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Responsibilities

Schedule

Weekly schedule:

  • Plan for daily interaction with students

  • Utilize Google Meet for office hours and individual student check-ins

  • Daily office hours for students (determined by school leaders)


Communication

Communication with students

  • Weekly one-to-one contact via Google Meet and Google Chat. Interact with students through email, Google Doc or Kami assignments via comments/feedback

  • Post instructional materials for all lessons to Google Classroom: Google Slides & Docs, outside readings, supplemental material, links, etc

  • Post expectations for learning and participation in Google Classroom

Communication with families:

  • Update all parents/guardians once a week

  • If students are off-track in terms of completing assignments: connect with parent at least once per week.


Feedback

During student check-in meetings, feedback needs to follow norms for effective feedback: specific, timely, and actionable

  • Feedback is even more important in online spaces because students lack the teacher, peer, and environmental feedback they receive in an in-person classroom setting


Google Classroom

Every class will be connected to a Google Classroom where teachers can interact with students, post lessons, link to the day's learning and create opportunities for students to engage in discourse with each other. Teachers will need to create these spaces for each of their rostered sections, if they do not have them already. Your Google Classroom should be the "hub" for all learning activities.

Make sure to post the following items on Google Classroom: teacher schedule and links to Google Meet, assignments for students, directions to complete assignments, and all links students need for your class.

Provide opportunities for students to collaborate via Google Chat or Meet and via the Question discussion feature in Classroom. For support in using Google Chat, Meet, and Classroom, scroll down to the bottom of this page under the "Help" section.


Office Hours

Regular office hours provide students an opportunity to ask questions, get feedback, and check-in with the teacher.

  • We know that this time will be hard for many students in terms of being cut off from friends and teachers. Teachers should be available to check-in with students for a variety of needs, including just to say hello.

How do teachers hold office hours?

  • For a quick 1:1 text chat with video as an option, use Google Chat with your student.

  • For a set time meeting with groups of students, set up a Google Meet and link it in your Google Classroom.

  • Accessibility considerations: Ask students to turn on the closed captioning function in Google Meet.


Encourage Students To Read At Least 30min Daily

They can read a book or check out and read/listen to an eBook through the APS eBook library called Sora.

You can check out eBooks, too! 😉


Supports for English Language Learners

The links below are supports for explicit language support as well as secondary ELD teachers.

Language Services Support


Academic Integrity - Code of Conduct Expectations

Aurora Public Schools takes academic integrity very seriously and expects a full commitment to it from each student. Students participating in our emergency remote learning plan are agreeing to the following statements:

  • I will not submit work completed by or copied (in full or in part) from another person . This includes classmates, friends, parents/guardians, siblings, etc.

  • I will not submit work copied (in full or in part) and pasted from the Internet. This includes exact sentences, paragraphs, videos, logos, images, templates, etc.

  • I will not submit work that reflects the ideas of another person, regardless of whether or not I use the other person’s exact words.

  • I will work independently on all assignments.

  • I will not allow others to copy my work.

  • I will not misuse content from the Internet.

  • I will not use translators to complete assignments in world language classes.

  • I will not use any external materials or testing aids on assessments.

  • I will properly punctuate and cite all ideas from others I wish to use to support my own ideas.

  • I will contact my teachers for help in avoiding plagiarism.


Behavioral Integrity Remote Learning Code of Conduct

Aurora Public Schools takes behavioral integrity very seriously and expects a full commitment to it from each student. Students participating in our remote learning plan are agreeing to the following statements:

  • I will actively participate in all online platforms while honoring my classmates’ voices, experiences and situations.

  • I commit to being present in live meetings and doing my best to eliminate all distractions.

  • I will abide by the virtual classroom expectations set by the teacher.

  • I will refrain from using inappropriate, offensive or abusive language in my speech, writing or images I share on my electronic device.

  • I will not display inappropriate, offensive or abusive material on my device screen.

  • I will wear clothing that follows the expectations set in the Safe Schools Policies and Regulations Handbook while my webcam/camera is in use for remote learning activities.

  • I will not be involved in cyberbullying as defined in the Safe Schools Policies and Regulations Handbook.

  • I will only visit school approved internet sites.

  • I will not give out my personal information to anyone.

  • I will inform my teacher if I see something inappropriate or uncomfortable online.

  • I will not change device settings without permission.

  • I will not use someone else's credentials to log on or log on as someone else.

  • I will not share the passwords or links that are provided for Google Classroom, Google Meet or Google Hangouts, unless I have permission from my teacher to do so.

  • I will not post any educational materials including class videos, documents, and other multimedia to social media without permission from my teacher.

Behavior that violates our district conduct and discipline codes can result in consequences. Some violations may also be referred to law enforcement.

Consequences can include but are not limited to:

(09) Detrimental Behavior: Harassment - Sexual, Discriminatory, Bullying/Cyberbullying, Sexting

(12) Other Violation of Code of Conduct - Cell Phone/Electronic misuse, Computer/Internet misuse

Mental Health Support

For students:

  • Call any time Colorado Crisis Services anytime at 844-493-TALK (8255), or text “Talk” to 38255. This service is available 24/7 year-round. If this is an emergency please dial 911.

  • The walk-in clinic is available between 8:00am and 11:00pm daily at Anschutz Medical Campus 2206 Victor Street, Aurora, CO 80045

  • On and after March 30, between 8:00am and 3:30pm you can contact your student’s school counselor, social worker, or psychologist through Google Chat.

For staff:

  • Professional counselors can help you manage any type of problem with complete confidentiality, 24 hours a day.

  • Guidance Consultants can assist you at 1-888-324-2631 or visit guidanceresources.com and register using the organization web ID: APS to create your own personal login.

