Saskatchewan teachers doing their best to adapt during coronavirus pandemic

Teachers in Saskatchewan are leaning on technology more than ever amid the coronavirus pandemic, shifting from in-class to online.

“We have a Zoom meeting, we go through our morning routine and because I’m teaching a second language it’s really important that they can hear me speak to them,” said Jessica Church, Palliser Heights French Immersion Kindergarten teacher in Moose Jaw.

Making sure the students have access to the right electronics, teachers from Prairie Valley School Division are delivering 166 laptops, 84 iPads and 25 Wi-Fi hotspots to students with limited tech access this week.

“Learning and teaching is such a social thing, and so while you can replicate some learning through paper and pencil and the traditional way, we’re missing that dynamic interaction and the ability for students to learn from each other and to interact with the teacher and so this absolutely helps,” said Prairie Valley School Division education director Luc Lerminiaux.

Shannon Chappell is a single mother of three. With her kids sharing one cellphone to learn at home, she’s having a difficult time navigating the new normal.

“My youngest is very hands-on, so doing things on screen has just been difficult for her,” Chappell said.

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The Saskatchewan NDP is asking the province to step in and provide more resources to students with limited resources.

“Teachers, school divisions and parents have stepped up in so many ways for our kids in these difficult times,” said NDP Education Critic Carla Beck.

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