Distance Learning Information & Resources
Tips for successful distance learning
- Set up a work area for your child that is away from the television or other distractions.
- Create a schedule, but let your child have input. Set aside study times, break times and recreation times that make the most sense for you and your child. Distance learning doesn’t have to be between regular school hours (although some teachers may have set times for specific activities or video conferences).
- Recommended time to spend on schoolwork each day:
- Pre-k through grade five: 1-2 hours per day
- Middle school: 2-3 hours per day
- High school: 3-4 hour per day
- During study time, consider limiting phone/social media access. We know when the phone is nearby focusing on schoolwork declines substantially. There may be times when phone access is appropriate during study time, like a group project or study session over the phone with friends.
- Distance learning is a family event. Any support that parents can give will make the learning experience more rich and rigorous.
- Not all distance learning will be online. Some will require offline work and online submission. If you need support with content, please contact your child’s teacher first, and then the IT Helpdesk.
- Good questioning techniques have a strong positive effect on student learning, whether in a classroom or a distance learning environment. Here are some of the benefits of good questions:
- They encourage students to engage in the work and motivate them to want to learn more
- They help students process the learning
- They help build critical thinking skills
- They allow the adults (teachers, support personnel, families) to check for understanding
- Read more about good questioning and find sample questions (English | Spanish)
Video conference guidelines for students
- Students should be dressed and wear clothes that they would normally wear to school.
- All students who join the video conference should be in a common area within their home. Bedrooms and bathrooms are strongly discouraged.
- If a teacher witnesses something inappropriate in the background, the student may be removed from the video conference or the video conference may be stopped altogether.
- Students must use their district Google account to join the call and students from outside of our district are not allowed to join the video conference.
Distance learning platforms
Students in pre-k through grade 5 will work through Seesaw for their distance learning content and instruction at https://app.seesaw.me.
- Access the site using either the Chrome or Firefox browser.
- If your child has difficulties signing in to Seesaw, viewing or completing assignments, email their teacher. Include what device you are using and any details about the problem in your email.
- If families are using a tablet or smartphone, download the Seesaw Class App. It may also be called “Seesaw: The Learning Journal.” (Note: There are two Seesaw apps. Students must use the “Class App.” There is a Seesaw family app that is intended for families to use when kids are at school. You can learn more here: https://web.seesaw.me/parents.
- Typically this platform is implemented with students in school. We anticipate some connectivity issues when we begin on April 6. We will work with you to resolve these issues. You can check the status of the platform here: https://status.seesaw.me/
Students in grades 6-12 work through Schoology for their distance learning content and instruction.
- We do not have parent accounts created in Schoology, so we ask grade 6-12 parents to work together with your child to view the Schoology account and content.
- If you have specific questions on an assignment or activity on Schoology, contact your child’s teacher first and then the IT Helpdesk.
- If Schoology is performing strangely, please check the site’s status site: https://status.schoology.com/.