With Gov. Eric Holcomb announcing all Indiana schools will be closed until at least May 1 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the state’s teachers and students face more than five weeks of non-traditional learning via distance education platforms. These are circumstances Hoosiers have never faced, so IHSPA would like to create a collection of successful tips, activities and resources for journalism classes and student media programs to access while they are out of their buildings for what could be an indefinite period of time.
In the spirit of community, we would like to hear from any and all stakeholders – advisers, retirees, university experts, yearbook representatives, communications professionals, etc. If you have an effective method or useful tool that could help manage the unprecedented demands being placed upon every Indiana educator, we hope you’ll share it with your entire scholastic journalism family.
Those wishing to contribute can fill out this very short Google Form (http://bit.ly/ihspa_distanceform) that’s separated into three categories: websites, instructional materials and general advice. Participants can provide as much information as they wish because all questions are voluntary. Therefore, taking a couple of minutes to submit one tip, worksheet, sample project, etc. can support numerous peers and their courses.
Everyone can view the form’s responses on the linked Google Sheet (http://bit.ly/ihspa_distancelearn). Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions/concerns.