CBC Mount Edmund has heeded our President’s call on Sun 15 March that all schools must close on Wed 18 March until Tues 14 April 2020. What does this mean for the teaching and learning programme at CBC Mount Edmund? Let me explain further.
The challenge is how do we best facilitate learning during this period when the school is closed? We must take cognisance of the fact that we are working in extremely challenging times during a very fluid situation. CBC will deliver subject material digitally to our learners and parents via Google Classroom, a free web service by Google. Staff members have already been using this learning management system in the high school and we will now extend its use into the primary school as well.
There are a number of reasons for using Google Classroom. It is easy to use and efficient but more importantly, most effective for our needs. It is Cloud-based and communication is seamless. There is also a parent notification feature to keep you informed about what is going on in the “classroom”.
Our staff will create every classroom and learners (parents for the younger learners) will be invited to join. You must then join using a unique class code that will be sent to you via the D6. Teachers will post learning materials, create assignments, quizzes and ask questions. A full and comprehensive programme of how it will operate will be sent to you shortly. We are also looking into adding virtual classrooms via a web-based video conferencing app.
We need to be deliberate in rolling out this “new” way of doing school. Asking parents to facilitate the learning of children at home has its own challenges. Lack of access to technology or good internet connectivity may pose real problems. Our intention is to deal with the challenges on an individual basis and facilitate alternative solutions if and when the need arises. I believe that face-to-face interaction will never be matched in quality by other modes of communication. We are however in a very unique situation and our response has to meet this challenge.
This is fairly new for us and I ask for your support and understanding during these extraordinary circumstances. CBC staff will be available online to handle any queries or will be able to escalate your query to our IT Dept. for support. I look forward to seeing this initiative work for our college and the opportunities that it will present for us going forward makes this so exciting.
Mr Bernard Langton