Common eLearning Terms

  • Synchronous Learning 

    Definition

    Synchronous learning is remote learning where everyone from a given group is online at the same time using tools such as Google Meet, and/or Canvas Conferences. 

    What does this look like? 

    • Checking in with students regarding their social emotional wellness, building community, and establishing personal connections.
    • Delivering direct instruction on content and engaging students in discussions to ensure understanding of information.
    • Previewing or explaining assignments or expectations of learning tasks.
    • Answering student questions about one of the recorded lessons.
    • Conducting small group instruction.
    • Modeling or sharing examples of final products. 

    Asynchronous Learning 

    Definition

    Asynchronous learning is remote learning where students access pre-recorded lessons or independent learning tasks at any time during the day.

    What does this look like?

    • Viewing recorded instructional videos of lessons in a content area.
    • Listening to read alouds and answering questions.
    • Engaging in online discussion by reading and posting responses (i.e. via Canvas, Padlet, Flipgrid)
    • Reading posted literary selections and responding.
    • Responding to and collecting student work.
    • Recordings of performances submitted by students.
    • Completing independent learning tasks and assignments.

High School eLearning Plan

  • General Parameters for all:

    • PD for staff on eLearning expectations, state mandates, rigor will occur during District School Improvement Days August 12-14
      • PD for technology needs (choice sessions or videos for go at your own pace)
    • Grading - will be used based on formative and summative assessments from both synchronous and asynchronous instruction.
      • A = 100-90 
      • B = 89-80
      • C= 79-70 
      • D = 69-60 
      • F = 59 or lower
    • Collaboration time will be provided for staff to develop resources based on standards and skills for each subject.
    • Special education and related services will be provided in conjunction with the student’s teacher and/or in their own class/group, depending on each student’s IEP.
      • Students in self-contained programs (ED, Target, Life Skills) will follow the same parameters listed below.

     

    General Parameters to Follow during eLearning:

    • Instruction - Daily live synchronous instruction  (40 minutes (block)) using either Google Meet or Canvas Conferences is required for each subject. 
    • Attendance - Staff are expected to take attendance daily during each class period and record the attendance into PowerSchool
    • Homework assignments, projects, assessments, etc.
      • Staff should be using Canvas as the common method to have students turn in homework assignments, projects, assessments, etc. from students.
      • Homework assignments should be reasonable in length.  Staff should look to differentiate assignments when appropriate based on the different needs of their students.
    • Collaboration time will be provided for staff to develop resources based on standards and skills for each subject.
    • Asynchronous instruction should align with the synchronous instruction provided by the teacher.
      • Optional Instructional Apps/Tools
        • Screencastify
        • Ed Puzzle 
        • Pear Deck
        • Kami


    Student expectations

    • Students will be expected to be on time for each remote learning course and stay until the course finishes.
    • Students will be engaged in each course which will require them to participate in synchronous instruction virtually through the camera on their device.
    • Students will be expected to be polite and respectful.
    • Students will not be required to report to a remote study hall.  Study hall times should be used by students to complete work and conference with teachers (when available).  Attendance will not be taken.  
    • Students will attend Excel class.  Excel is a credit bearing class and attendance is mandatory.

     

    Teacher Expectations and Procedures

    • All Teachers will post their digital lessons in Canvas and be available for students digitally (email, chat, discussion boards). Students will join each class via synchronous video connection. 
    • Teachers will take attendance for each course during the first 5 minutes of the synchronous video portion of class. 
    • During synchronous lesson segments, teachers should have engaging activities planned as well as demonstrations, discussions, or other activities that check for understanding and clarify essential lesson content. It is strongly suggested for each segment to have a student submission such as an exit slip or brief quiz on learning to hold students accountable for learning content and engagement.
    • Assignments/lesson materials will meet the guidelines below.
    • During the time that teachers are delivering instruction during digital learning days, they should still be mindful of the intervention process and communicating with parents of students struggling with digital learning. Parent communications are expected. Staff members will have planning times each day and will communicate these times to students and parents.

     

    Digital Lesson Guidelines

    • All lessons will have both synchronous and asynchronous components.
    • All activities must be pushed out in Canvas and submitted upon completion. 
    • The activity should be assessed and teachers are encouraged to provide feedback electronically.
    • Lessons should be relevant and aligned to standards
    • Assignments should utilize a variety of digital tools to engage students such as Edpuzzle, Pear Deck, screencasting tools, KHAN Academy, and Albert I/O, just to name a few.
    • Students can be assigned a performance based blend of activities such as artwork, physical fitness. In these cases, teachers should create a way to get digital feedback on student activity such as a reflection on project work or a log of fitness submitted in Canvas.



    Example HS Teacher Block Schedule

    All Subjects

    Minutes

    All Subjects

    Whole group and/or small group


    Independent learning,
    practice and application


    40 minutes (minimum synchronous)


    50 minutes (maximum asynchronous)

    A/B Block Schedule 

    During digital learning, teacher-student activities and interactions will be both synchronous and asynchronousAll Classes will begin with a Synchronous Meeting of at least 40 mins which should include live in-person instruction. Student attendance will be kept daily and per period. 

    Every other Friday

    • Teachers connect with students on academics and attendance
    • Social emotional and College/Career lessons pushed out to students
    • Team collaboration day 

    A Day

     

    B Day

    Period

    Time

     

    Period

    Time

    1

    8:30 - 10:00

     

    7

    8:30 - 10:00

    2

    10:15 -11:45

     

    8

    10:15 -11:45

    3

    12:15 - 1:45

     

    9

    12:15 - 1:45

    4/5/6

    2:00 - 3:30

     

    0

    Student Support Time

    2:00 - 3:30