Virtual Learning: Instructional Delivery of Platforms and Materials

  • PfISD will use Seesaw (Grades PreK-1) and Google Classroom (Grades 2-12) as the formal method of lesson delivery. The district is transitioning to Canvas, a Learning Management System. In addition to these instructional platforms, district teachers will also utilize Zoom as a video conferencing tool. PfISD students also have access to various instructional tools and apps through the district portal called Clever.

    Prior to instruction beginning, review the Platforms and the FAQ links for helpful tips as well as The PfISD Student Responsible Use Guidelines for Technology.

    Select the link(s) below to learn more about each of these technology tools. 

     

    Lesson Delivery Tools

    Seesaw  (Grades PreK-1)
    Seesaw is a digital link or QR code where your student can access their learning. It is a space where teachers can post announcements and share assignments. While learning at home, students will only view posts by their teacher and work they’ve completed in their learning journal. 

    Your student will primarily use SeeSaw; however, as a parent/guardian, you can download the Seesaw for Families app on your smartphone or tablet by going to the App Store or Google Play Store. (This is not a requirement) You're encouraged to navigate SeeSaw with your student to help familiarize yourself with the features of this learning tool.   

    Families will be given an at-home learning code to join the teacher’s class in Seesaw. This allows the student to log in and see assignments and announcements from the teacher. Students will be able to turn in work through Seesaw, such as activities, pictures, videos, and drawings, all within the platform. 

    Seesaw Frequently Asked Questions can be found here.

     

    Google Classroom (Grades 2-12)
    Google Classroom (GC) is a classroom management tool that makes it easier for students and teachers to interact, connect, and share instructional content. It is a digital space where students can view class announcements, access posted course content, view posted assignments, turn in completed work, and participate in online discussions, all under the facilitation of the classroom teacher(s). 

    Your student will primarily use Google Classroom. As a parent/guardian, however, you are encouraged to navigate Google Classroom with your student to familiarize yourself with the various features of this learning tool. You can also request and access weekly summaries from your student’s teacher to monitor your student’s progress on class assignments.

     

    Canvas  (Grades PreK-12)
    Canvas is the district’s new Learning Management System. A Learning Management System (LMS) helps teachers connect all digital tools and resources to make learning easier for students and parents/guardians. PfISD is in the process of standing up Canvas. Starting on Oct. 13, Canvas will be the primary way students in 2nd grade through 12th grade receive instruction and turn in schoolwork while participating in virtual learning. Students participating in on-campus learning will continue to use Canvas 20-30% of the time, primarily to access assignments. We will provide training for students on Canvas before Oct. 13 to access their new Canvas account. 

    Canvas is designed to organize students’ classes and resources in one easy to access location and help communication between parents/guardians and teachers. As a parent or guardian, Canvas will allow you to observe your child's classwork, assignments, and grades. In Canvas, parents/guardians function as observers. As an observer, you will have limited permissions that allow you to see what is going on in a course without interrupting or participating in the class. 

     

    Live Video Lesson Delivery Tool

    Zoom (Grades PreK-12)
    Zoom is a video communication live-streaming application that provides video and audio conferences, chats, and screen sharing.

    Zoom allows students and teachers to share a live-stream video (webcam), audio, and computer screens in a secure virtual environment. This tool will enable students to interact live with the teacher and fellow students, similar to a classroom environment. Zoom can also be used for conferences between parents/guardians and staff members.

    Teachers/Staff members will email or post an invite to the meeting, including a link to the meeting and a security passcode to enter the virtual room. Privacy and confidentiality expectations/agreements are addressed below and can be found in the Instructional Delivery Platforms FAQ. 

    Parents/guardians Guide for Student ZOOM | Guía de ZOOM para estudiantes

    Zoom Frequently Asked Questions can be found here

     PfISD General Considerations for Recordings

    Live Interactions: Privacy and Confidentiality Agreement
    Your student may be participating in virtual lessons/teleservices/telephonic instruction as a part of PfISD’s efforts to continue providing your student with a virtual education. It may be necessary for your child to be visible on camera for virtual instruction, or to be heard during telephonic small group instruction, and your child may be seen and/or heard by others at the other virtual/teleservice/telephonic learning locations. Through your child’s participation in these activities, you agree to the following:

    • I agree and consent to my child’s participation in virtual lessons/teleservices/telephonic instruction
    • I agree and consent to any inadvertent release of confidential information about my child that may occur as the result of virtual lessons/teleservices/telephonic instruction.
    • I agree and consent to the audio or video recording of my child’s image and/or voice by the school provider conducting the virtual/teleservice/telephonic session for educational purposes only.
    • I understand that I have the right to refuse virtual lessons/teleservices/telephonic instruction and may request other options for service delivery; however, I also understand that my requested service delivery option may not be available.

    Through your child’s participation in these activities, you further acknowledge and agree to abide by the following standards and expectations: 

    • You may observe your child and other students during virtual lessons.
    • During the time that you observe a virtual lesson, you agree to not interrupt instruction by talking to the teacher or any other person in the virtual classroom or instructional space, and you agree to refrain from any activity that may disrupt the session. You further agree to discontinue any activity as determined and requested by the school provider.
    • You agree to not audiotape, videotape, record, or photograph, in any manner, the virtual/teleservices/telephonic lesson or any communications related to the setup or closing of the session by the school provider.
    • You agree to respect every child’s right to privacy and agree to not discuss your observations or any confidential information inadvertently obtained during the virtual lesson.
    • If you have concerns about your child or other students observed, you agree to discuss your concerns with your child’s teacher or therapist, case manager, and/or campus administrator.

    If you do not agree to these terms, you can opt your student out of live interactions at any time by notifying your campus principal in writing.

     

    Instructional Materials

    Clever
    Clever is an easy way for your student to log in and access most of their online learning programs and resources in one place. This eliminates the need to remember multiple usernames and passwords. Once logged in, students click to go to for most needed resources, such as digital textbooks and web-based resources. When a second login is needed for some web-based resources, the classroom teacher will provide that information.


    Troubleshooting

    If you have any problems navigating these programs, please contact the classroom teacher. If you have any technical issues or have questions about device checkout, please reach out to “Let’s Talk” or contact the PfISD Technology department.