Updated: Mar 15, 2020
Update: Since I wrote this article the school district I work for has closed schools. We are scheduled to return on April 13, 2020.
It is time to iterate the traditional high school model. COVID-19 is forcing society to embrace that idea. Actually it is forcing everyone to rethink how we live our lives but that is a topic for another day.
The school district I work for has not closed schools and I hope they do before it is too late. I see the stress on my colleague's faces and I see it in my student's behavior. Some have stopped coming to school while others are acting out in school.
I say it is time to embrace change and use online learning for a few weeks. It is a great time to test the waters without the fear of failure or pushback.
I understand there are a lot factors that need to be considered before online learning is a viable opportunity for public high school students, but it is during trying times that real innovation emerges.
One technology we can embrace to test online learning is the cell phone. At the district I work at students have access to cell phones through a special program where they get cell phones and plans at a discounted price. Thus, I have taught my students to use their cell phones to access Google Classroom and Google for Education products.
So why not embrace COVID-19 as an opportunity to iterate high school for the greater good?