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Teacher Saves World E34: Are We Stuck with Distance Learning? Matt Rhoades Interview

Teacher Saves World E34: Are We Stuck with Distance Learning? Matt Rhoades Interview


Laurie & Matt hop on a Zoom meeting with Matt Rhoads, Ed.D, author and educator, for this episode’s discussion concerning educational technology (edtech), distance learning, and the future of education. While Laurie & Matt show their age, and their fear that this may be the moment the robots seize control, Matt Rhoads helps massage their anxieties away as they question, “Are We Stuck with Distance Learning?”

The conversation centers around Matt Rhoads’ book, Navigating the Toggled Term: Preparing Secondary Educators for Navigating Fall 2020 and Beyond, and how the new reality of education demands that school districts and educators prepare themselves to be ready to move seamlessly between distance, blended, and in-person settings. While there has been an explosion of educational technology in the past decade, the pandemic accelerated the need for everyone to get on board. As veteran teachers, Laurie & Matt admit that adoption of certain technologies could be delayed by those less willing prior to the pandemic forcing school closures, but those days are gone.

Matt Rhoads, however, brings a calm hand and a reassuring message to the conversation, acknowledging that less is more when it comes to technology, and time away from the screen is important to maintain balance.

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