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Virtual Field TripsPosted by Joanna Freeman on 3/23/2020 9:05:00 AM
Virtual field trips are a great way to explore places we can't visit right now. Google has created a list of famous places that you can explore using Street View, including the Taj Mahal, the Pyramids of Giza, famous libraries (my favorite!), the Colosseum in Rome, Anne Frank's family home, Machu Picchu, and many others.
Take a look and explore the world from your own home.
Learning ideasPosted by Joanna Freeman on 3/14/2020 2:20:00 PM
Borrowing an idea from Frank Kleyn, the librarian at Lake Forest Park Elementary, I will post some ideas for learning here, a mix of online and not online (what is the word I am looking for here? Physical? In person? From the 80s?) activities.
For this intro post, I will point you towards a list of resources being compiled in a Facebook Group called Ridgecrest Parent Resources (https://www.facebook.com/groups/RCParentResource/). Here is a webpage with what has been recommended already:
If you are in need of internet access, be sure to check with Comcast, as they are providing two months of access via this website for those who qualify:
Online learning is not expectedPosted by Joanna Freeman on 3/14/2020 2:10:00 PM
We know that every family has their own unique situation and that online learning is not possible for everyone. There is no expectation that online learning will be occurring while we are out of school.
I am interested in supporting students and families as we all navigate this unprecedented situation in whatever ways I can. So I will present some activities and ideas here for general use.
To read more about the Shoreline School District's FAQ see the link and text below.
From the Shoreline School District website:
Will online learning be available to students if school is canceled?
At this time, Shoreline Schools will not be moving to an all-online learning model if schools are canceled. Replacing in-person classroom learning with online learning for all students attending our schools presents several regulatory, technological, and logistical challenges that are not able to be solved on short notice. Below is the guidance from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction cautioning school districts in using online learning during school closures:
It is important to note that if educational services are being delivered to students in any form, for the district to remain open, those services must be provided to all students, including students who don’t have access to technology at home and the continuance of a free and appropriate education to students with disabilities in accordance with their Individualized Education Programs (IEP). If students with disabilities are not provided services in accordance with their IEP, then they cannot be counted for continued state funding.
In addition, districts need to consider how distance learning will affect students who are eligible for free and reduced-price meals.
For most of you, it will likely make more sense to cancel school and/or district services and make up or waive missed days than to deploy a distance learning model that can be accessed by some, but not all, of your students.