Google Classroom & Blended Learning From September 2020
Blended Learning refers to the process of how schools aim to continue to provide access to a quality education for those children unable to come into school due to being ill or being forced to self-isolate as a result of the pandemic. This evolution of home learning will be consistent with the provision offered for those pupils who remain in school. Our approach, wherever possible, will be to ensure what is planned for to be completed in the classroom can be conducted to a matching level at home with pupils achieving the same learning objectives.
Google Classroom is our school's e-platform to support those pupils who may be forced to self-isolate at home. This system will be used by class teachers from Years 1-6 to upload English, Maths and Foundation subject tasks with the expectation that they are completed and then submitted back to the teacher on the system. Finished pupil work will be reviewed and important feedback sent on to the pupil from the teacher. Each pupil will be allocated a Gmail account and password and these have been created in such a way as to limit the children's online access only for use in Google Classroom and not across a wider email platform for safety reasons. In the EYFS classes, Tapestry will be used in a similar manner.
Login details will be sent home, so that pupils (with the support of their parents) will be able to accept the invitations teachers have distributed and then pupils can access their Google classrooms for the first time. It is simple to use and will take very little time for parents and pupils to familiarise themselves with the platform. Go to Classroom.google.com to enter you login details.
Teachers may share links to footage of themselves modelling and explaining tasks, there may be links to externally prepared videos, there may be annotated and animated images or Powerpoints to view and/or more open-ended tasks to be completed. Tasks can be set to be completed as a class collective, or undertaken individually depending on the teacher's requirements.
If tablet devices are being used, key apps, such as Google Classroom, Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Slides may need to be downloaded to enable pupils to access, view and edit tasks.
Pupils will be able to liaise with the class teacher through a direct messaging function, as well as with other pupils within the class. Here pupils can ask for more help if they are not sure. All communications will be monitored for appropriateness.
For a further step-by-step guide, please see the following video link:
You can also access Google Classroom from an XBOX One or Playstation 4 by following the instructions in this video:
Due to contamination risks, there will no longer be any paper home learning packs provided.