eLearning

What is eLearning?

eLearning is learning utilizing electronic technologies to access educati20200324 003804onal curriculum outside of a traditional classroom. By using Chromebooks, iPads or other digital devices and by making provisions for students without such devices, Everest Academy recognizes that education can continue even when students and teachers are not in the same location. Along with emphasizing the values intrinsic to faith based learning, our teachers are able to encourage student growth in the areas of self-sufficiency, adaptability and perseverance while at the same time helping students to take responsibility for their own learning and enforcing good habits geared toward high school and college digital learning expectations.

 

eLearning Purpose and Goals

The purpose of providing eLearning is to provide instruction on occasions when school is cancelled due to inclement weather or other unexpected closures. The emphasis on instruction will be on the core subjects, including Catholic Formation.

By providing eLearning to our students, we strive:

  • To minimize the disruption to academic progress caused with emergency school closures by making those out-of-school days as educationally productive and engaging as possible.
  • To allow students an opportunity to practice the kind of online learning that is increasingly part of both college study and workplace training.
  • To maximize the use of technology as a tool for independent study.

What can Parents expect?

  • Students in grades PreK-3-PreK-4: Students will complete assignments based on planned academic requirements as communicated by their teacher via an email. Parents can assist their children with the computer for their daily zoom call, to watch teacher produced videos or educational videos on websites, along with completing daily assignments. Teachers will be available to answer questions via email throughout the day from 8:30-3 pm.
  • Students in grades K-2:  Students will complete assignments based on Img 1735planned academic requirements as communicated by their homeroom teacher via an email. Students can be expected to watch teacher created videos or videos on educational websites, read leveled readers or complete assignments using materials that are developmentally appropriate to their grade level. Students are encouraged to always do their best. Assignments will be turned in. Teachers will be available to answer questions via email throughout the day upfrom 8:30am-3pm.
  • Students in grades 3-5: Students will complete assignments based on planned academic requirements as communicated by their homeroom teachers via an email or in Google Classroom. All assignments will be posted by 8:00am with teachers available to answer questions via email throughout the day up until 3:00pm. Students are encouraged to always do their best. The expectation is that students will complete the work in a timely manner as developed between student and teacher.
  • Students in Middle School grades 6-8: Students will complete assignments based on planned academic requirements as communicated by their homeroom teachers via an email or in Google Classroom. All assignments will be posted by 8:00am with teachers available to answer questions via email throughout the day up until 3:00pm. Students are encouraged to always do their best. The expectation is that students will complete the work in a timely manner as developed between student and teacher. There is a daily Middle School Morning Prayer and an end of the day challenge for their Middle School teams via zoom.

Students with IEP or 504 Plans will have assignments designed in accordance with their individualized plans.  

  • On an eLearning Day the classroom teacher will be the main resource for help on assignments and lessons.  If a child ordinarily leaves the classroom and goes to another teacher for math, reading, or some other subject, then that teacher should design the eLearning Day assignment for that particular area.
  • While an eLearning Day's plan cannot completely replicate an in-session school day, efforts will be made to provide the support needed for particular students.  For instance, if reading is a challenge for a student and the student has online access, the teacher may assign tasks on sites that will read text aloud.
  • All assignments will be posted by 8:00am with teachers available to answer questions via email throughout the day until 3:00 pm.

Students and parents without home Internet access or with limited internet access must inform teachers immediately of this fact so that needed modifications to assignments and due dates can be made.

Platforms for Daily Use:

Grades PreK-2 will use email and Zoom for daily learning engagements and parent interactions.

Grades 3-8 will use Google Classroom and ZOOM for their daily learning engagements and enable the guardian access to Google Classroom.

PE, Music, Art and Spanish will follow their normal schedule and provide the homeroom teacher with their lesson plan/activity/Zoom link by 4:00 p.m. the day prior by placing it in the teacher’s Google folder.

Email and ZOOM will be used for communications between staff.

Email will be used to communicate formally with parents.

Parent Recommendations

  • Parents/Guardians of students in grades 3-8 will be invited and encouraged to access their child’s Google Classroom(s).
  • Parents/Guardians, along with teachers and students, are asked to remember that eLearning Days are designed to be flexible. If a child struggles with a concept or assignment and is unable to complete the work that day, parents should remind their son or daughter to communicate with their teacher on how to meet requirements. Teachers are available to answer questions via email throughout the day from 8:30am-3:00 pm.
  • Parents/Guardians may contact teachers directly via email with any questions or concerns they may have regarding eLearning assignments.

Teacher Preparations

  • In preparation for eLearning, all PreK-8 teachers will be asked to:
  • Familiarize students with a desired online platform (for the appropriate grade levels) so they will be able to access and complete any online assignments.
  • Provide a timely plan, which will be posted for the day by 8:00am.
  • Plan for self-directed, independent learning with specific consideration for age and individual learning needs.
  • Anticipate time requirements recognizing students learn at different paces, especially in an independent setting.
  • Customize learning opportunities with a focus on supporting troubleshooting for students with digital challenges.
  • Communicate with colleagues to ensure common expectations, communications and protocols.
  • Collaborate with service providers of diverse learners to differentiate assignments and/or expectations as needed.