Schools all over the country closed last school year in an effort to slow the spread of the virus popularly referred to as Covid-19. As we approach the 2020 back to school season, many schools are making the tough decision to open full time in-person, full-time virtual, or with a hybrid learning model that involves virtual and in-person classes. With the school’s reopening approach up in the air, parents have started to debate the idea of homeschooling.
Today I’m going to talk a bit about the differences between homeschooling, virtual, and hybrid learning so that you can make an educated decision during the 2020 school year. The decision to send your kids back to school is a personal one, and there’s no one size fits all solution for every child. That’s why I feel it’s essential to know the differences between each of your options so that you can rest a little easier knowing that you’re making the best schooling decision for your children this back to school season. Of course, adding to the complication of this decision is your home internet connection and bandwidth. Thanks to T-Mobile, which has the nation’s largest 5G footprint, that’s something my family doesn’t have to worry about.
What is Hybrid Learning
Hybrid learning is something that many school districts have opted to do with their 2020-2021 school year. The school will have in-person classes for a portion of the week for students while hosting a virtual classroom for the other days in the week. Hybrid learning looks differently from school district to school district.
I’ve seen some school districts with a hybrid learning plan that involves portions of the students attending in-person class Monday and Thursday, with the remainder of the students attending in-person classes Tuesday and Friday, with Wednesday being a virtual class day for all students. This option helps offset the number of students in class at a time and allows for a midweek cleaning session for the school.
Either way, Hybrid Learning will require a connection equipped to handle particular school work, projects, and campaigns digitally. To that end, T-Mobile has bigger (and better!) plans to supercharge 5G. Anyone looking to enjoy the benefits of 5G needs to have a 5G signal, and with their commitment to bringing 5G for all, it’s easy to see why parents would be interested in benefiting from the largest 5G network in the country during this time.
Here are the 5G phones available at T-Mobile: https://www.t-mobile.com/devices/5g-phones
What is Virtual Learning
The other back to school option that many parents have is to attend virtual classrooms. This approach is offered in different ways throughout each school district. Many states have an online charter school or virtual school that students can enroll in if they opt to do virtual learning instead of in-person learning. You’ll want to ask your local school district about the various virtual learning options available to you.
In a virtual learning setting, your child will attend a virtual class where teachers interact virtually through Zoom meetings, emails, and a dashboard area within a virtual school’s website. This virtual learning option may mean that you need to register your child as a home school student. Again each district is different, so you’ll want to discuss this with your local school board before making a decision. No matter, this option is entirely digital and will need to be aware of your network coverage to avoid missing out on classes and learning. For those who have WFH (work from home) parents or guardians, it is crucial to prepare for strong connectivity given that everyone will be online at the same time.
The Un-carrier’s unique combination of low-, mid-, and high-band spectrum makes T-Mobile the only wireless provider with resources to bring a truly transformative 5G experience to people in cities and rural areas.
I’ve been testing T-Mobile’s 5G service in my area for the past few months and the faster speeds have helped me stay on top of my business and my new job as home teacher while the rest of my family can enjoy streaming videos and join Zoom calls all at the same time!
What is Home Schooling?
Lastly, another option for any parent out there in the states is to home school their child. Homeschooling is not like it was in the old days, where the parents had to figure out a curriculum to ensure their child gets a solid education. There are many homeschooling online platforms and curriculums you can enroll your child in or purchase for use with homeschooling.
You will need to abide by local state laws and regulations on homeschooling, so be sure to check your state’s laws and requirements. For non-homeschoolers, it is now required to submit a letter of intent to homeschool via certified mail to your SAU (School Administrative Unit). Doing so notifies them of your intention to homeschool, and they can update your child’s status in their records.
With each of these options for schooling this back to school season, I can imagine the majority of the parents and guardians are rather overwhelmed. Keep in mind that some students do well in a virtual setting while others may benefit from the hybrid model, and then other students simply do best in a home school environment so they can complete work at their own pace and parents can choose what their student is learning.
