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  • Adapting to remote education — a teacher’s perspective

    Posted on September 6th, 2020 at 21:15 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
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    DISTANCE LEARNING

    By Kendra Capen

    Each year it starts with the same question: “You’re already back in school?” Followed by the same answer: “Yup, I work at a year-round school.”

    It’s a great schedule for teachers and students — we all get relatively short breaks from each other at regular intervals, and there’s less “relearning” when we’re all back at our desks. Parents and school districts, on the other hand, generally hate it.

    Because a year-round school is kind of a novelty, it often gets overlooked in the normal school-district endeavors.But not this year! We quickly became the teaching equivalent of crash-test dummies.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.35.0 (2020-09-07).

  • How to transfer school apps from Chromebook to Windows

    Posted on August 23rd, 2020 at 21:05 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    DISTANCE LEARNING

    By Woody and Andy Leonhard

    Over the past few months, I assume many of you have become the local support center for an extended family of kids, all of whom are trying mightily to get into the swing of online learning.

    My fifth-grade son, Andy, is in a school district that spent USD $6 million this year on new Chromebooks. Here’s what he says:

    “You get a Chromebook administered by the district along with supplies. The district mainly uses Zoom for communications. But what I quickly discovered is that the Chrome’s sound output, camera quality, and screen are inferior to our Windows-based home PCs.”

    Fortunately, your school district probably doesn’t require the use of a Chromebook. Ours doesn’t. So our weekend project was to migrate Andy’s entire distance-schooling environment — applications, data, procedures … the whole ball of wax — to his trusty and comparatively beefy Windows PC.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.33.0 (2020-08-24).