October 14, 2020
A sampling of Hechinger reporting for The New York Times’s Learning section.
The Hechinger Report is collaborating with The New York Times to produce Bulletin Board, page 2 of the Times’s education supplement, Learning.
Guiding high school peers through online learning maze
As the coronavirus pandemic intensified in March, Sophia Joffe’s school in Toronto nimbly transitioned to remote learning. Even so, Joffe, then an 11th grader, had trouble coping with social isolation and focusing in virtual class.
She assumed that Canadian and American school systems would have supplemental resources for online learning, but found few, and they lacked quality and variety. “I realized that there was an opportunity sitting right in front of me,” she said.
So Joffe created eLearn.fyi, a database of more than 300 online learning tools, including a civics curriculum founded by former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and engineering lessons on how to build a robotic arm. Her goal was to collect enough learning resources, she said, “that students or parents would be able to find learning sites and lessons that would meet their education needs.”