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One Room School Online

Re-Thinking how students with larger families may have to share a computer during online school hours.

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While single people may be working through the CoronaVirus Quarantine/"Pause", they may have challenges sharing the space with a significant other. 

Parents have this same problem and more. The more kids you have, the more schooling that is needed. If you only have one laptop in the home, is the parent using it for work? Or is one of the children using it for school? If you have 3 kids, you need to have 3 days-worth of schooling in the same day. 

You may have to rethink back to the One Room Schoolhouse days. I'm sure most people have only heard of them, and haven't attended them. Children of all ages were in the same room, at the same time. 

What part(s) of the pre-COVID school system do you wish to leave in the past? Why?

This can change start times to school. It can change learning in a quieter setting (or louder). This can change the length of study time (longer or shorter). This can change the amount of attention each student gets. Continued from above: Is there different plans, ways to learn - if there's one child vs. multiple children in the home? How do you all stream at once? Do you give tests that are open book or through a Google-Form? These are some thoughts/ideas. YOu can add more.

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I'm a graduate of the Buffalo State College Creativity Program. I just want to contribute in ideas/idea generation.

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I'm currently in Southern California.


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More from above:

Who gets what lesson? When do they get it? Should schools give out more laptops ot iPads - so everyone can learn at the same time?

And - WiFi.

If anyone has been doing a video chat lately, while someone else is streaming a tv show, you see that the video chat freezes up. Three children AND a working parent - all streaming at the same time? How effective can it be? Will everyone's video freeze up?

Teachers use the same tests and lesson plans. They can start to think about recording their lessons. They can then:

Reuse those plans AND have students download them at off-peak hours, so they're not streaming live. The students' school day can then be interrupted.

If the students all have to share the laptop (One Room Schoolhouse), then they can all download plans - and study at different hours without missing a thing.

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Hi dandcomedy . 
These are interesting questions that also seem to me to touch on the issue of equity. I like your idea of providing access to work that can be downloaded as one way to provide content.

Thinking about a school system, what if schools within a district team up to provide a schedule of classes for each grade offered at different times of the day, in order to broaden access to children/families who might have limited access to tech resources? Maybe districts can extend the school week to include a weekend day if need be? Children might take class with a new teacher and new classmates. Might something like this broaden access to more children?

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I think the longer the stay-at-home order happens, the more resources you'll need.
Currently - if there's no vaccine, children will be as exposed in a few months.

So, you need to give kids as much resources as you can.
I think Books/Ditto Sheets/Paper sheets are all the most easy tech-free things to use.

Teachers can film their own lessons. (Or yes - have one teacher do a certain thing for the entire district.)

There's no reason this can't be shared with the entire district, and all the other students.

Meeting other students could happen - but how many would you put on a Zoom Call (or Google Hangouts)? So, if they have videos pre-recorded, this will be easier to rewatch - in case 20 kids are all chiming in at once.

And with one kid, it could be easy... but with multiple children, you'll need to rotate the learning times.
So, once they get the lesson - then go to paper.

All good thoughts by you.

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How might children interact with their teachers and other students, to dialogue and to ask questions? In what ways might tech foster interactive learning?
(I was thinking that lessons would be in real time to foster these interactions.)

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I definitely think there needs to be interactive learning.
I think being online - even off and on, for 8 hours isn't reasonable.
Especially with multiple children.

Breaking it down more:
In Elementry School, you have the same teacher all day.
In High School, you have 6-9 different teachers.

It may be easier for an Elementary School teacher to coordinate with their one class.
When you get into High Scool Schedules - then you'll really have to decide - who meets when? What teacher requests what slot?

AND - if you have multiple high school students in the same family, that may be the puzzle of coordinating TWO sets of 6-7 different classes. That's a potential of 12-14 different classes - in one household.

So, I'd think having downloadable/steaming (pre-recorded) lessons will halp the log-jam, of everyone being online at once.

Once the classes assign the homework, it will most likely have to meet less.

I'd think the older students could be more self-sufficient.
The younger children may benefit more from the LIVE online interaction.

These are just a couple things to think about - for schools, logistically.

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