Whether you're utilizing online learning by choice or circumstance, it can look very different for special education.
As I spent time researching best practices to share, I discovered many creative ideas to support the general education classroom. I also quickly realized it's not quite the same experience for special educators…yet.
First things first… let's start with basic terminology when referring to “instruction” (I realize many districts are avoiding this term) online:
Synchronous describes live online teaching, i.e: students login to attend class with teacher.
Asynchronous refers to learning that is done independently, i.e.: download files or paper packets.
Combination of both
Using both a blend of both approaches to deliver learning.
Which online learning approach works best for special education?
Of course, that answer lies in what's best for the student. Important considerations are independent skill level, accommodations provided to access learning, and age – just to name a few!
Here's a special education online learning “cheat sheet” I created. It provides examples of what each learning approach could look like for your students.
Click here to download your own printable copy and to stay up to date on this quickly changing education environment!