Virtual Learning

THE GIFT OF A COMMUNITY BASED ON STRONG EDUCATIONAL VALUES

Students stay at the centre of everything that we do in iscomo. This has remained our guiding principle when discussing how to organize, shape and re-shape the daily virtual learning and routines for all our students, from the little ones to the graduating class.  The dedication of our team of professionals with an innovative mindset and the support of our whole community is what we call a success.  

Bluejeans, zoom and class dojo have become our new way of life, both in an academic sense and in a well-being sense. Through these platforms we are sharing our successes in learning and also our worries in this difficult time with our students and teachers. 

We are incredibly proud of our school community united in facing the unexpected challenge. Together we are turning adversity into opportunities. Surely this experience is making us better educators and is transforming how we educate in our community.

HOW IT WORKS

At IS Como, the Virtual School programme will mirror the actual school day as closely as possible, including school timings

 

For Primary Students in PK-G6:

The primary portals for online interaction will be Class Dojo, which all Primary students already have access to.

All students are expected to engage each day with all of the learning tasks set. Teachers will be available via email / Class Dojo from 08:50 – 15.30 each day this week to answer questions / give advice / feedback on work.

  • 8.30:  teachers upload a morning video to set the day onto Class Dojo. PYP coordinator posts a morning message to parents
  • 9.00:  the students work through the activities which are posted on Dojo the afternoon before.
  • Every class has a 30-minute Google Meet throughout the day.  
  • EY are breaking their 30 minutes into a morning 15 minutes and an afternoon 15 minutes and dividing the groups to make sure everyone has a chance to participate.
  • From 10:30 to 14.30 there is always an assistant teacher available online to contact via Teams if there is a need for individualized support.
  • 15.30:  star jumps, snuggle up and read, sit and reflect etc...
  • Specialist teachers have a set day they post so the parents know when to work on each subject.  
  • LS and EAL teachers and assistants have contacted the students, they have Google Meets each day to complete Toe by Toe and specific programmes.
  • Class Dojo and Blue Jeans

For Secondary Students in G7-G13:

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.

The usual school timetable for each grade will be in effect from 8:40 to 15:50.

 

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 08:30-15:30 (albeit taking the usual breaks of course).

IS COMO TEACHER AND STUDENT VIDEO TESTIMONIALS

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WHAT I CALL A PEDAGOGICAL REVOLUTION

What we are experiencing during this time of school closings and operating through virtual learning due is an epochal passage. For the situation we are experiencing, it is the first time that it is not the kids who go to school, but the school that goes to the kids. Technology, instead of being something that replaces the teacher, is something that allows the presence of the teacher.
This is the revolution.

It is not technology that replaces the adult, but technology that allows connection with your teacher,
with your classmates, with your school. It is a technology that allows emotional contact, communication and a sense of belonging. 
In the educational world we are witnessing collaboration and cooperation that has never been seen before: publishing houses are offering online resources, the possibility to follow webinars, to access film libraries and bookstores, and to visit museums from your sofa at home. A new task is born for teachers: to orientate and discern valuable materials and content in a sea of ​​multiple possibilities.

This path of a new pedagogy to be built together has started, I hope that will be based on the real needs and the voices of the students. Once back to classes and normal school life, we will all be different and transformed by the provocations and the challenges faced together.

 


 

PRESS COVERAGE
 

Lezioni online e chat con i prof: l' International School of Como si fa un baffo del Coronavirus

Scuole chiuse, all' International School of Como si continua a fare lezione (online)

Dal Casnati all' International Le lezioni si fanno online

L'International School of Como di Fino si fa «smart»


 

STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

“I AM ENJOYING THE ONLINE LEARNING EXPERIENCE AS I HAVE NEVER DONE ANYTHING LIKE THIS BEFORE. OF COURSE, SOCIALIZING WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND TEACHERS IN PERSON CAN BE NICER, BUT I AM VERY APPRECIATIVE OF THE FACT THAT IN THIS PLACE IN TIME, WE ARE ABLE TO DO THINGS LIKE THESE. THINKING OF THE FIRST "LESSON" I HAD (INTERNATIONAL HISTORY) IT JUST SEEMED LIKE THE USUAL LESSON THAT WE WOULD HAVE HAD IN SCHOOL. WE ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE TASK AND WENT AHEAD AND DID IT, THROUGH THE HELP OF MANAGEBAC AND BEING ABLE TO TALK TO OUR CLASSMATES AND TEACHER THROUGH A VIDEO CALL. I LIKE THIS NEW EXPERIENCE AS NOT ONLY AM FEELING MORE INDEPENDENT BUT ALSO MORE OF A RISK-TAKER, ALL THIS WHILE STILL BEING SUPPORTED BY TEACHERS.”
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