We recognise that transition to virtual learning does not compare to physical classrooms. It’s important that our students continue their social-emotional and cognitive growth in these times of social distancing and isolation. It is comforting to have a routine in these times. Younger students may need assistance with setting up and using online tools. The most effective models of virtual school have a carefully considered healthy and balanced amount of offline and online learning time. This use of learning time will include some synchronous learning with real time conferencing with teachers and classmates. It will also include and be balanced with significant blocks of asynchronous learning and opportunities to work offline and unplugged.
It is important to recognize that the online classroom is in fact a classroom, and certain behaviours are expected when we communicate with students. These guidelines for online behaviour and interaction are known as netiquette. We have to ensure all stakeholders are aware of the expectations for online learning.
The purpose of this guide is to provide detailed guidance on the use of virtual mode of learning for instructional designers and educators. It also provides basic concepts and information on the processes and resources involved in e-learning development, useful tips around policy and guidelines for the use of online platforms which will go a long way for the capacity development of the whole community.
Begin and end each day with a check-in
Parents are encouraged to start and finish each day with a simple check-in and centering exercises.
Older students may not want to have these check-ins but they should nevertheless. Parents are encouraged to establish these check-ins as a regular parts of each day to help children navigate distance learning and create a much needed structure. These check-in routines are crucial for building the skills of self-discipline among children.
Monitor communication from your children’s teachers. Teachers will communicate with parents through Microsoft Team Sonet and whatsapp broadcast, when and as necessary. All communications from teachers schedule, timelines, and assessments will take place why whatsapp broadcast and the school website . The frequency and detail of these communications will be determined by your children’s ages, maturity, and their degree of independence.
Parents are advised to Email there concern to email@example.com . contact their children’s teachers and emails are the preferred mode of communication. We ask parents to remember that teachers will be communicating with dozens of other families and hence the communication should be essential, succinct, and self-aware.
Encourage physical activity and/or exercise. Make sure your children remember to move and exercise keeping in mind their health and well-being and to their learning. Our physical education teachers will recommend activities or exercises, but it is important for parents to model and encourage exercise
Monitor how much time your child is spending online. Teachers are creating virtual learning lessons which will have a right balance between online and offline learning experiences.
Instructional coaches, programme leaders and principal will continue to monitor the quality of virtual transaction, resources, lesson plans and feedback shared by teachers with students periodically.
It is imperative to set rules around their social media interactions. Parents are expected to monitor their children’s use of social media. Help your children maintain contact with friends responsibly. Older students will rely more on social media to communicate with friends.
Please note that Social media apps such as SnapChat, Instagram, WhatsApp, or Facebook are not official, school-sanctioned channels of communication. Remind your children to be polite, respectful, and appropriate in their communications and to represent the school’s values in their interactions with others, this applies for written words and as well as tone of conversation.
Students must comply with the school’s Behaviour Management and Social Media policy while they are online. Students/ parents/ guardians are not permitted to take photos, screenshots, record videos/ audios of the virtual sessions. All material shared is the school’s intellectual property and downloading/ circulating/ sharing of content without permission is strictly prohibited.