District 68 E-Learning
The goal of District 68's E-learning program is to provide students with opportunities for connection, well-being, and learning while schools are closed. We know that this is a new experience for students, their families, and for our teachers, and ask for everyone's patience as we continue this journey together. While we recognize that our remote learning plan will never duplicate the rich learning that occurs in a classroom, we will continue to develop our capacity to provide learning to your student(s) over the coming weeks.
District 68 is following the guidance on E-Learning that has been provided by the Illinois State Board of Education and our plan includes reading, writing, math, social studies and science along with social-emotional activities, fine arts, and physical education. Activities are provided through various means: online tools, researching, practice assignments, educational videos and more. Teachers are reviewing previously learned material with students now and will begin teaching new material to students later in the month. While some activities and assignments may require the use of a device, students will have offline learning opportunities as well. Opportunities for enrichment are offered each day.
Students may do their activities and assignments at any time and can take as much time as they need. Teachers will connect with students daily and provide feedback. In addition, teachers will be available to you and to your child via scheduled office hours to provide assistance. Families are welcome to support their child with activities and assignments, however; activities and assignments are designed for students to complete independently.
If your child is unable to complete E-learning activities and assignments, please communicate with the classroom teacher and/or building principal.
Students in kindergarten through eighth grade are to use their District-assigned iPads, which are preloaded with all the necessary digital tools.
How E-Learning Works
All student iPads have a District 68 portal app on their iPads. The portal will serve as a central place for students and families to interact with the daily activities teachers have planned for students. Students need to log in with their District username and password to participate in activities from their teachers.
Login information for families with Pre - K students will be shared with you from your child's classroom teacher.
PreK-5th grade families can watch a video to understand how students and families should interact with the portal once they are logged on. The video can also be seen in a slideshow format for later review.
Old Orchard JH families can watch a video to understand how students and families should interact with the portal once they are logged on. The video can also be seen in a slideshow format for later review. If you need to access the portal without a student device you can access the portal at portal.skokie68.org.
In addition, all student iPads have a student ID app that will allow students and families to access
their username and password in case they do not know or forgot this information.
Special Education Students
Students will have lessons and activities aligned with their IEPs. In addition, special education teachers will make daily contact with students. Face-to-face time may be scheduled with your child virtually either 1:1 or in small groups at least weekly. Teachers and related service staff will be available during office hours and virtual sessions to provide services to students. Students who receive related services minutes in their IEP will receive services through the use of video technology or hands-on tasks provided by the therapist/clinician via SeeSaw (Pre-K - 5th grade) or Canvas (6th - 8th grade). Further individualization will be determined based on what is appropriate for each student and family.
English Language Learners
Students will have activities and assignments aligned to their level of English language proficiency. Students who receive their ESL instruction or native language instruction from a resource teacher can expect daily contact from those teachers, as well as from their classroom teacher. The resource teachers will also establish office hours to provide you and your child with assistance.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR PARENTS
How will we find out about the activities and assignments?
In the morning, students will receive activity choice boards automatically on their iPads. These choice boards are specific to your child's grade level teachers from school.
How were the activities and assignments designed?
Each grade level has designed a choice board from which students select activities and assignments. Some are required, others are recommended for extension or enrichment. There will be assignments and activities for literacy, math, science, social studies, specials/Encore, and social/emotional learning.
Does my child need to complete all activities and assignments at one time?
No, students can take as much time as they need to complete activities.
How will my child submit their assignments?
Students in kindergarten through 5th grade will post their completed assignment to SeeSaw or Google Classroom. Students in 6th - 8 th grade will post their completed assignments to Canvas.
How is attendance recorded?
Attendance is recorded when students click into their daily choice boards using their district-issued iPad.
What if my child does not have an iPad?
Contact your child's building principal.
What happens if we do not have internet access?
Apply online to Spectrum or to Comcast to obtain free or low-cost internet/WiFi connection or call Comcast at 1-855-846-8376 in English (1-855-765-6995 in Spanish).
How will the district determine if remote learning is successful?
The Superintendent will distribute an online survey to parents, teachers, and students periodically throughout the time we are learning remotely.
How can I communicate with my child's teacher?
Contact teachers through email, through SeeSaw or Google Classroom (grades K-5), through Canvas (grades 6-8), and through TalkingPoints App to send a text message in your home language.
How can I communicate with my child's principal?
Contact principals through email, through the school phone number, and through Talking Points App to send a text message in your home language.
How is the district keeping my child safe and secure when using Zoom?
Our teachers are following specific protocols to keep Zoom meetings private and secure. Your child can help by keeping their Zoom invitations and meeting IDs private.
How can I get technical support?
The Skokie School District 68 E-learning portal has a help request feature for students and families to use if they have any issues while using the portal.
Families can also email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.