Technology Platforms

Find out about the technology platforms we will use to support our Online Teaching and Learning programme and how to access them

Technology Platforms

Find out about the technology platforms we will use to support our Online Teaching and Learning programme and how to access them

Our staff will deliver our Online Teaching and Learning Programme using Seesaw as well as the Microsoft Teams platform.

Seesaw will be the main teaching and learning platform and LIVE (synchronous) sessions will take place via Microsoft Teams – we are also working on being able to access this through the Seesaw platform.

Work will be set the day/evening prior to the day it is to be completed, which we hope will give parents an advanced view of what their child’s day will look like – please see our Academic page for further information on how to access and hand work in.

We hope that these arrangements will help to take some of the pressure off parents, as we encourage pupils to develop their independent learning and feel more connected with their teachers.

Detailed instructions for each platform have been sent to parents. If you are struggling to access any platform, please contact Darren O’Neil at darren.o’neil@polamschool.co.uk

What is Seesaw?

Seesaw is an award-winning digital portfolio that allows you to see your child’s learning like never before. Teachers, parents and children can all access videos, audio recordings and notes in one place, taking the onus off solely the parent supporting their child’s learning.

How will it work?

In these uncertain times, we want to make sure we are balancing screen time for our pupils – Seesaw opens and closes each teaching day on the screen but provides resources and activities away from a computer or phone. On a teaching day morning, parents and children will log in to Seesaw where the teacher will have a daily check in with pupils (read a story, say hello, set instructions for the day). Then at the end of the day, the parent and child log back in to add photos and videos, documenting the day’s learning that the teacher can then comment on.

Why is it perfect for our families?

  • Empowerment of pupils – pupils will have a clear connection with their teacher at the beginning of each school day, giving them clear instructions on the day ahead. This relieves parents from thinking up activities and gives children independence in understanding the task and reporting back whilst keeping a connection to the school routine.
  • Development of metacognitive skills – children will report back on the day’s work using video, voice recordings or pictures. This is crucial to the development of metacognitive skills, allowing the child to learn about learning.
  • Easily accessible – access from phone or desktop with easy to use, intuitive software.

How do I access Seesaw?

You can find out more and log in via the Seesaw website.

Watch the Seesaw introduction video here

What is Microsoft Teams?

Microsoft Teams is a digital hub that brings conversations, content, resources and apps together in one place creating a vibrant learning environment.

How will it work?

Lessons will still run for students, with the teacher talking to them through the computer screen rather than at the front of the classroom. This face to face contact will allow the teacher to keep track of students and give students the chance to ask questions, keeping their lesson as similar as possible to learning in school.

Different subjects will sit in different channels and these will also become a place to go for any resources shared by the teacher, or recordings of classes to go over the information.

Pupils will still hand in homework through Microsoft Teams and teachers will offer high quality feedback – these tools will allow some normality where schooling is concerned.

Why is it perfect for our families?

  • Face to face contact – pupils and teachers still have face to face contact which is so important in making sure wellbeing, as well as academics are monitored. At a time where so much change is happening, our teachers want to be there to support pupils and face to face contact makes this easier to do.
  • Virtual classroom – keeping a lesson routine is vital for our families’ wellbeing: structure will help pupils feel less overwhelmed with change and will also help parents know how to manage their time and energy.
  • Easily accessible – access from phone or desktop with easy to use, intuitive software.

How do I access the resources?

You child will need to click here and sign in using their normal school log in details.

More information on using Teams and Office 365 for remote learning is available from Microsoft here.

Watch the Microsoft Teams introduction video here

Screentime

This is clearly an unusual situation for everyone, where there is a greater reliance on digital devices than usual. We recommend that pupils try to spend no longer than three hours on a device each day. Teaching staff will work together to ensure that the work set is balanced across a mixture of mediums. If you feel your child’s screen time is exceeding what is reasonable, please do contact us so that we can help to coordinate communication between teaching staff. Regular breaks, within the maximum recommended screen time, are crucial.

 

Daily Registration – RDW, Y1, Y2 & KS2

In our first week of online teaching and learning, we will introduce online registration via Teams. We are aiming to complete at least one morning registration within the first week.

In Week 1 we aim to do one LIVE registration.
From week 2 (27.04.20) all children from RDW to Y4 will register three times over the week.
From week 3 this will be every day – see Timetables for each class for the times each individual class has set.

We feel that this is an important routine to establish and gives children a regular class time and a sense of “normal” as they start their different school day in a normal way – taking the register with their teacher and classmates.

Again we wish to stress that we know parents may not be able to assist children in accessing these registration times and that is fine – this is not compulsory and we recognise that you have other commitments and that we all have to do what we can when we can in these challenging times.

In terms of attendance please do let us know if your child is unwell and not able to complete schoolwork – just as in normal school times.

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