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Hãng thông tấn của Hoa Kỳ Associated Press (AP) đưa tin về dạy học trực tuyến ở trường Nguyễn Tất Thành.

Vietnam's schools resume online after closure due to virus outbreak

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After almost two months of closure due to new coronavirus outbreak, Vietnam's schools are resuming online as the country encourages residents to practice social distancing in an effort to fight the global pandemic.

From an empty classroom at Nguyen Tat Thanh school, literature teacher Vo Mai Linh opens her computer to give a lesson to her 45 students, she's not seen them in the class for almost two months.

Linh's students attend her lesson from their homes, connecting to a virtual classroom on their laptops and smartphones.

To move to virtual lessons, Linh says teachers had to redesign the lessons to suit the environment.

Details and instructions must be sent to students prior to each class. That way they can be prepared and ready to engage in discussions and understand lessons better.

"Both teachers and students hope we can all go back to school soon so we can have more exciting lessons and discussions," says Linh.

"But actually, the online classroom does bring about certain positivity. Some students who used to be very shy, have become very confident and contribute more to class discussions on the online platform."

While most teachers connect with their classes from home, some go to the school for better internet connection or simply for a quieter environment.

The school, as well as other educational institutions across the country, has closed since the end of January, when Vietnam confirmed the first case of COVID-19.

Nguyen Thi Thu Anh, head teacher of the school with 2,300 students, says technology has made it possible for this new method of teaching.

The school uses Microsoft Office 365 software, which connects teachers and students to a common virtual space for exchanging materials and discussions.

"In addition to lessons in the curriculum, we also share with our students basic skills to cope with the virus outbreak by sending them videos instructing them how to stay hygienic and healthy or videos of interesting exercises to balance between studying and having physical activity," says head teacher Nguyen Thi Thu Anh.

Binh Nguyen, an eleventh-grade student, says he misses his class, but online classes help him stay connected with his classmates.

"My classmates actually have become more active online, so we can talk more. We encourage each other to go through this difficult time together," he says.

To date, Vietnam has reported 85 cases of the COVID-19 virus without any death toll.

In its vigorous efforts to contain the outbreak, Vietnam is closing most international arrivals and put everyone entering the country into government designated quarantine facilities.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.

The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover.

Nguồn tin: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/HZ-Vietnam-Online-Schooling/93e5ff41944a4eb2b68f538b81ef6ba7