Asynchronous day for UISD students

Monday, Jan 18, will be the first of four asynchronous days for UISD students
Published: Jan. 18, 2021 at 7:20 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 18, 2021 at 9:22 PM CST
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LAREDO, Tex. (KGNS) - Back in December, Texas Education Agency introduced the idea of asynchronous learning to our two school districts.

Then last week, United Independent School District announced they would be starting this method of learning soon.

Teaching an online class comes with challenges that some teachers are still adjusting to, and that’s why they now get some additional time to be able to catch up and prepare.

As of Monday, it’s day one of asynchronous learning for UISD.

When the pandemic hit early last year, the primary method followed by both school districts was synchronous instruction, which requires all participants to be present at the same time, virtually.

However, UISD tells us teaching online comes with some obstacles.

“In a classroom, there’s more opportunities to bring in other material, but when you’re on a computer here you have to have everything at your finger tips because you can’t walk over to your filing cabinet and pull something our because your kids are waiting for you,” said Gloria Rendon.

Last Thursday, United ISD announced they were approved by the Texas Education Agency to take part in a more self-guided instruction called asynchronous.

This means that for only four days spread throughout the semester, teachers will be able to use a day to plan ahead, something the district considers beneficial since teachers have more on their plate now.

“Now they receive lessons, they record themselves. I have teacher friends who work after hours Saturdays and Sundays to prepare the lessons.”

Meanwhile, this is still a day for students to keep learning from home while following pre-recorded lessons for that day, and they’re still responsible to turn in assignments by the time and date designated.

The students who usually report to campus will be staying at home for those days while they work on packets.

KGNS reached out to Laredo ISD and they say their first day of asynchronous learning is coming up later this week.

“We’ll be sending out a notice to all LISD parents and let them know what’s to happen this Friday,” said Doctor Gerardo Cruz.

Its important to consider this is not the same as “Professional development days”— where they have trainings designated by the state.

These four days are meant for teachers to plan and catch up on their lessons.

UISD says the days will be counted as regular school days and attendance will be taken based on students’ lessons and work for that day.

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