We're proposing a new drill for schools that are fortunate enough to have their learners attending in person:
It's well past time we included regular MeetUp practices. These should be designed to support success in the event of further requirements to stay home and learn via remote learning.
- Fire Drills: to prepare for fires on the school grounds
- ShakeOut Drills: Preparing for earthquakes and tsunamis
- Lockdown Drills: Preparing for Emergencies and Traumatic Incidents
By October, with Auckland schools having been through two seasons of remote learning, it became obvious that anyone with the luxury of learners sitting in the same room should be taking the time to practice using video conferencing effectively for remote learning. We suggested that teachers and principals maximise the opportunity to observe barriers to access, which in turn become barriers to learning and lead to isolation during distance learning.
Recommendations for a MeetUp include:
- Socialising protocols and expectations for your school/kura
- Rehearsing digital skills and social behaviours required for successful connections and learning
- Ensuring equity and access for every student, to learning and social interaction
- Supporting and reinforcing Cybersmart interactions
Ideally, a MeetUp practice would need two adults.
- Someone in another room/place to lead the online interaction with the learners - even doing something as simple as reading a story to the class
- The teacher to stay in the classroom with the learners to both provide support and to observe (taking notes to follow up on) successes and barriers
This week Matt Goodwin and Fiona Grant from the Manaiakalani facilitation team released an entertaining and informative blog post to support learners (and teachers) to "follow a good Google Meet etiquette". They included a poster of prompts to support a successful Google Meet.
** Disclaimer, of course, that this is assuming learners have a device and connection to the internet at home