At V.i.P.S., our philosophy drives the design process with the six characteristics of human development. Social-Emotional development is crucial to productivity from our adolescence to our senior years. It establishes the ability to make meaningful connections with individuals and groups. Extracurricular activities and peer- to-peer interaction are imperative for social-emotional development.
2 The last year has not been easy on American students.
Learning loss caused by the pandemic has hit communities throughout the U .S ., with some educators and experts fearing the long-term damage of this time spent away from in-person school. As many district leaders begin to plan for welcoming more students back to schools in person this fall, there is an urgent conversation happening for how to best help them catch up.
3 Creating Inclusive Spaces for All Students
In order for students to succeed, they must feel included . We know that learning gaps caused by COVID-19 only widened what already existed between different socioeconomic groups. COVID brought problems with traditional models of learning to the forefront, leaving groups of students behind. Fortunately, this time has brought an awareness to the needs of students. We’ve learned that all students learn differently and have access to different resources.
4Environments That Foster Active Learning
Hands-on learning is also sometimes referred to as “active learning” or “experiential learning”. It’s the method of allowing students to tinker, play, and creatively problem solve in ways that are appropriate for their age groups. For young learners, this may mean simple activities such as finger painting. For older learners, this can mean lab work and STEM study that involves creating, building, and experimenting.
5 Safety Solutions for COVID-19 & Future Outbreaks
COVID positivity rates continue to decline as vaccinations continue to rise. Safety measures will need to remain in place to help curb the spread of the virus and prevent future outbreaks.V.i.P.S. has been providing solutions throughout the pandemic for every learning situation and style.
6 Educational Technology for Remote Learning
Rresearch over the last year has shown that remote learning has further widened existing learning gaps between students. This means that some students fell behind, due to a lack of access to the tools needed to learn at a distance. A reported 15 million American students lack reliable internet connection and the devices needed to continue learning from home.
7 Engaging Extracurricular Environments
With the future comes great possibility. Each school, teacher, student, and parent now have a greater awareness of what they need to succeed in learning. Whether it’s more widespread internet access, readily available STEAM courses, or classroom environments that create discovery, society must now meet these students’ needs to create a better tomorrow. STEAM refers to a set of subjects that help prepare students for the jobs of today and tomorrow. It’s an acronym for science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Helping students have access to great STEAM classes is necessary for their success.
8 Indoor Air Quality for Health & Well- Being
It’s important to note that COVID-19 is an airborne virus and extremely contagious . ESSER funds can go to improved air quality systems and infrastructure to help keep students and teachers safer. V.i.P.S. is proud to partner with i3-Technologies, offering integrative technical solutions that have helped keep workers and students connected. Their newest creation is an air quality monitor called the i3CAIR . It’s a comprehensive solution that allows the monitoring, alerting and reporting on indoor air quality, and fully integrates with any i3TOUCH interactive display.
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