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Managing Virtual Classrooms: How NetRef Supports Monroe County Schools’ Distance Learning Plan

Managing Virtual Classrooms: How NetRef Supports Monroe County Schools’ Distance Learning Plan

When Monroe County Schools (GA) developed its distance learning policy in January 2019, educators simply wanted a 3-5 day alternative learning plan in place in the event schools needed to close for bad weather. They probably never guessed this would become a roadmap for navigating remote instruction during a global pandemic. But, thankfully, the district was prepared, and learning has continued despite school closures due to their carefully outlined plan and the smart selection of EdTech tools to support it, including NetRef.

Ronnie Shipman, an instructional technology coach for Monroe County, shared that when school closures began, “NetRef allowed us the flexibility to send school-issued devices home. We were not doing that before NetRef. Students had to use personal devices.” Because students have access to their district-owned devices, teachers can use NetRef just like they did in their regular classrooms — to keep students on task and minimize distractions.

Thanks to NetRef’s cloud-based design, “teachers are using NetRef to communicate with and monitor their students from home,” Shipman explains. “They’re also using screenshots to make the testing environment as secure as possible.”

Students are finding this screenshot feature helpful, too. “One student project was accidentally deleted,” Shipman says. “The screenshots allowed the teacher to see and grade the project even though the project was not recoverable.”

We are so happy to help make remote instruction a success in Monroe County. For more information about how NetRef’s device management and monitoring features can be used to support your distance learning plans, contact us today.