Peel schools plan to embrace multi-modal learning post-pandemic

All Western Australian students were required to return to school on Monday but the adoption of online learning is being embraced by teachers post-pandemic.

Whether it is virtual tutoring, video conferencing tools, or online learning software, there has been a significant surge in use since COVID-19.

This new hybrid model of education is being adopted among many Peel schools including North Mandurah and Meadow Springs Primary School.

North Mandurah Primary School principal James Peletier said the teachers have had to adapt to several new online learning methods since COVID-19 restrictions began.

"When we found out we weren't going to be operating as normal and needed to do online learning it was pretty confronting," he said.

"The learning app, SeeSaw gave us the capacity to upload work and we could give feedback to students so that was really quite powerful.

"The other mode was using video conferencing in case teachers needed to do an online lesson."

North Mandurah Primary School teachers have now incorporated online learning into their usual school routines after embracing new methods during COVID-19 restrictions. Photo: Claire Sadler.

North Mandurah Primary School teachers have now incorporated online learning into their usual school routines after embracing new methods during COVID-19 restrictions. Photo: Claire Sadler.

With school now compulsory, North Mandurah plans to utilise this online technology post-pandemic.

"What COVID-19 has done is actually forced us to take on skills that are now being used in the classroom," Mr Peletier said.

"Some teachers were really not keen to use technology but now they are using iPads and apps in the classroom.

"We have also been using video conferencing for our assemblies as we can't meet in person.

"Having to embrace these new online methods has been a bonus in a very trying time."

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COVID-19 has also brought about positive changes for Meadow Springs Primary School as principal Jennette Armstrong said remote learning allowed teachers to incorporate new teaching methods.

"In these unusual times, Meadow Springs Primary School has been embracing new opportunities and learning innovative ways to support our students' learning journeys," she said.

"WebEx sessions have become a common platform to communicate with each other in a group format.

"This has been used for staff meetings, school musters, assemblies and student learning."

What COVID-19 has done is actually forced us to take on skills that are now being used in the classroom.

North Mandurah Primary School principal James Peletier

Mr Peletier said the COVID-19 crisis has demonstrated how quickly staff and families have been able to "adapt in some very trying times".

"I'm just really proud of what has happened in the Mandurah School Network and how we've supported some families that really depend on the school and routine," he said.

"It is really a celebration of how teachers, students, parents and cleaners have been able to adapt to this really unique situation.

"All these people have contributed to making school a safe place."