Beginning on Monday, March 30th, ELCO Teachers will begin to offer learning extensions for students through our online platforms. Teachers may also reach out to students to connect with students in real-time. While these opportunities are voluntary for students, we hope that students will engage with the content and participate in any online connections being offered.
The tools being used by teachers differ by grade span. Seesaw is being used in Grades K-3 because students are familiar with this tool in their classrooms and many parents are also connected in this tool. Schoology is being used in Grades 4-12 and students in those grades are also familiar with its use. Zoom may be used by teachers as a way to connect synchronously with students. Teachers may also make connections with students through recorded videos that would be made available in Schoology or Seesaw.
The resources below can be used to become familiar with the tools that students will use from home. We understand that not all students have access to devices or the internet at this time. All of the resources can be used on a student iPad or any home device including iPad, smartphone, Chromebook, and personal computer.
Grades K - 3 Seesaw
- Getting Started with Seesaw Video
- Resources for Families
- Codes to join the class will be provided by your classroom teacher
- Access Seesaw:
Grades 4-12 Schoology
Zoom for Synchronous Chats (optional for teachers to use with students)
- Students should not create Zoom accounts and DO NOT need an account to join a Zoom call.
- Students will be provided with a meeting ID number to join a Zoom meeting. This meeting ID number will change with every meeting.
- Getting Started on Windows and Mac
- Joining a Zoom Meeting for Students
- Downloading the Zoom App for Android and Apple
- Test your Zoom app and/or computer here
The ELCO School District would like to offer support throughout the extended school closure by suggesting resources that can be used with children to help keep them engaged in learning. The links below will provide some additional information for parents, guardians, and caregivers. Resources will be updated throughout the closure.
Here are a few tips for how to make the most of this time at home:
- Keep consistent wake-up and bedtimes
- Monitor and limit the amount of online activity and video games
- Develop a daily or weekly chore list
- Schedule time daily for reading to and with children
- Provide opportunities to get outside while maintaining social distancing
- Plan time for students to create, tinker, and experiment
- Continue to practice musical instruments, sing, listen to music
- Cook together and get students engaged in family meal planning
- Skype, Facetime, or call friends and family to lessen the effects of isolation
- Practice mindfulness activities, meditation, and breathing exercises
- Keep physically active
- Play favorite board games with family
- Try something new!