Using technology to enrich the online learning experience

Director Thomas Lupton of Shawnigan Lake Private School sits with the technology he uses for teaching during COVID-19, on Sept. 10, 2020.

Jen Osborne for The Globe and Ma

King’s College School students who returned to the classroom this fall found an unfamiliar cylindrical object with owl-like eyes sitting atop their teacher’s desk.

“It’s a ‘Meeting Owl’ video-conferencing device with a 360-degree camera for a panoramic view of the entire classroom, and with a smartboard that displays images of the kids at home,” says Sandra Donovan, director of admissions at King’s College in Caledon, Ont., northwest of Toronto. “This way everyone can feel connected, wherever they are.”

Like many other educators in the country, King’s College turned to technology when COVID-19 forced students to stay home after March break. As they looked at various video-conferencing options, the administrators and teachers at King’s wondered how they could continue to deliver on

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