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The return to in-person school has brought joy to parents and students, who were tired of dealing with Zoom calls, educational games, online homework and all the technical issues associated with education jamming in web browser tabs.

Yet when kids returned to classrooms, they discovered that many of these digital tools weren’t going away.

Even when students are together in person, a teacher can start a lesson in Google Classroom or Canvas, which then splits into half a dozen other websites for math quizzes, science videos, or reading. For middle and high school students, different teachers may have different approaches, which adds to the confusion.

Sometimes students forget to submit their work or leave a site before completing an educational game, parents and teachers say. Other times, the systems don’t communicate with each other, resulting in assignments being marked as missing. Many students no longer hand in paper assignments at all and instead have to make digital copies. Teachers’ online notebooks aren’t always in sync with digital classrooms, leaving students and parents worried about failing grades and unsure of work being received.

With some districts returning to distance learning due to the surge in Covid-19 cases, and with many more students in quarantine, digital classrooms have proven to be an ongoing necessity. Education experts say digital classrooms are here to stay and we all have to get used to them. I have some tips on how to handle this, below.

Bethany Dasko’s ninth grade daughter struggled to photograph art projects using her Chromebook’s camera. Sometimes she would submit them late, for partial credit, or just not submit them at all.

“They are expected to be able to tune in, see what needs to be done and do it,” Ms Dasko said. “They are children, and they don’t have the maturity to look at this big system and figure out how to break it down.”

The reliance on technology has led some parents to buy their children’s phones sooner than they would have liked. The difficulty of taking pictures of school work on the Chromebook is one of the reasons why Ms. Dasko, a graphic designer from northeastern Washington, recently bought her daughter a phone.

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“Teachers cite the same challenges — it’s not just parents and students,” said Heather Dowd, a former teacher turned instructional coaching consultant and co-author of “Classroom Management in the Digital Age.”

She said she expects digital classrooms to become more streamlined and easier to use. Until then, many parents complain that technical issues hinder learning and wonder: What’s so bad about paper and pencil, anyway?

Michelle McNally’s eighth-grade student struggles to follow each teacher’s method of showing that the job has been done. Some of his teachers require screenshots of physical work; others check student computers to make sure work is done.

“Is the goal to learn the system, or is the goal to learn the content?” said Ms. McNally, head of digital marketing at Indianapolis.

Jessica Ortiz, from Vermilion, Ohio, said one of her sixth grade teachers emailed parents weekly to let them know what students should be working on, while another sent out updates through an app. Some do not communicate with parents at all.

Isabella Ortiz, 11, with her sisters Bridget, 15, and Elliana, 4; her mother said that it was easier to follow Isabella’s progress in school when she brought home assignments marked on paper.


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Ms Ortiz said she had little visibility into how her sixth-grade student, Isabella, was doing in school now that she was doing all her class work on a laptop. When she used to bring graded papers home, Ms Ortiz said she could see what kinds of math problems were giving her trouble and print out worksheets to help reinforce those skills .

Some of her daughter’s grades aren’t updated online often, so she doesn’t know if a zero on an assignment means her daughter got it wrong or didn’t turn it in, or that he didn’t get it all. just not rated yet.

“She’s kinda lonely now,” Ms. Ortiz said.

what you can do

Parents can help manage kids’ digital homework by following a few organizational tips.

Develop a work tracking system. Ask your children how they like to organize their tasks. If they don’t know, try experimenting. Do they prefer note-taking apps and timers to paper notes? Some schools give students a calendar in which to write homework each day. If your school doesn’t, create your own. You can also sit down with your child and make a paper or electronic list of where each teacher posts assignments. See my previous column on digital to-do lists, reminders, and calendar apps.

Teaching autonomy. Parents say children often don’t speak when they encounter a technical problem. They could use encouragement by asking for help or composing an email to a teacher. “Rather than assuming your child knows how to ask their teacher something, role-play scenarios with your child,” Ms. Dowd said.

Have backup plans. It helps to remind kids why they shouldn’t wait until the last minute to turn in their work, Ms Dowd said, and to prepare them for this scenario. What if your home internet connection goes down the night the task is due? Is there another place they can go to access the internet? What happens if they leave their laptop at school? Do they know how to log in from another device?

For tips on saving passwords, bookmarking the websites most commonly used by your students, and using virtual assistants, check out my column on facilitating remote schooling. If a lack of motivation is a factor, I’ve written about ways to motivate your teen.

Write to Julie Jargon at julie.jargon@wsj.com

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