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Cluster Milestone 3 Reflections

Cluster Milestone 3 Reflections

Last updated by Bernadette May

"Making the Most of a Bad Situation"

Aim: Meeting the needs of family and whanau through e-learning opportunities during a time of crisis, the 22 Feb Canterbury Earthquake.

Using online learning and communication opportunities to provide anytime, anywhere access to learning and information.

 

The experience of our individual schools:

Avonhead School

In the event of the February 22nd earthquake, we were not in school for 3 weeks.  Throughout this time, online communication was invaluable.  Charles used our website as a place for parents and the community to stay informed with any changes and major updates.  This was kept updated regularly throughout that time.  As time passed, we received requests from parents for some work for their children to do at home.  Charles communicated this to us via text message and emails and we as teams were able to give him the information needed.  Wiki pages proved to be very useful in this instance, in which we were able to put these links up on the website for the different aged children.  Some were team wikis and some classroom based ones.  It was also a way to keep the children informed of what the teachers were up to and to share any stories.  Online education sites like Mathletics and spelling city etc.  Were also very useful at this time to keep the students in some sort of routine.

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Russley School

The Russley School website used was to keep in contact with whanau and community during the period the school was closed due to the February 22 earthquake.

Regular posts provided details of the closure and reopening process. Families and staff were directed to Ministry notifications and information from the Christchurch City Council.

The online learning wiki and homework challenges were available on the website for students who wished to continue their learning.*

An online survey was completed on return to school to evaluate the effectiveness of our response to the disaster and our communications over the time of closure.

Almost all respondents were very happy with the communication on the website. One person even commented that families from other schools were accessing information from the Russley School website.

Some respondents mentioned that they would like to have text communication during emergencies. We have now signed on to the ‘School Links' text and email notification system and have begun using this system to communicate with whanau. The effectiveness of this initiative will be assessed by a future survey.

External Link

Russley School Website