What is eLearning?
The Noblesville Schools eLearning days would offer full access to online instruction provided by each students’ individual teachers. Teachers would create lessons in Canvas, the school’s learning management system. These lessons would be interactive and relate to the curriculum for the specific class. Because we are on a block schedule and only one day of classes would be online, the teachers will ensure that the lesson is aligned with the curriculum. Seven eLearning days would occur throughout the school year. These days would be within the 180 day school year. Students will have access to teachers via the Internet. If students do not have Internet at home, they may attend either a study hall hosted by the high school where wifi is accessible, go to a friends home, the public library, or one of the numerous local businesses offering free wi-fi. Instructional Assistants will monitor the study hall.
What will it look like for students?
Noblesville High School teachers use Canvas to regularly post assignments and lessons. Students access Canvas on their school issued iPad or through a computer. The learning management system is completely web-based. On eLearning days, students will complete lessons/assignments created by their teachers in Canvas. These lessons/assignments will be a continuation of the previous day’s instruction. There will not be a rigid schedule for students to follow but they will be expected to complete all lessons by the next school day. Teachers will be available online for questions or concerns at a specific time during the day. This schedule will be available to parents and students prior to the eLearning day.
What will these days look like for teachers?
The focus of these days will be PLC (Professional Learning Community) driven for teachers. They will continue to refine their Canvas courses while continuing the process of curriculum mapping with an emphasis on digital curriculum. Canvas is the learning management system for Noblesville Schools implemented in January of 2013. They will also be provided professional development for using technology in the classroom. The PLCs will also analyze assessment data and be available for students’ questions.
Why have eLearning days?
- According to a study completed in 2011, 32% of college students take at least one online course.
- Even face-to-face courses in college require work to be submitted electronically.
- An article in the Indianapolis Recorder reports that employers feel that 35% of new hires/applicants do not have adequate computer skills.
- Corporations are using eLearning for training purposes
- Most companies require online applications
- Ability to provide teachers an entire day of professional development and planning with their peers
- Scheduled days will help students and teachers prepare for inclement weather eLearning days.
How will attendance be taken?
- Teachers will take attendance by recording the online participation of the students.
- If a student is too sick to complete the work, parents will need to call the office. The student is still responsible for the work and will need to complete it by the class period following their return to school as outlined in the student handbook.
- Canvas records each student’s amount of activity and teachers and administrators have access to these analytics.
What if the students iPad is not working?
- From experience, this is a rare occurrence but if it happens there are a couple different options:
- Students may use any other device to access Canvas because it is web-based.
- If the student doesn’t have a device at home, they may come to school or go to the Hamilton East Public Library.
- If the student cannot find a way to complete the assignments, they will be accepted as “late.” (Each teacher has a defined policy as to their acceptance of late work.)
- When the student returns to school, they will need to take their iPad to the tech department to be repaired.
What if a student wants to eat breakfast/ lunch at school?
- Students will be asked (or parents may notify the school) prior to the eLearning day to have an accurate amount of food available.
- Breakfast and lunch will be available to any students who wish to come to school.
- Bus transportation will be provided at the normal schedule (if needed). Students may come to school for the entire day if wanted.
- Students may come to school between 11am and noon if they want to buy a lunch and do not wish to stay.
What will my student’s day look like if they attend school?
- It will be a study hall supervised by Instructional Assistants. They will have access to the school library if needed. The Instructional Assistants will be available for academic support as well.
Can a student work, go on a college visit, or shadow an employer during this day?
- Each student can organize their day in a manner that suits them. They will be required to complete all work before the class’s next meeting but there is no specific time requirements otherwise.
How long will each student be required to work on the computer and what will they be doing?
- Each teacher will be creating a lesson that follows the curriculum. They will have 3-4 class periods of work to complete. The approximate time required to complete each assignment is 90 minutes.
- These lessons may include videos, internet research, online quizzes/assignments, commenting on a forum, writing a paper, creating a presentation, or anything else the teacher deems relevant to the curriculum.
What about students who attend JEL or have an internship?
- Students will still be required to attend JEL or their internship at their normal time. They will have to complete online assignments in the two classes they are enrolled at NHS.
Will students in the life skills or FIATS program attend school?
- Yes, in order to provide an adequate education for these students, they will need to attend school on the eLearning days. Other arrangement may be made but the IEP must be followed.