  • Completely confidential - APS will never know if you use this program.

Resources

Curriculum and Instructional Resources

Instructional Tools and Resources Hub (Beta)

Digital Education Strategy Content Guide

Curriculum and Instruction Resources

Content Guides for Digital Learning

Standards Alignment, Quarterly Maps and Teaching & Learning Assessment Calendar


Revised Interims/CFA's

Here is the folder with updated Interim and CFA assessments for the 2020-21 school year for 1st grade - High School: 2020-21 Interim/CFA Assessments.

You can find the assessment communication that went out last week, which included additional information about the plan for quarter 1 here: District Interim Assessments/Common Formative Assessments


Students Use Clever To Access Everything

The Clever Portal will automatically be signed in and all resources available when students sign in to Google Chrome.

Video - Logging into Clever from Home Computer

The Clever Portal has sections at the top of the page called "Remote Learning" with buttons that will take students to school content, eBooks, Google Classroom, and back to this website.


Communicate with Parents with Talking Points

The district now has access to Talking Points - a great tool for texting with parents. Talking points translates languages automatically so that there are no barriers to effective communication. See more about Talking Points here: Talking Points


Foundational and Essential Tools for Online Learning

Below are each of our foundational and essential tools for learning, along with links to the asynchronous training module in Performance Matters? Class full? While on the waiting list, visit this site to access training resources - without the "deliverables" (or credit): Using Technology in the Classroom


  • Google Classroom

Manage teaching and learning with Classroom

Classroom helps students and teachers organize assignments, boost collaboration, and foster better communication. It's the classroom hub around which everything else connects.

Take our asynchronous class on Google Classroom


  • Google Docs

Google Docs is the most-used tool for collaboration, writing, and research gathering. Like Classroom, it is a "backbone" for learning activities - both individual and group.

Take our asynchronous class on Google Docs


  • Google Slides

Google Slides is an indispensable tool for creating presentations, but you can do so much more than "just" presentations with Slides. Plus, Slides is the backbone for Pear Deck.

Take our asynchronous class on Slides


  • Screencastify

Screencastify is a chrome browser extension that allows you to make screencast videos for direct instruction, tutorials, or quick explanations. It has been pushed out to every aurorak12.org account and is in your extensions tray in the upper right-hand portion of your chrome browser.

Take our asynchronous class on Screencastify


  • Pear Deck

Create interactive Google Slide presentations - your students join your lecture synchronously with a code and interact with the slides by answering questions, drawing, highlighting, and more! You can connect with students, check for understanding, and support students with reflections on their learning. Pear Deck also has a "student-paced" mode for times when students can't join your lesson synchronously. It's a must-have tool for both remote and in-person learning!

Take our asynchronous class on Pear Deck


  • Flipgrid

Video discussion tool that can be used for fluency, pre-writes, activating prior learning, building community, and more! Flexible and easy to use, Flipgrid is quickly becoming a favorite of teachers and students alike!

Take our asynchronous class on Flipgrid


  • Kami

PDF annotation tool that works seamlessly right in your browser. Teachers and students can now annotate, mark-up, comment and draw on PDF's assigned through Classroom! Close reads no longer require a teacher to convert the PDF to a Google Doc. Great in all content areas and grade levels.

Take our asynchronous class on Kami

Student Viewpoint on Using Kami for the First Time


  • Seesaw

Intended for P-2 teachers. Seesaw is an app that organizes student-created videos and annotation into digital portfolios and gives parents access to their student's portfolios.

Take our asynchronous class on Seesaw


Supporting Your Students Improve their Google Apps Skills

Great website with tons of videos to help your students take their GSuite App skills to the next level

Google Jr Training Series 2020


Choice Reading

Sora eBook and Audiobook Library Over 6000 ebooks and audiobooks curated for Aurora Public School's PK-12 students.


ELD Language Supports

ELD Online Resources

ELAchieve Email


Chat & Video With Your Students

Google Chat - For quick chat, link sharing, and even setting up a quick Meet.

Google Meet - For a more "formal" webinar-style video teleconferencing including features like recording and live closed captioning (great for ELL students!).

How To

Need Personalized Human Help?

The Genius Bar is now open! Get help from our very own experts in instruction, content, ed tech integration, and digital library. Schedule personalized support in a 1:1 or small group online setting, or just pop in to say "Hi!" during office hours. All questions are GREAT questions!

For technical issues: Email the APS help desk - helpdesk@aurorak12.org


How To Use Your Home Computer For Instruction

Download and install Google Chrome

Short Video on syncing Chrome


Go To & Log In To Clever

Use this link to get to APS Clever: clever.aurorak12.org - Use your Google username and password if prompted.

Video - How to sign in to Clever using your Google email and password


How To Get Started Using Google Classroom

💥See all Google Classroom Tutorials Here

Send grades from Google Classroom to Infinite Campus

💥How to Post Your Daily Connection Meeting on Google Classroom

Unsure where to start? See some sample Google Classrooms

Google Classroom "Cheat Sheet"


How To Use Google Chat

Google Chat is a tool that you will use to chat via text with your students and colleagues


How To Use Google Meet

Google Meets is a tool that allows you to do your daily video check-ins with students. Learn how to use Meet and link it to Classroom in the videos below.

Google Meet

How to record a Google Meet

Example of a Google Meet Linked in Classroom

How to Post Your Daily Connection Meeting on Google Classroom


How to Use Infinite Campus for Communication & Google Info

Help Sheet for Sending Google Information

How to Run a Report for Student Google Information

How to Use IC Messenger to send Email to Parents and/or Students


Getting Started With Sora eBooks

Click here for a helpsheet on getting started with Sora, or click here for video instructions