Committed to make the virtual school super-engaging and fun for the public
With kids cooped up in their houses with no access to playgrounds, open spaces, or interactions, it’s needed to fill the void created by this unprecedented disruption. To make the new normal lovely and inviting. It needed kids to want to attend virtual school, just as much as they did school on the campuses. The American School of Bombay (ASB), Mumbai, has been in the way to bolster the need.
ASB has opened up its gates to provide its academic content online for schools across India. Partnered with Times of India, ASB wishes to share its virtual school resources with all schools across India. The first among them, the Central Board of Secondary Education in India (CBSE), reached out for accessing ASB’s virtual content for its about 20,000 schools.
Craig Johnson, Head of School at ASB, said, “We committed ourselves to make the virtual school super-engaging and fun and invested a lot in developing outstanding content. Our three-campus school is now working across eight time zones of the world, via virtual mode. So, now that we have it, we want to share it with the country and the world.”
ASB’s achievement during lockdown
In its third week, American School of Bombay’s virtual school has its elementary, middle, and high school back on its feet with faculty posting lectures, teacher assistants running follow-up activities, tech teams helping families work with EdTech, and counselors holding sessions for the wellbeing of students and families. Additionally, there are live chat sessions with class teachers, leadership-faculty meetings, and sessions between principals and parents.
ASB’s plan and technologies at each level
- The elementary school works with See-saw in which recorded lectures are posted for students to view at their convenience, they can then complete activity challenges and provide feedback.
- The middle school uses Google Classroom and PowerSchool that allows for recorded sessions, live interactions, discussion boards.
- The high school uses Google Meet and Zoom.
American School of Bombay is proud to offer large parts of its curriculum and resources for anyone who may want to use it – from read-aloud stories to our physical education classes, to our IB music, drama, or physics. ASB with its team is working on how they can make what ASB has available to any council, association, federation, board, or school wanting to use them.