Ed Affairs Committee Presentation December 2020
The Educational Affairs Committee convened on Tuesday, Dec. 15 over Zoom. The meeting featured the district’s instructional technology team presenting about its support of remote and hybrid learning. After COVID-19 changed learning in the United States and around the world, CSD found alternative, creative ways to teach students, including professional learning for staff, devices for students, the launch of a mobile scholars website, and support for families to assist in navigating the virtual learning experience. Technologies highlighted in the presentation included Google Classroom (supporting asynchronous and synchronous learning), Canvas (utilized pre-pandemic in some classrooms), Google Meets for K-12 (supports face-to-face synchronous learning and has a variety of features to engage students), Classlink (a single sign-on platform simplifying teacher and student access to various other tools), and Smart Learning Suite Online (interactive lessons, games, real time feedback collaborative work space and other features). The presentation also featured additional tools available to support student learning and engagement. The district has received feedback that its instructional tools are high quality, and while these tools have enhanced remote learning, they will continue to be utilized as the students return to their buildings. Committee co-chair Pamela Henry acknowledged the instructional technology team of Tom Cook, Tami Flood, Amy Flynn, Kevin Murphy and Lisa Rock for an amazing job managing educational technologies in the remote learning model.