We (Wellington East Girls College) are currently moving into our new block, this has necessitated having most students working from home over two days. With current technology, teachers can set and monitor work via Google Classroom, in effect we are asking students to work from home, a common enough practice in many workplaces. I have advised students that I will be marking them absent if the work set is not completed within the required timeframe. The results of this exercise will be interesting insofar as
- will teachers set work?
- will the students do the work set?
- can all student access the Internet to access the work required?
- what can be done if specialized software is required?
I have told my Digital Technology students that they can come to school and access the facilities if they want to/need to. And WEGC staff have arranged a number of tutorials, some mandatory.
Will working from home be effective? is this something we can routinely do if the school grounds are unexpectedly closed or in a pandemic/measle scenario? What about when teachers are on strike? (more on this later)
I guess we are about to find out some of the answers to these questions.