From a messenger app to an AI-powered social learning platform: How a Peruvian elementary school transitioned to remote learning in a matter of weeks.
By Yamanda Boukmakh, Head of Partnerships at CanopyLAB
From the very beginning of adopting the platform, I realized that it was the best. I feel very comfortable and happy navigating the features with ease. Most importantly, I am able to implement all of my modules in a simple and easy way.
∼Jorge Aburto, Coordinator & Elementary School Teacher
Who is San Luis María de Montfort?
I.E.P, or Individualized Education Program, San Luis María de Montfort is an elementary school in Mala, Lima (Peru) that has been running for 8 years counting 10 teachers and 80 students. Their mission is to ensure that students grow into strong agents of change through strong self-esteem, reflective and critical minds and the ability to respect and collaborate with other members of their community.
Goals & Objectives
Due to COVID-19, the school was forced to shut down and resort to remote learning almost overnight. Faculty and staff saw a need to acquire different tools to continue remote learning, something that both teachers and students did not have much experience using tools for online learning. At the beginning, the school’s remote learning program involved teachers sending daily exercises to their students via Whatsapp, which was oftentimes on their parent’s mobile device. Not only was there physical distance between teachers and their pupils, but there was also clear limitations to the teaching methods that could be used. Thus, the faculty decided that an online learning platform would best ensure that students receive an elevated quality education and for teachers to update their repertoire with the latest trends in education.
At the beginning, the school’s remote learning program involved teachers sending daily exercises to their students via Whatsapp, which was oftentimes on their parent’s mobile device. Not only was there physical distance between teachers and their pupils, but there was also clear limitations to the teaching methods that could be used.
Since San Luis María de Montfort adopted the CanopyLAB platform, they achieved a new understanding of what distance learning moving beyond what communication apps like Whatsapp have to offer. The simplicity of the platform allows teachers to upcycle lesson plans that were already created. To include resources in a course unit, teachers can simply copy paste a wide range of multimedia resources from videos, songs and even upload printable worksheets directly from their desktop to support students’ different learning needs.
Students learning development changes at an incredible pace during their years in elementary school, and it is the teacher’s responsibility to make sure every student is reaching the targeted learning milestones. Teachers use the exercise feature to instill a sense of responsibility among their students because this feature allows learners to submit text or upload files as evidence of their learning. Today, the San Luis María de Montfort has raised their institutional expectations regarding online learning and is growing as a stronger and more competitive Peruvian school.