School turns to technology due to Coronavirus outbreak

As students look forward to completing the last week of school before mid-term-break, teachers have started training with Ms. Vimmi Dang, executive assistant, for the upcoming parent-teacher conferences.

Due to the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus, parents will not be permitted to enter school premises as precautionary measures and will have to meet with their child’s teachers virtually. The school has decided to offer parents 10-minute online conferences with teachers via Zoom, an online conferencing service.

The software was founded in 2011, and recently gained popularity. Its main goal is to make working and talking from home easier and more convenient. So, after the outbreak of the Coronavirus, Zoom has taken over the interest of the working class.

Although some teachers think it may be quite inconvenient, the school’s priority is to ensure the community’s wellbeing.

The conferences will begin at 8:30 a.m. on the morning of Mar. 16 and the meetings are to be scheduled based on a first-come, first-serve basis. Teachers believe that the meetings will take all day.

“Parents are allowed to set up meetings directly with teachers if not able to fill in a slot,” Ms. Dang said.

As the school has a number of students from different parts of the world, many parents may be pleased about Zoom. Usually, parents living outside of India tend not to come for parent-teacher conferences due to travel restrictions. This way, however, parents will be able to talk to teachers online.

“There will definitely be an increase in the number of parents using Zoom”, Ms. Dang said.

The school has been sending weekly newsletters to parents to update and inform them of the situation. It is hoping to use Zoom in the future as well.  

“I am working very closely with the ICT department [as they are] very heavily involved in this,” Ms. Dang added.

Zoom is just “a new experiment Woodstock is trying,” Ms. Dang said.

 

Ira Ahuja is the first person editor for The Woodstocker 

Edited by Archita Aggarwal and Janvi Poddar

Featured image from The Wire

 

 

 

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