Like so many other parents around the country, I was transitioning to full-time remote work last week while preparing to support my family through a crisis.
That’s when my 10-year-old son, Kenzo, came home with a large, Ziploc bag full of school supplies.
It included an iPad with various apps to enable him to attend class virtually, where his teacher will take attendance at 8 a.m. Tiny icons representing his teacher and classmates will appear in the corner of the screen. She can address the class, hear students respond and track their assignments.
“They try to make it as real as possible — as school-like as possible,” Kenzo explains. It’s not yet clear, he says, how a student can raise their hand to be called upon. “She hasn’t explained that to us.”