Online Learning with Concord Christian School
With the uncertainty caused by COVID-19, teachers and administration are planning to take CCS learning online on Monday, March 30, 2020. Google Classroom will be used by most of the teachers for assignments and will also be where the students will turn in their completed work. There may be a few exceptions with some enrichment and fine arts classes. In order to stay connected, teachers will be using some recorded video and some live streaming video using either Google Hangouts Meet or Zoom. The live instructional videos will be recorded and available for viewing by students that missed the live version. We will continue to use the Clever Portal for single sign-on using students' CCS Google accounts to access resources and websites. Email has been turned on for Kindergarten - 7th grade so that teachers can communicate more easily with students and to keep from filling up parents' inboxes.
Below you will find some tutorials and resources that should help with transitioning to online learning.
G-Suite for Education
First, we will be utilizing G-Suite for Education which is a Google product. It works best using the Google Chrome browser. If you do not have this browser, you can download and install it on your computer at this link: https://www.google.com/chrome/ On iOS devices like iPads and iPhones, you can install Chrome from the App Store.
Once you have Chrome installed, your child should log into the Chrome browser each time they will be completing school work. You can log in by clicking the small circle in the top right of the window. They should use their CCS Google account to log in. You can look up their username in RenWeb as it is listed as the student’s email address and ends in @concordchristianschool.org. For elementary students, you can request their password from their homeroom teacher. The 6th-12th grade should know their passwords, but if not, contact support at email@example.com.
Google Classroom will be used as the main learning platform by most teachers. It is a place for teachers to post assignments and instructions as well as a place for students to turn in their assignments. Once logged into the Chrome browser, all Google apps including Classroom and Gmail can be accessed from the “Google Waffle” in the top right corner of the browser window. The ones that will be used most often will be Classroom (learning platform) and Gmail. Students may also be asked to use Docs (word processor), Slides (presentations), and Sheets (spreadsheet). If you want to add a student’s CCS email account to a tablet or cell phone, it is a Gmail account so select Google as the provider.
This first link is a step by step manual instructing how to use Google Classroom.
**Important** - Only one account can be logged in at a time to access Classroom. If you have issues saying the student doesn’t have permissions, log out of all accounts in the browser, close the browser, then reopen and try logging in again with one CCS account.
TOO MANY EMAILS - If your student is getting too many Classroom notification emails in their CCS email inbox, there is a way to stop the notification emails. Since we are now checking our Google Classrooms every morning for assignments while we are online learning, there is no reason to need those notifications at this time. Here are the steps you should follow:
- Open Google Classroom while logged in with the CCS Google Account.
- On the first main page where all the classes show, click the hamburger menu in the top left corner of the screen.
- Scroll to the bottom of the menu and click on Settings.
- Find the section for notifications and turn off “Receive email notifications”.
Video Tutorial: https://youtu.be/HFL56ziTDYI
WHEN ARE ASSIGNMENTS DUE - There are actually three good places to see what assignments are due on any given day. The first place is the main Classroom page where each class is listed. Each class tile has a place that shows any assignments that have not been turned in and their due date.
A second place to see assignments at a glance is just after you open one of the Classroom tiles. On the left, there is a small box that says “Upcoming”. If there are any outstanding assignments that have not been turned in, they will be listed here with the due date.
The best place to find details about assignments is on the Classwork tab. But there is an additional resource on the Classwork tab. After you click the middle tab labeled Classwork, look for a link that says “Google Calendar” near the middle at the top of the screen. This will open up the student’s CCS Google Calendar. On that calendar, you will find every assignment that has a due date for every class as long as the class calendars are checked as on at the far left side of the calendar.
Video Tutorial: https://youtu.be/OzhnSMMTiXc
Turning in Assignments in Google Classroom
TURNING IN ASSIGNMENTS - There are several ways to turn in assignments in Google Classroom. Sometimes the teacher will want a Google Doc or Google Slide presentation or something similar. Other times, students may complete a single worksheet and the teacher would like a picture of the completed work. Finally, especially for older students, there may be multiple sheets to turn in and the teacher would like them turned in as a single PDF file with multiple pages. Below are video tutorials showing all three scenarios.
Google Hangouts Meet
Google Hangouts Meet is Google's version of video conferencing software. Some teachers will be using Google Hangouts Meet to deliver both live sessions and recorded sessions of lessons. There is no reason to access the Meet app as students will always get a Meet link to join as a participant from their teacher. The video below demonstrates how students can join a teacher's live Google Hangouts Meet session.
Zoom Video Conferencing
Zoom is another option for video conferencing. Some teachers may choose to use Zoom video conferencing for the additional controls that it provides. There is no reason for a student to sign up for a Zoom account. It is actually against Zoom's terms of service for anyone under the age of 18 to have a Zoom account. Only the hosting teachers need Zoom accounts. Students will be joining via a link as participants only.
If your student will be using a laptop or desktop to join a Zoom session, there is a bit of setup. Below is a quick Zoom tutorial that shows what a student will need and has some troubleshooting steps should you have any trouble.
Zoom/Meet Etiquette 101
Live Video Conferencing should be treated the same as normal in person classrooms. Be respectful, use good manners, listen (a lot), and follow teachers' instructions.
Clever Portal for Single Sign On
Clever Portal is used for single sign on for our students. It allows our students to use their CCS Google Credentials to sign in to most any software used by the school. There are a couple of ways to access our Clever Portal. You can use the direct link at clever.com/in/concordchristian. You can also go to clever.com and choose "Log in as a student" in the top right corner. You will then search for Concord Christian School on the first page.
You have two options for logging in. If your student is in elementary and your student's teacher sent home a Clever badge with a QR code on it, you can click Clever Badge log in if your computer has a webcam. When you click Clever Badge log in, you may have to allow access to the camera. Then the camera will activate and your student will hold the QR code up to the camera and will be logged in. The other option is to click "Log in with Google". Your student would then type in the CCS Google account username and password to log in to Clever. Once in Clever, you will see many of the websites and applications that are used by teachers in our school.