Open for Learning

AN INTERNATIONALLY MINDED COMMUNITY UNITED TO FACE THE CHALLENGE

STUDENTS, PARENTS AND TEACHERS SAFE AT HOME BUT UNITED FOR A BETTER WORLD THROUGH HIGH QUALITY EDUCATION

Students follow a full virtual programme of learning from 3 to 14 years old, with differing schedules to meet their needs. From Live Lessons, Practical Science experiments using materials at home, to preparation for Virtual Reading Together Week and our Virtual Musical Talent show, each member of our community still feels part of something bigger than their house, or computer screen.

This philosophy has been reflected in our staff and parent community with different kind of activities: Virtual Staff and Section meetings, Virtual Parent Teacher meetings, PTA and Class rep meetings, Facebook page from our PTA with ideas of how to support families during lockdown.

IST is prepared to ensure that our whole community is safe and connected whilst being ready to face the challenge we are all faced with across the world. We are united as an internationally minded community to ensure the continuity of high-quality learning to ensure progress and wellbeing is maintained in these difficult times

 


 

HOW IT WORKS

At IS Ticino, the Virtual School programme will mirror the actual school day as closely as possible, including school timings

 

 

As we embark on this E-Learning journey together, it is imperative to look after the well-being of everyone in our school community. Many may feel excited at the prospect of using new software and virtual tools to engage in learning, whereas, others may feel daunted at the prospect of their daily routines changing. Consideration and understanding will be crucial as we support, encourage and come together during these unprecedented times.

We recommend that our learning community do not spend endless hours on the computer. Therefore, teachers will be uploading activities for each day before 9am. This will give pupils/parents the opportunity to print, screenshot or make a note of the activities that need completed. This should minimize the time spent on the computer. We believe all students should still be engaging in physical activity and spending quality time with their families.

We have put contingency plans in place to lessen the impact on pupils´ learning during school closure and will be running classes remotely via our online platforms. Teachers will set activities, respond to questions, provide support and share tutorial videos etc. using the various online platforms discussed at the recent Parent Workshops.

Kindergarten, Transition and Grade 1:

  • Class Dojo and Blue Jeans


Grade 2, Grade 3 and Grade 4:

  • SeeSaw and Blue Jeans


Grade 5 and Grade 6

  • SeeSaw and Teams


Our priority remains to continue to support the children in their education.

Pupils are expected to engage in the activities that have been set and to upload evidence of their learning electronically. Staff will continue to be available to pupils to help and support them via email and the online communication methods, detailed above, during normal working hours.

We have planned E-learning for the students so that they are able to continue with their studies. This will be done through a combination of Microsoft Teams and Managebac.

The students will be expected to register with their form tutors twice a day, at 8:30 am and 3 pm, through the Microsoft Teams software. This will allow them to raise any issues with their form tutors who can speak with myself directly.

Teachers will be assigning work through Managebac in accordance with the current timetable. Therefore, if a student has science on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday, this is when tasks will be uploaded. The tasks will be uploaded to the ‘Task’ section of the relevant class and further communication can also take place on the messaging system. The deadline for the piece of work will be the end of the following day at 6 pm.

Students and teachers will be continuing their learning together in a virtual environment operated against their normal school timetable. Teachers will be present  to direct the learning during their allotted lesson time through video, email and the chat function on ‘Teams’. If a student requires extra support and wishes to speak through the conferencing application outside of the scheduled times, this can be arranged separately with the individual teacher. Teachers will also be checking emails and the Teams periodically throughout the day.

Students should work in a chosen open space within the house, such as the dining room/lounge etc. as opposed to in their bedroom. This will help to avoid any possible distractions.

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