WEEK 10/27 - 10/30 AGENDA
Tuesday will be a transitional day for students. Those who have been distance learning will continue to work on the lessons and practice for the week. However, our students who will be new to distance learning will receive an email on Tuesday introducing students to the Distance Learning routine and platforms. Students are encouraged to take Tuesday to acquaint themselves with the platforms used for each of their classes and spend the remainder of the week engaging with the lessons and practice posted on the Teacher's platform (Kiddom or TEAMS). The block schedule for the remainder of October is as follows.
10/27 - "A" day (1, 4, 3, 6)
10/28 - "B" day (2, 4, 5, 7)
10/29 - "A" day (1, 4, 3, 6)
10/30 - "B" day (2, 4, 5 ,7)
Students or parents with questions are encouraged to view our posted resources under the "DISTANCE LEARNING" tab on the main page of the school website. If further help is needed, please email the teacher with your specific questions. All other inquiries or needs, can be emailed to the Distance Learning Coordinator Mrs. Flannery at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Distance Learning Survival Guide
Hello Red Hawks,
We are excited to begin the year with both in-person and distance learning students. Distance learning will begin this week on Thursday morning. For distance learners, our teachers will begin to post resources, lessons, and assigned practice. To help distance learners navigate remote instruction we are providing a helpful Distance Learning Survival Guide addressing what students and parents will need to know.
Tip #1 Consistency is Key!
A typical week’s worth of instruction and practice will be posted by your teachers. You are expected to view the instruction/materials and complete assignments by posted deadlines. Each day, you should log onto your Kiddom dashboard and view your class timelines. Most textbooks can be found online and access links will be provided by your teacher. It is important that you preview the textbook material and follow along with assigned reading.
Teachers will take attendance for distance learning based on completion of lesson requirements, submission of assignments for the class, and participation in online learning and assessments.
Tip #2 Access the instruction!
Teachers are posting links to instructional videos, resources, and assignments starting Thursday. Teachers will use the first two days to welcome students, review class expectations, and introduce students to the course syllabus.
Tip #3 Have the right tools!
As a distance learner, you will want to familiarize yourself with how to access:
Note: The majority of our distance learning programs work best using Google Chrome.
Once you log into your device, access the Google Chrome browser. School-issued devices will have a shortcut on their desktop.
The Skyward platform allows students and parents to view schedules, attendance, and grades as posted. If you are new to Rutherford County Schools and need assistance with your Skyward login contact our Instructional Technology Coach Cindy Evans at email@example.com.
Student email accounts can be accessed using your Office 365 login. To login, use the username (firstname.lastname@example.org) and password (State ID#) assigned by the school. If you are a new user, complete the sign-up process using the http://aka.ms/ssprsetup webpage. If you are having trouble remembering your login information, you can visit the Microsoft Email self-service password reset webpage at http://aka.ms/sspr. If you continue experiencing problems with your username or password, contact our Instructional Technology Coach Cindy Evans at email@example.com. Once you have access to your Office 365 account, you will be able to use the Microsoft Suite of products like Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Outook Email. Communication with your teachers should occur using your student Outlook email.
Teacher emails and websites should be the first stop for information. You can access the teacher sites by going to the school website, click on the “About Us” tab, and then select “Staff Directory”. Educators are listed alphabetically.
Once inside Clever, you will want to find the Kiddom App and mark it as a “Favorite” for easier access in the future. Our school technology coach has created several videos that can be found in “Help for Distance Learners” under the “Students” tab to assist with this and other functions of Clever and Kiddom.
The district has provided a platform for students to access all of their coursework in one location called Kiddom. The Kiddom App will automatically load your classes to the dashboard. Clicking on a class icon will allow you to see the Class Timeline and Assignments. Teachers will be uploading links to new instructional material, resources, and assignments from week to week. The expectation is that distance learners will have the work completed by the deadline.
Click here for help videos about Kiddom: https://www.rcschools.net/apps/pages/kiddomresources
Some teachers host open office hours and help sessions through the Zoom Online Meetings platform. This is a video conferencing web-based product but can also be found in Clever or downloaded as an app through your device’s app store. Instructions for accessing a Zoom meeting can be found below. It is best to arrive early and wait for your teacher in the virtual lobby. To avoid sound interference, it is best to stay muted until it is your turn to talk. When joining a Zoom class call, we ask that you log in using your actual student name not a nickname or parent’s name.
How to join a Class/Meeting
Option 1: Join via a meeting URL provided by the teacher
Open the email, newsletter, calendar invite, or other communication that contains a link to the prescheduled meeting and click the URL to join the Zoom Meeting.
Option 2: Join through desktop client using the Meeting ID.
Option 3: Join using the Web client/browser.
Once you’re in the meeting, you may choose to connect audio in three different ways:
Click here for help videos about Zoom: https://www.rcschools.net/apps/pages/zoom
Thank you! We are excited to engage with your students through distance learning and continue providing quality instruction. Please contact your teacher or the distance learning admin with further questions. As always, we appreciate your continued support and flexibility as we navigate these unprecedented times together!