Remote Learning March-June 2020
St. Joseph Hill Academy (SJHA) High School moved to remote learning on Monday March 16, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Led by Principal Mrs. Maria Molluzzo, teachers were immediately given enhanced training on best practices and technologies.
Hill has already been at the forefront of Catholic high schools when it comes to utilizing state-of-the-art technologies to engage students in remote learning experiences. For example, pre-COVID-19, high school teachers and students alike had the advantage of already owning their own laptops and regularly utilized PlusPortals and Google Forms for their classwork.
“With remote learning, come remote challenges,” reflected Mrs. Molluzzo, “but we are committed to ensuring that virtual learning mirrors the classroom as closely as possible.” The high school has done this through maintaining class schedules, assignments, discussion boards, and testing as close to what the students would experience on a regular day. High school teachers have quickly transitioned to fully utilizing new technologies such as:
- Zoom for distance learning videoconferencing
- Explain Everything for interactive PowerPoint lessons with audio and video
- Ed Puzzle for video lessons that have questions inserted throughout to better assess students’ understanding of the material
- Socrative, Plus Portals, and Google forms for testing
Mrs. Molluzzo has worked tirelessly with faculty, students, and families to make sure their feedback is heard, and adjustments have been made regularly to improve everyone’s experiences. Both the high school and elementary school teachers have participated in weekly opportunities for professional development as well.
Below are examples of how Hill Faculty are ensuring remote learning is effective, interactive, and innovative. The three videos below are:
- Mr. Busca's Allegra II students created an artistic representation of the Unit Circle Diagram using any medium of their choice.
- Mr. Guerrero's Spanish class wrote, filmed, and starred in their own Spanish language commercials.
- Ms. Pla's Anatomy lesson on the human heart.