By Elspeth Kernebone – Bendigo Avertiser, 13 April 2020
Students, teachers and parents across central Victoria are preparing to enter completely new territory as the school term begins on Tuesday.
Lessons will be largely online, with students and teachers working from their homes.
It comes after Victorian schools closed for all but the children of essential workers to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Teachers have spent weeks planning the transition to online, but are still expecting teething difficulties.
Bendigo Senior Secondary College assistant principal Bronnie Bishop is preparing to teach Year 12 psychology from her kitchen table.
Three times a week she will write a lesson plan for her students in learning management system Compass, with very specific instructions.
Mrs Bishop will live chat with her students using a web-link at least twice a week.
She has also created narrated instruction resources such as slide shows, where students can see and hear her talking.
Mrs Bishop said there was a nervous excitement about beginning to teach online. It was a chance to try something vastly new, but she would also lose the part of teaching she loved: being in the classroom with students.
She said connecting with her students as people would be the most important thing for her live-sessions.
“I can really still connect with them as humans, and check with them