The Ministry of Education will be conducting a territory-wide evaluation to determine how well students will be able to access online classroom platforms while schools remain closed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
While stating that the evaluation comes in the form of a survey that parents are required to complete, the Education Ministry said online classrooms will require that teachers and students have access to an appropriate electronic device and internet to gather schooling-related information.
“We are gathering information for our continuity of education plan and we are trying to get a better sense of remote learning access for parents and teachers in the event that we have to make further changes for the new school term,” Permanent Secretary for the Education Ministry, Carolyn Stoutt Igwe said.
Parents who have not yet completed the survey are invited to do so by clicking here.
Educators currently being trained in online learning platforms
As reported in a previous BVI News publication, the Education Ministry has begun training in both private and public schools in a number of online learning platforms.
These include Cisco Webex, CXC Notemaster, Flow Study, Google Classroom and Class Dojo.
“Training in the use of the Cisco Webex platform, an online platform that can engage teachers and students with interactive classes, online lectures, vocational training, tutoring, and group projects is also taking place,” the ministry stated.
It further said: “This platform, working in tandem with Google Classroom, will stimulate learning and group collaboration through virtual breakout sessions and evaluate class effectiveness with integrated testing, polling, and reports.”
Barring no further disruptions, the final projected date for COVID-19 school closures is April 19.
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