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Connecting Through Technology

Physical Distancing Doesn’t Have to Mean Socially Disconnecting from Classmates
Rolling River School Division

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Teachers are finding new ways to ensure students stay connected with their classmates and teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The suspension of in-class learning did not hinder the connections for one Grade 3/4 class at Onanole Elementary School. The class meets weekly for video meetings to discuss homework concepts, news, and show-and-tell items. Students and families have been sending in pictures or videos of students via Flipgrid, completing the items from the homework packages, or watching and participating in the mini-lesson teaching videos that their teacher has posted on their classroom website. Students have also been writing their teacher letters and journal entries to share, encouraging the continuation of positive relationships with each other. In addition to Flipgrid, they have used a classroom web page, teaching videos, Quizlet study resources, Kahoot, and printed learning material packages that include literacy and numeracy games and activities, as well as some cross-curricular connections to science and social studies. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic can be particularly unsettling for children, and helping them stay connected to each other in positive ways helps their mental well-being during this difficult time.

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