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May 18, 2021

Join PBS’ ‘Disrupted’ tonight: How COVID changed the way we’ve learned and taught

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Directions: Read the summary, watch the video featuring reporting by Student Reporting Labs and answer the discussion questions. For a transcript of the video, click here

Summary: It’s been an incredibly difficult school year for millions of educators and students in America. Some had to put their education on hold and their health at risk. “Disrupted: How COVID-19 Changed Education” is a special from Student Reporting Labs — our youth journalism program for teens. The event TONIGHT at 7pm EST is free to the public, and you can register here.

Student reporter Yeonseo Seok from Westview High School in San Diego, California, previews the special.

  • Tiffany Rodriguez stopped attending remote classes in the fall of 2020 so that she could work, and then she suffered prolonged health effects after becoming infected with COVID-19.
  • Her music teacher, Colin Sharp, noticed her extended absence and reached out to her.
  • Though she recovered and is attending classes and catching up, she still experiences fatigue and must do extra work to make up for lost time.

Discussion:

Warm up questions: 

  1. Who is interviewed in this piece?
  2. What are some of the ways the student in this piece has been affected by the pandemic?
  3. Where and When are things returning to normal for the student, and what ways are they still unusual?
  4. Why has the pandemic had more impact on some teens than others?
  5. How does the student interviewed here see their life changing now that the U.S. is returning to normal?

Focus questions:

  1. How has your own life changed over the past year? What has been most difficult?
  2. Do you think some ways your community has changed will remain even after the pandemic ends?

Media literacy: Why do you think the producers chose this individual to interview? Who else might you want to hear from?

Dig deeper:

  • If you would like to share your COVID story, check out Hindsight 20-21, a multi-media project by NewsHour EXTRA and CoBuild19 that ties all our memories together in one place. We invite students, educators and families to share stories through art, digital media or text that expresses how the pandemic affected you and your community. Submissions will be compiled and shared to aid everyone. See here for more information: bit.ly/hindsight20-21

 


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