A few weeks ago I posted here about managing our kids schooling during the first week of schools closures during lockdown. That week didn’t involve specific structure from the schools as they weren’t set up for online.
Last week was the first week of online home-schooling for our 4 year old, Angus (our 3 year old Georgina is at nursery which is closed).
Here is broadly what they did Monday-Friday:
- Microsoft Teams as the tech platform e.g. comms, activities, resources, calendar
- 830-9am live class VC welcome led by the teacher
- 3 x activities to complete per day, led by a parent (Literacy, Maths, Creative)
- Take a photo or video of each activity deliverable and submit
- 230-3pm live class VC, typically a story
In short, it was difficult to manage, although we did complete everything each day.
It certainly felt like it was online version of what they actually did in the class each day. This makes sense as the school has only had a few weeks to prepare.
Going forward, it will be interesting to see how it evolves. Obviously the power of online delivery enables different formats, customisation (e.g. advanced vs beginner learning), gamification, digital tools, apps, and other experiences.
Whether this happens (i.e. innovation) is probably unlikely unless lockdown continues for many more months. What is more interesting is whether some aspects of digital learning will be incorporated as part of physical classroom learning. We will wait and see.