Professor Kavita Rao, of the UH Mānoa College of Education Department of Special Education (SPED), has co-created SchoolVirtually, a website that provides resources for educators and families to support all learners, including students with disabilities and language learners. Along with Caroline (Cary) Torres, an assistant professor at Kapi‘olani Community College and COE alumna, and University of Kansas Professor of Special Education Sean J. Smith, Rao developed this online tool in less than two weeks.
“My colleagues and I put together this website in the past 10 days to help educators/teachers make the shift to online learning,” Rao said. “We launched this version 1.0 quickly in order to offer some immediate assistance to educators, parents, and students. We will continue developing and adding to it in the weeks to come.”
SchoolVirtually provides information, lessons, step by step planning, and more for educators and parents as schools have made a quick switch to distance and online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. It goes beyond lists of resources, offering tips on designing online instruction, using technology tools, and supporting students with disabilities and language learners.