Virtual Learning

Students have been positive about the implementation of how they are learning and are developing new skills. The need for interaction is very apparent and our teachers have been ensuring students check-in regularly to monitor how they are doing both academically and monitoring student well-being. Teachers design learning activities and encourage discussions that capture students’ experiences, this keeps students engaged and gives teachers valuable feedback on how the students are feeling. It also provides opportunities for multiple perspectives in learning that could otherwise be influenced when students are all physically together. The opportunities to develop as individuals without the feeling of isolation is essential and this is very much guided by the extensive support of our teachers. Teachers are still assessing students and delivering formative and summative assessments. 


Please find below a brief article from our School Counsellor, Dr.ssa Fungi:

 


 

HOW IT WORKS

At IS Siena, the Virtual School programme will mirror the actual school day as closely as possible, including school timings

The primary portals for online interaction will be Seesaw and Facetime, which all Primary students already have access to.

All students are expected to engage each day with all of the learning tasks set. Teachers will be available via email / Seesaw from 09.00 – 15.45 each day to answer questions / give  advice/ feedback on work.

(Grade 7 to 12)

The primary portals for interaction will be ManageBac which all MYP/DP students already have access to and newly introduced Microsoft Teams.

The usual school timetable for each grade will be in effect.

School closure:

Expectations for learning – IB Middle Years and Diploma Programmes
MYP – Grades 7 – 12

1. Learning will proceed according to the existing timetable in the form of online lessons, readings and tasks posted on ManageBac.

2. Each teacher will set up work for their class on ManageBac up to 5 minutes before the beginning of each timetabled lesson for that class.

3. Students will be expected to provide some feedback on work done in that lesson, so  that teachers can monitor learning. All student work should be submitted on ManageBac by the deadline.

4. Each teacher will have an online conference call with each of their classes during the course of the week and during their regular lesson time.

  • This will be done through the conference call system called “Microsoft Teams”
  • Most lessons will begin with a live introduction, students should log into the relevant ‘class team’ at the usual lesson time, unless instructed otherwise by the teacher.

5. During the suspension of classes this week, teachers will be available for students to contact them with requests and queries for feedback from 8:50/9.00 to 15:45, Tuesday to Friday via email and Managebac.

6. If students fail to complete online engagements for sessions where they are present, teachers will as usual record this as ‘N/A’ (which will regrettably be counted as a ‘zero’ again as is our usual practice).

7. At present internal Diploma deadlines remain unchanged, and teachers will offer online support to Diploma students completing their Internal Assessment and any other form of coursework.

It is recommended that students be in a quiet space at home with their devices connected to the correct platforms from 09:00-15:45 (albeit taking the usual breaks of course).

PARENT TESTIMONIALS

“WHILST WE HAVE ALL HAD TO ADAPT TO SUCH STRANGE AND WORRYING TIMES THE ONLINE TEACHING HAS GIVEN MY TEENAGERS ROUTINE AND STABILITY.

THEY RESPECT THE SCHOOL TIMETABLE AND RULES OF BEING ‘PRESENT’ FOR ONLINE SCHOOL AND HAVE WORKED WELL ON THEIR OWN AS WELL AS WITH REGULAR VIDEO CALLS FOR THEIR LESSONS.

I AM VERY HAPPY WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO MAINTAIN AND KEEP ON TRACK WITH THEIR COURSE WORK AND AM DELIGHTED ISS HAVE DONE SUCH A GREAT JOB IN MAKING THINGS FEEL AS ‘NORMAL’ AS POSSIBLE DURING THIS COVID-19 CRISIS”

“OUR EXPERIENCE WITH DISTANCE LEARNING/VIRTUAL SCHOOL TO THIS DAY, HAS BEEN EXTREMELY POSITIVE AND HAS BROUGHT UP INTERESTING POINTS OF REFLECTION. ASIDE FROM THIS PARTICULAR EMERGENCY, TO A CERTAIN EXTENT, IT SHOULD ALWAYS BE PART OF OUR CHILDREN’S EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE. DISTANCE LEARNING, AS ISS TEACHERS AND STAFF HAVE INTRODUCED SO FAR, STIMULATES RESPONSIBILITY, SELF-MANAGEMENT, FLEXIBILITY, PROBLEM SOLVING, A MORE OPEN MINDED AND CREATIVE APPROACH TO LEARNING AND IT HELPS DEFINE BOTH STUDENT AND FAMILY ROLE IN THE PROCESS OF KNOWLEDGE ACQUISITION. FURTHERMORE, IT HAS REVEALED ITSELF A PRECIOUS TOOL TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE IB METHODOLOGY AND SHARE AND APPRECIATE OUR CHILDREN’S LEARNING EXPERIENCE.”


 

STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

“I THINK THAT THE POSITIVE ASPECT OF HOMESCHOOLING, IS THAT THERE IS LESS STRESS ON THE WORK THAT WE ARE DOING, IT ALSO MAKES STUDENTS WORK MORE BECAUSE THEY ARE IN A FAMILIAR ENVIRONMENT WHICH MIGHT MAKE THEM MORE CONCENTRATED ”

- G9 STUDENT

“BEING AWAY FROM YOUR FRIENDS AND TEACHERS IS NEVER EASY, BUT WITH THE HIGH END ONLINE TEACHING WE ARE RECEIVING AND THE EXCELLENT PLATFORMS WE ARE USING THIS QUARANTINE IS A LITTLE LESS LONELY AND VERY INSTRUCTIVE. ”

- DP STUDENT