For exam students remember that they at worst it will resemble a college experience where students are completing study in advance of examinations. There is also comfort in knowing that it is the same for all students throughout the country. Most of the school year is over with Mocks and their results indicating the areas that they need to concentrate on.
Athy College will be using Virtual Learning Environment Google Classroom, Hangouts, Castify and other apps to deliver subject material and direction. All of the students are well practiced in these and have been using these methods for years and we have met this evening to complete additional training for teachers. We are the only Google Reference School in the country and are confident that our delivery will match any in the country
Remote Learning requires broadband and a device. While we cannot assist in broadband delivery most of the students have good connections on their mobile phones which are quite adequate to access the delivered material. If students need to use a device our laptop of choice is a Chromebook BUT any laptop/desktop with internet connection can access Google and students can then log in to their school account.
For all students we will be encouraging them to access their email and Google account to avail of teacher generated material which will be produced throughout any class interruption. Teachers will using many different methods to deliver material and will direct you as to how to submit work, etc
The next few weeks may test the realities of working from home (for both teachers and students (and Parents)). In order to protect the lives of the most vulnerable it may be a necessary outcome. Our biggest concern must be that all of our students and families are safe. Athy College will be in contact on a daily basis through our remote learning system and through website and social media and together we can navigate this difficult time.
It may not happen but in the event……………..