Seesaw is a platform for student engagement. Teachers can empower students to create, reflect, share, and collaborate. Students “show what they know” using photos, videos, drawings, text, PDFs, and links. It’s simple to get student work in one place and share with families, and nothing is shared without teacher approval.
No matter where education takes place, Zoom can help engage students, faculty, and staff for learning, collaboration, and administration. See how Zoom supports remote and hybrid learning environments for primary and secondary schools, and higher education.
14 Tips for parents to support ‘off-site learning’
As we adjust to this new learning environment, it is both important and helpful for us all to establish a routine around our education. Learning looks quite different right now, therefore to be successful in this new environment, it is essential that we develop good habits that assist us in maintaining our education at this time.
Here are 14 suggestions to help parents support their children’s success.
Establish a schedule for learning that reflects the needs of family members. A regular routine will support everyone. Make sure the schedule allows time for learning, meals, breaks for physical activity, creative play and supports normal bedtime routines. Our timetables will give you a guide to help with this.
Identify a work space
Establish a calm learning space that suits the needs of your child and recognises the needs of all family members. The nature of this space will look different in each home.
Communication with teachers
Teachers will communicate regularly through email, or by phone for those who do not have access to the internet. The frequency of these connections will be based on your children’s needs. As always, parents who have questions should email the teacher.
Parents are not asked to become teachers, but we encourage you to check-in with your child to see how his/her learning is progressing. Where possible, help your child to understand instructions, organise themselves and set priorities. Sometimes, just encouraging conversation about the learning helps to clarify the task for the learner. Parents can engage in their child’s learning with questions such as: What are you learning about? What materials do you need? What question would you ask the teacher if you needed help?
As always, please contact your teacher for assistance and clarification.
Ownership of learning
Student work is usually a combination of independent work and collaboration with peers. Class discussions, asking questions, and groupwork are part of a normal school day. Students can use phone calls or texts to chat with friends. There are many resources available to support your child’s learning. To make it easier for you, we are again sending a list of additional learning activities for students to use with the ‘Off-site’ Learning Program. If you are concerned that your child is struggling with their learning, please contact your child’s teacher for assistance.
Access to Students Seesaw and other online accounts
Every student has a login for Seesaw. Students can locate the resources they need through Seesaw. If your child does not know how to access Seesaw or our other online programs, please contact the class teacher for assistance.
We encourage parents to review privacy settings on devices used by your children in order to protect their safety when using the internet. We highly recommend that online programs and applications, should have the privacy and security features reviewed by a parent. We would also ask that you be respectful of the work that students and teachers upload and ask that you do not share this work with others on social media platforms without first obtaining consent.
Encourage physical activity
Exercise is vitally important for health, well-being and learning. Frequent breaks for movement are encouraged. Remember that students are accustomed to recess, lunch and fruit breaks, as well as PE and Sport. Allowing time for physical activity supports more focused learning.
Be mindful of your child’s emotions
Attention to your child’s questions and concerns are important. Continue to monitor and limit exposure to media. You can be supportive by listening, validating their worries and concerns, and reassuring them that this situation is time-limited.
The Australian government guidelines recommends that students, 6-12 years of age, should be having 9-12 hours sleep per night.
A balanced diet is essential to give your child the nutrients and energy it needs to function well. Make sure your child drinks adequate amounts of water, limits junk food and eats 2 fruit and 5 vegetable servings each day.
When your child is completing school work, try to maintain a quiet and focused working environment. Turn off their phone, music and the television to limit distractions. Close down tabs, apps and other sites on the device so they are not tempted to do something else instead of school work.
Limit screen time
The Australian Government guidelines recommends no more than 2 hours of screens for entertainment each day. Excessive screen time for children may lead to problems such as obesity, sleep difficulties and poor performance when learning.
Stay social, but set guidelines
Being respectful and appropriate in communicating with others is very important. Encourage responsible use of technology, if your child uses social media to connect with peers.