Virtual Learning

INTERNATIONAL VIRTUAL SCHOOL OF MONZA

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The International School of Monza, thanks to the school’s phenomenal team of educational and IT staff, with the cooperation and support of students, families and the Inspired Education Group, launched the International Virtual School of Monza on February 24th.

.The school continually acceptslearns, reflects and adjusts, to ensure weekly enhancements to its live virtual school offering. Whilst the early phases were primarily focused on ensuring the highest level of age-appropriate academic provision, by the end of the first month we were also implementing comprehensive strategies for student, parent and teacher wellbeing and inclusion.

Students, parents and teachers have all learned an immense amount from the journey thus far and the reality is that so much of this learning will impact our educational provision once our doors re-open again. #ismonzanonsiferma


Please find below a brief article from our School Counsellor, Dr.ssa Fungi:

WELLBEING UNDER QUARANTINE


 

HOW IT WORKS

At IS Monza, the Virtual School programme will mirror the actual school day as closely as possible, including school timings

 

 

For Early Years Students in PreK-G1:

The primary portal for interaction will be Seesaw, which all Early Years families already have access to.

By 09:00, each class teacher, with input from the assistant, will post a video and written invitations for learning activities for the day. The class teacher and assistant will be available on Seesaw throughout the day for students and parents to contact. In terms of specialist lessons, Music, PE, ICT and Atelier teachers will prepare virtual learning experiences and share these will class teachers to use at their discretion during the course of the week. Italian, on the other hand, will take place once a week for Grade 1.

For Primary Students in G2-G6:

The primary portal for interaction will be Seesaw, which all Early Years and Elementary families already have access to.

By 09:00, each class teacher will post a written overview of the learning activities for the day.

On an hourly basis throughout the day, the class teacher will post a video in which he/she will highlight aspects such as the lines of inquiry, learning objectives, links to prior and proposed learning activities. Generally speaking, the day will be divided into two segments: 09:00-12:00 and 12:45-15:45. The class teacher will be available on Seesaw throughout these times for students and parents to contact.  Italian will follow the above structure via Seesaw and take place once a week for Grades 1-5 and twice a week for Grade 6 (each for a period of three hours). A timetable for when these will take place is attached.

In terms of specialist lessons, our music, PE, ICT and drama teachers are busy preparing virtual learning experiences for all class teachers to use as part of the normal curriculum during course of the week.

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.

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