As schools work to set up their environment for online learning and surmount the obstacles of meeting the needs of all students, we have some suggestions and resources we would like to share. Here is what we will cover:
- Setting Up Your Online Learning Environment
- Vision Integration Considerations
- Teaching From Home: How Vision Can Help
- Vision Remote Learning FAQs
Setting Up Your Online Learning Environment
As you consider your online- learning environment we have some tips and suggestions we have gathered from our customers and educational experts. Interested in what other districts have done? Visit the SETDA eLearning district plans page, or Learning Keeps Going for a resources directory. Another great resource is Google's Teach from Home resource hub.
1. Meet the social emotional needs of your learners.
Students, like adults, are hearing a lot of information right now. As much as we want to meet their needs educationally, we can’t if they are distracted by their need to feel safe.
- Set clear parameters for where / how students can ask questions or express their concerns such as a message to the teacher or a message board that is only on while the teacher is monitoring.
- Let students see your face when possible, such as through a good morning video.
- Create routines with clear expectations so students can feel successful.
- For more resources, see SEL and COVID-19 from CASEL.
2. Align your learning goals and expectations with the technology capacities of your teachers and students.
A time of transition and anxiety may not be the best time to introduce an entirely new online experience to your students. Start slow, ramp up, and initially rely on resources that teachers and students are already familiar with.
- If your students are already using Google Classroom or another LMS, keep using it! Check out training materials and an On Demand Webinar about distance learning with Google.
- Provide tools for everyone, but not just a long list of apps. Consider your district’s values, and the best way to meet the needs of your student learners, and then provide essential tools for the job. Google has already compiled a resource of education apps and their context for use.
- Consider accessibility: SETDA resources for accessibility in eLearning
3. Don’t try to recreate all off-line curriculum and learning experiences.
Students are working in varied environments with different access to internet, quiet spaces to work, and the ability to focus and be held accountable. Think about adjusting your expectations around productivity (quality not quantity).
- Focus on 1-2 subjects a day (content area teachers: 1 concept).
- Create a daily agenda / to do list for students so they are clear on what they need to accomplish. Communicate this expectation with parents, too!
- Still assign work “offline” such as reading a book, interviewing a family member, or using the space in the home to measure, compare, estimate etc. Online learning doesn’t mean all screen time.
4. Use frequent, formative, authentic assessments.
Although summative assessments still play a role, use formative assessments to check in with your students’ progress. A lot of the informal checks that occur naturally in the off-line classroom will be missed, so consider ways to check for understanding that are low risk for the learner.
- Kahoot! is currently offering free pro services to run fun and interactive content-based quizzes.
- Flipgrid can be used to have students record their process on one completed math problem rather than a worksheet with 30 problems.
- Use your Vision software to monitor student progress on assignments and send messages of encouragement.
- Change the IP settings restrictions only if you have the authority to make the decision for your entire domain. Check with your district as well as local / state privacy regulations.
- Set specific times for this monitoring to be available for teachers such as 8am-2pm.
- Consider enforcing the rule that teachers use the “Desktop View.” This will ensure students receive a notification that they are being monitored.
- Communicate with your students via means other than Vision about the purpose of the time you are monitoring.
- Use Vision to highlight positive aspects of the learning environment, not just punitively.
- Remember that students can only be captured by one teacher at a time.
- Use Vision to target students who need help navigating online curriculum and provide targeted support.
Teaching From Home: How Vision can help
As you build your remote instruction practice, here are some suggestion on how Vision can help:
- Use an extended monitor, in addition to your computer screen, to keep one eye on your students as you talk to them or present. Start Vision on one monitor and start your Google Meet or Zoom meeting on the other screen.
- No extended monitor? Zoom allows you to share your entire screen or a particular window. Share only the window that students need to see, and keep Vision running beyond this window for your reference.
- The Filter web feature limits the sites that students can visit. This is especially helpful if you are delivering live instruction and want to keep students focused on your Meet or Zoom screen.
- Custom filters can be made in the Vision Portal.
- We've created a filter list you can upload and use.
Follow these instructions to set up and use the whitelist.
- Push links with relevant resources to student groups
- Demo out a student’s live view to highlight student work
- Draw Attention to encourage students to pause and reflect or to redirect attention (Pro tip: Use your own image and Demo Mode for a personalized “pause” message).
If you have a daily schedule that includes specific time when students should be working, you can use Vision to monitor and assist as needed.
- Live View provides a closeup view of any student's screen
- Need to document what you see? Click Snapshot to save a copy of the image on your computer
- Send a Message with suggestions, encouragement, or redirection to a particular student.
- Send a Message to the entire class to provide additional instructions
- Web filter limits browsing to keep students on task
If you are holding office hours, Vision can facilitate 1:1 communication during this time. Instead of sending links back and forth, simply view what’s on their screen:
- To support a changing roster, create an Office Hours class in Google Classroom and send the invitation link to the student.
- Start the Office Hours class in Vision.
- While you and the student talk over Google Voice, Google Meet or the phone, the student can share their work with you by opening it on their screen.
- Unenroll the student from the Office Hours Google Classroom so you do not capture them again.
If a student is having trouble with their Chromebook or an online resource, you can use the Live View feature in Vision to see a full view of the student's Chromebook and help resolve the issue.
- Snapshot (within Live View) can document the problem. Send the image to your IT team for faster problem determination and resolution.
Vision / Vision Pro support Remote Desktop Services. This means that the Vision Student module can be installed and run on a central server and then be accessed by multiple students from almost any device that they use to connect to the server. Here are additional instructions.
Vision / Vision Pro software are only supported on Windows and Mac devices.
Vision / Vision Pro software only supports access for the teacher to monitor and interact with their students. If your IT team is looking for a remote support solution to access their teacher devices, please download Netop Remote Control On Demand. Extended free trials are currently being offered to support schools as they navigate distance-learning.
Vision for Chromebooks
Vision 365 currently requires a direct connection between the teachers and the students. At this time, there are no accommodations for remote learning being made to this product line.
Vision for Chromebooks, by default, restricts student-teacher connectivity via the IP range. To lift this restriction and allow monitoring at home, see the Admin Settings tab in the Vision Portal. Only a user with an Administrator role in the Google Admin Console and access to the Vision Portal for Administrators can make this change. Please see section 3.1 of the Admin Guide for instructions on establishing Admin users.
Vision for Chromebooks, by default, restricts student- teacher connectivity via the IP range. This ensures that student-teacher devices connect when they are in the same location. The new custom setting in the Vision Portal for Administrators allows Admin level users to lift this restriction and teachers will be able to monitor students when they are not in the same location. Please check with your local and state privacy laws before enacting this change.
By default, Vision will treat everyone as a teacher. To grant Vision access to determine if a user is a teacher or an administrator, please follow the steps in 3.1 of our Vision for Chromebooks Admin Guide.
Vision has been developed and tested in the school environment. It is an internet dependent, application-based solution. Although we have network recommendations for our at-school users, the recent release of at home monitoring includes differences in environments that cannot be accounted for. If you see some students but not all, ask the students to restart their Chromebook or wait 2-3 minutes to see if student connects.
Vision for Chromebooks software only supports access for the teacher to monitor and interact with their students Chromebooks. If your IT team is looking for a remote support solution to access their teacher devices, please download Netop Remote Control On Demand. Extended free trials are currently being offered to support schools as they navigate distance-learning.