learning environment

technology ​

The use of technology in the home will be a requirement for students to engage in activities to continue their education with minimal disruption. Due to the remote nature of learning and teaching in these circumstances, the oversight that the School would normally have over devices enrolled on the School network will be unavoidably disrupted. 

Student devices will not have the same level of web-filtering as they would normally experience when accessing the internet via the School network; as such, we would advise parents to check on the filtering provided by their home network and to consider tightening restrictions if they feel that it is prudent. 

Use of the Screen Time feature, available on most devices, can provide families with some oversight of what students have been doing on their devices throughout the day; this can be a useful point of conversation for older students who might be allowed more independence and freedom to complete learning tasks independently on their own terms away from parental oversight.

 

Refer to the E-Safety Guidelines (PDF 85KB) for more advice. 

location

Students are also necessarily going to spend more time than is perhaps usual accessing devices at home; Wherever possible, particularly with younger students, the School would advise that this happens in the presence of a parent or responsible adult and that schoolwork happens in a common area of the house rather than in an isolated space; An area with some degree of foot traffic and supervision, even in the case of video conferencing, is preferable to being alone in a room in order to be more sure that students are accessing appropriate content. 

Parents are encouraged to: 

  • Establish routines and expectations. 

  • Define a space for your child to work in. 

  • Monitor communications from teachers. 

  • Begin and end each day with a check-in. 

  • Take an active role in helping your child process their learning. 

  • Encourage physical activity and exercise. 

  • Check-in with your child regularly to help them manage stress. 

  • Monitor how much time your child is spending online. 

  • Keep your children social but reinforce the rules around any social media interactions. 

 

Try to create a quiet and comfortable learning space that is conducive to this mode of learning. Your child may have a regular place for doing homework under normal circumstances, but this space may not be suitable for working in for an extended period. 

A location for extended learning should be a public/family space, not in a bedroom (where possible). It should be a place that can be quiet at times and have a strong wireless internet signal, if possible. Above all, it should be a space where you or another adult is present and able to monitor your child’s learning. 

Refer to the DET Learning environment checklist (PDF 85KB) for more advice.

 
routines 
  • Actively engage in their learning and continue to work in a positive learning environment. 

  • Work to achieve one’s best in all aspects of their FACE learning, completing tasks with integrity and academic honesty. 

  • Do their best to meet timelines, commitments and due dates. 

  • Communicate proactively with their teachers if they cannot meet deadlines or require additional support. 

  • Collaborate and support their peers in their learning. 

  • Seek support and communicate with School staff as individual needs arise.

 

Refer to the Remote Learning Guidelines (PDF 270KB) for more advice.

Refer to the Routines Guidelines (PDF 85KB) for more advice.

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