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Distance learning begins for Oklahoma students

Posted at 6:57 AM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 08:21:17-04

TULSA, Okla. — School is going to look and feel different for students as distance learning begins Monday morning across the state.

Tulsa Public Schools have spent the last week working to prepare for remote learning.

Distance learning is going to be the new normal for the rest of the school, with teachers bringing the classroom straight to their living room.

The schools are designing schedules, so students will know when to check in with their teachers and what their week will look like.

The district is also working to distribute Chromebooks to students, but many families are concerned about lack of internet access.

The district said they are working to connect families to internet providers who have offered free internet services.

They’re also looking at using their activity buses that have wifi and putting them in parts of the city where it’s needed the most.

While the district is excited about the use of technology, they say it’s not the only way for students to learn.

“We’re not expecting students to be in front of a computer or in front of a device all day," Danielle Neves, Tulsa Public Schools Deputy Chief of Academics, said. "They will have regular opportunities to engage live with teachers who are developing and delivering lessons, but then they’ll also have time that they’re working on activities and assignments at home.”

“Our goal is that the learning is still being lead by teachers who know their students best and so we want to make sure that’s available for them to do that a number of different ways," said Chief Learning Officer Devin Fletcher.

The district said they will not try to duplicate a regular school day at home.

They want to be flexible with learning opportunities so every grade will look a little different in how students are getting their education.

As everyone is trying to navigate this new normal, teachers will continue to evaluate how students are receiving information and what additional support they may need to get through the rest of the semester.

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