Raise your hand if this sounds familiar: Itâ€™s five minutes until your third-graderâ€™s distance learning class, but just as youâ€™re about to make sure sheâ€™s dialed into her Zoom call, something comes up with your own work.
Thirty minutes later, you finally head over to your daughterâ€™s room, only to find her sprawled on the floor watching her iPad. Meanwhile, her Chromebookâ€”the one she uses for Zoom callsâ€”is securely shut. Yes, she just missed another class, and you (bad parent!) let it happen.
Keeping your kids on track while juggling your own obligations has to be one of the biggest challenges of distance learning, remote learning, virtual learning or whatever you want to call it. Weâ€™ve rounded up a few smart home solutions that can help your grade-schoolersâ€”or at least, help you help themâ€”to manage their schedules during whatâ€™s likely to be many more months of learning at home.