Remote Learning at Dedworth Middle School
Currently we have all lessons being taught at school loaded onto our online learning platform - Foldr. All pupils will be able to access the lessons their teachers have set via Foldr. Pupils should be familiar with accessing Foldr from previous home learning periods and from homework for some year groups. The link can be found on the bottom of the Dedworth Middle School Website.
In the short term, we will also continue with communicating with class teachers via Class Dojo if pupils have any questions or would like to submit work to teachers for feedback. If you are not set up on Class Dojo or you and your child do not have a log in, please contact your child’s class tutor via the school office on 01753860561 or an email marked for their attention via firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are going to be making some changes to the way pupils access learning from home if isolating as we would like all pupils to be able to login to their lesson via Teams. This will not be possible in some practical lessons but we are putting arrangements in place for as many lessons to be available via live streaming as possible. For this week and next, all remote learning arrangements will stay the same and communications and feedback will be via Class Dojo. We will be in touch shortly when logging on via Teams is set up and available for all pupils to access.
We are hoping that your child has brought home their Teams login – this should be found on stickers in the front of their diary. Please can we ask that all families download the Microsoft Teams application onto the devices that your child will be using if they need to access the live streaming. If this is not possible, pupils can still access Microsoft Teams and Office 365 through the web.
Accessing lessons via Teams
Teams is a digital hub that brings conversations, content, assignments, and apps together in one place, helping teachers, pupils and parents to work as a community and allowing us to collaborate and stay connected – even if you are not physically in school. Every pupil in the school will belong to a Microsoft Team (Class / Channel) initially for each of their English, Maths and Science classes and their tutor group. We will extend this to foundation subjects as we progress and will keep you updated with this transition.
Microsoft Teams can be accessed using the Web or Office 365 link on the School’s website. Once logged into Office.com, pupils can access Microsoft Teams, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Microsoft outlook and many more Microsoft applications. From here, pupils can open Office apps in their web browser, excluding Outlook (so no access to emails).
Most home learning and class work initially will still be set on Foldr with live sessions (please see timetable below) being delivered via Teams. The KS3 English team will trialling using the files and assignment sections on teams to assess how well it works for our pupils and staff. If it is successful we will move all other subjects across to Teams.
Where possible, pupils should join the live lessons on offer (see timetable) through Teams. Pupils should be available on Teams while working at home at the allocated lesson time according to the pupil timetable. For the subjects that are delivering live lessons the teacher will schedule a lesson and it will appear on the pupil’s calendar. The pupils should only join these sessions via their calendar and not via the meet now button. All other subjects and pre-recorded lessons can still be found on Foldr and work should still be submitted on Class Dojo as normal.
Safeguarding requirements - To ensure that we minimise any associated safeguarding risks, SLT and other staff members may drop into any live lesson. All live lessons will be recorded, and instructions and expectations will be set out at the beginning of all lessons. All pupils will be expected to join lessons with their cameras off and microphones muted. They will be registered so that we can keep a record of participation and they may be invited to turn their cameras on and un-mute by the teacher for a check in at different points of the lesson when the recording is turned off.
Pupils should be aware that all messages they leave on the chat function can be seen by their classmates, teachers and parents. If they post anything irrelevant or inappropriate, they will be removed, parents contacted and may be barred from joining further sessions.
MS Teams - Joining guidance
Your teacher has several ways to notify you with details about joining the Teams online class session, which includes the essential "Join Microsoft Teams Meeting" link. You will receive an Outlook calendar invitation and, upon acceptance, the invitation becomes an event item in your calendar.
1. As your online class time approaches, you will need the "Join Microsoft Teams Meeting" link on your calendar.
2. Click or tap the "Join Microsoft Teams Meeting" link.
3. Your web browser may prompt you to select between the Web version and the desktop version. Select the option that works best for you on your device. When accessing Teams via the Web, you may be prompted for your DMS login again. If you see your office 365 login as an option, select it and enter your normal DMS password.
4. The Teams Audio-Video Settings screen appears before you join.
5. You are not in the online session yet. Your webcam may activate, showing you a preview. Please switch off your webcam by clicking or tapping the camera icon.
6. Also, please switch your microphone to mute in Teams before you join the online class session. Then, after joining, activate the mic when you are invited to do so before you speak by clicking or tapping the mic icon.
