Sept. 15 is National Online Learning Day, celebrating everyone trying to navigate through its challenges

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FILE: Rachel Keenan takes a live class online at her home in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – As districts around Utah continue working with students in online schooling, Tuesday marks the day the nation celebrates everyone attempting to navigate through its many challenges.

According to nationalcalendarday.com, September 15 is national online learning day, fitting for how many of Utah’s children are spending their days.

The day is meant to highlight how online learning can help individuals accomplish their educational goals through the convenience of online learning.

Evolving online technology makes education more manageable and convenient. Every day, students earn high school diplomas, certificates, college degrees, and credits online. Online Learning Day brings national recognition to these students. And online schooling continues to grow and provide new resources and support to students,” according to nationalcalendardays.com

National Online Learning Day started in July 2016, long before a pandemic forced hundreds of thousands of elementary, middle, and high school students to home school and learn how online classes work.

This new way of learning for students has posed many challenges for school districts around the country. From parents feeling they didn’t have the time to help their children navigate online learning, to teachers feeling frustrated with the transition in the extra work it takes to teach both online and in classrooms.

You can show your support and participate in the national observation by your existing social media channels using #OnlineLearningDay and the statement, “Online Learning has taught me to _______!” Fill in the blank and then tag three friends to continue the celebration. (You must be over the age of 13 and have your parents’ permission to participate)

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