If you have been issued with a loaned Chromebook from the school, the following video's will be helpful in getting started:
As you are aware, the children are working in class ‘bubbles’ while they are at school which is one of the most important measures we have put in place to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and staff during the Coronavirus pandemic. We have been impressed with how quickly they have adapted to the changes we have put in place and it has been fantastic to see the school full of happy, smiling children, enjoying learning with their friends once again.
However, schools have been asked by the government to set up a remote learning plan if a class bubble needs to isolate at home. This would happen if a child, or the class teacher, were to test positive for Covid-19. In this situation, the class bubble may need to isolate at home for a period of 14 days. We really hope this does not happen but must put in place a contingency plan for children to continue learning while they are not in school.
At Abbotswood, we have decided to use an online teaching platform called Google Classroom. It is a simple, accessible tool for teachers to upload work, teaching videos and resources, while also providing feedback and support for your child while they are working at home. However, it does require your child to have access to a device where they can access the internet. You will have recently received a link to a survey, asking you whether your child would have access to a computer, tablet or phone if their class needs to work at home at any point in the year. If your child does not have access to one of these devices, we will deliver paper copies of work for children to complete.
We have set up a Gmail account for each child which they can use to access their Google Classroom if they need to work remotely at home because their class bubble is isolating. However, we will only activate these accounts if a class bubble needs to isolate. A separate letter will therefore be sent out when a class bubble is sent home which will include the e-mail account details and a reminder about how to access Google Classroom.
To support both you and your child with accessing remote learning via Google Classroom, we have put together a help sheet which is attached to this letter. It can also be accessed on the school website. In addition, the YouTube video below provides a very clear and informative explanation:
If you are using a tablet or phone, you will need to download the Google Classroom app from the app store on your device.
Please be aware that we will only be using Google Classroom if a class bubble is isolating at home. If an individual child is self-isolating, a separate work pack will be delivered for children to complete. These are still being put together so class teachers are currently e-mailing work over to individuals who are isolating at home.
Thank you so much for all your support.
Mrs Lucy Howard
1. Your child will be sent an email to their Gmail account with a joining link to their Google Classroom page. When you click join, it will direct you to Google Classroom. If you have any issues, please email your teacher who will be able to send you a class code to join. You will be directed to the classroom home page.
2. To access you Google Classroom at a later date, click the waffle icon from your Gmail account:
3. There is a ‘Stream’ page where children can see general messages/updates from their teacher. Children will also be able to write messages back to their teacher to ask a question.
4. There is a ‘Classwork’ page where work will be uploaded. Children can comment in both the ‘Stream’ and ‘Classwork’.
5. All the work that your teacher uploads will be in 3 different folders titled: Maths, Literacy and Topic. Within each folder, there will be be a date, such as Monday 21st September, which will be your work for that day and that subject.
Your teacher will upload a Maths, Literacy and Topic lesson once a day. You can work through the tasks at your own pace and your teacher will be on hand to help you by responding to messages.
6. When clicking on the folder and date, you can see the work that has been set for you. Each assignment will contain instructions, resources and a task sheet for you to complete. There might also be a video of your teacher explaining how to complete the work.
7. When you click onto the assignment, it will direct you to a version on Google docs. You will be able to work and edit directly onto the assignment.
8. If you click on the assignment, you will able to edit and do the work that your teacher/the activity asks you to do.
9. When you are happy with your work, you can submit it by clicking the ‘turn in’ button in the top right hand corner. This means your work will be sent straight to your teacher so they can congratulate you and offer you any feedback.
10. To comment or ask your teacher anything, click on class comments and you can type away.
11. Your teacher may give you feedback on your work and, as a result, it means you can further stretch yourself by improving your work. From the class work, if you click on the ‘view your work’, you can see when they have marked your work.
12. When you click view details, you will see an opportunity to unsubmit and then resubmit your work. When you click on the document, you can then make any changes and re-submit it to your teacher.
13. You will then be directed to follow the same steps from 7 – 9.
14. If you would rather write your work on a piece of paper with a pencil or pen, you can choose to add a photo of your work using one of the following options:
a) If you are using a tablet or smart phone, you will need to access Google Classroom from the app. When using one of these devices, there is the option of clicking on ‘add attachment’ and choosing the ‘pick photo’ or ‘use camera’ option. Remember to click the ‘hand in’ button once you have attached it.
b) There is also an option to use your Google Drive folder to upload a photo of your work:
From a smart phone or tablet, download the Google Drive app.
Click the plus button in the bottom right to upload a document/photo to your google drive - or you can click camera. Once you have browsed and have found the copy of your hand written work, click upload onto Google Drive.
From Google Classroom, instead of clicking the document that your teacher has submitted for you to work on, click ‘add or create’. This allows you to upload the photo that should be in your Google Drive or a regular file from your desktop.
Remember to click the ‘hand in’ button once you have attached it.