Notice of Virtual Meetings for Synchronous Learning

Posted by Tracy Jentz on 4/6/2020 2:00:00 PM

Grand Forks Public Schools is working diligently to provide students with the most appropriate and engaging distance learning program. In order to provide your student(s) with meaningful learning experiences, teacher(s) will likely be using online meetings (video conferences) using tools such as Zoom or Google Meet. The meeting may resemble actions that may have already occurred in the teacher’s physical classroom--whiteboard lessons, resource sharing, discussion, etc.. In the virtual classroom, during instructional time, actions may include:

  • Viewing a student’s webcam,
  • Hearing the student through their microphone, 
  • Reviewing student’s questions and answers,
  • Engaging students in peer discussion,
  • Asking students to share work.

The benefit of these meetings for teachers include:

  • Creates teaching presence,
  • Helps build a rapport with students,
  • Allows a way to address different learning styles,
  • Engages students,
  • Encourages and motivates students to participate in group work,
  • Builds camaraderie among students,
  • Creates opportunities for students to present to one another,
  • Increases student satisfaction with the course and the instructor,
  • Helps eliminate student isolation and supports student social-emotional needs.

These meetings may also be recorded to ensure students who miss the synchronous meeting can review the lesson(s) on their own. The recordings will be protected and only shared with students, parent(s)/guardian(s) of students, and/or district personnel with a legitimate educational interest. Note: Students/Families WILL NOT record nor disseminate the classroom session without consent from teachers and/or students.

Recommendations:

  • Prepare a quiet and neutral area for students to engage in the meeting (i,.e. dining room table).
  • Ensure the student has dressed appropriately during the meeting.
  • Ensure the student understands ALL their behavior may be recorded and they can be removed from a session.
  • Review district Technology Acceptable/Responsible Use Policy for acceptable behavior and consequences.
  • Prepare you and your students for online ethical behavior by reviewing Raising Digital Citizens.

Please contact your teacher if you do not want your student to participate and an alternative assignment will be prepared.