School’s out for Covid: How can the Polyglot Conference community support online schooling?
In the spring of 2020, school systems, parents, teachers, and students had a matter of days or weeks to react and adapt as school systems around the world announced closures due to COVID-19. Due to the sudden and disruptive nature of the COVID response, many teachers and school systems are at a loss for the effective online teaching methods and relevant research to apply to their present situation.Interestingly, many of the challenges currently being faced by school systems are also areas in which communities of independent language learners and teachers, such as those who are part of the Polyglot Conference, seem likely to be familiar with, especially given that this community has historically been an “early adopter” of online learning, teaching, and communication methods. What could the future of public education look like if it were able to make use of methods, motivations, and ideas being tried out in communities like this one? This talk is meant to provide context and inspire discussion around these ideas.