People need consistent 5G access to enjoy 5G’s benefits, and T-Mobile customers can get a 5G signal in more places than anyone else. Even more, T-Mobile is dedicated to helping those forced to WFH (work from home) during the pandemic to be best equipped to deal with the demands of the new mobile-first world. An independent report finds T‑Mobile has nearly 20x more 5G cities than Verizon and AT&T combined.
Just like most significant decisions in life, the choice for which method of schooling for back to school season will have pros and cons. It’s best to sit down with your family and make a list of pros and cons, discuss what your child wants, and come to a decision that will best suit your child’s future and safety for back to school 2020.
BrianneSeptember 9, 2020
Parents are definitely going to need all the connectivity they can get with homeschooling and remote learning. That’s a lot of data and information.
Brandy Ellen WritesSeptember 9, 2020
This is an excellent resource for parents as they navigate the murky waters of back to school season this year.
BrianneSeptember 12, 2020
Isn’t it? There’s so much to take into account this year. It’s not like before when it was just, “Have a good day at school” as they went out the door.
Brandy EllenSeptember 9, 2020
This is an excellent resource for anyone out there wondering how to handle this back to school season. There’s so much to think about this year.
Celebrate Woman TodaySeptember 9, 2020
Good internet connection is vital these days. Kids have to have it to continue learning.
Olivia DouglassSeptember 9, 2020
Back to school looks so different this year! We decided to homeschool our son, Liam, who is in K this year! So far I am happy with our decision!
Tara PittmanSeptember 9, 2020
I have T-mobile so this is good. I like the speed of 5k and it will be great while the kids are doing school,
MelissaSeptember 9, 2020
Even though I’m not in school anymore, I feel like Hybrid Learning is the best option at the moment. I have a little cousin in Australia that is doing this already. She only has to go to on Fridays.
Ashley tSeptember 9, 2020
5G is way better and much more reliable. I love that it doesn’t lag or lose connectivity.
KileenSeptember 9, 2020
This was such a great post! I am still wondering if I’ll be homeschooling my kids or not. These truly are mysterious times!
AnnSeptember 10, 2020
We have 5G and homeschooling since we are social distancing here in Sweden, I have been really in glad we have it!
Toni DashSeptember 10, 2020
This is such a big help for parents and students! Really informative!
CatalinaSeptember 10, 2020
It’s the first time that I hear about hybrid learning. It can be a good solution for this pandemic situation!
NeelySeptember 10, 2020
So many options for kids this year. My son is 3 so we are going in person
Ntensibe EdgarSeptember 10, 2020
Wow….if you say so, Angela. I am yet to use 5G. I hear mixed reactions about it.
Matt TaylorSeptember 10, 2020
It is nice that there are a variety of options for learning. Especially during this unprecedented time. 5G is awesome! Homeschooling is a great option for those that can do it. Some of my nieces and nephews were homeschooled for awhile,
Hayley JuSeptember 10, 2020
I definitely think Hybrid Learning or Homeschooling (if possible) would be better options than sending our children straight back to school. But here in the UK, parents can be fined if we don’t send our children back. It’s a really rubbish situation.
Emily FataSeptember 10, 2020
My step-sisters are in high school and both are doing hybrid virtual learning (half at home and half at school). This is great to read about!
AmandaSeptember 10, 2020
Agree– good connectivity is a must for those kids who are homeschooled or taking part in distance/virtual learning. I don’t have kids but I can only imagine how stressful this new school year has been on kids and parents. Thanks for sharing!
The Joyous LivingSeptember 10, 2020
Nice post. Question – why do kids nowadays need 5g internet on their phones? Won’t good internet on their ipads and laptops suffice? i didn’t even have internet on my phone until i was in college.
Marie PhillipsSeptember 10, 2020
I never in a million years would have thought Covid would still be around at the start of the new school year. I am still hoping that we can be through this sooner than later.
MayuriSeptember 11, 2020
This is a great post! It actually answered some of my concerns regarding home schooling and online learning through school. We are paying exactly the same school fees as we used to during onsite learning and it’s too much. I am seriously planning to do some research about homeschooling and see if it’s viable.
Autumn MurraySeptember 11, 2020
Our kids are definitely in an entirely new learning environment now. It will be interesting to see what is to come. My kids miss face to face instruction.
