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West Hempstead schools embrace 'technology-rich learning environment'

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With schools not expected to open until at least April 15 in New York state, the West Hempstead School District has continued to push forward with their learning-from-home initiative.

Students have used numerous apps and web programs that make online learning more viable. Teachers have held video conferences to share tips and teach lessons, and staff members have created videos for their schools, turning a challenge into an opportunity to further learning opportunities.

“The West Hempstead UFSD is rising above the uncertainty as a phoenix rises out of the ashes,” said district Superintendent Daniel Rehman in a letter to parents.

He said that teachers have continued to plan a more rigorous and interactive plan for instruction, and that interactive and interdisciplinary learning opportunities are in the works through additional online interaction. Rehman said he hopes the district will continue to push boundaries and try new learning strategies to meet students’ needs.

“This process takes time and patience,” Rehman said. “Teaching in a brick and mortar setting and teaching in an online world are two different types of instruction. I applaud our entire district as we make this transition. Learners need to be free to work individually, cooperatively, and collaboratively, with the best information available in this technology-rich learning environment.”