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Streaming Lessons Big Positive at Port Byron

A quick peek into Amy Alcock’s sixth grade ELA class may seem different this year. While Alcock may be grading papers for students in her classroom, she may also be answering a question from a student down the hall.
This will be the new normal as Port Byron Central School District has incorporated live streaming lessons as way to ensure the health and safety of each returning student and maintain proper social distancing.
According to AA Gates Elementary Assistant Principal Erica Sinicropi, the streaming lessons work together with the district’s pod system, which was designed to limit interactions between students (and staff) throughout the day.
“In order to provide all students with live instruction across multiple classrooms in the safest way possible, live steaming made the most sense. Since we are fortunate to have outstanding technology in the district, it was not only doable, but is proving to be effective,” Sinicropi said.
Like all new things, Sinicropi said there will be a learning curve with the streaming lessons. However, she also noted that the benefits of the lessons are already being felt.
“Overall, students and staff are adjusting and reaping the benefits of interactive instruction with a teacher and all of their classmates within their and among neighboring pods as well,” she said.
Alcock echoed those sentiments.
“The streaming lessons have been going great. It is going much better than I imagined. Students are responding very well and frequently participate,” she said. “I think a lot of them enjoy being on camera in front of their peers.”
Alcock said she has taught ELA for 10 years and feels extremely grateful that Port Byron CSD was able to find a way to deliver instruction on a daily basis to both in-person and online learners.

Superintendent: Neil O'Brien
Phone: 315.776.5728
Fax: 315.776.4050
Address: 30 Maple Avenue
Port Byron, New York 13140