E-Learning

 

What is E-Learning?

E-Learning is the use of technology to enable people to learn anytime and
anywhere. West Central School Corporation E-Learning days will offer a
blended learning environment for students. Teachers will create standardsbased
lessons with resources and the assignments will be available through a
learning management system (LMS).
Assignments for primary students will be in the form of a packet and
internet. Their activities/project will reflect previous lessons and will
provide an opportunity to apply what they have learned.


What is an LMS?

A learning management system is used to organize a class. If you
communicate with college students, you may have heard them talk about
Angel or Blackboard. WCSC teachers are using Edmodo and Google
Classroom as their LMS. Features/uses of an LMS include: announcements,
calendar, gradebook, discussion board, access to digital curriculum,
quizzes/tests, make and collect assignments, and cloud storage. Of course,
teachers are at different places in learning to use an LMS. Not everyone is
using all of the features, but will begin to give and collect assignments in the
coming weeks.


What will it look like for students?

There will not be a rigid schedule for students to follow, but they will be
expected to complete required lessons by the next school day. If it fits better
into your family schedule, your child might divide the work between Friday
evening, Saturday, and Sunday. All lessons will be due the next school day.
Teachers will be available online for questions at a specific time during the
day (Saturday from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM).


Why have E-Learning days?

Students will have the opportunity to do relevant, practical work as make-up
days prior to Indiana State testing. The school work will relate to the
material being covered in class.
Having the technical and organizational skills necessary to do independent,
online learning is important for our students.
According to a study completed in 2011, 32% of college students take at
least one online course.
Even face-to-face courses in college require work to be submitted
electronically.
Corporations are using E-Learning for training purposes.
Most companies require online applications.


What if we don’t have Internet access at our home?

While assignments may require Internet (not all will), there are several
options for families without Internet access:
For some assignments, the required files can be downloaded in advance
while at school.
For some assignments, the student may be able to do the actual
thinking/writing process while at home and then quickly upload it when they
return to school. (For example, if the assignment is to write a response to a
blog, the student could complete it in a word processor while at home.)
Parents may consider other options, like taking their child to a family
member or a friend’s residence who have access or to one of the many
places with free public access, including West Central School Corporation.
Note: Students will not be penalized if they cannot get Internet service, but
they will be responsible for either doing alternative assignments or
completing the work requiring the Internet while at school.
Internet access is always available at West Central School Corporation.
Note: Any WCSC student may go to school, regardless of his/her grade or
attendance area. Families are responsible for transportation. Designated
areas and times will be advertised for student use. For your awareness: If
you only need brief access (i.e. for a quick file download that a student
forgot to do while at school) families may simply pull into the school
parking lot 24/7.


What if the student’s electronic device is not working?

From experience, this is a rare occurrence but if it happens there are a couple
different options:
Because the Learning Management System is web-based, students may use
any other device to upload their work.
If the student does not have a device at home, he/she may come to school
during designated times, or use another friend or family member's device.
If the student cannot find a way to complete the assignments, the assignment
will be accepted as “late.” (Students will have two (2) school days to
complete the late assignment.)
When the student returns to school, he/she will need to take his/her device to
the tech department to be repaired if the device is school issued.


Can a student work, go on a college visit, compete in athletics, or

something else that must be done?

Students can organize his/her day in a manner that suits each individual.
They will be required to complete all work before the class’s next meeting
but there is no specific time requirements otherwise.
Students will be given the required work on Friday and the work will be due
on Monday.


Dates that E-Learning will take place:

March 14, April 11, and April 18

If needed: April 25, etc.



Other Make-up Days:
Monday, February 16 and Monday, April 20 are the make-up days that
students will be in school.

Mission Statement

The mission of the West Central School Corporation is to provide leadership through working cooperatively with the students, staff, parents, and community to ensure the best education possible, where all students have the opportunity to reach their maximum potential in a safe and positive environment.