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.

Early Kindergarten to Year 2 will be using Seesaw with Synchronous learning opportunities through class announcements.

Years 3-6 will be using the Teams platform which will provide opportunities for both Synchronous and Asynchronous teaching and learning. In addition, over time we shall be using aspects of the Century Tech platform to further support aspects of teaching and learning.

Depending on the nature of the lessons pupils will be able to download the work and then either print it out or complete it on a computer. Work that has been printed out can be sent back to teachers by uploading a scanned image or photograph of it. Completed work should then submitted via the designated platform(Microsoft Teams or Seesaw).

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.

You can also watch a video on submitting work here.

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 learn 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.

For a video guide for submitting work via Teams please click here.

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

Watch the introduction video here

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 already been sent to parents. If you are struggling to access any platform, please follow the procedure as laid out below:

Screen time

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 their class teacher so they are aware. Regular breaks, within the maximum recommended screen time, are crucial. If you would like to contact your child’s class or subject teacher, all email addresses are available here.

Registration

As ever, it is very important that children attend lessons. Where a child is unwell or unable to access learning on a particular day, please do email the Form Tutor and Office (office@duncombe-school.co.uk) with Child’s name and reason for absence by 11.30am. We will then be able to keep our records up to date. Should there be no contact Mrs Webb may have to email in the first instance in line with our Safeguarding duties. Your support with this is most welcome.

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