Tennessee Voices, Episode 54: Panel discussion on virtual learning


The Tennessee Voices videocast brings readers conversations with authors of insightful and compelling guest columns.

David Plazas

Nashville Tennessean

The Tennessee Department of Education and municipal school districts are working on plans for how to educate children during the 2020-21 school year.

Schools were closed early in the spring because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

School districts’ responses varied widely, with some offering digital classroom resources and others focusing on the bare necessities, such as distributing food. The state partnered with PBS to offer educational programming on television.

What is unclear yet is whether students will be able to return to the classroom next school year or whether there will be some hybrid classroom-home school model.

This episode of the Tennessee Voices video podcast offers a panel discussion on virtual learning. Two Tennessee families — the Ryskamps and the Schwartzes — talk about the challenges and opportunities of virtual learning and offer advice to parents who are considering home-schooling options.

They are using the software from Time4Learning, whose CEO, John Edelson, also joined the program.

One thing this pandemic has exposed further is the digital divide between haves and have-nots — from access to devices to understanding how to approach and implement available tools to best serve children.

To watch the video click here.

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