Northland schools ready to launch distance learning

Northland schools ready to launch distance learning

Northland schools ready to launch distance learning

"It could be a chat where the teacher is reading a book to the students". Materials for middle and high school students contain audiobooks, podcasts, news articles and lessons in subjects such as environmental science. "A lot of them are still in good spirits".

But we also need to keep them safe, we need our staff and their families to stay healthy, and so we support the hard decision made by the state Public Education Department.

Teachers and administrators are still expected to be at schools if they can do so under B.C.'s public health orders.

Luckily, we didn't have to contemplate these challenges in a vacuum.

The remote learning program won't have students and teachers interacting online simultaneously.

"We must work closely with parents and guardians as educational partners to guide their child's learning journey", said Richardson.

The state has also ended this spring's standardized testing, including the SAT, after receiving a federal waiver. "It really takes away the motivation of wanting to make art and not just complete the assignment". More than half have used live video-chat for instruction.

Relationships and connections will play a big role in this new era of distance learning, as will an emphasis on social and emotional wellness. Yet at least one district in Washington state has paused online learning specifically because of concerns that it was not accommodating all of its students and thus open to a lawsuit.

How do you grade students who are learning from home, some of them without internet access, adult guidance or other means to keep up? They're also making sure students continue getting a meal during this transition. They've given their students packets with two weeks' learning material. "We're able to work on it together, but they are missing out on having peer tutors, which is something we're working on - but it's not the same as being in a classroom".

We will continue to provide both online and print resources.

Gates added this sudden move is helping students learn skills that they might not get on an average day in the classroom and helping prepare them for the real world.

So far, however, details are sparse and the message from school officials appears to be "we're working on it". The programming is tentatively scheduled to begin on April 6. They know high school seniors are concerned about what will happen with graduation ceremonies and other events that were planned for them. My heart breaks for these students who will miss out on so many senior traditions. But, from very little in some districts has been happening, much more organized remote learning has been going on in some well-resourced districts. None of us has ever done anything like this before, but we are doing our best because we want what's best for our students.

Brookhaven Elementary fourth-grade teacher Regina Beard has also stayed in touch using Class Dojo and Seesaw.

"We know not everything is going to be ideal", he said, but he appreciated Lakeview families' patience and flexibility as distance learning rolls out.

"The teacher, Mrs. Moyers sends us pictures of websites and updates us", she said.

Districts have to keep in mind their legal responsibilities when it comes to equitable student learning, right? "So we're working to figure out when we would all be able to be online to read it together".

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