As Faith Lutheran College responds to the latest COVID-19 lockdown announcement from the Queensland Government, some information and advice regarding online learning for our students has been communicated via email by our Head of Digital Learning, Mr. Aaron Teeling.
For the benefit of those parents (or students) who may be experiencing difficulty accessing email, Mr. Teeling’s advice is provided below.
As outlined previously by Deputy Principal, Mr. Tyson Kenny, students will be completing online learning for the duration of this two-day lockdown.
The format, whilst slightly different to 2020, continues to make use of the Office 365 suite of applications that have been a central part of teaching and learning in all classes this year. The hope is that this results in a shift that students are comfortable with, due to their familiarity with the software.
As a starting point, I encourage all parents and students to watch this short 4-minute video: Parent Information for Remote Learning (Video)
As a summary of the information provided in the video:
- Microsoft Teams will be used by teachers to check-in with their class. All students are encouraged to engage with posts by replying or reacting with emojis.
The mental health of our students is very important to us right now and research shows that engagement increases a sense of belonging and purpose. Whilst a simple ‘?’ response may not appear significant; it allows the student a visible presence in an online world.
- OneNote will be used by teachers to set learning outcomes for students and offer direction to complete work. Each OneNote Class Notebook has a similar structure, comprising of:
- Course Information – where a week-by-week summary of work is contained within the Teaching and Learning Sequences
- Homework – where weekly homework is recorded
- Group Sections – where learning outcomes and content is shared by the teacher
- Each class teacher will email you with a link to their OneNote Class Notebook.
- There have been a few gremlins in the system which may have resulted in you receiving a link at some point this year that had either ‘expired’ or required an account to sign in to. Please note that this has now been fixed. Each teacher will be generating a new link over the next day or so, which will last for 365 days and does not require any account to view. Simply click on the link and it will open in a web browser (ideally Edge or Chrome). Whilst this is best viewed on a laptop, if viewing on a mobile device then please enable ‘desktop view’ and rotate your phone to view all content.
- There are no plans right now to use Zoom or video conferencing for Monday and Tuesday. However, should the lockdown continue, this may change according to student needs.
Whilst I am hopeful that this lockdown remains short, please be reassured that the college has plans in place ready to respond to a scenario that may require a more extended break from the classroom.