Among the many ill effects of a global pandemic, education will be among the biggest. It has been well documented that schools that responded well to remote learning, in the U.S. and beyond, have been the exceptions rather than the rule. Education organizations focused on technology have been no exception.

I spoke last week with Reshma Saujani, the founder and CEO of the computer-skills education non-profit Girls Who Code. Her group, which by the end of last year provided training for some 300,000 girls, has had to completely refocus its approach. “We had done only place-based learning,” she says. Shifting to remote instruction presented the same challenges schools everywhere have confronted. Teachers needed re-training. Students, half of whom come from families whose household income is under the poverty line, needed access to technology. Girls Who Code itself needed to rethink its instructional approach.

Saujani says that while many educators initially focused appropriately on safety or teaching tools, they’re now turning to the actual coursework. “If you think about pedagogy rather than technology you can go even deeper,” she says. GWC, whose pre-pandemic budget hovered around $25 million, has emphasized instruction in rural areas that would have been harder to serve before. …read more

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