Tech ‘supplements’ teaching, learning through coronavirus: American Federation of Teachers President
American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten discusses how educators are shifting learning methods during the coronavirus outbreak.
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The coronavirus pandemic may offer a good opportunity for students working remotely to revisit term papers, or capstone projects, Randi Weingarten, the American Federation of Teachers president, said.
“If we trust teachers, particularly for a high school graduating seniors, to kind of come up with projects, to sum up the year then and… if somebody doesn't have the internet or somebody doesn't have online to kind of create a delivery system like we have with the grab and go meals, then we can actually help sum up the year in as productive a way as possible,” Weingarten told FOX Business’ Maria Bartiromo on Thursday.
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School closings throughout the country have forced classes to be held online using online platforms like Zoom and Google Classroom, which has been effective, Weingarten said.
However, teachers are still learning as they go, she said.
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“We often use the expression building and… flying the plane at the same time,” she said. “And I would actually say that's pretty apt right now because… virtual learning has been around for a long time — it has actually not really worked effectively. And so everybody within, I would say like five to seven days had to learn how to do it very quickly.