What is an eLearning Day? Most important. . . .Students DO NOT come to school, but have schoolwork to complete that day. Teachers and tech support are available to answer questions.
South Vermillion Schools eLearning days would offer access to online instruction provided by each student's teachers. Teachers would create lessons in Canvas, the SV learning management system. These lessons would be interactive and relate to the curriculum for the specific class. Teachers will ensure that the lesson is aligned with the curriculum. There will only be one scheduled elearning day for the 2019-20 school year on October 2. This day will be part of the 180 day academic school year. Students will have access to teachers via Canvas, phone and email. If students do not have Internet at home, they may go to a friend's home, the public library, or one of the local businesses offering free wi-fi. If your student cannot get online, they can contact their teacher, the school's main office, or tech support by phone to inform their school of no access. Assignments should be completed and turned in as soon as possible.
New for the 19-20 school year: all students will be counted "present in attendance" unless a parent contact the school's office to report a student absent due to an appointment or illness.
When will lessons be available? eLearning lessons will be posted in Canvas and available by 9am on the eLearning day. If school should be delayed and then closed, assignments will be posted by 10am.
What will it look like for students?
South Vermillion teachers will use Canvas to post assignments and lessons. Students access Canvas on their school-issued iPad or through a computer. The learning management system is completely web-based, however, students can download content before leaving school on Tuesday to work on while at home. On eLearning days, students will complete lessons/assignments created by their teachers in Canvas. These lessons/assignments will be a continuation of the previous day’s instruction. There will not be a rigid schedule for students to follow on an eLearning day, but they will be expected to check in that day and complete all lessons on the eLearning day or as soon as they can upon returning to school. Teachers will be available online for questions or concerns during normal school hours.
What will these days look like for teachers?
Our teachers will be contacting parents or have parent-teacher conferences scheduled for the October eLearning day. They will also be available to assist students throughout the day and should communicate how to best contact them throughout the day with any questions or concerns.
What will K-3 students do for eLearning days?
Students in grade K-3 do not take home iPads each night. Instead their iPads remain in carts in the classroom. If the forecast is calling for inclement weather, the Superintendent will alert teachers to be prepared for an eLearning day by 1pm so teachers can charge iPads and send home for the next day.
If iPads are not sent home and school should unexpectedly close, students in grades K-3 will have a paper packet in their student backpacks to complete.
Why have eLearning days?
Colleges are using eLearning more, even in face to face courses.
Corporations are using eLearning for training purposes.
Most companies require online applications.
Ability to provide teachers an entire day of professional development and planning with their peers.
Scheduled days will help students and teachers prepare for inclement weather eLearning days. This will help us avoid making up snow days, especially the first week of Spring Break.
How will attendance be taken?
All students will be present unless a parent contacts the school to report their child absent due to illness or an appointment that prevents them from completing their lessons for the day.
If a student is too sick to complete the work, parents will need to call the school office. The student is still responsible for the work and will need to complete it by the end of school on Friday (unless absent for an extended period).
If a student cannot get access to Canvas from home to complete work: contact tech support, school's main office, or your teacher.
What if the students iPad is not working?
From experience, this is a rare occurrence but if it happens there are a couple different options:
Students may use any other device to access Canvas because it is web-based.
Students may contact tech support and ask for suggestions.
If the student cannot find a way to complete the assignments, they or their parent must contact either their teacher, the school's main office, or tech support with a reason.
When the student returns to school, they will need to take their iPad to the tech department to be repaired.
Assignments are still due by the end of day Friday.
How long will each student be required to work on eLearning lessons?
Student should expect the following time for each subject/class:
Grades K-5: Language Arts, math, one additional subject and specials class that day (approximately 20 minutes per subject)
Grades 6-12: 20-30 minutes per subject
What about students who attend WRCTE or Work-based learning?
Students will not attend classes but are free to go to work as they normally do. WRCTE teachers should provide eLearning lessons for their students to complete.