Online, July 13 - 16, 2020
Most students displayed an impressive ability to adapt to the online environment, but each student has a different home environment and relationship with school, which affected their chance of success. As in any learning environment, the student's connection to the teacher was a key factor in their success as well.
Although I wouldn't have chosen teaching online if it wasn't necessary for student safety, we all learned a lot and many of the tools and methods we explored can be useful in the future, whether we are online or in the classroom.
On March 12, 2020, the Canadian team announced that in light of the current Covid-19 outbreak, the Canadian Math Kangaroo Contest would not be held on sites on March 22, 2020. At that time, we were exploring the possibility of postponing the contest or moving it online. There days later we informed everyone that the contest would be offered online.
The main reason we chose online delivery versus cancellation was because we wanted to keep children engaged and challenged in math. Moreover, we could promptly deliver the contest online thanks to the great team of dedicated and enthusiastic professionals who donate a tremendous amount of time to bring this wonderful contest to students in Canada.
What have we learned from the online delivery of the 2020 contest?