Culture Hack

Culture Hack

How Companies are Helping Students of All Ages Overcome Remote Learning Challenges

It’s officially been a full year of life from home. Children have become students in their living room, parents have become teachers on top of their day jobs, and the internet is our primary source of knowledge now. While some people may find the move to remote learning convenient or even less harsh on the social anxieties that invade everyday life, there are a lot of people who have struggled this year. Just because education was made physically accessible to people through video conference services and other tools doesn’t mean it was completely open to all minds. 

Although the vaccine rollout has brought a newfound hope to the country that things will return to a kind of normalcy and that people will finally be able to learn in-person safely, many have fallen behind their grades or age groups due to lack of support. Recognizing the educational challenges that have risen in the past year, a few corporations are creating new yet engaging ways for students who need the extra support to be caught up in their pursuit of learning. 

According to U.S. News, under 30% of parents reported that schools were providing instructional materials for students with learning disabilities.

When it comes to people dealing with speech-sound disorder (SSD), Apple Music has created an entertaining and interactive way to do speech-and-language therapy. Backed by Warner Music, Apple’s “Saylists” are compilations of songs that help children practice the sounds they are learning without feeling too pressured to get them right. Using an algorithm, the audio giant found 70 million songs that repeat the most challenging sounds for those with SSD. And while not all of these songs will resonate with the users of Saylists, the new program has already curated playlists with tracks from Dua Lipa, Lizzo, and other pop superstars. 

Many consider the education technology for adults to be the new frontier of learning tech, with a variety of different outlets trying their hand in the industry. Universities, for-profit learning companies, and others have been offering people knowledge for years. Just when we thought these platforms could not strive more during the pandemic, they expanded to offer even more access to teachers and mentors with global recognition. 

MasterClass may have opened its virtual doors in 2015 but the online classroom had never seen success like it did throughout most of 2020 up until now. People from all walks of life were signing onto the website to develop their curiosities into full passions as they were led by some of the most notable figures in society, from Issa Rae’s course on “Creating Outside the Lines” to Neil deGrasse Tyson’s seminar in “Scientific Thinking and Communication.” Though many used the platform for hobbies and fun, MasterClass proved to be a good source of industry knowledge for those who could not immerse themselves in their careers during the pandemic, most especially the 2020 graduates. 

Another outlet for adults to learn new skills came in the form of GetSetUp — a platform that offers classes taught on Zoom by teachers older than 50. Students of GetSetUp learn a variety of skills from professional development to some hobbies like photography. While people of all ages are able to join, the platform primarily encourages seniors to learn about the development of society from each other. 

The hope of an in-person near future makes us believe that we will be back to business as usual, doing the things we put on pause. But, with platforms helping the people who couldn’t quite afford a pause in their educational development, those that were struggling in real life at one point now have the tools they need to be caught up.