FAQ for Distance Learning Plan

When does DLP begin?

When Term 2 begins, Wednesday 15 April

Junior School:

When I post a video to Seesaw who can see it?

Seesaw journals are private by default. No student content or information is ever shared without your explicit request. Journals are only accessible to teachers, students in the class, and a student’s family if the teacher chooses to invite them. Links to Seesaw journal posts can only be accessed if shared by a teacher, family, or student account. Links are not searchable. Information on who can view a student journal is available on the seesaw website
https://help.seesaw.me/hc/en-us/articles/203008899-Who-can-view-student-journals

Can I turn off the email notifications?

You’re in control of how often you’re notified about new information in Seesaw. Here are your options in the Seesaw Family account:
1. Tap your Profile Icon in the upper left corner.
2. Tap the Gear Icon.
3. Choose Account Settings.
4. Turn email and/or push notifications ON/ONCE A DAY/OFF.  

My son has regular tutorial sessions with Cath, does this continue?

All students have been registered for an online literacy programme called Stepsweb (found under Learning Staircase on a web search). The classroom teacher has username and password for each student or alternatively you can contact ziedinsc@scotscollege.school.nz to get that information. Cath (Teacher Aider) will be monitoring the usage and liaise with each classroom teacher.
Workbooks have been posted out to the individual students who Cath works with so a mixture of online and handwritten would be expected to be carried out. Email Cath with any problems regarding this programme. Rosie will be working with Cath to set up Teams.

Middle & Senior School:

How should my day be structured?

Your day should look similar in timing to a school day:

8.30am: Years 7&8 Tutor Time
8.45 – 9.45am: Lesson 1
9.45 – 10.45: Lesson 2
10.45 – 11.45: Interval, take a break
11.15am – 12.15pm: Lesson 3
12.15 – 1.15pm: Lesson 4
2-2.30pm: Tutor time
2.30 – 3.30pm: Lesson 5

I have a subject query, who do I contact?

Contact your teacher for that subject via emails or teams

What happens if I do not complete all assigned work during the Distance Learning period?

Middle School: Students will need to complete the tasks in the order the teacher requires and by the day/time stated. This will allow staff to provide meaningful feedback and ensure students are prepared for any formative or summative assessment in alignment with the rest of the class.
Teachers will establish clear expectations for their subject including requirements of assessed assignments.

Senior School:
Students will need to complete the tasks in the order the teacher requires and by the day/time stated. This will allow staff to provide meaningful feedback and ensure students are prepared for any formative or summative assessment in alignment with the rest of the class.
Students must complete assigned non-graded assessments that provide a check for understanding. These may include (but are not limited to) discussions, forms, polls, reflections in One Note Class Notebooks.
Students must complete graded assessments as required. These may include (but are not limited to) electronic portfolios, electronic quizzes/tests, writing assignments. Clear instructions on where/how to turn in assignments will be provided to students.

Learning Support

My child receives learning support while in school, how can they reconnect with learning support from home?

Pip will be available to assist, through Teams all students who normally have timetabled classes in G13. This will need to happen during the usual allocated timetabled time. All students are expected to check in at the start of the lesson so we can make a plan for that time. The Teacher Aides are also available as outlined below.

Junior School: All students have been registered for an online literacy programme called Stepsweb (found under Learning Staircase on a web search. The classroom teacher has username and password for each student or alternatively you can contact ziedinsc@scotscollege.school.nz to get that information. Cath (Teacher Aider) will be monitoring the usage and liaise with each classroom teacher.
Workbooks have been posted out to the individual students who Cath works with so a mixture of online and handwritten would be expected to be carried out. Email Cath with any problems regarding this programme. Rosie will be working with Cath to set up Teams.

Middle School: Years 7-10 are expected to check in and begin with at least 20 minutes on the steps web programme at the start of each timetabled lesson. Pip Laing will monitor the usage. There are additional websites and worksheets available should students manage to keep on top of their set work. These can be found under files on Teams. Please email laingp@scotscollege.school.nz if there are any problems.

Sarah Whyte and Emma Rehutai have set up Teams for their Guided Reading groups so these will go ahead at the usual timetabled times at the start of some of the English lessons. Students will be aware of these times. This will be done through the video link on Teams. The resources that will be used can be found under Files on the Teams page. Both Sarah and Emma will be available during their timetabled subject times so please know that students will still be supported.

Senior School: Years 11-13 are expected to check in via Teams at the timetabled time. I will discuss with each student their goal for the lesson and check to see if any support is required subject wise. The students who normally use Stepsweb are expected to continue with this at the start of the scheduled LS time. This will be monitored.

For the students with SACs please remember that these are still valid. So please contact Pip Laing laingp@scotscollege.school.nz to let her know of any assessments set and to discuss the need and we can work out together how we can provide the assistance required.

These are challenging times for us all and I understand that family dynamics will come into force and make learning as we know it difficult but please persevere as best you can. If you are struggling then please contact Pip Laing now and together we can try to sort out something that works. Please be assured that the LS department is here to help and do contact us with any concerns.

What are some useful support resources for my child?

We understand many LED students may become quickly overwhelmed when having to read a quantity of text quickly. Some Assistive Technology to support students is already built into the Microsoft suite of Word, Onenote and Teams so is easy to use. Here’s a helpful interactive guide on using these features: https://content.cloudguides.com/en-us/guides/Help%20students%20read%20more%20effectively

General:

How do I reset my password?

Follow this video tutorial to reset your password https://vimeo.com/397870839. If you are still having problems please contact Helpdesk at helpdesk@scotscollege.school.nz

How do I upload a file to my assignments in my classroom Team?

Follow this video tutorial to upload an assignment https://vimeo.com/397870839

I’m having IT issues, how do I get help?

Email helpdesk at helpdesk@scotscollege.school.nz

I’m concerned for my child’s wellbeing, how can I get some help?

You are not alone, our pastoral care team are still here to help. Contact your child’s Dean, in the Junior School contact Principal Mandy Patrick patrcikm@scotscollege.school.nz, College Counsellor Jackie Calder calderj@scotscollege.school.nz or College Chaplain David Jackson jacksond@scotscollege.school.nz. In addition the College Nurse Jo Smith is happy to help, you can contact her also on smithj@scotscollege.school.nz

What are asynchronous and synchronous learning environments?

An Asynchronous Learning Environment is a learning environment that does not require participants, teachers, and students to be online at the same time. This is an essential part of the Scots Distance Learning plan.
Synchronous, real-time engagements are opportunities for students to participate in engagements with their teachers and classmates at an established time to allow for interactions in real time. A meta-analysis and review of Online Learning Studies from the US State Department of Education indicates that blends of online and face-to-face instruction, on average, had stronger learning outcomes than face-to-face instruction alone.

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