When Learning Is Really Remote: Students Climb Trees and Travel Miles for a Cell Signal
By Richard C. Paddock and Dera Menra Sijabat
- 5, 2020
Across the Indonesian archipelago officials have shuttered schools and implemented remote learning, but internet and cellphone service is limited and many students lack smartphones and computers.
In North Sumatra, students climb to the tops of tall trees a mile from their mountain village. Perched on branches high above the ground, they hope for a cell signal strong enough to complete their assignments.
Around the globe, including in some of the world’s wealthiest countries, educators are struggling with how to best make distance learning viable during the pandemic. But in poorer countries like Indonesia, the challenge is particularly difficult.
More than a third of Indonesian students have limited or no internet access, according to the Education Ministry, and experts fear many students will fall far behind, especially in remote areas where online study remains a novelty.
- 4, 2020
WARSAW — Stepan Svetlov’s computer sits on a desk in Warsaw, nearly 300 miles from Minsk, the capital of Belarus. But when Belarusians poured into the streets in the hours and days after President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko fraudulently claimed a re-election victory on Aug. 9, it was thanks in no small part to Mr. Svetlov, 22, and his computer.
Internet access was often blocked that week, leading opposition activists were in custody or in hiding, and independent media has long been heavily restricted in Belarus. But Belarusians were kept informed and even directed by an account run by Mr. Svetlov on one of the few social media platforms — Telegram — that had managed to maintain sporadic service during the internet outage.
From across the border, Mr. Svetlov and his team of five pumped out information about voter fraud and police violence — as well as tips about where, when and how to protest, evade the police, defend against police beatings, treat exposure to tear gas and locate medicine and safe houses.
“Take to the streets,” Mr. Svetlov and his team wrote after preliminary results were announced on Aug. 9, “and defend your votes!”
Over the past two decades, millions of young people in Latin America became the first in their families to head to college, a historic expansion that promised to propel a generation into the professional class and transform the region.
But as the pandemic grips the region, killing hundreds of thousands and devastating economies, an alarming reversal is underway: Millions of university students are leaving their studies, according to the Inter-American Development Bank.
Test your Knowledge of Gen. Z slang by Associated Students, CSUChico
- This word means to be unnecessarily dramatic and over the top.___________________
- ______________is a word used at the end of a sentence, meant to add emphasis to a point that has been made.
- This word has two common definitions, the first refers to when someone is wearing something that is very fashionable or looks good. The second refers to the process of supporting an insult against someone who has lost an argument.__________________
- When using the word “WIG” this means: (circle the correct answer) Something that is boring b. Something that is amazing c. Something that is over the top d. Something that is frustrating
- Unlike the British version which means attractive, in the U.S._______________ is just a shortened version for outfit.
- This word can be used in place for these words: “OK, YES, WATCH, WE’LL SEE”
- “Fire” is used to refer to something that is: (circle an answer)
- Boring Frustrating c. Cool d. Fast
- ____________ means to lie about something whereas ___________ means to tell the truth.
- When someone illustrates sneaky actions toward someone or something, it is throwing ______________
- As a noun this word means the thing that is being shown off itself. As a verb this word means to knowingly flaunt and show off. ________________________
Match these words with their definition
|a. is a variation of “look”, a signature physical trait
b. for when you’re sincerely or assertively into something
c. can be used to encourage a choice or support a rant or ridiculous behavior that’s already occurred
d. an adjective to describe when something amazing, exciting, high energy or otherwise great
e. means slightly, secretly, modesty, or discretely
- Go Off ___________
- Lewk ____________
- Lit ______________
- Lowkey __________
- Highkey __________
- Being “SALTY” is all of the following expect : (circle an answer)
- upset bitter c. annoyed d. angry
- ___________ is to do really well or succeed at something
- If someone is “_________” they’re affected by something, usually negatively and very emotionally
- This word is a noun for an overzealous and obsessive fan, and an verb meaning that kind of fan ___________________
- ___________ is gossip and is also used when one is agreeing with a point someone has just said.
- Someone who is overly eager and desperate is _______________________
- Something that is Amazing
- Cap/ No Cap
More than 1 in 10 of the nation’s approximately 50 million public school students speak a native language other than English, according to the latest federal data. Roughly 3 in 4 of these English learners speak Spanish.
The percentage of U.S. students who are learning how to speak English has grown significantly in recent years, rising from 8% in fall of 2000 to 10% by 2017, the data indicate.
Researchers have found that attending dual-language programs, where instructional time is split between English and another language (oftentimes Spanish), attended by both native and non-native English speakers, help children become bilingual. But only 35 states offered these programs, according to the Department of Education’s latest data.
Without those opportunities, English learners tend to stop being fluent in their first language when they reach high school and miss out on all the benefits of becoming bilingual students.