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Virtual classrooms and YouTube story times: children s education under COVID-19

Virtual classrooms and YouTube story times: children s education under COVID-19
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Sangster is a teacher with Bedford Academy, a private school that is keeping the semester going through virtual classrooms. Sangster teaches from his garage, and students are able to view the classes and chime in to ask questions through the power of the internet.

We want to get the material, the curriculum out there, Sangster said.

How to keep students on top of their studies while protective pandemic measures are keeping them out of school is one of the big questions facing parents and teachers across Canada right now.

While school closures coast to coast have created an extended break for many students, there are teachers offering tutorials in a variety of ways for students who miss their classes.

Another teacher in Halifax, Kate Whalen, hosts a daily French immersion story time on YouTube to engage students wanting to keep up with their French.

In Ottawa, learning hasnt stopped for sisters Charlotte and Sloane, although they are getting their lessons from home instead of a classroom. Their mother, Angie Webb, is one of many parents worried their children will fall behind without some amount of homeschooling.

The kids are trying to navigate this, they re trying to figure things out and so are we, Webb told CTV News. It s an unprecedented time, we ve never experienced this before.

Parents are not required to take up the burden of teaching now that their children are all home. COVID-19 is stressful for children as well as parents, so many are choosing to allow their kids to simply enjoy some time off and try to relax in order not to get overwhelmed.
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