Province announces online learning plan amid ongoing school closures

Napanee's Southview Public School. Photo by Adam Prudhomme.

Beaver Staff

In an effort to provide access to educational materials amid school closures, TVO announced they have launched a new learning initiative.

Launched as part of the Ontario Ministry of Education’s Learn at Home program, the initiative provides online, easy access to learning tools for students from K-12.

Through direct online links, students will be able to engage a host of learning tools on demand, free of charge and barrier free.

TVO Mathify offers free one-on-one online math tutoring with Ontario Certified Teachers for students in Grades 6-10. During the school closures, tutors are available from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and Sunday 3:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. for students wishing to build their math understanding and confidence with a personalized math coach.

TVO mPower offers more than 65 free online games that help students master tough-to-learn K-6 math, STEM and social science concepts. All games are Ontario curriculum-based and designed to bolster foundational skills and inspire a love of math.

As part of the Learn at Home initiative, TVOkids has added The Power Hour of Learning to its broadcast schedule every day from 9:30-10:30 a.m., providing school aged kids with stimulating curated educational content each morning.

In addition to the popular TVOkids YouTube channel, three new subject-specific channels have been launched:

  • Mathematics– A YouTube channel carefully curated with content to support JK-Grade 3 core math curriculum. Visit the TVOkids Mathematics channel.· Science and Technology – A YouTube channel supporting JK-Grade 3 core science curriculum where kids can learn from fun science experiments – and even try some of them at home. Visit the TVOkids Science and Technology channel.

    · Language – A YouTube Channel where kids join an imaginative world where learning language is paramount. These videos are designed to promote the growth of language skills and a love of reading. Visit the TVOkids Language channel.

Beginning Monday, March 23, TVO ILC also invites students to join a free online TVO ILC Open House, where they can keep up with their studies or deepen their understanding through an open preview of all 144 Grade 9 to 12 courses.

“The COVID-19 emergency has changed how Ontarians live, work and play in a matter of weeks, and TVO services are evolving along with the needs of the people we serve,” said Chris Day, TVO’s Board Chair in a press release. “Making digital learning products more widely available will hopefully be welcome news to learners and their families, and our current affairs programming will continue to keep Ontarians informed.”

Where to find TVO

On air:

Rogers Cable HD 2 & HD 580

Bell TV 265

Bell Fibe TV HD 1209 & SD 209

Shaw Direct HD 155




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