Sipping on a mug of coffee in pajamas and a hoodie as classes go on normally - behind a screen. Distance learning is surely a vastly different academic experience comparing to the traditional school experience everyone has gone through.
The classes started out very awkward. Teachers just kind of stared at the screen waiting for students to show up. But after the 10 minutes of waiting everyone to show up, the class went on normally without students interrupting the class because teachers can just mute everyone. Homework is given via Google Classroom, all in all making distance learning quite a normal experience, just in front of a screen
The amount of freedom allowed in distance learning comparing to the normal school curriculum feels great for me. I don’t have to conform to the dress code imposed by the school, I also get to choose where I sit and I can put on a thick layer of blanket without anyone noticing nor even caring. The drawbacks about this is that I had to stare at a screen for 8 straight hours, which caused quite a strain on my eyes.
The other drawback of distance learning is the lack of social interaction you get outside of the screen. The first few days were fine but soon enough boredom got a hold of me. The fact that I’m not able to go outside because of the quarantine is a big part contributing to the incessant boredom that I, as well as many fellow North Cross students, are experiencing right now. Classwork has helped me combat the boredom somewhat, but overall I don’t have much things to do outside of the screen
Distance learning is a bizarre academic experience for me as this is the first time in my life I have ever done it, but everything just felt right somehow. The meetings, the classwork felt like your normal school day with even more efficiency due to muting and screen sharing. It’s a good replica of the traditional school curriculum and I’m glad that the school managed to pull this off.