The conversation started about the platform students at this online school uses. They use Moodle, but are moving to Canvas. The interviewee was very excited about what she had heard about the online platform. Lots of positive changes that may not even been known by administration at the school!
One of the downsides of teaching online is that the resources students use, my interviewee said, don't actually allow students to "make" things. The apps or resources or tools do the activity for the student.
She appreciates an online science lab that allows students to create a laboratory experiment from start to finish.
With limited face-time with her students, and students who have emotional challenges - anxiety and depression, her winning moments are watching the students who come to have face-to-face time have positive social encounters with their peers.
She wishes that the online curriculum would allow for more constructivist activities, but there is not a lot of room in the online curriculum her school uses.