Virtual Learning This Fall
Welcome to the MMSD Virtual Learning Resources Hub!
Classroom instruction this quarter is different than what we all envisioned, but we are in this together. We designed this webpage to support you and ensure your family understands the expectations and requirements for the 2020-2021 virtual learning environment.
While virtual learning offers more flexibility than the traditional in-person learning environment, some things remain the same; including communicating regularly with your child’s school, closely monitoring your students’ learning and engagement and supporting your student’s overall health and emotional wellness.
Learn more about the digital platforms your students are using this year, our new attendance and grading guidelines, plus get tips on how to schedule your child’s day. We encourage you to make the most of your virtual learning experience by utilizing and becoming familiar with the many online tools and resources highlighted here for you.
How is virtual learning going for you and your family? We heard from our MMSD students and families, and here's the video of this special community conversation. This discussion featured principals from each grade level and education leaders from the district coming together to answer your questions about attendance, how to access grades and schedules, ways to keep your students engaged and more. Check it out!
Keep Your Student Safe Online at Home with Securly
MMSD uses Securely to keep students safe online while using their school-issued Chromebooks. Parents and families should already be receiving weekly email reports that detail your child’s online activity. You have free access to the SecurlyHome app, an easy to use app that lets you monitor your student’s browsing habits and view their real-time online activity feed. Use the app to block inappropriate content and pause the internet from anywhere, anytime. Read the SecurlyHome App Getting Started Guide and check out this video for details on how to set up your own rules for your student’s school device. If you have additional questions, please reach out to your school’s Library Media Technology Specialist, or LMTS for help with the SecurlyHome app.
ReadyRosie is a family engagement resource with videos featuring fun and strategic activities for parents to do with their children at home to promote success in school. Families with 4K students will receive an invitation email from their teacher with a link to register for daily content.
Seesaw is a digital portfolio for our K through 5th grade students to create, submit, and share their learning with their teachers, class, and parents through pictures, videos, audio recordings and text. For help getting connected to your child's portfolio, please contact your child's teacher.
Google Classroom allows students to track their classwork and submit digital assignments; get feedback and grades, share resources and interact with their peers and teachers. You will need to get the class code from your student’s teachers to join the class and access its content.
8 Tips to Thrive in Virtual Learning
Check out these eight techniques for students and families to not only survive virtual learning, but thrive at it! They include advice for limiting distractions, creating a quiet learning space, taking breaks, connecting with friends virtually, balancing screen time, keeping in touch with other parents and guardians, maintaining a schedule and making time for fun!
MMSD is offering curbside meal service at 40 school sites starting September 8. You can pre-order your meal online, but it is not required.
The MMSD Virtual Learning Overview: An Instructional Continuity Plan in the event of Emergency School Closures is designed to support teachers and administrators to provide continual support for our students as we move to virtual learning.
In addition, all resources including Scopes and Standards are provided on the Virtual Learning Staff only page.
Here is the link to the Professional Learning overview.