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Packing your "virtual backpack": How to make sure your kids are ready for class the night before

Virtual Backpack
Posted at 9:18 AM, Sep 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-15 09:26:57-04

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (WKBW) — As most schools across Western New York begin their second week, 7 Eyewitness News is reaching out to experts, and sharing tips to help your students with remote learning.

Whether they're 100% remote or working in a hybrid model, experts say preparing for remote learning is just like preparing for a regular school day, and often starts the night before!

You know how you always packed your backpack the night before so you would have everything ready to go?

The same idea still stands for remote learning, but it looks a little different.

We spoke with Mrs. Hopkins from Country Parkway in Williamsville.

She's teaching her second graders in an all-remote format this year.

Every day she ends her lesson with a slide showing kids and parents what they'll need for the next day.

"We talk about physical things, pencils, paper, your math papers, your math toolkit. That's all important," Mrs. Hopkins said. "But also whatever platforms we're using we have to be prepared that way as well."

So she suggests taking a look at whatever online learning tools you'll need the night before.

Make sure you can access them, because that means less panic in the morning if something isn't working properly.

Parents or teachers - if you have any tips, send them to me at Katie.Morse@WKBW.com.