Updates on WWS’ E-Learning Supports
Part time re-opening in June is required by the Ministry of Education and fast approaching! We are eagerly anticipating seeing teachers and students on our campus again and look forward to continuing to support others from a distance. Rubeena Sandhu, Head of School
- April 10 – Distance Learning Recap & Preview for Week 3
While we remain hopeful for a quick return to some sense of on-campus normality, unfortunately, at this time, we cannot provide a definitive timeline. Our mindset remains focused on providing the best possible virtual experience and continuing this journey with our students and their families. Rubeena Sandhu, Head of School
I am proud of the faculty and Lower School and High School Chairs’ dedication and commitment this past week, to provide our initial soft launch. We remain committed to delivering a meaningful Waldorf experience during this challenging time and are working hard to make sure that happens. – Rubeena Sandhu, Head of School
- March 27 – COVID-19 update: Distance Learning Details
We have heard your requests for consistency, clarity, and reassurance that your children will be met through a model of distance education that will also allow you to work. We will aim to choose technology that best supports the delivery of class lessons and eases your role in managing all this in the coming weeks. – Rubeena Sandhu, Head of School
Highlights of the E-learning timeline:
Specific Platforms & Classroom Uses
Planbook is software currently used by WWS faculty for their curricular planning.
Purpose: Enable students and parents to access daily and weekly lessons, calendar and content including live audio and/or video live links and pdf attachments.
Microsoft Teams is a widely used communication and collaboration platform that integrates with Office 365 which is used by WWS.
Purpose: Enable students to upload assignments including pictures and files to teachers, and enable teachers to create, review and give feedback on completed work.
Zoom Video Communications is a remote video conferencing service.
Purpose: Enable students to video conference with teachers/other students. While we are excited about video conferences, you may have heard recent news that the Ministry of Education is working with Zoom to enhance privacy controls for distance learning in BC. While we await updates on enhanced privacy controls we will not be able to provide recordings for live zoom calls. It is however our intention to make all aspects of our distance learning platform accessible; we are working hard to ensure your child’s privacy, while at the same time delivering an accessible platform.
For updates on what to expect for each grade and details on step-by-step technical instructions and online help tutorials on how to get set, view the ‘How to for WWS distance learning‘.
WWS’ Code of Conduct for Virtual Platforms
As you know from clear rules and guidelines set the stage for a healthy learning environment. While our classes are no longer being conducted in person, the needs for clear guidelines remains. Working together, we will focus our first video conference in establishing guidance and expectations for student distance learning. On-line is expected to be the same as in the classroom.
Please read the following WWS Online Code of Conduct understandings to ensure a healthy online experience for everyone.
We are here for you, and hope that through this unprecedented and challenging time you will continue to ﬁnd moments of reﬂection and beauty with your family, your friends, and the Whistler Waldorf community. – Rubeena Sandhu, Head of School