Although, insignificant at this stage, on the sideline certain possibilities are emerging. For example, I have observed in educational sector people/teachers are looking at alternatives; rather they are forced to look at other means of delivery when the physical classroom will not be viable because of the current pandemic. Talks of Change in education, discussions on Mind Shift became a reality in last couple of days before close-down of schools. Teachers, some of them reluctant to walk out of their comfort zone, were frantically fumbling to find some respite from real threat of closure of physical teaching space. They realised that relying on worksheet, text books and chalk & talk may not be available sometimes. Thus they have to 'innovate', collaborate. I have seen sincere collaboration for finding a solution to this closure of physical teaching space.
Teachers started looking at the Google Meet or Zoom. Were there any resistance? Of course, but they could not provide other choice, alternatives. Obviously, the question of equity (students') emerged. But the most hopeful thing was the teachers tried to sort out the issue. How? Involve the Whanau, family contact proved to be somewhat effective. At least, teaching community wanted to find out the loop-holes with Internet access. Access is problem area and quite a big challenge. Students' reluctance to get involved for remote learning was more overwhelming. I think, parental participation should be more, parents can play a major role of 'policing' the kids at home e.g at least they can ask them to join online classroom. Now , we are on holiday, but just as the holiday ends, parents must ask the students to participate in online courses. Otherwise, teacher's arms are not 'long enough' to 'herd' and guard the kids. We need more 'sheep dogs' to herd the sheep to safety.
As usual, I have attached a video clip I created collecting bits and pieces from my online classes I attempted before the holiday, which also includes a dash of piano recital(?) from one of my students. Enjoy!