For Secondary Students in G7-G13:
The primary portals for interaction will be ManageBac and Microsoft Teams, which all Secondary students already have access to. To log-into Microsoft Teams, you should ensure that you have the application downloaded to your device and then log-in using your school email address (as for other Microsoft Office 365 products).
A timetable will be designed for each grade which will have two virtual lessons per day, each lasting up to three hours from 09:00-12:00 and 12:45-15:45. Generally speaking, each subject will have one three-hour lesson per week. Each lesson will begin with a live video feed from the teacher via the meeting function on Microsoft Teams which will highlight aspects such as the lines of inquiry, learning objectives, links to prior and proposed learning activities, as well as giving students the opportunity to ask questions face-to-face or using the chat function. A series of learning activities will be posted on ManageBac (or even within Microsoft Teams itself) for students to follow throughout the lesson, during which time teachers will be available via their school email and Microsoft Teams. There will again be a review and reflection at the end of the lesson via the meeting function on Microsoft Teams. A Microsoft Teams channel is being set up for each MYP and DP class which will make joining meetings and group interactions easier. We are fortunate to have several Microsoft Teams “champions” on our faculty and additional guidance on Microsoft Teams for users is being prepared by our IT support team.
The IB will be notified of this enforced school closure once its duration and impact become clearer, but it is nevertheless essential that all students, especially those in DP examination classes, engage fully with the learning experiences provided by their teachers. Students need to be in a quiet space at home with their devices connected to the aforementioned platforms from 09:00-15:45. Taking personal responsibility for learning is excellent preparation for the next phase in your child’s education. Form tutors will gather information on a weekly basis and inform families whose children are not appropriately engaged with the learning activities.
As well as asking for your full cooperation in helping ensure that students can be connected to engage with the learning activities, we also ask for your patience as we will no doubt encounter complications whilst we navigate the provision of these kind of learning experiences as it is, ultimately, a learning experience for us all. Please be assured that the school will be taking every step to provide continuity in these exceptional circumstances.