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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Greetings to the East Allen County Schools’ Family,

As we start approaching cooler temperatures and possible weather cancellations, I thought it might be a great time to share some information regarding eLearning.

What is eLearning?

eLearning is learning conducted via electronic media, usually in the form of activities, reading, assignments, quizzes, research, or some other form of learning activity.  Typically, eLearning occurs over the Internet using tools such as Canvas, Showbie, SeeSaw, or Pearson etextbooks.  eLearning can be used when school is closed due to fog, snow, ice, extreme temperatures, or for scheduled staff professional development days.

Why is EACS participating in eLearning?

EACS participates in eLearning when school is closed due to fog, snow, ice, extreme temperatures, or for scheduled staff professional development days.  One purpose for eLearning days is so the regular pace of the classroom learning does not get interrupted by the inclement weather or professional development days.  Another purpose for eLearning days is so the school year does not get extended well into June as a result of inclement weather.  A third purpose of eLearning days is to provide learning opportunities for students at home while teachers attend professional development trainings in their schools.

How do we complete an eLearning day?

eLearning at EACS is completed in a series of procedures:

  1. All K-12 teachers will complete an EACS eLearning Instruction Template and post it on all applicable Canvas course(s) in the “Calendar” section.  They are also encouraged to email the instructions home to parents or students via GroupWise or the RDS email tool.
  2. All learning targets (materials/assignments) must be sent/posted by each teacher by 9:00 a.m. of the eLearning day.
  3. The teacher’s eLearning responsibility is to assign approximately 30 minutes of time-on-task material per subject area, dependent on the subject to be taught on the day of cancellation.
  4. eLearning material assigned by teachers will cover content that would have been addressed if school were in session, continuing the classroom momentum.
  5. Teachers may take grades on eLearning work to ensure student participation in the activities or assignments.
  6. Students are allowed five (5) school days after an eLearning day to complete and turn in any assigned/graded material, excluding weekends and holidays.
  7. If a student does not participate in eLearning, they will be marked with an “unexcused absence” unless an approved excuse is given to the school for the eLearning day.
  8. Students should be able to demonstrate time on task and/or equivalent growth for the time spent on the assignments or activities.
  9. Teachers will be accessible via Canvas/MobyMax/Messages, email, or some other online platform during the eLearning day from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM to answer student questions.
  10. EACS will open its doors to students before and after school during the five (5) school days after an eLearning day.  Each location will have a limited number of computers but an ample supply of Wi-Fi.   The schedule for computer labs is determined by each school.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding eLearning, please contact your student’s school.  We want to help your student have a successful eLearning experience.

Sincerely,

Marilyn S. Hissong
Superintendent

POSTED: 11/06/17 at 10:42 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools