While Lee Academy is known for its small class sizes, experiential learning and vibrant classroom discussions, the present pandemic has brought on a new challenge — remote learning. Our faculty have made this rapid adjustment, using effective approaches via the internet to interact with students in group and individualized settings. Students continue to be engaged in their learning, but in interestingly new ways. While their education is being advanced, we also strive to minimize stress during these trying times. Our teachers instill their unique personalities in the lessons and projects, primarily using the Zoom and Edmodo internet platforms.
Zoom is a web-based video conferencing tool that allows users to meet online, with or without video. Sessions can be recorded for future reference. Users may share screens and work together on assignments and projects. Using a platform like this provides students contact with their peers, helping to counter feelings of isolation which can be felt when working from home. Zoom users can collaborate on projects and share or annotate on one another’s screens, all with this easy-to-use platform.
Edmodo is an education network that permits teachers and students to be in touch with each other about their work and assignments. Teachers and parents are also able to communicate via the network. Our high school students and some middle school students have been using the network for some time now. It provides them with access to assignments posted in different subject areas by their teachers and the ability to upload assignments for the teacher to review. Students seek clarification and ask questions through its messaging feature. Its use has now been extended to all students in our equivalent of grades 1-12.