For more than 35 years, the West Tisbury School has been doing an exchange program where eighth grade students from the Island travel to England, and students from England travel here.
This year, although the COVID-19 pandemic has made it unsafe for students to travel, the West Tisbury School has continued to provide that unique experience for students, through a virtual program.Although Athearn said nothing can replace an in-person experience, the virtual exchange keeps students engaged, and gives them something fun and exciting to be a part of.
Students also used Kahoot!, an online learning platform, to take trivia quizzes about England and some of its culture and history.
Athearn said one great thing about the virtual exchange was that more students participated in the discussions with students in England, the virtual tours, and the online quizzes.
“All they had to do was turn on their computers,” Athearn said. “It was pretty amazing to witness.”