Out of the classroom, onto the screen: Virginia teachers turn to streaming and social media

Mar 18, 2020 by

At precisely 9 a.m., high school history teacher Gabriel Elias went live at his dining room table.

“Good morning, good morning, everybody!” Elias said, flinging his arms wide and nodding toward his laptop camera. Muted laughter rose from a nearby room, and his wife quieted the couple’s 4- and 9-year-old children.

Elias gave a special greeting to one student named Fatima, who had ordered him to make the broadcast “interesting.”

“I’m new to this,” Elias said, “but I’m going to try.”

It was the second day of the coronavirus-driven shutdown of all public schools in the Washington region, and the second day that Elias — who teaches at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria — filmed an informational morning video for students, streamed live on Facebook.

The Northern Virginia school system announced last week that it will remain shuttered until at least mid-April. During the closure, the 16,000 students of Alexandria City Public Schools are not required to do any academic work, although they are encouraged to complete online activities and follow daily exercises listed in instructional packets.

Source: Out of the classroom, onto the screen: Virginia teachers turn to streaming and social media – The Washington Post

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