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    I'm also managing to figure out how to use Skype and share screen to tutor my public/private school students who are elearning now.
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    Son -- a Purdue University graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Quote Originally Posted by inmom View Post
    I'm also managing to figure out how to use Skype and share screen to tutor my public/private school students who are elearning now.
    The kids just had a Zoom lesson today and it worked alright - a little glitchy, but I don't know if that was part of internet speed on behalf of the teacher or just the way the program works.

    Glad DS is getting better.

    DH's boss just had to fly to Ohio to help his DD move out of her university apt and get a trailer back to NM. Is your DS headed home or out to NC?
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    Zoom is next on my lest to try for my classes, as it seems like a better platform when there is more than just a one-on-one.

    DS is home for now. (A perk of this crisis--we get some time with him that we normally wouldn't get before he moves). However, he's waiting to hear that his job offer still stands. If it does, he may move early since he's not tied to campus for classes now. It's a wait and see proposition, which is hard for him. He hates unknowns and uncertainty (just like his mom).

    Is anyone getting asked for advice from brick-and-mortar school parents about how to educate their kids?
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Roll Call, 3/14
    I hope your DS comtinues to recover easily! And doesnt go stir crazy with the uncertainty of the future!

    Our therapists use Zoom, and our school uses GoToMeeting,
    https://www.gotomeeting.com/meeting/education/k-12
    but I dont know what the costs involved with hosting are. (I know it would be free on my end.)

    If you just want a simple group voice chat and sharing of images, Discord is free, and Im guessing most teens already have and use it. (Ones that do gaming likely do!) I know my son does video streaming on it of his computer screen.
    He has separate subchannels for each game they play (and one for “school” hah!).
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    (I use it for my gaming, too. Its free, anonymous, there are no ads, and it requires an invite to join anyones server, so no weirdos or bots can disrupt it. And it can send push messages to groups or individuals.)
    It might be something else to look at!

    We have been hanging out at home, except for my ventures to grocery store land. The inconsistency of products available is annoying, but at least the fresh produce is not running out at my preferred shop (although the megamart where I went to get Gramas groceries was pretty bare). My store was out of chicken and beef yesterday, so Im not sure whether to check back there today or give it a couple more days. If only DH was willing to skip the meat with his meals!
    Oh, and California went into a “stay at home unless it is essential” mode last night. Im not sure what that really means, but the county had been in that mode for days, and businesses in the grocery stores strip mall were still all open. It hasnt exactly been a ghost town!
    One of our local quilt shops is offering private shopping appointments... everyone is hustling trying to keep money coming in! We had our annual shop hop earlier this month, I hope they can all pay their rent for the month! Our favorite local restaurants are trying to lure us to do takeout. When I know the names and faces of the people who will be most suffering from the health crisis, I feel bad! Us driving 20 minutes each way for a meal at a restaurant is a lot more feasible than a 40 minute roundtrip for takeout. (DH doesnt even like sushi takeout, and thats only 15 minutes round trip. He says it doesnt taste as good.)
    First world problems, I know!
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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    We have been hanging out at home, except for my ventures to grocery store land. The inconsistency of products available is annoying, but at least the fresh produce is not running out at my preferred shop (although the megamart where I went to get Gramas groceries was pretty bare). My store was out of chicken and beef yesterday, so Im not sure whether to check back there today or give it a couple more days. If only DH was willing to skip the meat with his meals!
    Oh, and California went into a “stay at home unless it is essential” mode last night. Im not sure what that really means, but the county had been in that mode for days, and businesses in the grocery stores strip mall were still all open. It hasnt exactly been a ghost town!
    One of our local quilt shops is offering private shopping appointments... everyone is hustling trying to keep money coming in! We had our annual shop hop earlier this month, I hope they can all pay their rent for the month! Our favorite local restaurants are trying to lure us to do takeout. When I know the names and faces of the people who will be most suffering from the health crisis, I feel bad! Us driving 20 minutes each way for a meal at a restaurant is a lot more feasible than a 40 minute roundtrip for takeout. (DH doesnt even like sushi takeout, and thats only 15 minutes round trip. He says it doesnt taste as good.)
    First world problems, I know!
    Illinois (right next door-ish) has also gone to "stay at home" order. Again, it seems like a formal declaration of what (hopefully) most of us are already doing. However, I have a friend who works in Chicago. As of St Patrick's Day, there were still "douchebags" doing a pub crawl.

    We have done one grocery store delivery (got all except flour), and are trying curb-side pick up at a bulk spice/grains store today. Also doing curbside at the cafe next door to it where my kids used to work in high school.

    I'm also raiding the craft supplies my kids used to work with, but obviously don't now, to give away to families with kids "stuck" at home from school.

    Times are very, very different.....
    Carol

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    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    I did a drive up at Target today and the parking lot was empty. It was nice to see. I still saw people pushing carts out of the store with a coffee in hand. Really? Touch a bunch of stuff and then eat / drink. Gross.
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    All the schools in our area are having their students do online learning. I'm not really sure what that entails. Khan Academy is one of the programs. The parents that I spoke with seem relieved because the kids were doing something but not having to involve themselves. They don't really see their situation as "homeschooling" so much as the schools are closed and the kids are home from school temporarily. So no one's asked because they feel that the schools have it taken care of. Ironically, online learning programs are things that this forum has consistently discouraged.

    It actually is a great time for parents to become involved in their children's educations and for kids to learn away from a regimented environment. Another upside--don't have to worry about school shootings.
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    I think the public school kids flocking to “online learning” is a measure to help the adults feel their kids arent “wasting time” while not in those regimented classes. Whether or not the kids are learning, theyre looking busy. If kids could effectively learn without adult help and guidance, I think schools wouldve all switched to online learning with no human teachers.
    I Wouldnt say that the parents putting their kids in front of a screen with educational content are homeschooling... homeschooling takes parental intent. (I dont think taking online classes excludes someone from being a homeschooler... but if the parent isnt overseeing the learning - theyre expecting it to all be done between the kid and computer - thats not really homeschooling.)
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

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    Roll Call, 3/14
    Quote Originally Posted by vicsmom View Post
    It actually is a great time for parents to become involved in their children's educations and for kids to learn away from a regimented environment. Another upside--don't have to worry about school shootings.
    Morbid silver lining, but true.

    More morbid humor from some friends of mine...
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    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Roll Call, 3/14
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    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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