DR. MARIAN ROSENBERG, INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY COORDINATOR
A week prior to our planned Virtual Day (March 16), Mr. Spellman suggested that I start making a plan in case we have to extend our virtual day. At that point I started seeing what other schools were doing, collecting resources and professional development opportunities for teachers, and drafting a plan for alternative learning when we can't be physically at school.
The first two weeks were exhausting. I felt like I was working 24/7 and it was pretty stressful. Things changed rapidly. Emails, phone calls, texts, FaceTime, Zoom conferences, it was constant. Thankfully that has settled down some now and there are moments in my day to breathe and even unplug and go for a walk in the evening!
So, because I am also teaching a class this year (AP - Computer Science Principles), I make it a point to focus on my students first. Then I switch over to seeing what emails I've gotten from teachers (and also sometimes students). Frequently a teacher and I will jump on a Google Meet or Zoom call so that I can guide them through using a tech tool that is new to them or that they didn't use as much before we went entirely online. This includes things like PowerSchool Learning features (assessments, dropbox, discussion boards, WikiProjects, etc.), setting up a FlipGrid, EdPuzzle, Quizlet, Google Form, or WeVideo project, using the features of an etextbook, screencasting a lecture, recording a whiteboard, videoconferencing tools (and how to prevent some of the problems with these). Things come up all day long - and often (usually) continue into the evening and the weekends. I make time somewhere in there to grade my own students' work and to communicate with, and prepare materials for them as well!