What Does Virtual Learning Look Like
ASB is proud to be at the forefront of virtual learning. Well before schools were forced to close their campuses in Spain, we were proactive reaching out to other international schools in Asia to learn from their experience operating virtual schools. We were also fortunate that many of the learning tools that we now depend on for delivering our curriculum, such as Google Classroom, Seesaw, ManageBac, and others, were already widely used by our students, and accessible to parents, before we moved to a virtual school model, making for a more seamless transition.
Our goal during this time has been to reimagine learning, rather than simply try to replicate what would have been offered in a brick-and-mortar classroom. We offer students at all levels a mix of live instruction (both whole class and small group meetings), which fosters connection and relationships, as well as instructional videos in all content areas, which allows for students to self-pace their work.
Virtual Learning Across Divisions
Just as in a regular classroom, we are also mindful that the delivery of the curriculum has to be tailored to the different grade levels. Read about some of the specifics for each division below.
We understand that virtual school will continue to be a learning process. For this reason we are surveying our students and parents at regular intervals to better understand what is working, what is not, and how we can improve.Our expectation is that we will be back on campus by September. In the meantime, we will continue to ensure that all of our students are receiving a quality education and opportunities to continue to develop their relationships with their peers and their teachers. If a second wave emerges during the 2020-21 school year and we are forced to go back to virtual school, we will be well prepared to continue meaningful learning.
"These are incredibly difficult circumstances for everyone, and we been impressed with the responsiveness of the school in setting up virtual learning and the lengths the teachers have gone to to make it work. As a point of reference, my sisters are in Georgia and California, with a total of 7 children in private schools there, and my impression is that the ASB virtual school experience is superior to either of theirs.
I hope you can keep your spirits up and know that there are many parents who support you, the staff and the teachers, recognize all you have done, and also realize that this is a work in progress that will doubtless improve over time. We are all in this together."
"I want to take this opportunity to thank you for all the work you are doing. We value the effort you have deployed in this operation and recognize how well you are handling this situation. Not sure on what planet others live but I am not aware of a single school around us that has been able to launch the virtual school that fast and which is such a good result. This is what we were expecting from the school and this is why, despite being locals, we made the effort to put them at ASB... we now can’t be happier to have them at ASB"
"I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU!!! The boys are really engaged with the virtual school and do it quite independently which gives us a break to do our work and house chores. It is a relief to know they are making educational progress. We feel really lucky to have all the resources and support from school. Our son did a small group meeting today and he was really happy and the teacher reached out for us with useful resources. All the ASB team is doing an amazing job and being a great support for our family."