Remote Learning Implementation Phases
Phase One - Preparing Students and Staff (Week of March 16-20, 2020)
What Students Should Do to Prepare for Remote Learning
STEP ONE: Start Gearing Up for Remote Learning and Take Advantage of Home Learning Resources
This website is organized by grade level and subject area and provides online resources, as well as suggested off-line activities to support student learning from home. The resources provided on this website are to help engage students in continued learning but will not be submitted to teachers for assignments or for feedback.
STEP TWO: Know Your Username and Password
STEP THREE: Access to Technology
Plano ISD has a Chromebook for every student in the District should they need a device. These devices are being re-imaged from an enterprise configuration to an individual usage functionality for home use and prepared for deployment. It is important for every student to have a device and not one per family. Chromebooks will be checked out to parents next week from the student’s home campus. Please be watching for the Sign-Up Genius form to schedule a time to pick up a Chromebook should you need a device or devices.
After signing in to Google Chrome, navigate to webdesk.pisd.edu which is Plano ISD's portal for digital learning resources. All students have an app in Webdesk called MyBackpack which provides easy access to course resources. It is a lightweight alternative to carrying textbooks around all day! And it's helpful to have the necessary resources in one location.
- Sign In to Webdesk - A PDF document with steps for signing in | YouTube video demonstrating the steps for signing in
- Webdesk App for Phones/Tablets - Webdesk is available via app, too! It's free for iOS or Android. Please search for Plano ISD after installing the app. Choose to sign in with ADFS then enter the student's Plano ISD Username and Password.
- MyBackpack - All course-related resources are stored in one spot! Look for the MyBackpack tile in Webdesk.
- Accessing H: Drive - Files stored on the PISD Network, such as the H: Drive, can be accessed via Webdesk.
- Webdesk Resources - A collection of YouTube videos to demonstrating ways to use Webdesk | The PISD Webdesk resource page
What Teachers Are Doing to Prepare for Remote Learning
- Teachers are working with the Academic Services team and are attending virtual professional learning on remote learning platforms (Google, Zoom, etc.)
- Teachers are setting up or refining their online instructional and communication platforms
- Teachers are working with campus collaborative teams to create Phase 2 online lessons to be used in the delivery of remote learning
- Teachers will begin reaching out to parents to ensure communication channels are established
Phase Two: Launching Remote Learning (Week of March 23-April 3, 2020)
STEP ONE: Establishing Online Learning Communication Channels
- Teachers will continue reaching out to each student/parent to ensure they have an accurate email address/method of communication
- Teachers will provide an explanation of the online platform that will be used in delivering instruction and feedback to students
- When communicating with parents and students via email, teachers will include the grade level/course in the subject line
- Teachers will convey “virtual office hours” to students and parents in order to provide answers to questions and feedback to students
- Teachers are expected to give timely feedback to students after an assignment is completed and/or clarification
STEP TWO: Remote Learning Format
- Secondary teachers will be providing 1-2 lessons/week which total no more than 3 hours of instruction/application activities
- Elementary teachers will plan for a variety of daily learning experiences such as: teacher-created videos, activities, resources from unit plans, and reading resources
Time for Students to Spend on Each Subject
- Literacy (Reading/Writing): 60 minutes per day
- Math: 30 minutes per day
- Science: 15 minutes twice a week
- Social Studies: 15 minutes twice a week
- Kindergarten - Second-grade
- Literacy (Reading/Writing): 60 minutes a day
- Math: 45 minutes per day
- Science: 30 minutes twice a week
- Social Studies: 30 minutes twice a week
- Third - Fifth-grade
- Literacy (Reading/Writing): 45 minutes per day
- Math: 45 minutes per day
- Science: 30 minutes per day
- Social Studies: 30 minutes per day
Evidence of student learning:
- Lessons may include 1-2 student submissions showing evidence of student learning from the lesson.
- Submissions may include responses, practice, products.
- Teachers may provide feedback for submissions and will create flexible timelines for student submission.
STEP THREE: Resources
- Teachers will be using resources provided by the district through adopted textbooks, curriculum documents, and supplementary materials
- No resources, platforms, or apps requiring student fees or an associated cost to the family will be required at any time.
STEP FOUR: Grading
March 23-27, 2020
- Teachers will provide assignments for student completion, with plans to provide feedback to individual students; however, no grades will be recorded in the gradebook for the week of March 23-27.
- Focus on instruction and assignments:
- Students getting connected online
- Establishing a comfort level with online tools for learning, application, and submission of assignments
- Establishing communication, instructional, and feedback processes between teacher and students
- Notifying students and families of virtual office hours
- Determining levels of support for students who receive services in Special Education, ESL/Bilingual, or 504
March 30-April 3, 2020
- Teachers will provide assignments for student completion, with plans to provide feedback to individual students; however, no grades will be recorded in the gradebook for the week of March 30 – April 3.
Phase Three - Continuing Remote Learning with More Digital Tools (April 6 and Beyond)
Teacher Developed Activities Blended with Districtwide Virtual Content
Remote Learning Plan: Phase 3
We continue our commitment to providing educational continuity for all students. Our partnership with parents is critical to the success of every student, now more than ever. We are in unprecedented times and engaging in learning in completely new ways. Be assured that all PISD staff remain committed to serving our families.
We will be moving into Phase 3 beginning April 6. Thank you for your patience and partnership! Stay in contact with your student’s teachers and let us know how to help.
Phase 3 in Elementary
- Instruction will continue to include teacher-developed assignments and experiences as were launched in Phase 2 last week (PreK - 5th grade).
- Teachers will soon be sharing more information with you and students about the new tools in Phase 3. Students and parents will see two new tools for literacy instruction on their Webdesk:
- PathBlazers, to supplement English literacy instruction, Kindergarten - 5th grade
- iStation to supplement Spanish literacy instruction, Kindergarten - 5th grade
- Grading guidelines coming soon.
Phase 3 in Secondary
- The courses listed in the linked chart, Courses with District-wide Virtual Content, will transition to a blended model of instruction with district-wide virtual content supplemented by some teacher-developed assignments.
- Students will see an Edgenuity icon on their Webdesk that will enable them to access virtual content.
- Next week, students will watch an orientation video and be given time to learn how to navigate inside the Edgenuity tool.
- Courses not included in the linked chart will continue with teacher-developed assignments and experiences as were launched in Phase 2 last week (grades 6-12).
- Grading guidelines coming soon.