Teacher Shortage Prompts Schools to Turn to Screens

10/26/18
from The Wall Street Journal,
10/25/18:

Facing a teacher shortage, school districts try virtual teachers; ‘My preference is still a live body in the classroom,’ says one Texas superintendent.

One recent morning, about two dozen students walked into precalculus, took their seats, and began logging into school-provided laptops. The voice of their teacher, Elizabeth Jacobsen, came over a speaker system. “Chat me a hello message. Please be sure to turn your cameras on,” she said. Ms. Jacobsen’s face popped up via live stream on the students’ laptops and was projected on a whiteboard at the front of the room. From her living-room-turned-office in Woodstock, Ga., Ms. Jacobsen walked students through finding the functions of an angle with a virtual pen, in close-up. An aide in the classroom helped students and made sure they stayed on task. The teacher shortage is getting so bad across the country that tens of thousands of students nationwide now get lessons live streamed into their classrooms.

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