Share your recommendations for resources that all Ohio PreK-12 schools could use for calamity days.
The following post made me think about how INFOhio and iWonder might support teachers, parents and students if closures happen. Just something to think about.
Posted: 07 Mar 2020 07:55 PM PST
Do you have a sudden need for remote learning?
We’re seeing a lot of schools across the world begin to think about what remote learning could like, and on top of that, how fast the plan can be put in place.
There are so many factors to consider: What structures are currently in place? If not much exists, how fast can we create the framework? How do I make sure my teachers know how to effectively teach online? How can teachers and parents work together to support the students learning from home? How do parents juggle their own work, worries and responsibilities during a challenging time, while at the same time facilitating their children’s learning?
There are a lot of questions, and a lot of possibilities for what remote learning can look like, to make things more interesting, there is no “one size fits all” approach. Remote learning plans will look different for most districts because of the students they serve.
One thing we know for sure is that we don’t want students to lose the momentum or the continuity of their learning. But the million-dollar question is – does the momentum have to look the same as it does on a daily basis within the school building?
Could there be another possibility that supports students in learning, but does not require full curriculums being rewritten and digitized? Don’t get me wrong, that route is very powerful and impactful but with limited time and maybe limited resources, the driving criteria is how can something be quickly put in place so that students do not skip a beat and are still on track with learning?
One solution is by utilizing Passion-Based Projects. Giving students the structure and guidance to complete a Passion- Based Project makes perfect sense while they’re learning from home. What might this look like? There are so many possibilities!
Remote Passion-Based Learning
Create a printed guide or an online course that provides students the structure to develop their passion-based project, it can be personalized to grade level and incorporate various subjects and topics.
Here are some basics to consider including:
Guidelines for demonstrating their knowledge:
A template to create an investigation plan
A parent guide encourages them to facilitate the learning with suggestions on how to gather inexpensive, readily available resources.
Ongoing support of student learning has many possibilities:
What might a passion-based remote learning plan look like for you, your district, or your students? Here are a few examples below.
Scholastic has created a free digital, open-access digital hub to help keep students learning in response to school closings as a result of the coronavirus. More information about the hub can be found at https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html
ST Math - JiJi The Penguin... is a research based, puzzle driven program designed to build conceptual understanding in math - and it is available for free to Ohio Schools during the shutdown https://www.stmath.com/coronavirus We use this program K-4 in Bay Village. Worthington also uses JiJi math.
The NFL is recommending these resources to keep kids and family active and healthy: