Many Parents Surprised, Delighted By Full Day Live Learning
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — The Palm Beach County School District starts the 2020-2021 school year Monday with distance learning, but version 2.0 is coming as somewhat of a surprise to parents frustrated with lackluster “virtual” efforts in the spring.
Elementary School parents reaching out to BocaNewsNow.com confirm what the school district has been communicating for weeks: teachers are teaching “live” for most of the day. Students are expected to be ready to learn when the normal school day begins — 8 a.m. — and their attendance will be checked multiple times throughout the day. Live lessons continue through the end of the school day.
“Looks like they got it together,” said a parent of a fourth grader in Boca Raton. “It may not be perfect, but it looks a lot better.”
Many teachers dazzled parents during “meet the teacher” sessions last week featuring 3D “virtual classrooms” with clickable books, assignments and teacher bitmojis.
Under new policies, teachers are required not just to teach “live,” but to be available for small groups and individualized meetings with students and parents.
”We’re in for the long haul,” said a teacher reaching out to BocaNewsNow.com but wishing to remain anonymous due to the controversy that continues over distance learning. “It seems unlikely that in-classroom teaching is going to start anytime soon, and if it does, it’s unlikely to last without stops and starts. We want kids to feel as comfortable as they can with this new environment.”
Several teachers across Palm Beach County are “Google Certified,” making the transition to full time online teaching easier. These teachers have undergone training provided by Google. The Palm Beach County School District is using Google platforms — Google Meet, Google Docs, Google Slides — as the core of the online teaching system.
For all of the happy parents, however, there are those who are frustrated. Several have taken to social media to report that their schools ran out of Chromebooks and they have no idea what they’re going to do when school starts Monday.
“We’re not rich,” wrote one parent. “We don’t have extra computers lying around for kids to use all day. We thought the school distrcit was going to help. It hasn’t.”
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