The method adopted by HUS is a combination of synchronous (happening collaboratively and at the same time with a group of online learners and a teacher) and asynchronous (happening at any time, not necessarily in a group, but with teacher feedback).
The learning management system that HUS has been using since 2017, has been Google Classroom and along with this, add Zoom and you have a synchronous virtual class is in session. HUS went online on the 20th of March following the announcement of the lockdown. The goal is not to try to re-create face-to-face (F2F) classrooms, which is impossible to do. Online and blended learning provides opportunities for learners to work more independently, expand their agency, and learn to use tools and strategies that they otherwise might not have.
It is easy to authenticate work remotely, especially formative assessments that are designed to get students to work together and use online resources. HUS also follow privacy norms and any social media activities are always moderated by a teacher.
PYP 5 TIMELINE EXHIBITION
“You will enrich your life immeasurably if you approach it with a sense of wonder and discovery, and always challenge yourself to try new things.” –Nate Berkus.
We are so proud of our HUS PYP 5 the incredibly smart and young scholars. We had chosen to show our exhibition online that too on a live stream. Our Risk-takers were full of excitement and enthusiasm. They knew how to overcome all challenges and make it a steppingstone. “Our actions speak louder than words” – yes they had partnered themselves for the SDG goals and did their part to spread their gratitude to all the health workers, celebrating earth day by not only by making promises to save the world in all little ways possible. This exhibition has proved a platform for them to learn and sustain in the path of excellence in all ups and downs. It helped students prepare themselves and demonstrate their learning through meaningful assessment.
They made a difference in the world because they believe in what they do. Nothing stopped us before and nothing will stop us ahead (Even the Pandemic -COVID 19).
The link to the website and padlet will give a clear picture of their extensive research and actions.
An interview for Spanish media by our HUS drama teacher Deborah Santonocito. The video is in Spanish but she speaks in English. A positive message in a time of so much difficulty.
"We all have a responsibility to protect endangered species, both for their sake and for the sake of our future generations" - Loretta Lynch.
Our young learners understood this through their inquiry and here is what they say about it.
Our Grade 10 students worked on some wonderful infographics as part of their asynchronous learning.