NPPSD prepares for online learning

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. Even though students aren't filling the halls and classrooms at school, North Platte Public Schools is bring the education to their homes.

NPPSD faculty and staff prepare to transition to online education. (Source: Jace Barraclough/KNOP)

The district is transitioning to remote learning for the remainder of the school year.

Parents and guardians of students who need a laptop have until March 27th to request a Chromebook to take home. Allo is offering free internet to students in need for 60 days.

Teachers like Sasha Welch and Lane Swedberg are doing their best to transition from the classroom to the internet.

"For me personally, I'm giving kids a weekly assignment," said Welch. "But, if they have a bad week and can't get to it- no big deal."

"The one thing we've had to change is how we present the information to the students," said Swedberg. "Because, 90% of what we did to introduce it was stand in front of the room and do a PowerPoint for them, or to walk them through some practice problems. If we don't have the students in front of us we have to change how we present the information for them."

Welch and Swedberg are math teachers who have been working hard to utilize various resources for online teaching.

"I'm actually making screen casts. I'm really interactive and I like to do lots of activities. So that's just breaking my heart that I don't get to do all of these hands on activities because I know not all of my students have the materials just laying around their houses to do stuff," Welch said.

"From what I've heard from other teachers is they're excited about this challenge because it's opening their eyes to the wide variety of things that are out there," Swedberg said. "We do have the freedom to pick and choose what we want to use. I've heard a lot of teachers say, 'I'm going to become such a better teacher through this experience. Because, after learning about all of this stuff that is out there I can add of of this stuff to my regular education that I've had when students are in the classroom. It that much more of a variety for students to use."'

Pick-up times for Chromebooks for grades 6-12 are March 30th from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Then the 31st from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The district is asking that people avoid going to the schools for any reason without a prior arrangement.

Click here for the Chromebook request form.