Educational Technology

December 31, 2016

Beijing smog forces schools to temporarily move classes online

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:36 am

by Global Times

A teacher live-streams Chinese class in an empty classroom in Xi’an, Northwest China’s Shaanxi Province on Monday. As in Beijing, schools in Xi’an were also suspended on Monday due to heavy smog. Photo: CFP This is not a dystopian future. Schools in Beijing have moved their classes online to spare students from the dangerous smog levels currently choking the capital. Education officials closed all kindergartens and primary schools on Monday after the city issued a red alert for heavy smog that reached 10 times the standards posed by the World Health Organization. Authorities also recommended that high schools in the city hold shortened days during the red alert, which saw PM2.5 levels above 500. The smog is expected to disperse tonight, according to weather authorities. But to keep students from falling behind, the Beijing Municipal Education Bureau required teachers to live-stream classes online.

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