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Synchronous and Asynchronous Online Learning

Remote Learning Edition

The digiCOACH Remote Learning Edition is designed to support schools as instruction makes the leap from classrooms to online environments as necessitated by the Coronavirus pandemic. Developed to support a wide range of experience; teachers, administrators, and coaches who are brand new to the online environment will benefit from the use of our Remote Learning Edition, as will teachers who have already been working in virtual environments before the pandemic forced a change to the classroom environment.

Support teachers with the Remote Learning Edition and reinforce best practices for Lesson Design, Student Engagement, Digital Tools and Resource use, and Positive Virtual Environments.

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The Process

With digiCOACH, District Directors, Coordinators, Principals, and Coaches are able to:

Conduct Virtual Walkthroughs

digiCOACH guides users through four Focus Areas aligned with best practices for online learning allowing for data collection on synchronous and asynchronous online learning.

Coach Teachers

Give quick, yet meaningful feedback to teachers with prewritten virtual classroom aligned strategies and coaching tips helping to reinforce best practices.

Analyze Data

Utilize the powerful suite of cloud reports to support discussion and professional development needs.


Reopening Ideas

District and school leaders are facing unprecedented challenges in designing new learning environments that take into account social distancing measures necessitated by the Coronavirus pandemic.

The digiCOACH Research Team has been exploring novel school and class schedules that we would like to share to jumpstart the conversation as leaders plan for the 2020/21 school year.


The Social Distanced Classroom

Challenges

Some of biggest challenges facing social distanced schools include:

  • Minimizing contact and crowding in classrooms, between periods, and at the start/end of the school day
  • Limiting crowd sizes during lunch, or transitioning to lunch delivery
  • Cross contamination between classrooms
  • Ensuring students receive an adequate time with their teacher

Altered School Schedule

  • Proposed classroom schedule is based on a traditional six period secondary school day, but can also be used to support primary grade schedules.
  • Teachers hold class for five of the periods and have a preparation period for the sixth period. Numbers of students per class period and number of teacher daily contacts depend on individual school district contract agreements and vary based on course levels and any student-identified disability categories. For the sake of this example, a class size of 36 will be used.
  • Teachers deliver 5 hours of instruction to students per week and in this model, the teacher will see each student for 2.5 hours of in-class instruction and will deliver 2.5 hours of instruction via a remote learning platform.

8:00 to 10:30 - 18 students (½ of period 1) in class. Nutrition break included in class

10:30 to 11:00 - 30 minutes to clean the classroom.

11:00 to 2:00 - 18 students (second ½ of period 1) Lunch included in the classroom.

2:00 to 3:00 - Teacher prep time.

Remote Learning - Remainder of this week’s instruction (2.5 hours) is delivered and evaluated in the remote learning platform.

  • Students would have bathroom breaks per the individual teacher and nutrition and lunch would be brought via carts to the classrooms.
  • Teachers would need curriculum development days and time to plan as both they and the students adjust to the different combinations of curriculum delivery and interaction.
  • Logistics of entry to school, cleaning of school, and leaving school, busses, etc. are further issues for the administration and district office personnel consideration. This proposal strictly addresses the logistics of a split curriculum delivery system.

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