The staff at Bishop Tyrrell are to be applauded for the time and effort they have invested in preparing our online teaching and learning program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Teachers have gone above and beyond in an effort to provide their students with the best resources possible to continue their learning with minimal interruption.
Teaching and learning in an online environment presented many new and difficult challenges for both teachers and students alike. Humans use many different ways to communicate; many of them non-verbal. Most of us realise that one of the key things that makes a teacher effective is the way they are able to connect with their students.
Some food for thought from teachers about the online learning environment:
“I’m going to miss my kids when I see them. So many of my introverts thrived and would send me amazing video diaries of their work. I have loved this time getting to know my students in a different way.”
“I have been thinking to myself that I need to think hard about how to restructure my classroom and my lessons to give more opportunities to the introverts to be leaders.”
“I noticed those students who normally grumble about school and try to get out of things, actually really loved their days back so have already vowed to be happier about being at school from now on. This has definitely been a catalyst for me to look at the way I structure my days and weeks in the classroom.”
Feedback gathered from staff and students showed that the majority of students found lesson resources easy to find and interact with on CALEB and Teams. Students responded that video conferences with their teacher via Teams or Zoom helped them understand aspects of a lesson and they felt they could learn successfully in an online scenario.
Since starting the online learning process, the following data has been collected from our use of Microsoft Teams (for years 4 to 12):
- 140,982 channel messages (approximately 9 per student per day)
- 118,211 chat messages (approximately 8 per student per day)
- 2,155 meetings (these are the class lessons)
- 1,306 one-to-one calls (learning support lessons)
- 6,310 group calls (approximately 160 per teacher)
Time online for all students and staff (including class and non-class time):
- 7.8 million minutes audio time (average of 6 hours a day per person)
- 7.3 million minutes video time (average of 5 hours a day per person)
- 450 thousand minutes screen sharing time (average of 50 minutes per day per person
Thanks to the outstanding work done by staff, combined with the high level of engagement and maturity displayed by our student body, Bishop Tyrrell is very well placed to continue engaging in online learning and should any further impacts from the current situation eventuate, we will be prepared.