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Online learning

Jasmine Stinson

April 11, 2020

By Jasmine Stinson

 

With the outbreak of COVID-19, many things have been halted, and that includes traditional schooling. In March, many schools were asked to close for the remainder of the school year. This means learning would have to continue outside the classroom.

Online learning has been the savior to schooling. Things like zoom meetings, google classroom, and canvas have been sources for teachers to continue their lessons. 

According to WPBHS Principal Daniel Weddle, “Several teachers had experience with electronic learning. For teachers who did not have as much experience with e-learning, we gave them a crash course on Google Classroom. We felt it was the easiest format to use and would integrate well with several of the applications we use as a district.” 

To keep students on track, high school teachers are expected to provide assignments weekly. Core classes are to provide 2 assignments a week, and elective classes one activity a week. 

Although keeping up with all of these assignments can be challenging,”Some classes aren’t too bad, but others are really hard to keep up with. It’s difficult to try to understand a class with weekly assignments; it’s like we're getting cheated out of learning,” said senior Jose Silverio. 

Not only are students struggling with online learning, so are some teachers. According to computer teacher Jahn Kile, “I've put a lot of lessons online, but usually assist the students during class time. Doing it all online is much more challenging. I've had to change a lot of my classes.  Most of what we do requires students to be on school computers which have the computer programs we teach. When students don't have the programs on their laptops or Chromebooks, I have to change what I teach.” 

Many classes are hard to teach online, for example art.  Craig Schmidt, WPBHS art teacher, has to provide students with art materials. Trying to get enough materials for students isn’t easy. On the other hand, classes like English and history are easier. Most students already have textbooks and questions can be answered a lot easier. 

Online learning might help some students because they can work at their own pace, unlike in a classroom setting. However, the challenge with that is keeping students on track. If they don’t stay engaged in their learning, it is easy to fall behind. 

Schooling comes with many challenges, but online learning is a new hurdle schools have to battle. 

“My thoughts and prayers are with our students and teachers. As we continue to proceed through the months to come do not hesitate to reach out if you need help. I would

encourage you to contact friends and family during the week. It is important that we all

continue to build our relationships with others even if we are not able to occupy the same

space,” said Weddle. 



 

 

 

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