A Donegal speech and drama teacher is taking a novel approach to communicating with students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Karen Murphy has this week launched virtual classes to work with students online.

With everyone encouraged to self-isolate, good communication has never been so important. 

And Karen’s students will now be perfecting their online presentation skills as they embrace a new avenue of communication.

Students have been invited to log on to Skype, Facebook, Instagram and Zoom to practice their poetry, monologues and theory with Karen as they continue to focus on their exams.

Virtual classes with Karen Murphy Speech, Drama & Communications

A self-described technophobe, Karen says the COVID-19 outbreak has highlighted the importance of people being able to speak on public platforms online. Karen is making the most of the circumstances to learn how to use social media to connect with students on a one-to-one basis. She plans to launch Zoom sessions for senior group classes soon.

It’s a case of ‘needs must’ for this innovative school.

With remote working, video conferencing and job interviews increasingly moving online, this is a chance for students to learn how to interact effectively in a space where many people feel that they are stepping out of their comfort zones.

By bringing her business online, Karen is looking forward to a busy week ahead helping her students keep up with their activities.

“I would encourage everyone to use the video option to speak to family and friends it’s good practice and in our current situation I think it’s vital particularly for grandparents,” she said.

Karen is one of many local business owners adapting to provide their services online.

Pinehill Studios in Letterkenny has launched online dance classes to help children break up the day in an active way.

And Rushe Fitness are hosting daily workouts everyone can do from home – no excuses!