November 1, 2020

roemmad_Week 7

This article is on “How to survive the internet in 2020.” I chose it because our generation is online all the time (and even more so because of COVID-19 and physical distancing requirements) and because I’ve seen too many people stress over things on the internet that have no actual value in real life. Although I originally chose it because it fit my perception of Generation Z, the advice in it is useful for everyone: especially those who are not digital natives and don’t naturally know their way around the internet. A key point is to be wary of things that are “viral”, because no matter the content, it will likely become problematic. Many things that have previously been “viral” turn out to be plain misinformation. Think through what you are about to post or share beforehand and form opinions for yourself; don’t just get stuck on the bandwagon. Another point is that Twitter is toxic, and that you should once again think before you say, type, or tweet anything, because most of what we see is garbage. The last point is the one I think is most important: to find a well-moderated and safe corner of the internet. Finding safe spaces to connect and learn is what the internet is all about! Talking and thinking things through with people you trust can even root out the first two problems. This article deserves a read because since we are all online, we should be aware of our actions there and how to improve them.
Only You Can Prevent Dystopia

November 1, 2020

jacogwe_ToW 8

Online learning has heavily made its impact on all our lives. Students are bereft of the face-to-face in school learning that was usually a necessity for a child’s academic growth. With everything online and accessible nowadays, school districts have transitioned to computer learning. From personal experience, I believe our school should have addressed these key factors for us students. One factor that needs to be addressed is creating a work environment that is suitable. Classes may be online now, but given that students must work at home can affect our attitude. Although students find it much easier to attend classes in person, our minds are set in stone on whatever assignments are given because we are in an environment that allows us to focus. We tend to procrastinate where we have distractions surrounding us and it makes it difficult for us wrap our minds on school. Another factor would be how much work students are assigned. Student to teacher interactions are varied for all schools, but the less time we spend with our teachers, the more they are spurred to assign work. The third factor is blending our courses. Online school has its pros and cons, and for some students and families, they would rather stare at a screen than go to actual school. How we executed school at the beginning of the year worked very well for me personally. As half of the student body stayed at home and the other went to school, we weren’t totally derived of human interaction.

November 1, 2020

roemmad_week8

The three most important factors our school district should address in order for all students to succeed using an online format are individual student achievement, the levels of classes taught, and the benefits of blended courses. Each student’s individual GPA or academic enthusiasm/achievement could be taken into account when assigning courses to be instructed online or in-person. For example, students with grade point averages above a certain number could have online classes while students with a grade point averages under a certain number could have in-person classes, or vise-versa. This would enable everyone to get the attention they need. Also, the levels of classes taught. Kindergarteners can’t be expected to have the same level of focus as high schoolers, so online classes should probably only be for 5th grade upwards. The most important factor in ensuring all students can succeed would be understanding the benefits of blended courses, especially during COVID-19. With blended courses there would be a reduced health risk since students will spending less time physically in the same space. There would also be the added academic benefit in that they still do as well as if they took all in-person classes. There are many other issues to consider, but those seem to be more applicable to bigger cities. Luckily, Cordova is a small community that enables students to have small class sizes and be more involved in their education.

November 1, 2020

Hambame Week 8

Online learning has become a normality in many schools around the world due to covid-19. In some ways online learning is beneficial and can help students to learn independently, but for others it is harder to learn as much while online especially if you have no motivation or time to study on your own. One way to help with making learning online more beneficial could be to have a support group to help students with their motivation. The support group could be just a group of students that work together and check up on each other to make sure they are doing what is needed to learn to the best of their ability. Another solution could be to simply improve zoom or whatever site or server is used to broadcast the class. This could help students to better understand because the connection is not always clear and makes it difficult to see or hear the teacher. It should also be a site that the teachers are more familiar with so that they are not still figuring out how to use it during class time. Students should be in a room without distractions so they can pay better attention and they should also sit up in a chair rather than lay in bed so they can focus and be more awake. Online learning or classes is a hard thing to adjust to, but the only thing you can do is try to do your best and hope that students will do the work needed to show their full potential.

November 1, 2020

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Throughout online learning, there were a quite a few challenges that came along with it. I felt it difficult to stay focused throughout the class periods – due to simply not being in a strict learning environment, I was consistently getting headaches from sitting in front of the screen for three hours at a time, and I just did not have the motivation to want to “go to class” because it was online and with everything else going on in the world – it just felt like an extra weight (that was more related to mental health). The three most important factors that Cordova School District should address when having online classes would be: trying to be in an area free of distractions, using the hour of class to fully focus due to having limited time, and finding different ways to stay motivated and find the urge to WANT to go to class.

