GREENSBORO — Guilford County Schools is pulling together a new resource for parents and students, who are finishing the school year virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic.
It is an online library of district-made videos explaining topics that students should or would be learning about in their grade levels. Teachers and others have been working for weeks to make the videos. This week, the district started uploading them to a special spot on its website for distance learning.
The first videos posted relate to elementary school math and reading. Interested parents and students should continue to check back as the video library grows. Most of the content will be geared toward elementary and middle school students, according to the Whitney Oakley, the school system’s chief academic officer, but added that there will be some videos posted for high school students as well, particularly for fine arts and physical education.
The videos aren’t meant to replace lessons from students’ regular teachers, but they can be used as a supplement by students and parents — and even by the classroom teachers.
The school system called on teachers like Brandi Turner involved in its Opportunity Culture program to help make the videos.
The videos are meant to be watched by the students. Turner said she tries to include a little time before she gives an answer to a problem, to give the child a chance to say what they think it is to the screen or to a parent.
“Part of me is like, ‘They are 5 ... how can I keep them engaged?’ ” she said, explaining that each video takes some careful thinking before she starts. “You are really just working to be really precise and clear
“I am using food like nobody’s business,” she said, detailing a cookie-based approach. “You have two Oreos. Your brother took two Oreos. How many do you have now?”