You can’t be expected to keep up with every little bit of information coming through at the moment, so here’s the tl;dr: what did we learn this week?
#1 We had a couple of updates about accessing devices and the internet.
From the Department of Education: “The demand for devices and internet access has been really massive! Schools have been asked to loan out their existing devices. They can also use different funding to buy equipment to loan to students. The last resort is the Government loaning laptops and tablets to students, via schools. You need to request to loan a device from your school.”
State Schools’ Relief had this to add:
#2 We had some updates about VCE/VCAL.
“The GAT will be held in October or November. End of year exams will be postponed until December at the earliest. VCAL students will be given more time to complete their courses. It’s been recommended that schools extend the dates of the end of VCE Unit 3 until 26 June 2020. There will be no change to VCAL content or assessment, except around mandatory VET requirements.”
#3 We had some updates about grade 6-year 7 transition planning.
“Your parent or carer needs to fill out a year 7 placement application form before the 15th of May. This form is on the Department of Education and Training’s website. You can list up to three schools you would like to go to next year. You will find out which school you are going to on the 5th of August. All year 7 students will have an orientation day at the start of December.”
#4 We shared some recommendations on keeping students safe while remote learning from home.
“Teachers should only be communicating with you through the channels that the school has approved. You should have received information about what these are and how they should be used. Compass notifications, daily WebEx conferences and Teams messaging are all a-okay. Facebook, Messenger and Instagram are personal and off limits.”
5# We talked to Project Rockit presenters for tips on structuring time while studying at home.
“Routine and breaks are going to be your best friend for the next while. It’s super helpful to keep a similar routine to what you’re used to. We recommend getting up and being ready to start your day at 9am, having lunch breaks at similar times you’d usually eat, and putting away your work at 3pm.”
6# We talked to young people and Headspace about to how best to support our mental health.
“Headspace has created an awesome guide for dealing with stress and anxiety about COVID-19 (you can find it here). Young people we spoke to have experimented and found strategies that suit them, such as taking plenty of small breaks, writing daily to-do lists and relaxing with video games.”