Prep’s students and teachers have adapted quickly and creatively to distance-learning. But to the uninitiated, the concept can be nebulous. Let’s take a closer look.
Although Chromebooks and many online programs have been a part of the Prep educational experience for quite some time, the idea of converting all classes to digital format moved from theory to reality in a short time. In response to social distancing recommendations to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Prep closed its buildings on March 13 and moved to a distance learning model the following week. Within a short amount of time, Prep’s teachers were faced with the challenge of developing lesson plans and structures that could be delivered online.
As is the case with many other schools, for several years Prep has used Canvas and PowerSchool, cloud-based programs to house assignments, attendance and tests and quizzes that, with some quick training, has allowed teachers to continue learning during this period of time. The words “synchronous” and “asynchronous” now roll off our tongues effortlessly with very concrete associations Over the course of an at-home week, students can expect to interact with their teachers and classmates in both live sessions, as well as in chat rooms, and through the completion of written assignments.
This quick transition to online learning has challenged us to reimagine how school and learning can be structured when circumstances keep us apart. As we move into our third week of distance learning, everyone will become more comfortable—and more creative—in our new digital campus.