UNDERSTANDING TECHNOLOGY

Following is an overview of some of the key platforms utilised within Remote Learning plan.

SeeSaw 

This site is the main focus for Junior School students. They will use this as a basis for checking with their teacher on a daily basis, accessing lesson materials or links to other websites and submitting their classwork. 

Seesaw provides students with many different options for sharing their learning with teachers and classmates. They have options to respond with text, voice or video recording, drawing or writing. 

There is also a parent version of the app that you can use to view examples from your child’s learning, whether it be completed at home or at school. 

SeeSaw is compatible with a range of devices including  iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire devices. You can also use Seesaw on the web using a computer or Chromebook via a Chrome, Firefox, or Edge browser. 

Canvas 

This site is the main focus for Senior School students. Each day, students will use the platform to check in with their Home Room teacher and to access lesson information and resources from class teachers. 

Canvas includes many features that enable teachers to monitor student learning. Students will regularly be asked to complete or upload tasks that will be shared directly with the teacher. 

Canvas is also compatible with a range of devices including  iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire devices. You can also use Canvas on the web using a computer or Chromebook via a Chrome, Firefox, or Edge browser. 

There is also a Canvas student app for Apple and Android phones available but this provides limited access to interactive learning tasks. 

Google Drive 

Google Drive may be used by students from Year 3 and upwards. Students have access to online versions of word processing, spreadsheet and presentation resources that enable teachers or other students to immediately access their work. 

Teachers can immediately add comments to a child’s classwork, giving them ideas for how they can improve. Students can also collaborate on a task through Google Drive while learning remotely. They can, for example, co-author a document, seeing the contributions of other students in real-time. 

Zoom

This is a common web-conferencing application that is being used widely within schools and workplaces. Zoom enables a presenter to stream a live session, including sharing materials from their device. During small group meetings, participants may also be invited by the host to engage in discussions or to share their screen with other participants. 

Sessions may also be recorded for participants to view later. 

Recent concerns have been raised in relation to the security of the Zoom platform. It is important to note that RHAC uses a version that has higher security settings. Teachers have also been provided with instructions on how to protect against practices such as ‘zoom-bombing’ where an uninvited participant enters the meeting. 


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