Living and learning in 2020: the Outschool blog year in review

For Parents Dec 30, 2020

The events of 2020 were unexpected and required many families to change the way they thought about education, school and learning.

Gratefully, we at Outschool found ourselves in a unique position to support families in dealing with these new challenges.

Over 600,000 learners logged over 4,000,000 hours on Outschool this year.

Below, you'll see some highlights of what it was like to live and learn during 2020, as told through the stories published on the Outschool blog.

Then, we'll recap the stories of 5 particular families who taught us how they Outschool.

Lastly, we'll finish off with some feel-good accomplishments from the most important group on Outschool: the learners!

๐Ÿ‘€ Looking back on 2020...

After the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools around the world to close, families found themselves quickly adapting to a new reality for how they lived, worked, and learned.

At Outschool, we found ourselves in a unique position to support families and tell your stories as you navigated through a rapid, unprecedented set of changes.

Through all that, the Outschool community grew a lot. Just consider some of these surprising numbers:

  • Outschool reached 628k learners from 116 countries
  • This was a massive increase from 2019, where we reached 40k learners in 65 countries
  • Learners logged over 4 million hours of class time!

๐Ÿ’™ How 5 Families Outschooled in 2020

The Olsons (kids pictured above) were the first family profiled in our How We Outschool series.

Something that makes Outschool so special is the community of families who support their learners in exploring their interests and passions.

This year, in our How We Outschool series, we shared the stories of five families living and learning together.

Dive into their stories below ๐Ÿ‘‡

๐ŸŽ‰ Celebrating our Learner Community

Carolyn, a winner in our 6-11 division, tested the benefits of various face mask fabrics in Outschool's first-ever science fair.

Outschool exists to help kids fall in love with learning, and this year we took a big step in fulfilling that mission by cultivating the Learner Community.

As 2020 comes to a close, we want to THANK YOU for being a member of the Outschool community and joining us as we learned, empowered kids, and experienced many fun moments.

Weโ€™re so happy we had the chance to connect with so many incredible families, teachers, and organizations.

Sending you our biggest thanks and best wishes for a bright and healthy New Year.

Gerard Dawson

Gerard Dawson is a teacher, parent and writer for Outschool.