HLC's academic learning is now on Google Classroom. Use this page to understand how we use Classroom to enable your child and visit Classroom's own support site to understand the product. We live in a period of great disruption, but technology is not to be seen as a disruption. From 1996, an entire University has existed online. Technology is a big enabler of learning. And we are big enablers of children's interests and passions.
Children thrive as a result of the support and encouragement they are provided. On HLC Live, parents, teachers and community members come together to enable children's developmental needs.
Mastering academic content luckily can still go on largely unaffected online as well. Please look at the resources we are planning to use in order to enable your children to learn their subjects online with their peers.
Self-management, controlling emotions and behaviors they spark, is especially important when all of us are locked in at home. It is also important that the children understand and respect the perspectives of others in their Classroom, and apply this knowledge to social interactions with all learners and teachers equally.
Healthy, fit children can excel in many areas – in the Classroom, on the sportsfield, and in their relationships with peers and adults. We've put together some information about their food and fitness plans that may be followed.
Our team of teachers has worked throughout this holiday to upskill and learn the tools of online teaching and learning. We will be using Google Classroom predominantly. There is a Classroom for each subject at each Grade level. So every learner will be enrolled in all the subjects they are studying. The Classroom codes will be sent to you via email from the Grade level coordinators. If you haven't already done so, please add their email addresses to your address book.
ADD THE APPROPRIATE EMAIL TO YOUR ADDRESS BOOK:
ADD THESE TWO AS WELL:
Parents will be added as 'Guardians' to HLC Live. Add classroom AT headstartchool DOT org to your address book so that our mails don't go to spam or trash. Also add all teacher's emails similarly.
To add yourselves to a class, login with your HLC email, visit URL, https://classroom.google.com and click the '+' button to Join Class. The class codes, one per subject, will be emailed to you.
All Classrooms will have Classroom Manager to help. Please write to classroom AT headstartschool DOT org to have your questions answered. Alternately, please post your message on the appropriate Slack channel.
Google Classroom is used by over 100 million teachers and students around the world for teaching and learning. In this video, you will learn how to set up classes, and host virtual classes with Meet, create and organize content on the Classwork page, and give consistent and quick feedback in the grading tool through auto populated comments, and rubrics.
Parents will be emailed a weekly summary of Classroom assignments and their status right from Google Classroom. When we set up the Classrooms, you'll receive an invite from classroom AT headstartschool DOT org. Please add this email address as well to your address book so that mails from Classroom find only your Inbox and not your Spam folder. Besides Google Classroom, we will also use the following apps:
All our drawings and hand work that will be included in Google Classroom will be done on this App. We will also post photos, post-it and screenshots in Jamboards.
A large number of worksheets we attach to assignments in Classroom will be either a Doc or a Sheet file, stored in each learner's Google Drive, Google's file storage and synchronization service.
Similar to Docs and Sheets, these will also reside on your child's own Google Drive. Slides is the equivalent of Microsoft Powerpoint.
Available to children of all Grades, so that learners may be able to chit-chat with friends. It is open to all so that children can use a safe and managed platform rather than seek the same service elsewhere, which may be unsafe to them.
All the children will be provided Google Meet codes for their Classrooms (1 per Classroom) via email. Children will only be able to join the Classroom sessions and Meets using their HLC issued email addresses.
YouTube for education has been enabled for all your children. They will be allowed to view HLC approved YouTube videos ONLY, when they are logged into the browser using their HLC issued email address.
Here are some other Apps we are planning to use. Being aquainted with them will help children be up to speed when Classroom is launched. Kognify, developed by us, has a proven track record of improving learning, however, the hard part remains in sustaining long-term efforts. Please use each other and the teachers to motivate the children to do the workouts regularly (at least a few every week, and each workout taking 10-15 mns on average).
Writing by hand strengthens the learning process, so we will request children to photograph their hand written work and submit them in Classroom assignments, This is a fantastic App to take pictures and convert them into PDFs.
This may be used to convert mouse-dragged drawings into artwork. It is a fantastic AI-driven tool that helps to quickly search for images that the children may then copy and past in Jamboard or their other documents.
Grade 1 and up will use Kognify to reinforce their learning on Meet and in Classroom. It is a data-driven approach to learning, and requires children to do workouts regularly for the science of AI to guide their learning.
HARDWARE: Fibre-optic network for your home internet is ideal. Please check if Airtel or other service providers offer it to your neighborhood. Although internet services have been overloaded, having a strong and fast signal will enable a seamless-learning experience. Here are some of the hardware requirements for learning-from-home (in order of preference):
DATE: 27 May, 2020
As we come closer to the new academic year at HLC, I want to bring to your attention that we are beginning this year as an online-only learning centre and will remain online-only until we are absolutely sure that going back to offline, face-to-face learning, can be done continuously without disruptions. I personally think that this may be possible from September 2020, however, our ability to restart in-person learning depends a lot of how our government is able to contain this pandemic. The last thing we want is for our children, our most precious, to get ill, and the learning centre becoming a super-spreader of COVID-19. Although my fear is this may take until September, at least, I'll be the happiest if we can return to normal much sooner.
In the meanwhile, let us all work together and enable the children in their academic learning and also their social and emotional development, which to us, is going to be the hardest.
Rest assured that we will be mindful of the children's age and developmental stages while using technology (read screen-time). And although all this seems like a lot, it is by no means difficult. With time, your continuous support and lots of patience, we will be able to find our balance with online learning and thrive using it. It is certainly a skill worth picking up for the future, as college education from the best Universities is already available in this format. Your children will learn to leverage from the many ways in which learning is being enabled by others, sooner rather than later.
Over time, in this format too, we will thrive, of this I am certain. We will be as innovative as we have been in our class rooms and we will be as mindful of children's social and emotional needs as we have been before. I want your total support and encouragement to our team so that they are motivated to learn and enable learning with excitement for your children.
Director and Managing Trustee