Teachers at Troy 30-C’s seven schools were trained and ready for educating both in-school and remote students on Oct.19, as many began the district’s hybrid learning plan in the district’s “Return to Learn” program.
The transition entailed months of work and training,as technology staff, administrators and teachers coordinated the purchase of new equipment and training on how to use it.
Jenna Woodland, troy assistant superintendent of instruction and professional Development, said the process was truly a team effort, with staff from the departments of transportation and of facilities and operations also pitching in to help assemble equipment.
Woodland said the new equipment included mobile computer stands to allow teachers better mobility in their classrooms for teaching in-person and remote students simultaneously; Bluetooth speakers that allow remote students to speak to the teacher and their classmates; lapel microphones to ensure that remote students will hear the teacher well; Google Chromecast devices to allow wireless projection in the classroom; and additional Chromebooks.
Previously, only students in Troy’s upper grade levels were 1:1, student to computer. With the recent purchases, all students are now 1:1.
Additional software to enhance learning was also purchased and installed.
The district’s hybrid program of teaching both in-school and remote students is part of the district’s staggered transition to all in-person education during the coronavirus pandemic.
For now, participating in the hybrid program are kindergarten, first, fifth and seventh grades.
Remaining students will begin the hybrid program Nov. 2.
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