Digital School Basic Info

To join Mrs. Garrett’s Classroom: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 go to the Digital School  tab at the top.  See you at 9:00 sharp! Be ready to learn with your packets, sharpened pencils and eraser, line or plain paper to show your work, and headphones. Check Mrs. Garrett Google Classroom for the daily schedule.  

Click here to join today at 2.00.
Digital school! How exciting! Notice the “Digital School” tab located above. This is where I will post links to our daily teaching sessions. Here are some basic guidelines on how I’ll structure digital school:
Students will have a checklist that will be posted on my blog daily that lists their daily tasks and schedule. Our daily schedule will generally look like this:   
9:00 AM – All students log on and video conference for whole group math, language arts, and science. This will be the time when I will give a broad overview of what we are learning. Students need all materials in their packets for these sessions. I’m not sure how long these sessions will last (since this is the first time I’ve done anything like this!), but I’m guessing that it will be about 45 minutes to an hour and a half, depending on the day, curriculum, and student engagement. I understand that not all students will be able to log on at 9 AM due to some differing schedules. I will record these sessions and put them on Google Classroom (to learn how to access that). This way, students who are not able to attend live sessions can still view what we talked about. However, I STRONGLY encourage students to do whatever they can to come to the live sessions. This is a great time to ask questions and get feedback from me.           
After this time, students will be expected to work independently on their checklist. Checklists will be on the blog daily and students will be required to fill out a google form (which will also be located on the blog) every day to show what they accomplished. Students who have finished all their checklists will get to participate in a fun activity at 12:30 each day. This may be a classroom Kahoot, a game of prodigy with me, or some other fun game via video conferencing.     
I will be using Zoom to teach classes – it is a video conferencing app/website that allows me to see and teach all students. Click HERE for a tutorial on how to get it up and running. I have also included this link in my main google classroom. I strongly suggest you watch this.  If you have an ipad/tablet, you will need to download the Zoom app first. I have tried it on several different devices and the process on getting on is a little different for each. If you cannot get on, please email me and I’ll see what I can do to help. Students will use the Digital School tab above to access our daily Zoom sessions. 

Today, I will be holding a test session at 2:00 PM. It would be super helpful to try and get your child on by then so that 9:00 AM tomorrow morning runs smoothly.       

Students will also be using Clever to access their iReady. If you have a tablet, you will need to download the Clever app.             
 I look forward to seeing your cute kids at 9:00 AM tomorrow (and some at 2:00 today!). Please email me with any questions/concerns/individual situations.   

Thank you for helping to keep your child accountable and helping to give them a quality education, even in times when we can’t meet at school.

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