds when communication is accessible.
However, during this oddest of times in education, not all students can hear or be heard in their virtual classroom.
Among the issues are lack of a quiet, private space for learning, poorly function or outdated tech, or simply lacking the tech to begin with.
I want to help my remote students be fully in class and fully engaged in the learning. For this, I need over-the-head earphones for listening, with built-in microphones, for being heard.
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