ArtsAltoona Learning Pods

A NEW WAY TO LEARN

ArtsAltoona offers a new type of space for students to complete their distance learning. Middle and High School students will complete assignments in a socially-distanced, clean, and supervised learning “pod,” in our facilities.

WHY LEARNING PODS?

Amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, school districts have struggled to maintain adequate social distancing, between their students. Sometimes districts lack the funding for additional staff and other times, they find that their facilities are already overpopulated. As a result, many districts have turned to virtual environments, in order to maintain the safety and well-being of their students.

In a virtual environment, students still attend class every day, on a regular schedule. However, instead of sitting in a classroom at a desk, students sit at home on a computer. This leaves many parents struggling to shuffle work schedules and/or finding sitters to watch over their children. Enter learning pods.

WHAT IS A LEARNING POD?

“small groups, supervised learning, and socialization”

Learning pods offer a middle-ground between a home-based, virtual environment and the environment provided by a traditional school system. Students continue to receive instruction from their native school district, via computer. At the same time, students can do this in an education-friendly, socially-distanced environment. In this difficult time, many areas have found that learning pods help students maintain a reasonable level of daily social interaction, essential to their development, while at the same time help students stay focused on their virtual learning. Additionally, students enjoy the benefits of a 15-student classroom, rather than the traditional 25 student classrooms, found in a typical school district.

IS A LEARNING POD RIGHT FOR MY STUDENT?

Although we recognize that there may be students who require specific types of environments to learn in, the short answer is almost always YES! Although students may attend different virtual classes throughout the day, they will still have the opportunity to interact – which plays a key role in educational development. When students socialize, they learn social queues, body language, teamwork skills, social norms, and increase their cognitive development. In small groups such as these, students also develop a better understanding of cultural diversity. Not everyone comes from the same socio-economic background.

NEXT STEPS

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Contact our offices at:
info@artsaltoona.org or 814.942.0840