resources for staff at Streetsboro City Schools
Online Best Practices
We've collected and curated a variety of best practices below - click the drop-down arrow to expand each section to learn more.
Set expectations for students from the get-go.
Students will be expected to:
Love it! Charge it! Bring it!
Bring Chromebooks to school every day.
Be responsible for charging Chromebooks nightly.
Unplug the charger gently.
Store Chromebooks in the case/sleeve for transportation.
Handle Chromebooks with care using 2 hands to carry it.
Keep hands clean when using a Chromebook.
Keep food and drink away from Chromebooks.
Keep Chromebooks clean (no stickers).
Keep Chromebooks safe and secure at all times.
Report any problems/malfunctions/damage to the classroom teacher.
Unplug the charger gently.
Keep Chromebooks flat on desks when using.
Be a Good Digital Citizen:
Do not share passwords or other personal information. Passwords will be kept private and respect the privacy of others’ accounts and passwords.
Use Chromebooks for educational purposes only, including apps, websites, and email.
Report anything inappropriate on Google accounts to the teacher and do not respond or forward to anyone.
Cameras will be used for educational purposes only.
Instruction should be student centered.
Student-centered online activities should include:
Shifting the focus of instruction from the teacher to the student. Students can use Google Slides as an independent or collaborative group assignment to present learning (check out Pear Deck and SlidesMania).
Students taking an active role in their learning by tapping into their interests and learning styles-instead of writing a report students can make videos, record audio, create a game, write a blog, use Google Drawings to make a poster, or use virtual manipulatives to problem-solve and model their thinking.
Choice: Use Choice Boards or Learning Menus to allow students to choose how to share learning. (Useful for any age group and subject area!)
Collaborating: students should be discussing, sharing, and giving feedback to peers. (Flipgrid is a great platform for this-check it out!)
PBL Project Based Learning (students work together to creatively solve problems and demonstrate learning).
Instruction should include collaborative activities.
Providing students with opportunities to work together, especially during online instruction, will help students become more engaged in their learning, share knowledge with and learn from their classmates, which will in turn promote social interaction and support amongst classmates. Below are some ideas for collaborative learning:
Students can share and collaborate on cloud-based documents and presentations such as Google Docs and Google Slides (as well as several other document formats within the G Suite for Education).
Want to get your students talking more?
Use sites like FlipGrid to post prompts that require the students to respond in video format. The video allows you to not only hear them, but also see them! FlipGrid also has setting options that allow you to decide if other students can see (and/or comment) on student video submissions.
Want to encourage peer review?
Remove the name from student documents and share them anonymously with other students to encourage more engaged dissection of the assignment and more honest feedback. Students can leave comments on Google Docs by using the "add comment" function or they could even use Screencastify to create a screencast video of the document in which they are able to talk about the document that they are reviewing.
Material should be chunked.
We break material into small sections when we teach in person, and the same is important for teaching online.
Frequent quizzing / assessing.
When teaching online, it can be difficult to what students have learned without being able to see their faces. Consider doing short assessments more frequently to assess understanding. Here are some good resources for quick assessments:
Mentimeter can give real-time feedback via polls, quizzes, word clouds and more
The Answer Pad is another free platform for asking questions while teaching
Peardeck integrates with Google Slides and gives very quick and easy data for teachers to use
Edpuzzle works great for those asynchronous classes, giving teachers easy-to-grade results
Flipgrid allows for teachers to quickly watch students as they explain what they understand
Google Classroom allows you to ask multiple choice or short answer questions right in the stream, making for great entrance/exit ticket options
Google Forms is another opportunity for longer assessments that grade themselves and give teachers the opportunity to offer reinforcement or remediation within the platform
Should use a variety of resources (podcasts, images, videos, etc).
Using a variety of resources is a great way to keep students interested and engaged during online instruction.
infohio is an excellent resource for accessing visual and audio resources for online instruction.
Commonsense.org has curated an excellent list of podcasts that students in grades 1-12 can access to expand their learning from almost anywhere.
Visual representations of ideas is a great way for students to show their understanding. However, it is important to make sure that students are following copyright laws when using images. Cult of Pedagogy created an excellent blog post about students using images appropriately which includes many digital resources and websites that offer students a platform.
Google Applied Digital Skills are an excellent way to integrate 21 century skills involving images, videos, spreadsheets, docs, etc. into your already established curriculum.
Playbook - Tools & Methods & EXTENSIONS
There are loads of tools online, but it's important to stick to a core set that can be supported by our team. Therefore, please use the following tools and options when working with students, communicating with parents, etc.
The key thing to remember is that tools and methods need to match the district vision, mission, and approved channels.
Got a question about a tool? Let the Tech Team know, and we'll review it.
Online Classroom / Learning Management System
Communicating with Students
Communicating with Parents
Class Website / Project Website / Team Website
*no other outside vendor / 3rd party host may be used for website purposes.
Presentations, Documents, Surveys, Spreadsheets, Drawings, etc.
Video Conferencing with Students
Video Conferencing with Staff
Recording MP3 Files
Additional Tools that are Ready to Go!
Some of these are free, and some are not...
All About Extensions
Here are some of the common extensions our staff and students use for instructional purposes. Please note, that per district policy, we only allow certain whitelisted extensions and apps. If you are denied or are unable to install something, contact your teacher for review, and they will let the Tech Team know. Also, just because they're whitelisted below, doesn't mean you'll need them. #ProTip - only install and run the extensions you need.
Visit the Chrome Web Store for SCSROCKETS, here, to see all whitelisted apps & extensions.
OPTION # 1 – MIGRATE / DOWNLOAD YOUR DATA
In short, you can export and download your data from the Google products you use, like your email, calendar, and photos. In a few easy steps, create an archive to keep for your records or use the data in another service. Note: Downloading your data does not delete it from Google’s servers.
Use https://takeout.google.com/ to migrate and download your data from Streetsboro. This will only migrate data from your Google account. Data stored anywhere else will not be migrated.
OPTION # 2 – TRANSFER YOUR DATA TO ANOTHER GOOGLE ACCOUNT
Copy content from your school account to another account easily, using almost the same process as above. If you don’t have another Google account, you can create one in the process.
Get started at https://takeout.google.com/transfer
WHAT HAPPENS TO MY GOOGLE ACCOUNT AT STREETSBORO?
Your account will stay intact for at least a few years. We don’t have any plans of turning them off, but may at some point limit email / usability of the account, and archive them.
Student email accounts are disabled in September in the year they graduate to allow for migration and downloading of data, if desired.
The Acceptable Use Policy still applies to you as long as you are an active user of the account, and you are subject to its terms. Please take a minute to review the AUA, here. There shall be no expectation of privacy, and your accounts are subject to review at any time.
All staff accounts will be secured at the end of the school year, before the end of June.