VIRTUAL LEARNING 

 

Following the additional ministerial decree published on March 9th confirming that all schools, nationally, will be closed until April 3rd, 2020 inclusive, our ‘virtual’ schools will, therefore, continue to operate until this date. 

The implementation of this has been met positively as we have strived in the face of adversity to continue the education of our students; acting quickly to leverage the technology and e-learning capabilities of the Inspired group and supporting the skills required for independent learning.

A huge thank you extended to the entire school community of students, parents, guardians, teachers and non-teaching staff for your support in making this a success.

 

Dear Parents, Guardians and students of the International School of Milan

We are grateful for the professionalism and flexibility demonstrated by our teaching staff and look forward to working together with you to continue to support your child’s studies. Your class teachers are best and available online to take any specific questions and  Mr Callow acallow@ism-ac.it for Primary or Mr Redaelli gredaelli@ism-ac.it for Secondary are available for any additional information if the class teacher cannot help.


Guided online learning will be provided for students of all ages for as long as the school remains closed from 09:00-15:35 CET, Monday to Friday. To reiterate, our priority remains to continue to support the children in their education.  We will be constantly monitoring and reviewing the situation to ensure appropriate provisions are put in place to achieve this. Arrangements will of course be extended should they be required. 



FOR PRIMARY STUDENTS 


The primary portals for online interaction will be Seesaw, which all Primary students already have access to. Should you have any technical difficulties in accessing Seesaw, please contact Ms Lomas at slomas@ism-ac.it. 
 

All students are expected to engage each day with all of the learning tasks set. Teachers will be available via email / Seesaw from 09.00 – 15.30 each day this week to answer questions / give advice / feedback on work. 
 

For Primary Students in preK-G1:

  • A daily ‘interactive-style’ video made by the teacher or assistant, will be available on Seesaw for all students and may include a virtual circle time, counting activity, song or rhyme and will introduce the day’s learning engagements.

  • A daily read aloud, conducted by the teacher or assistant.

  • Daily learning engagements in the following:
       - Language
       - Mathematics
       - UoI / inquiry projects

Please upload evidence of one or more of these learning engagements to Seesaw each day.

  • Specialist teachers will set additional activities to be completed during the week. These activities will be available for students to choose from once other daily activities have been completed.

  • Meaningful, appropriate feedback will be given on a minimum of one learning engagement a day.

Parents should be aware that there will need to be a fair degree of parental support for the Early Years students in accessing the work.

For Primary Students in G2-G6

  • A daily video from the Class Teacher will be shared on Seesaw by 09.00 which will welcome students and introduce the daily learning engagements. 

  • Daily engagements in the following will be posted:
       - Language
       - Mathematics
       - Italian 
       - UoI 

Students should try to complete all work set and should post a minimum of 2 Language, 2 Mathematics, 2 Italian and 2 UoI engagements per week. 

  • Specialist teachers will set either a UoI engagement for each grade OR an independent activity if they are teaching a stand-alone unit.

  • Students will be provided with feedback on at least one learning engagement per day. Feedback will come from both class teachers and specialist teachers. 
     

Please let the class teacher know if for any reason your child is not able to carry out any of the tasks.

 


FOR SECONDARY STUDENTS 

For Secondary Students in G7-G11:

The primary portals for interaction will be ManageBac which all Secondary students already have access to and Blue Jeans which is a Skype/Zoom piece of software that allows a link to be sent and hold a class with multiple participants. 

To use Bluejeans, teachers will send a link and code to students on Managebac and students need only click on this link and enter the code at the appropriate time to enter the online classroom. Should you have any technical difficulties in accessing ManageBac, please contact pjones@ism-ac.it or gredaelli@ism-ac.it

The usual school timetable for each grade will be in effect.


School closure 
Expectations for learning – Secondary School (IB Middle Years and Diploma Programmes)

 

MYP – Grades 7-13

1. Learning will proceed according to the existing Secondary School timetable in the form of online lessons, readings and tasks posted on ManageBac. 


2. Each teacher will set up work for their class on ManageBac up to 5 minutes before the beginning of each timetabled lesson for that class.

3. Students will be expected to provide some feedback on work done in that lesson, so that teachers can monitor learning. All student work should be submitted on ManageBac by the deadline.


4. Each teacher will have an online conference call with each of their classes during the course of the week and during their regular lesson time.

  • This will be done through the conference call system called “Bluejeans”. 
  • The time and instructions for the online live call will be communicated to students through ManageBac.


5. During the suspension of classes this week, teachers will be available for students to contact them with requests and queries for feedback from 8:30 to 15:30, Tuesday to Friday via email and Managebac.


6. If students fail to complete online engagements for sessions where they are present, teachers will as usual record this as ‘N/A’ (which will regrettably be counted as a ‘zero’ again as is our usual practice).

7. At present internal Diploma deadlines remain unchanged, and teachers will offer online support to Diploma students completing their Internal Assessment and any other form of coursework. 



It is essential that all students, especially those in DP examination classes, engage fully with the learning experiences provided by their teachers. It is recommended that students be in a quiet space at home with their devices connected to the correct platforms from 09:00-15:35 (albeit taking the usual breaks of course). 

Thank you for all your support.