Adapting during times of uncertainty
Ensuring learning continues in school and at home
Académie de la Capitale switched to online class delivery on March 30, 2020. Since then, we have continued our K-12 full-day, academic programs on various online platforms, primarily through Google Education Suite. Having been long-time users of Google Education, migrating our documentation, planning and delivery was instantaneous, and we had benefited from recent updates rolled out for its teleconferencing applications.
Acadecap teachers and staff were quick to adapt to the new realities of working remotely, while our students and parents were quick to adjust to online class delivery and its challenges. Without their patience, support, and trust in our teachers and program, the switch to online class delivery would not have been successful. Everything, from math to jiujitsu, from French to music, has continued virtually, with classes held based on regular school schedules. Students get to interact with their teachers and classmates in real-time. Even lunch time clubs and student-led weekly, morning announcements have continued virtually, making full use of our social media platforms.
To culminate the end of the 2019-2020 school year, our annual Awards Night was streamed online to the school community with videos of student performances and messages from the teachers. Homeroom classes also organized their own year-end virtual parties as causes for celebration during these times hold a special meaning to us all.
It continues to be our goal at Acadecap to recreate the school learning environment virtually to bring a sense of normalcy during these extraordinary times. Although we have been busy planning the intricacies of making in-personal classes feasible in September, specifically addressing constantly changing health and safety requirements, we are also aware that the possibility of province-wide closures still loom. We still plan to continue our online approach past September 2020 if necessary, with improvements based on valuable feedback we have received from our teachers, parents, and students.
Using a combination of Google Education Suite applications, Padlet, and other online learning resources, Acadecap students participate not just in their homeroom and core subject classes, but also in the following specialist subject classes and activities:
- Art and Visual Arts (PSSP & OSSD)
- SMILE (SLT) – Orton-Gillingham-based systematic, multisensory, intensive literacy education
- Third Language Classes (Mandarin & Spanish)
- TedTalk Club
- Running Club