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COVID-19 Remote Learning Resources

Preparing to Teach Outside of the Classroom

On March 2, 2020, the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) published guidance for childcare facilities and K-12 schools regarding the impact that the current outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) might have on their communities. The guidance emphasizes that the most important thing for schools to do now is the review and refine existing contingency plans related to public health crises. At this time, the guidance advises that “schools may be asked to close preemptively or reactively, therefore schools should be making plans for what to do if there are recommendations for closing schools or canceling events.”

Choosing The Right Technology Platform To Best Fit your Remote Classrooms Needs

Preparing to use Technology outside of the classroom walls can be a daunting task for some. We would like to reassure you that utilizing the platforms for communication is no different at home than it is in the walls of the building. A software platform is used to host an application of service to run other tools or applications.

Communication with your students is the most important factor when choosing a platform to teach from beyond the school walls. When choosing a platform there are two types of communication that you should consider.

Asynchronous Communication

It is defined as the relay of information with a time lag. The district recommends the following Asynchronous communication platforms:

  1. Google Classroom
  2. District Email
  3. Video Blogs
  4. Teacher Websites

Synchronous communication

It is defined as real-time communication between two people. The following Synchronous communications are recommended.

  1. Google Hangouts/Meet
  2. Cisco Webex(Currently free during the Covid-19 Crisis)
  3. Zoom Meetings
  4. Personal/Conference phone call

How to Use Google Classroom

Google Classroom is a free web service, developed by Google for schools, that aims to simplify creating, distributing, and grading assignments in a paperless way. The primary purpose of Google Classroom is to streamline the process of sharing files between teachers and students. Think of it as your virtual classroom.

Mrs. Jamie Velazquez who teaches technology at Ridgeway created a five-part tutorial for beginners for Google Classroom.

Pt. 1 - Getting Started

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Pt. 2 - Adding Topics

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Pt. 3 - Creating Assignments



Pt. 4 - Creating Materials



Pt. 5 - Ask a Question



Remote Assistance or Training

If you are in need of some remote assistance or would like to discuss how an app that you are unfamiliar with would best fit your virtual class.

Feel free to schedule a 30-minute session with the Technology Department. We will be providing assistance to staff members, students, and providing tech PD remotely. Feel free to email HelpDesk@mtschools for assistance or to schedule a meeting.