Coronavirus, Education, Health

Tell WABE: What Has Online Learning Been Like?

Metro Atlanta schools had little notice before switching to online learning for the rest of the year.
Metro Atlanta schools had little notice before switching to online learning for the rest of the year.
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Students, parents, and teachers had little time to prepare to go from in-person instruction to online learning last month. On March 12, Gov. Brian Kemp recommended school buildings close for two weeks and employ distance learning. Most metro Atlanta school districts took that advice, starting March 16.

Now, the governor has ordered schools to continue with online learning for the rest of the year. How has that affected your family? We want to hear from you about the ups and downs of online learning. If you’re a parent or a student who’s made the transition, we want to hear from you. Parents, how has this changed things for you? Students, what is it like having class in your house?

You can record your answers on your smartphone and send us the file. Parents, if your child is under the age of 17, we’ll need your permission to use his/her recording. You can download our permission form here or give permission verbally on your child’s recording.

How to record:

With an iPhone, there is an app called Voice Memo that comes pre-installed. You don’t have to download it. Open it, press the red record button, and you’re rolling. When you’re done, hit the red square to stop recording. That will save your file. Then, you can touch the three blue dots near the file name, choose share, and email it to us at

With an Android, the phones don’t necessarily come with an app preinstalled, but there are similar apps out there, that work in a similar way. Here are some recommendations.

Students, please include the following:

“My name is __________. (Say your full name.)

“I’m in the ________grade.” (Include your school if you like.)

What do you like most about online learning?

What do you like least?

(You can also include anything else you want, like a fun story or something that surprised you.)

Parents, please give a summary of what the adjustment has been like for you. You can also include a story if you’d like. Please include your name and where you live.

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