As I mentioned before, it was difficult to be in a non-learning environment due to having so many distractions; whether that is your dog barking or your family talking in the background, there is so much going on that typically would not be a problem in a classroom. If you are in an area free of distractions, this will then allow you to fully focus. By having limited class time, teachers are trying to jam as much as they can into their daily plans – which is understandable – therefore student’s must attempt to be fully engaged because before you know it the hour will be over. During these chaotic times, mental health and having the motivation to do anything has been getting to more people day in and day out. Without motivation, it is nearly impossible to get anything done, so if CSD listed different ideas of how to find that motivation to want to learn then it would get student’s that little push forward in the right direction in order to succeed for online learning.

November 1, 2020

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COVID-19 has left many obstacles in the way of our daily lives. One major problem was not being able to meet in person for school. The virus took many by surprise and schools were closing left and right. Schools all over the world had to quickly come up with solutions to keep students academically on track. Many quickly resorted to online schooling. Zoom, google meets, skype, etc… all rapidly became more popular because they were easy for teachers to maneuver and for students to access.

However, the abrupt switch from in person to online schooling made it difficult to adapt to. Many students were on their phones, playing video games, laying in bed, or didn’t even show up at all. The lack of motivation easily killed students grades and desire to learn. To help with the lack of motivation teachers in our school district could find ways to connect the students with the material that they are learning. As well as allowing them to collaborate with each other and the teacher in deciding what material to study.

The amount of human connection you get through a group video call is next to none. Online classes eliminate connection between peers and teachers. It is much easier to enjoy school when you get to socially interact with other students. To work around this problem our school district could implement weekly distanced activities and split students into small groups. For example one group could go for a hike while another plays frisbee at the grassy field. This would allow students to both socialize with others and also keep them active.

This pandemic has posed an uncertainty for our academic futures. We are missing out on a lot of the curriculum that would be offered in a normal year, simply because there is not enough time. It is hard to do multiple full course loads online and completely comprehend the curriculum. Teachers in our school district have to adapt their courses to fit with our lack of time. Picking and choosing the most important parts of each lesson. Although we may not learn all of the material at least students will know about the most important parts.

November 1, 2020

Glasmic_Week8

Online learning is something nearly every student in America has faced now in at least some point of the Covid-19 pandemic. The results of this online learning seemed to be mostly negative, with most students wanting to return to school like normal, finding online learning either too dull or too challenging. Beyond this is the fact that it is harder for instructors to instruct, and also to make sure students are not cheating on their work or swaying off task. It is much easier for an instructor to keep order in a classroom when all of the students are there in front of them rather than on a computer screen, for if a child simply does not want to listen to instruction they can simply shut off their computer. The best way to combat this issue is for the school to require students to keep their cameras on at all times, (as they did), and to keep a very strict citizenship policy with attendance and behavior in an online environment. 

Another big issue is that, as the article mentioned, it makes it harder for students to learn when they do not have direct instruction, especially ones who need extra instruction. There is just something about listening to a teacher over a screen rather than in person that makes it harder to retain the information they are trying to show you, not to mention that it makes it rather difficult for a student to receive extra help when they do not understand a topic. It simply comes down to that on test day the students who learned over the computer are going to score lower than those who received instruction. How might the school combat this? A good way to handle this problem is for the school to make sure to keep all the time they need open for students to have meetings with their teachers so that they can at least get some form of extra help. 

A less talked about issue is the social factor of schools, where students get to interact with other students during their learning, which can often lead to a better learning environment, for students to feel more comfortable. This issue is more one that the students would have to handle during online courses, they would have to get together on their own.

November 1, 2020

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Everybody learns at different rates, some students learn quickly and are very self motivated and eager, and some struggle and need some more help. There are also many ways that both of these people can learn, some do best in person, some benefit greatly from online education and some do best with a mix. Online classes can be very beneficial to students that are academically advantaged, they tend to be very self sufficient.

Three main factors I think our school district should focus on to enhance online learning would be, a students academic history (level of advancement), the students’ ability to be self sufficient, and their exposure to a support system such as a counselor or teacher. Knowing what a student can handle academically and what will be a good challenge for them is important. Some students need a little extra help and nudging from their teachers to reassure them that they will be able to complete their courses. This is where the exposure to in person learning comes in. Students are bound to run into obstacles such as not being able to understand something or being overwhelmed and needing an extension, things like that. Having a teacher there to help would not only help the student feel more supported but it would also be good to have if the student does need the teacher to help them with something. A lot of students struggle with getting their work done. The school should take steps, even while students are a bit younger to help them learn organization and ways to be self sufficient. A student could be very bright but still have no sense of direction when it comes to self sufficiency and that is one of the most important things when it comes to life. It would benefit students greatly in all aspects of their life to gain a strong sense of self sufficiency.