With schools staying closed for the foreseeable future across the province, a new educational platform has launched so that students can continue to learn, online.
Introduced on March 30, The Open School is a bilingual platform where students can access activities based on grade level. These activities can be either academic, social or physical and the intent is to help improve students’ knowledge and skills in many areas, said Quebec Education Minister Jean-François Roberge.
On the academic side, it provides activities for every grade from preschool to secondary five, in most of the subjects they learn in school, including English, French as a second language, math, art, science and technology, geography and history. For example, at the elementary school level, one of the resources shows how parents can teach their kids math in everyday life — like counting apples at the grocery store — with some help from the Sesame Street gang. The Open School even has a financial education section for Secondary five students, where they can learn how to file an income tax return.
Social activities include virtual tours of famous museums, like the Louvre Museum in France. Online painting and colouring book apps are also available.
None of the activities are mandatory and are not be graded. All activities and resources are free. New activities will be added to the site weekly. More additions to the platform, including activities specifically for students with special needs, will be available soon.
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