Kristine Nicole AlessandraSeptember 11, 2020
5G is fantastic! We have it at home and there is no lag time, considering that I have two sons who are both working from home on their laptops, plus several smartphones all connected at the same time. My daughter has 5G too and it is awesome because her son is doing virtual classes.
AnnaSeptember 11, 2020
I learned so many about back to school things than online. Thanks for sharing all these info, and keep sharing 😀
katrina KroeplinSeptember 11, 2020
it’s nice there are so many options for the kids right now. i think this will be so helpful for so many kids.
Jessica CollazoSeptember 11, 2020
People here in Puerto Rico are struggling with internet connection. And I think is Great at tmobile or any other International Company have 5G Because it can help Every studend to have their connection in order to accomplish their Grades
Lucy ClarkeSeptember 11, 2020
It’s really essential to have a service with great coverage and fast speeds at a time when we need to stay connected the most. It’s good that there is a service provider that caters to this specific need.
Emman DamianSeptember 11, 2020
You need to have a list of the things you need. Also, make sure that laptop and internet connection are tested before going to online school.
khoingn | The Broad LifeSeptember 11, 2020
Thank you a lot for bringing me a clear concept of different methods of learning! It’s so important to know all of them especially when we are going to a new generation which knowledge is gold.
Rose Ann SalesSeptember 11, 2020
Even if I’m not schooling,I feel the need of using 5g phones hehe.. Nice post.
Gervin KhanSeptember 12, 2020
I don’t really agree in online classes but we don’t have a choice. Anyways, this is very informative, I like it!
StellaSeptember 12, 2020
First of all, i want to say that anyone who has all these options available to them is lucky. It is not the case everywhere. I think at the moment a blend od hybrid and virtual is great for those who can afford it.
LyoshaSeptember 12, 2020
very useful post about home school. I see tons of frustrated comments from my friends with school age kids
GiGi EatsSeptember 13, 2020
If I were a studen right now, man oh man, I would fall so behind in school work because I am NOT good at virtual learning – WHAT SO EVER!
Krysten QuilesSeptember 13, 2020
It’s such a weird time and I imagine it’s really hard for parents and kids. It’s good to have options no matter what choices are made.
Kathy Kenny NgoSeptember 13, 2020
I love the pencils. I love collecting those things.
Jess pierreSeptember 13, 2020
This is such a great resource as parents try to navigate their way through this new normal. My thoughts have been with young families especially this fall!
World in EyesSeptember 13, 2020
Indeed your blog post is really very helpful and useful for every of parent and all..glad you shared these ideas and tips with us..great work though…
Genny GallSeptember 13, 2020
Virtual learning is now the new area, and we need to adjust to it, so things are change, so its the time to adapt and keep going.
Elicit FolioSeptember 13, 2020
With parents and children adjusting to WFH, it is important for them to have access to good internet access. It’s great to know that companies like T-Mobile are not only providing internet, but they’re providing the best speed = 5G!
MariskaSeptember 13, 2020
We are definitely amid virtual learning, but hybrid options have been given. It certainly is all new to everyone and many parents have opted to home school this year. So far we are happy with the virtual option!!
Emman DamianSeptember 13, 2020
I think it’s nice to have a checklist before commencing online schooling to ensure that everything is ok. 5G really helps as it hastens the internet speed.
ChadSeptember 14, 2020
I had no idea that T-Mobile already rolled out 5G, this is great!!! And yes this should also help developers to come up with even better educational tools.
Super Busy MumSeptember 14, 2020
Now, more than ever homeschooling needs to be increased! This is a great post, thanks for sharing!
Everything EnchantingSeptember 14, 2020
What an informative post! I am gonna share this post with my sister who is worried about her kids education.
Melanie williamsSeptember 22, 2020
Sometimes home schooling is the best way especially with all what is going on at the moment x
Bindu ThomasSeptember 25, 2020
Thinks that this is valid in nowadays more! It is very helpful for students and parents in this corona time online classes
Ntensibe EdgarOctober 5, 2020
Hhhhmmmm….homeschooling has actually proven to be so good, than we actually thought. I can’t wait to use 5G, though.