The learning experiences that teachers design when school is open in the normal manner cannot be simply replicated through distance learning. In particular, the invaluable social interactions and mediation that occurs naturally among students and between teachers and students cannot be recreated in the same way.
We deliberately use the term distance learning rather than technology-specific labels such as "virtual learning", "e-learning", or "online classes." This choice reflects our conviction that quality learning can occur at a distance without solely relying on computers. Our goal is for students to read, communicate, and engage in authentic learning experiences, while continuing to be physically active.