Technology Supporting Remote Learning

TECHNOLOGY

 

Needham Public Schools remote learning program will be using a range of technologies and practices that will serve to reinforce the student-teacher relationships as well as its academic program during the time when schools are closed due to the Covid-19 virus. Technology has always served as a conduit to explore content and teach skills, as well as a vehicle for collaboration and communication. Many of these technologies are already well-integrated into our school’s academic program. Others will be relatively new for some students and members of our staff.  A robust ongoing professional learning experience is being provided for all our staff. An FAQ is provided for our families to answer questions about technology for Google Classroom, and another technology FAQ for Seesaw.

 

 

 OUR REMOTE LEARNING PLATFORM CONSISTS OF THE FOLLOWING:

 

GOOGLE CLASSROOM

This is part of the Google Educational Suite of tools that we have had in place across the district for a number of years.  It serves as our chief means for faculty to disseminate information to students, to receive back assignments, and to create an interactive online environment.  Our students in grades 3-12 will be using Google Classroom as the platform for teaching and learning. A few teachers have been part of a pilot for the Schoology platform. Those teachers will continue to use Schoology.

 

SEESAW

This is a tool whose functionality is similar to Google Classroom.  It is designed to be easier for younger students to navigate.  Our students in grades K-2 will be using this remote learning platform.

 

GOOGLE MEET & ZOOM `

These are the two video conferencing platforms that we will be using to engage students in remote learning and to remain connected.  Both platforms allow students and their teachers the means to communicate face-to-face with one another, these technologies allow small groups to engage in meaningful online discussions.

 

GOOGLE MAIL

This part of the Google Educational Suite provides all members of our school community and students in grades 6-12 with the ability to easily and effectively communicate with one another.

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