Success story about distance learning

Author: Rigonda Skorulskiene

School: Kaunas Jesuit Gymnasium, Lithuania

Date: 23 – 24 April 2020

Context

During the pandemic, most of the schools in the whole world were closed. That meant most of the school communities had to take difficult and snap decisions. One of them is moving everything to virtual platforms, nearly overnight.

I am proud of my school‘s community and want to share our great experience and how we managed to survive this transition. In short, teachers and students are proud of our distance learning methods. After receiving the results of questionnaires, we noticed that nearly 75% of 368 students‘ parents evaluated us very positively too.

Students saying “Thank you” and sending us hearts.

Before we start analyzing STEAM education in times of remote learning, I would love to introduce the context first. Kaunas Jesuit Gymnasium is a private school, having about 800 students with ages ranging from 10 to 19 years old. Nearly 1/3 of students are from large families, having more than 3 children. You can read more about the school here: Kaunas Jesuit High School.

The 12th of March was our last day at school… Well, at least at the school we were used to. Since the 13th of March, the lessons of final years’ students were moved to virtual classrooms. From the 18th of March, all the students were learning from home, following our standard timetable. Even though the timetable was standard, the classrooms were not. That‘s how the timetable of our school looked like:

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