Brilliant Labs Magazine: Digital Hope

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FROM IN CLASS

TO LEARNING SUCCESS AT HOME BY SAM PATERSON, TEACHER, BROOKSIDE INTERMEDIATE, NL

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When schools were closed down in mid-March, I was presented with a number of challenges. Even though my class was already highly engaged in online and digital spaces, I had to find a way to organize it and structure it in a way that would keep kids engaged and stimulate their imaginations and creativity. All of the research and information I could find suggested that giving them meaningful, engaging tasks and allowing them to provide feedback and express their creativity was a keystone to a successful remote learning experience. Brilliant Labs had been on my radar before, but they became an integral part of my preparation and delivery of lessons and other unstructured experiences during the COVID-19 shutdown. From the sustainable development goal Minecraft server, to the #makerfun challenges, to online Twitter thought exchanges on a variety of topics, Brilliant Labs was a great support to me as a teacher.