BY: EKREM KAYA
With the coronavirus spreading like wild-fire, life for students has drastically changed. Many have found themselves in some sort of mid year break or extended summers. States like Kansas have closed out the school year and 99% of K-12 schools in California are currently closed. This brings out the question: Is school from home possible? And how can students continue learning in a crisis like this? Here are some favorites in online learning:
G Suite Services
Many school districts already use Google and its services to have an online platform of teaching. Teachers and students have access to tools like Google Classroom and Google Drive where they can communicate and share documents/assignments. Google even provides tools to enable learning in offline environments for those without stable internet access.
A tool similar to Google Classroom, Schoology is utilized by many school districts across the nation. Here, teachers can assign homework and accept submissions by students. Schoology has many tools and resources that make the service an efficient virtual learning environment.
A completely free online learning tool, Khan Academy has videos and exercises for all K-12 plus many college level classes. With its diverse parent and teacher resources, you can assign students specific units and track their progress. With AP Exams coming up for many high schoolers, Khan academy can provide great review material.
Zoom provides video communication for an online, collaborative, classroom. Teachers can lead virtual classes in real time with HD quality. Zoom has even made its basic services free in the face of the coronavirus outbreak.
Open Textbook Libraries
Numerous colleges hold open textbook libraries that can be used free of charge. University of Minnesota has a particularly large collection. These textbooks can be used to study and learn individually. Since they are completely virtual, they are accessible from anywhere as long as you have access to the internet.
Although these services won’t take the place of teachers and actual classrooms, they are great tools to use in times of emergency such as the one we have at hand. This is a time to use for self development and it is important to realize that the world does not stop. College Board has already declared that AP Exams will not be canceled so continuing education is essential for studens’ futures.