The Prairie South Virtual School offers Synchronous Online Classes for elementary students - grades 1-8. We use a variety of technologies to engage students online. We use Zoom for our main instruction platform. Each day students interact with each other and the online teachers in Zoom lessons. We use other software to help engage students such as SeeSaw and Google Classroom.
What does online learning look like?
From grades 1- 8 online teachers will be using Zoom to synchronously meet with students. Online teachers will also be using Google Classroom. Students will be expected to log into Zoom when class starts and to interact with the online teacher and other students. Students will be able to access resources in the Google Classroom. There will be breaks throughout the day. Students will not be expected to be in the Zoom classroom for the full school day. The school day will be structured similar to a regular school setting with scheduled subjects and break times.
Is it mandatory for students to use Zoom?
Yes. The primary instruction and interaction takes place in Zoom. Daily attendance will be taken at the start of the Zoom lesson. Students will not be expected to be in the Zoom classroom for the full school day.
What are the responsibilities of parents?
We rely on parents to help their children get setup with the Zoom lesson. We also rely on parents to monitor their children throughout the day and assist keeping them on-track and engaged with the lessons in Zoom and Google Classroom. If teachers find that students need assistance, they may text the parent. If a parent is not available during the day then another adult will work such as a Grandparent or Babysitter.
What technology is required to take online classes?
Each child in the family taking online classes must have a device to connect to Zoom - we recommend a Laptop such as a Chromebook. The children must also have Internet access. The students should also have access to a printer.
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