Rachel's Update

SWP eLearning: April 13-17

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This Week's Schedule

Monday, April 13
  • Waiver Day
  • Meal Distribution
  • 12:00 -1:00 PM Live Support meet.google.com code: rachel1200


Tuesday, April 14

  • eLearning Day (8:10 - 2:50 office hours)
  • buildings accessible to teachers on a scheduled and limited basis (communicate with your principal!)
  • 12:00 -1:00 PM Live Support meet.google.com code: rachel1200


Wednesday, April 15

  • eLearning Day (8:10 - 2:50 office hours)
  • buildings accessible to teachers on a scheduled and limited basis (communicate with your principal!)
  • 12:00 -1:00 PM Live Support meet.google.com code: rachel1200

Thursday, April 16

  • eLearning Day (8:10 - 2:50 office hours)
  • Meal Distribution
  • 12:00 -1:00 PM Live Support meet.google.com code: rachel1200

Friday, April 17

Common Error

Pay close attention when you copy/paste your lesson link into your Clever page! We've had these simple errors several times and it can keep students from getting to your lesson (even if the link works fine for you.)


  • Make sure you are copying the short share link, not the full URL at the top of the page.
  • Make sure you don't have a space at the end of the link. This often happens when you are copy/pasting a link someone else has given you such as the elementary specials lessons.

See this video if you need help with this!

Length of Lessons

I know we are all very concerned about giving students all of the content they need for future success, but we also have to make sure we aren't overwhelming students and parents. As I've heard some feedback and seen some lessons that have been quite lengthy, I just want to remind everyone to keep the lessons simple, but meaningful. Choose the most crucial content to cover and make sure you are only covering one concept of teaching and one simple assignment per lesson. I really think that if students and parents get too frustrated or overwhelmed even those who are trying their best right now will give up before the end.


The IDOE's Guidance Document for Continuous Learning gives the following time recommendations per day (not per lesson) for eLearning based on grade level. Please remember that our experience shows that it may take students twice as long to do things in this manner as it does during an on-site class. Therefore, if we want about a 30-minute lesson... plan one that you think will only take 15 minutes! The reality will probably be right on track.

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Reminder: Uniform Lesson Platform and Structure in Smore

I know some of you still don't understand or agree with the reasons, but you really must:



None of these are optional. It is NOT ok to skip the Smore or Clever steps and just email your students what you want them to do or post it in Google Classroom (although you're welcome to use those tools in addition.) It is confusing to students and parents when we don't have this uniformity, and they are already struggling enough. It also makes it difficult, or even impossible, for me, Jill or a principal to help when an issue arises.


The links to demonstrations of each item should help, but if there is anything about any of these requirements that you are struggling to do, please email me. I'm here to help!

How Can I Help?

Supporting you during this crazy and unprecedented time is important to me, so I am trying to make myself as available as possible. Here are a few of the ways you can reach out to me for answers to your questions, suggestions, demonstrations, etc.


  • On eLearning days: You can expect a very quick (sometimes immediate) reply from me by email just like you are on-call for your students.
  • On non-learning days: I will be checking my email once every few hours and will respond to all emails at those times.
  • On Mondays-Fridays, I will make myself available for an hour each weekday for a live Google Meet session for anyone who needs help, suggestions, has questions, or just needs to interact with another human!
  • Practice Sessions:
    • Want to try Google Meet, but not sure you're ready to launch a session with students yet? Practice with me! Just shoot me a date, time and your meeting code. I'll be there and help make sure you know how to use the tool according to our guidelines. (Remember, Google Meet is completely optional. You don't have to use it at all.)
    • I can also do practice sessions of other tools with you or test out something in your eLearning lesson for you to make sure it's working properly before you send it out.

PD Collection

Here's the start of a better all-in-one collection of PD resources you've seen from me. I'll continue to add old and new courses and tutorials to this page.