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Does anybody know of good virtual career fairs?

Thank you all for the great questions and shared wisdom. I'm signing off (dinner time on the East Coast!), but please keep the conversations going! @snobles

What are some ways to provide incentives to keep your kids motivated? Are there sites where you can create your own badges/awards?

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I have a 9 year old and his school started remote classes this week...I cannot get him to pay attention for more than five or ten minutes at a time. Any suggestions to fix this?

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How do you tell company leaders to be more mindful with parents who feel that they’re not being supported managing their workload while taking care of their kids? They think we’re “taking breaks.”

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What's the most efficient way to incorporate breaks into the day now for my kids? I'm having a hard time transitioning them from work vs. break time esp being cooped up at home all day now

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What are schools doing in terms of testing? Is everything based on the honor system?

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I’m trying but failing to keep my kids’ days structured so when they go back to school eventually, they’ll be able to focus. Any advice? My partner and I both work full time, I can’t teach full-time.

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What are some things that my children can't learn in a remote setting and how can we help teach them? I'm thinking of ideas that are learned in more social situations and diverse environments.

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As a parent working from home, what are some educational resources to keep your children occupied while you're trying to work?

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I will be offline a little bit for some work meetings -- please keep talking amongst yourselves, and I look forward to rejoining later this afternoon!

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What long-term effects do you think this experience will have on the administration of education?

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As a parent, I'm curious about how you think the quality of education is now differing with the remote learning? Do you think this is a degradation of 25%? 50%? Or are there some benefits?

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How do you recommend keeping students focused and engaged remotely?

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Teachers are doing a great work supporting families during remote learning, however I am afraid the quality of education is not going to be the same. What are your thoughts on the next school year?

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I work in a fairly poor district, where lots of kids don't have access to laptops or computers at home. Can you recommend some resources or work-arounds?

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This might seem a little dumb, but is it legal to read a book aloud either on a recorded video or live like on zoom?

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Here's my second question for us all: What tech programs/tools/sites are you relying on the most?

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What kind of personal schedule are you keeping during this isolation time? How are you structuring your day? I’m interested in the professional/personal balance. That has always been a challenge.

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My little ones (K-1) are struggling with computer literacy. What are the best and easiest (most user friendly) apps and online resources for Kindergarteners?

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I'm going to drop questions in throughout the day so we can all learn from each other. Here's our first one -- starting with the positive! What is working really well for you as a remote teac… more

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Welcome! I'll be here 9am-5pm ET w/ a break in the middle for a mtg. Looking forward to learning w/ you all. (My pic is from when I could go outside to do one of my favorite things -- hike!)

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Is there a place we can go for tech support?

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I’m using Readworks and question sets in google classroom, but I haven’t been able to open my students submitted question set. I’m getting an error message when I click the assignments folder

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Do you all think that educators will now embrace the ideas behind blended and personalized learning or do you think this experience will give the opposers more ammunition to resist it?

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I am trying to find balance between working from home and toddler at home. I want to continue some sort of learning structure while daycare remains closed and also working.

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What's the best way to work with parents to make sure they're engaged in the kid's instruction?

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My first graders and their parents have been amazing! I have thrown so much at them each day and for many the technology piece is very new to them as it is for me.

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My littles are struggling with gaining access to their assignments through their google classroom accounts

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Are teachers assigning new curriculum? Or reviewing past concepts?

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Should I be grading my students differently in a remote setting? Any alternative grading rubrics you recommend?

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I'm helping to prep my district for next year in the event that we aren't able to start school again next fall 😳- what do you think are the most essential things for us to plan for?

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My students loved The Run! Do you have anything like that coming out - could really help engage students in a remote setting. Thanks!

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Realistically, how long do you think we should plan for remote learning to last? Into next year?

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What do you think are the best ways to measure student performance - whether they're getting the material? I'm concerned parents might be too involved on things like tests etc.

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Thanks so much for doing this! What are some effective methods for engaging students online?

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