Remote & Flexible Learning
Message from College Principal – Damien Keel
The Victorian Government and the Victorian Department of Education and Training has clearly stated that all students who CAN learn from home MUST learn at home from the start of Term 2, which is Wednesday 15th April. This also means that teachers will be working from home to help limit the spread of COVID-19, doing their best to support students learning at home.
Yarrawonga College P-12 has set up the Remote and Flexible Learning pages to support you and your family navigating your way through learning in a different way to what you have become accustomed to. I appreciate that this will be challenging for some families, others may thrive in this environment. I would really appreciate your patience through these uncertain times and new ways of learning, which I’m sure will be challenging sometimes due to different levels of internet connectivity and other technical issues we may face. We are all in this together, across the whole state of Victoria.
The college will ensure continuity of learning for students and has a clear plan for Remote and Flexible Learning that we have developed for each of the three campuses across P-12. There will be a number of different ways that teachers will be preparing and delivering work to students across the college, an outline of our preferred platforms are listed on this page. Students from Year 7 through to Year 12 will have different forms of delivery that are the most practical for each subject area, please work with individual teachers on this.
Parents are not expected to teach their children, this is the role of teachers working from home. Parents have a role in checking to make sure that children are logging in and/or completing work as outlined by the teacher/s. The college expects parents to make contact if they have concerns about their children’s learning, access to work, assistance to complete tasks, wellbeing and mental health.
The college is working to ensure that Year 12 students complete their VCE, VCAL or VET certificate/s at the end of 2020 and appropriate levels of support are in place. These students will then have the opportunity to apply for University, TAFE, further adult learning, begin apprenticeships or be ready for work in 2021.
Teachers will be available for contact from 9.00am through until 3.15pm, Monday to Friday. Teachers will continue to be a part of video conferencing briefings and meetings outside these hours. The school office will not be open to the public, however, we will be answering phones. If you have any concerns for your child/ren please contact the college office on 5744 1751 during business hours and your call will be directed to appropriate leaders/teachers of the college.
Can I please urge parents to rely on factual information coming through from the college, I will continue to do my best to provide everyone with up to date and reliable information via Compass and Facebook. You will not get information by posting something on Facebook, if the information hasn’t been communicated it means we haven’t received it yet. Again, if you have any questions, please call the college office on 5744 1751 during business hours and your call will be directed to the appropriate leaders/teachers of the college.
All students will be learning from home except for children on days who are not able to be supervised at home and no other arrangements can be made by the family (Exceptional Circumstances). The college will work to provide a small number of staff to supervise students in this case who will complete either online or remote learning packaged work as per students who are learning from home. All playgrounds at the college will be closed off for the entire community as per advice from the department and is the case across all shires in Victoria to ensure appropriate social distancing measures are enforced.
I hope you find these pages useful for your family and they assist you with this new form of remote and flexible learning that will be in place for at least the duration of Term 2. I would also like to acknowledge the work of our eLearning Leading Teacher, Mr Tim Phillips.
|Clickview||DET supplied video streaming platform. Uses eduPass system for sign-in.|
|Compass||College Administration and Student Management System. Also used for setting of Learning tasks and ongoing reporting. Facilitates communication within the school community.|
|Edrolo||Website for VCE classes. Allows for content delivery and revision in a range of subjects.|
|Education Perfect||Online learning platform used primarily from years 7-10. Used in Humanities/SOSE subjects, Science, Maths and Digital Technologies.|
|Google Classroom||Google Learning Management System. Allows for setting of learning tasks for individuals or groups. Delivery of content and marking of work.|
|Google Drive||Google cloud storage. Manages creation and editing of Google documents and sharing of files.|
|Google G-Suite||Applications such as Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms and Classroom. Online document creation/editing/collaboration.|
|Google Meet/Hangouts||Video conferencing application within the G-Suite environment. Only students within the @yarrawonga.vic.edu.au domain are permitted to attend classes.|
|Khan Academy||Globally respected online learning lessons. Primarily used in Maths.|
|Lynda/LinkedIn Learning||DET supplied learning platforn in highly specified areas. Excellent for individualised learning and skill building. Uses eduPass system for sign-in.|
|Mathletics||Online Mathematics lessons for students in P-6, set by their classroom teacher. Students can also play live Maths games, watch Maths videos and practice the times tables.|
|MathsOnline||Australian online Maths tutoring portal. Used in middle/upper year level Maths classes.|
|Microsoft Teams||DET supplied as part of Office 365. Learning Management System used in some senior classes.|
|Office 365||DET supplied version of Office, both online, and for software authorisation on student devices. Students need to be using eduPass (Year 7-12). Features common applications like Word, Powerpoint and Excel.|
|Pobble 365||Interesting and intriguing pictures that can be used for writing prompts. Each picture comes with story starters, questions and other supporting activities.|
|Reading Eggs/Eggspress||Online lessons for all students in P-4 (and seleceted 5-6 students) to support reading, comprehension, grammar and spelling. Students can work through the lessons at their own pace and will also have lessons set by their teacher. Students can access a wide range of books in the virtual library and can play literacy games.|
|School Email||College-based webmail system using Outlook Web App.|
|Stile||DET supplied online Science platform. Used in junior Science classes.|
|Storybox Library||High quality children’s books read aloud by a range of engaging storytellers, many of them well known Australians. Username: Yarrawonga. Password: Stories80|
|Webex Teams||DET supplied video conferencing and content delivery platform. Used in some senior classes.|