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Innovation amid separation: How three suburban teachers keep kids engaged

Daily Herald logoTeacher makes virtual lessons fun with friendly competition on Kahoot!

With e-learning, teachers are reinventing how to engage and inspire students using new tools since the COVID-19 pandemic closed schools.

Three suburban educators share their online teaching techniques, demonstrating why teachers rank among the unsung superheroes of this pandemic era.

Beth Thomson engages her 95 seventh-graders with live lessons through Zoom video conferencing and educational games played on Kahoot or Quizlet Live.

“They love to compete against each other,” said Thomson, 47, a social studies teacher at Carpentersville Middle School. “We play a game that hooks them into showing up for the lesson. And the kids that need help stay afterward.”

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