With COVID-19 still gripping the country, some teachers have to decide on new ways to keep themselves and students safe while still returning to a school year that's as normal as possible.
Good Morning America reported that 12 out of the 15 largest school districts in the country have chosen to go back to school remotely.
While this decision keeps kids and teachers safe, it may cause trouble for some. Parents throughout the nation may find it hard to buy a laptop or wifi for their home. It also may be difficult for students who have trouble learning on their own.
Stephanie Humphrey, a technology expert, shared a few tips on how parents and students can survive during remote learning.
Get Internet at Your Home
Data from the National Center for Education and Statistics reports that more than 9 million students in school find it difficult to complete assignments online. Of that number, 14% of students do not have internet access at their homes.
Humphrey shared that several nonprofits across the country can help students find ways to get internet in their homes. EveryoneOn.org is one of the organizations that help low-income families find affordable internet services and computers. Another service parents can try is CommunityVS.org.
Boost Your Wi-Fi Signal
Humphrey said there are ways to boost your Wi-Fi signal if you find it's sometimes weak. If you’re struggling to find a signal, Humphrey said to download the free app CloudCheck. It is an app that finds the strongest signal in your home.
Parents can also add an extender for around $30, like the TP-Link AC 750.
Help Kids Who Need a Tutor
If your child needs a tutor, Humphrey said there are a lot of online resources like Tutor.com and Coved.org.
TutorMe is another organization that has 24/7 online tutoring for $1 a minute.