We have been enabling learning online for over a decade. For a few months this year, however, we will do this only online. Use this page to understand how we plan to use a variety of technologies to enable your child's development and learning. 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 can go on largely unaffected online too. In fact, it can supplement offline teaching by individualising learning. Please look at the resources we use in order to enable your children to learn their academic subjects online, along 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 the summer to upskill and learn the tools of online teaching and learning. We use 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 Classes are set up, and how Google Meet is integrated with every Classroom, how content is created and organized on the Classwork page, and how consistent and quick feedback is provided 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: 02 Sep, 2020
As we complete more of the first term entirely online, I'm sure many of you are asking yourselves if we are staring at many more months without face-to-face in-person engagements. Honestly, I am too and I hope we won't have to do this much longer.
What I'm sure about is going back to in-person learning isn't safe just yet. The economy is shrinking and for that reason, our govt has opened up every part of it, removing nearly all restrictions. So while this signals returning to normal, the pandemic isn't contained at all; if anything, it is just beginning to get out of hand while we open up our public places and offices. Our hospitals are overcrowded, and ill-equipped; our doctors are over-worked. And the medical system is overwhelmed by COVID patients needing diagnosis and/or long term care, both of which require extreme safety and precautions. The costs of such care is also exorbitant. This is what I do know for sure.
In all likelihood, the govt will soon direct schools also to reopen. But knowing what we know, it will be wrong to put our children in harm's way or your home economics into a tail-spin. We must delay the in-person classes for a while longer.
Thankfully, learning the curriculum and having fun with the learners aren't mutually exclusive. Our teachers and children have always been good at achieving both and are seemingly able to do so online too, at least in some degree. I applaud the efforts of our teachers and also the tremendous support extended to them by nearly everyone to making online-learning as good as it can be.
Having said this, I do realise that online learning doesn't suit every age group and it isn't by any stretch of imagination equal to in-person learning. It can be boring to the children at times and it may lack the joyful experience you've all come to expect from HLC, but we hope to do what seems closest to in-person learning that the children normally enjoy on campus..
We are constantly taking your feedback and views and trying to incorporate changes. Your overwhelming support and encouragement in our dialogs over the phone and your feedback in online-forms is reassuring our team that we have your patience, encouragement and total support. Given that we will remain online-only at least until we are absolutely sure that going back to offline, face-to-face learning can be done safely and continuously without disruptions, it is imperative that we rely on each other to do right and do well.
Thanks to your support, we are motivated to learn and enable learning-with-excitement for the children. Stay healthy, stay indoors, and remain cheerful. This period will end, and we'll be better than before, by remaining the family we've been all along.
Director and Managing Trustee