Our staff will deliver our Online Teaching and Learning Programme predominantly via MST and may also include the following platforms:
- Century Tech
- Twig/Tig Tag
We hope that these arrangements will help to take some of the pressure off parents, as we encourage pupils to develop their independent learning and feel more connected with their teachers. Details for MST have been sent to parents. If you are struggling to access this platform, please contact Els Despriet on Els.Despriet@cognita.com
This is clearly an unusual situation for everyone, where there is a greater reliance on digital devices than usual. We recommend that pupils try to balance their time between working on a device and more traditional learning activities amounting to no more than three hours each day on a device. Teaching staff will work together to ensure that the work set is balanced across a mixture of mediums. If you feel your child’s screen time is exceeding what is reasonable, please do contact their teacher/s so that they can help to co-ordinate communication between teaching staff. Regular breaks, within the maximum recommended screen time, are crucial.
There is a requirement and expectation that all pupils will engage and participate in the online learning programme. Registration will take place every day and be recorded if your child is unwell or unavailable to attend any lives sessions please let your child’s teacher/s know before the designated registration time. Any unauthorised/unexplained absences will result in a phone call from the school to ensure everything is OK and verify absence from online lessons.
What is Microsoft Teams?
Microsoft Teams is a digital hub that brings conversations, content, resources and apps together in one place creating a vibrant learning environment.
How will it work?
Lessons will still run for students, with the teacher talking to them through the computer screen rather than at the front of the classroom. This face to face contact will allow the teacher to keep track of students and give students the chance to ask questions, keeping their lesson as similar as possible to learning in school.
Different subjects will sit in different channels and these will also become a place to go for any resources shared by the teacher, or recordings of classes to go over the information.
Pupils will still hand in homework through Microsoft Teams and teachers will offer high quality feedback – these tools will allow some normality where schooling is concerned.
Why is it perfect for our families?
- Face to face contact – pupils and teachers still have face to face contact which is so important in making sure wellbeing, as well as academics are monitored. At a time where so much change is happening, our teachers want to be there to support pupils and face to face contact makes this easier to do.
- Virtual classroom – keeping a lesson routine is vital for our families’ wellbeing: structure will help pupils feel less overwhelmed with change and will also help parents know how to manage their time and energy.
- Easily accessible – access from phone or desktop with easy to use, intuitive software.
How do I access the resources?
You child will need to click here and sign in using their normal school log in details.
More information on using Teams and Office 365 for remote learning is available from Microsoft here.