Schoology During the Closure

  • Accessing the Course from a Student Schoology Account

    All students can access Schoology through an internet browser or they can use the Schoology app on a tablet or other mobile device. The app can be downloaded on an Apple or Android operating system/device.

    Internet Browser

    1. Go to https://rtsd.schoology.com
    2. Enter Email or Username and Password
    3. Click "Log in"
    4. Click on the red rectangular "COURSES" button and open a course named "Extended Closure Instructional Resources." You will find daily assignment directions and folders with daily assignments.

    Schoology App

    1. Open the Schoology App on a tablet or other mobile device
    2. Under "Log in through your School," search for and select "Radnor Township School District"
    3. Enter Email and Password
    4. Click "Log In"
    5. Click "≡" in the upper left corner
    6. Select "Courses" from the drop down menu and select a course named "Extended Closure Instructional Resources." You will find daily assignment directions and folders with daily assignments.

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  • Assessing the Course from a Parent Account


    All parents can access Schoology through an internet browser or they can use the Schoology app on a tablet or other mobile device. The app can be downloaded on an Apple or Android operating system/device.


    Internet Browser 

    1. Go to https://rtsd.schoology.com
    2. Enter Email or Username and Password
    3. Click "Log in"
    4. After logging in, click on your name
    5. Click on your child's name
    6. Course should be listed. If not, click on Enrollments
    7. Click on "Extended Closure Instructional Resources"

    Schoology App

    1. Open the Schoology App on a tablet or other mobile device
    2. Click "≡" in the upper left corner
    3. Click on My Children. This may take you to a full browser view
    4. Course should be listed. If not, click on Enrollments
    5. Click on "Extended Closure Instructional Resources"
    6. You can view other child's courses by clicking the arrow in the upper right hand corner

     

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  • Schoology Parent Support

    Click here for a two-minute video that offers an overview of what you see when logged in as a parent. For purposes of RTSD, just watch up to 2:22.
     
    What does my child see in Schoology? 
    Click here for a five-minute video is what students see when they log in. When a student enters a course in Schoology, depending upon how the teacher sets it up, you may go directly to:
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Big Blue Button (Video Conferencing) FAQs

  • What is "BigBlueButton (BBB)?" (Updated April 19)

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    BigBlueButton (BBB), also known as Schoology Conferences, enables real-time sharing of audio, video, and screen(s) to allow teachers to livestream with students in their classes. BBB is embedded in the Schoology Learning Management System in the section named Conferences. You can find Conferences in the gray navigation bar on the left side of the screen. BBB enables instructors to engage users with interactive chat (public and private), uploaded presentations (PowerPoint, PDF, etc.), whiteboard controls (text, drawing, etc.), multi-user whiteboard (everyone can write on the whiteboard), shared notes, emojis, polling, and breakout rooms.

    Click here for a one-page explanation for how students will participate in a Schoology conference.

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  • How do students participate in a BBB conference in Schoology? (April 3)

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    Click here for a five-minute video that provides an overview of the BigBlueButton (BBB) Conference tool in Schoology for students. Please note that some of the tools described in the video may or may not be used by each student's teacher.


    Teachers have the option to use BBB in two ways: live lessons and office hours. The features described in the video may be turned on/off by a teacher in either of these scenarios.


    Live Lessons will be recorded.

    • Student video will be turned off.
    • Student microphones will be turned off.
    • Private chat will be turned off.
    • Public chat will be turned on.

    Office Hours will not be recorded.

    • The teacher will be able to see you.
    • You will be able to see your teacher.
    • You will not be able to see your classmates.
    • You will be able to talk with your teacher and classmates.
    • You will be able to hear your classmates.
    • If your teacher uses breakout rooms, you will be able to see your classmates.
    • NOTE: If you mistakenly select “Listen Only” when you enter Office Hours, just click the headphone button at the bottom of your screen to leave the audio and rejoin it with the microphone.

    Optimal Browser

    • Chrome on the Surface Go or another Windows computer.
    • iPad users must use Safari. Conference does not work in the Schoology App.
    • Students with their own Mac can use Chrome or Safari.

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  • Will all teachers use BBB to provide live instruction? (April 3)

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    Our teachers are at varying levels of experience with online instructional tools. Some teachers may begin using BigBlueButton (BBB) right away, while others may use more asynchronous options to engage their students. Live online instruction may make sense for some subject areas, grade levels, and activities, but not for others. All of our teachers are reaching out to their students (6-12) or parents of their students (K-5) the week of March 30 to find out what is working well and in what areas we can make improvements. For some, the use of prerecorded videos and lessons has worked very well. Others may like to see more of a balance between synchronous and asynchronous opportunities. The surveys will help our teachers plan appropriately. We will continue to provide teachers with professional development to support them as they work to provide concise, engaging lessons and activities that address the most critical parts of our curriculum.

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  • Will the live streaming sessions be recorded? (April 3)

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    Synchronous instruction may look different based on the grade and subject. A live session in a primary classroom may be a morning meeting, whole group lesson, or read-aloud, whereas a live session in a high school course may be a teacher lecture with student discussion groups.

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  • Will the live streaming sessions be recorded? (April 3)

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    Some sessions may be audio and video recorded and posted to Schoology so that students who were unable to be online at that time can view the instruction later. If there is a class with 24 students, the expectation is that not all 24 students will be on at the same time, so recording a teacher who is providing direct instruction will allow for asynchronous learning for students who weren’t available at the time of the lesson.   
       
    To conform with FERPA and PA Wiretapping Law, for recorded sessions, the preset will be for all student microphones and cameras to be turned off. In these recorded session, students must request permission from their teacher to be seen or heard, must be granted the ability to enable their microphone and/or camera, and then must take a series of steps to enable their microphone and/or camera.  
      
    Additionally, some teachers may elect to hold live streaming sessions that are not recorded, and permit students to have their microphones and/or video turned on. Using BigBlueButton in unrecorded sessions would be an ideal tool for morning meetings, office hours, allowing teachers to help support students individually or in groups, etc.

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  • What guidelines regarding BBB are in place for students? (April 3)

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    All Student Code of Conduct expectations included in each school’s Student Handbook are applicable for online instruction. The following are best practices and for online learning: 

    • Conferencing should be done in a public room of the home (e.g. kitchen, dining room, home office).  

    • Distractions and background noises should be kept to a minimum.  

    • Know how to mute and unmute your microphone.  

    • Stage in front of a simple, uncluttered background (know what is in the background of your camera view).  

    • Wear appropriate clothing during video conferences.  

    • Use respectful behavior and language. 

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  • What guidelines regarding BBB are in place for parents? (April 3)

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    As we continue forward on this unprecedented pathto provide distance learning activities using new formats and technologies, the following guidelines are in place for parents/guardians: 

    • Please be patient as we learn. 
    • Remember that any direct instruction lessons may involve two-way camera and audio usage, meaning that the instructor will likely see and hear what is occurring in your home (including everyone's clothing choices!)
    • Please do not audio/video record lessons through any means. Only teachers have the ability to record a session. 
    • Maintain the confidentiality of other students if your child is participating in a group lesson.
    • Please email your child’s teacher after the lesson is complete if you have any questions or concerns. Please do not interrupt the activity with questions, either through the audio or through emails. We appreciate you allowing the professional to focus on the activity. 

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