Educational Technology

November 26, 2012

City To Offer Online Classes For Displaced Students

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:30 am

By Lindsey Christ, NY1

At Scholars Academy Wednesday, most of the students made it to class, even though they were crammed into classrooms in two different buildings in East New York, Brooklyn, a long way from the school’s pre-Hurricane Sandy site in Rockaway Beach, Queens. Scholars Academy has had one of the highest attendance rates among the relocated schools, thanks to Herculean efforts by staff members, parents and students. But with 88 percent of students in class on Wednesday, teachers worry about the 12 percent who aren’t. “We have kids in Pennsylvania right now,” said teacher Steve Kinney. “We had kids in Texas. I’m in New Jersey. I lived in Rockaway.” They decided that for some kids, the best route back to the classroom might start with a computer screen, and so a handful of Scholar Academy students now start their school day with a 9 a.m. email to their teacher.

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