How a school TV channel inspired students during the pandemic
- Prize Category: Innovation
- Format: Panel discussion
- Country: Chile
- Languages: Streamed live in English with automated captions in Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, Filipino, Malay, Serbian and Hindi.
- Learn more about the Top Ten Shortlisted Schools in the Innovation category on the World’s Best School Prizes website.
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About the school
Escuela Emilia Lascar, a school in Peñaflor, Chile, realised it could overcome the challenges brought by the pandemic by harnessing the power of TV to entice its students to focus on their studies.
A large public school that caters to over 1,000 children from Kindergarten to the Primary level, Escuela Emilia Lascar has, in its 80-year history, mostly taught children who come from less privileged backgrounds. Currently 91% of its student population has been categorised as belonging to families that are considered vulnerable. The school had increased its enrollment over the years and the majority of its students go on to graduate from the eighth grade.
But the disruption caused by the pandemic forced the school to re-evaluate how to maintain the same standard of care and education. Due to the scale and technical issues online learning could create, Escuela Emilia Lasca used the power of the small screen to reach its students by launching “Emilia TV” in April 2020. The programme was broadcast live every week, first through Facebook and then on its own YouTube channel. The topics varied, but Emilia TV sought to educate its students on a number of issues that were at the forefront of everyday life such as gender identity and mental health. The content created and published on Emilia TV was a result of a close collaboration between students, teachers, parents and support teams formed to help with the project.
The channel helped foster a space for students and utilised the influence and prominence of social media to become a useful learning tool that provided a fun and playful kind of education. Because of its success, Emilia TV is now used by other schools and was recognised with two national awards for its innovation.
When schools reopened, Escuela Emilia Lascar found the pandemic had stifled the students’ self-esteem. To help reenergise and motivate its students, Escuela Emilia Lascar decided to incorporate Emilia TV in its formal classes, giving students a more invigorating way to engage with their studies.
Join us for an engaging discussion on student engagement and technology.
Moderator: Francisca Parraguez Gutiérrez
She is an English Teacher from Alberto Hurtado University. Since this year, she has been teaching English to elementary students at Emilia Lascar School
Speaker 1: Antonio Briones Paredes
Educational psychologist with child and adolescent clinical mention. Graduated from the University of Santiago de Chile. Responsible for the coexistence of the Emilia Lascar school, he is currently part of the creative team of Emilia Tv.
Speaker 2: María Elena Fernández
María Elena Fernández has been the director of the Emilia Lascar school for more than 22 years. She is a state teacher in basic general education with a mention in language, graduated from the University of Chile. She has a degree in education. She has been chosen as director through the national competition for senior public management.