7. Click or tap the Join Now button to join the online session. You will see Teams display "Connecting..." If you are early and the first to join, you will see "Waiting for others to join..." Or participants who have already joined will appear. NOTE: If you are placed on hold in the "lobby," please contact your teacher who can admit you to the online session.
-After joining the online class session in Teams, familiarize yourself with the Teams control task bar.
-Be sure you know where the Mute icon is because you might be using this feature the most. If you are not speaking, you should have your microphone muted. Click or tap the Mute icon to unmute before speaking.
-If you start speaking and you have the Mute icon enabled, Teams will prompt you with "Your microphone is muted." Please note that the teacher will record the session for future reference. If the session is recorded, your teacher will inform you where links to recorded sessions are.
-If your teacher endorses chat messaging during the online meeting, ask questions in the meeting chat in the right column. Note that this is group chat — not one-on-one chat. As always, think before you write and review before you send.
Every pupil will be belong to a Microsoft Team (Class/ Channel) for each of their classes and their tutor group. They will start to see these teams being set up from next week. In the MS Teams pupils will also see members of the SLT and the Head of department for each subject.
The PowerPoint and resources used within the live lesson will be uploaded to Foldr for the pupils to complete their work. For KS3 English this will all be loaded to their class MS team for the pupils to access and complete their work.
Pupils can complete work in an exercise book, on paper or using any Microsoft application. All work can be submitted via Class Dojo and KS3 English work can be uploaded via the assignment ‘turn in’ page.
When setting work for pupils accessing learning remotely, all teachers will:
1. Set meaningful and ambitious assignments for pupils each week for the number of lessons they would have normally had at school.
2. Provide clear and helpful explanations of new content, supported by high-quality resources.
3. Gauge how well pupils are progressing through the curriculum, using questions and other suitable tasks. Teachers will make it clear how regularly they will check work and will adjust the pace or difficulty of what is being taught in response to pupil’s progress.
4. Plan a programme of equivalent length to the core teaching pupils would receive in school.
Remote Learning Checklist for pupils
- Download or log into Microsoft Teams via the App or Web and ensure that my password works.
- Familiarise myself with Microsoft Teams. Find my class groups and calendar invites for my live lessons/ check in sessions.
- Make daily checks on my Teams class pages to ensure I am accessing all messages from teachers about my learning and any scheduled live sessions.
- Check Foldr and Teams for work that has been set and that I am due to submit.
- Download and complete work either in a workbook, paper or on a Microsoft application.
- Submit all completed work that teachers have requested on Class Dojo or Teams (for KS3 English)
- Attend all online live lessons on Microsoft Teams and contact my tutor or subject teacher via Class Dojo if I need any help or support.
- If I am unable to join my live lessons on my calendar contact the relevant teacher and complete and submit work.
Expectations for Online Learning
1. Attend and be punctual.
Using your timetable as a schedule for your week, ensure you are actively engaging with work that is set in each subject. Check which lessons are going to be live and complete your other lessons around these. Spend approximately 60 minutes per lesson on completing work that is set.
2. Present yourself well.
Online - be polite and courteous, showing respect for yourself and others as you would in a normal classroom environment. Remember our school rules: Be Kind, Be Ready, Be Safe. An online classroom is a professional environment. Complete your work as if you were in school.
3. Behave impeccably.
Do not post anything that is inappropriate or that you would not say in a normal classroom environment. Be respectful and contribute in a positive and productive manner.
4. Follow instructions and rules.
Engage with resources positively and do your best to complete all work set. Follow instructions in the chat.
5. Do not disrupt learning.
Complete the work posted online to the best of your ability. When you are online with your peers and teacher, stay on task and ask appropriate questions in line with the learning. Actively engage in the posting and online discussions in a polite and respectful way. Stay on task, don’t be disruptive to others and be productive and helpful. Ask questions in an appropriate way and remember your ‘please’ and ‘thank you’.
6. Be kind and helpful to others.
If someone asks a question, try to help them. Be kind and respect of other people’s differences and opinions. We are all in this together and it is important to support and help each other. Be courteous and kind, not posting anything you wouldn’t say in our normal classroom.
7. Always try your very best.
Engage in the work set and lessons that have been posted or uploaded. Attempt to complete as much of it as possible as you would do in class.
8. Talk to your teachers.
If you notice anything when online that worries you please contact your teacher to report.