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Tulsa Public Schools Prepares for Distance Learning in Several Ways

Posted at 1:01 PM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 19:26:41-04

TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa Public Schools administrators stress the "distance learning" that will take place for the rest of the semester is not strictly online learning. Teachers are now preparing to find the best possible ways to instruct their students from outside the classroom.

TPS has handed out "hundreds, if not thousands" of Chromebooks to students who need them, prioritizing seniors who need to graduate, according to TPS Superintendent Dr. Deborah Gist.

TPS is also continuing to hand out learning packets at grab-and-go meal sites; TPS surpassed 150,000 meals served on Wednesday.

On Monday, April 6, TPS teachers and faculty will begin figuring out how best to teach students, whether it be using Canvas or Google Classroom to record and share lectures, Zoom group chats for classes, or simply one-on-one check-ins with students.

TPS administrators say they are not trying to duplicate regular school days with distance learning, and are leaving the teaching methods up to the teachers.

Those methods will include teachers determining how they should break up their time to teach students. That could mean setting aside work time to accomplish a task, or even giving out an assignment to work on over a couple days. Teachers would check back in with students after the assignment is finished, and work on going over the finished product.

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