Virtual Learning Basics

Tips for Parents

As we embark on Distant Learning, we recognize it can present different opportunities and challenges for families and students. While our number one goal is to continue high-quality instruction, we recognize the challenges and obstacles our students and families may face in the upcoming weeks will be exciting yet apprehensive. To prepare for this new approach to learning, it is important that we help our students adjust to the new normal and begin to develop good learning habits. Here are a few tips to help students find success in this new environment:

  1. Take a deep breath
  2. Be there for your child as a parent
  3. Continue to maintain family norms and be supportive
  4. Know that you are doing the best you can
  5. Celebrate your accomplishments and progress!

For Students & Parents

Hayfield students will meet with ALL teachers during the appropriate class period for synchronous instruction. There will also be opportunities for asynchronous instruction and questions outside of the assigned bell schedule time.

FCPS Distance Learning = Asynchronous Learning + Synchronous Learning

Asynchronous Learning

  • Students learn at different times throughout the week
  • Teachers provide materials (videos, assignments, activities, links, group work)
  • Feedback is provided to the student through collaborative tools and email
  • Communication is not live
  • Flexible and allows students to work at their own pace
  • Due dates and time frames are important

Examples: Pre-recorded video (YouTube), Narrated Slide Deck, Screencasts, EdPuzzle, Flipgrid Video, Pear Deck student paced lessons, Blog or Discussion boards, Collaborative documents, Flipgrid recordings, Podcasts, Video Creation

Synchronous Learning

  • Students learn at the same time, often at a scheduled class time
  • Requires students and teachers to be online at a specific time
  • Direct interaction between teachers and students
  • Allows for instant feedback and clarification
  • Checking in, Q & A, discussed and presentations occur at specific times in an online setting
  • Often requires more bandwidth

Examples: Video conferencing, Chat window, Telephone, Office Hours, Collaborative documents, Pear Deck teacher paced lessons

Student Expectations when using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

  • Show up on time for your synchronous learning classes and stay engaged
  • Practice good digital citizenship so that we can help each other maintain a safe and productive digital community
  • The rules and regulations found in the SR&R still apply to all of us
  • Be careful with your words - be kind, caring and helpful

Preparing for Learning