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 the following technology platforms:

Seesaw and Microsoft Teams

Work will be set for the Early Years and Kindergarten pupils the evening prior to the day it is to be completed and for pupils in Year 1 to Year 6 prior to their morning Form time.

Pupils will be able to access the work and then either print it out or complete it on a computer or tablet. Work which has been printed out or created physically, can be sent back to teachers by uploading a scanned image or photograph or video and submitted via the Seesaw platform.

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.

A detailed walkthrough of the Seesaw platform will be sent out to all parents and will be available to all pupils as an assigned activity so they know what they have to do to access and submit work. With Microsoft Teams the children will receive a notification via Seesaw to join a meeting at the specified time. A lobby area will be available if the children join prior to the session starting. If you are struggling to access any platform, please contact your class teacher in the first instance.

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 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 introduction video here

Screen time

This is clearly an unusual situation for everyone, with a greater reliance on digital devices than would be typical.

As a result, our teachers will work together to ensure that our synchronous and asynchronous approach is embedded, and that work set is balanced across a mixture of mediums.

If you feel that your child’s screen time is exceeding what is reasonable, please do contact their Form Teacher so that they can help to coordinate communication between teaching staff.

Regular breaks are crucial and so have been built into our timetables.

Registration

Pupil registration and Form time will be managed through the Seesaw platform in conjunction with Microsoft Teams. There is still an attendance requirement during the period of online education. If a child is unwell and not able to attend the online teaching and learning then please notify your child’s Form teacher who will be keeping a record of their attendance and participation in the tasks.

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