Importantly, teachers and parents also agree on the efficacy of remote education and the quality of interpersonal connections despite the distance. Nearly two-thirds (64%) of teachers and 70% of parents surveyed in the study say (strongly agree + agree) their students/children are learning because of implementing remote education technologies. Additionally, 71% of teachers and parents believe technology products and services help maintain connections between teachers and students in a remote education environment.
Does this mean remote education is the new normal for schools? Not likely. The data show teachers and students both prefer the physical classroom to a screen. Less than half (48%) of teachers say they would prefer to teach at least some classes remotely and even fewer (44%) say they would choose to teach remotely in the future. Meanwhile, a slim majority of parents (55%) believe their child enjoys remote classes.
Technology innovation has clearly helped remote education endeavors achieve some early successes, and more lessons will be learned this fall.
Parents of children who had previously engaged in remote education were significantly more likely to indicate high levels of satisfaction (80%), versus the mean score of 64%.
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