It is difficult to deny the effect the Coronavirus has had on education. Things change constantly in the classroom, something any teacher should be familiar with, but no one could prepare our staff for what occurred in the month of March.
Welcome ‘Microsoft Teams’ – an online platform that connects teachers and students through the powers of technology, giving them the ability to remotely set work and teach from the comfort of their own homes through this very uncertain time. Although this platform is something the college was in the process of rolling out in the next few months, the Head of Teaching and Learning had to quickly ramp up the process and introduce this a lot sooner than expected. Assistant Principal Jonathan Butler says “We are amazed by the sheer commitment from our teachers, Wilberforce staff rallied together and quickly learnt how to teach remotely, plan lessons and deliver them online and the feedback has been phenomenal. Being in a generation where everything is digital, our students have taken to this way of learning like a duck to water and it has helped restore a sense of normality to a very surreal way of living.”
Our students have thanked the commitment the teaching staff have shown, with one student commenting “It’s been really helpful to make things seem normal and to take my mind off what’s going on, so thank you” and another saying “This is brilliant, I was so worried about how we’d carry on with lessons, but after the second remote session I feel so much better, its so easy.”
As well as conducting video lessons, other teaching staff have taken to social media to keep students learning. Check out our science technician Dr Martin Walker talking about germination of seeds on the Biology Instagram and Tim Smith creating beautiful water colour strokes for A Level Art .
In addition to this, Adobe is offering our students free access to all it products (Photoshop/Illustrator/InDesign/Premier etc) until 31st May.
All our students will have received an email yesterday with details of how to sign up and download the products.
Any students with any queries or problems with remote access please email Ithelpdesk@wilberforce.ac.uk
Students can also access our VLE Moodle and access additional information such as Study Skills via the Library Moodle page.