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Corbett prep family remote learning plan A Guide to Continuing Learning from Home

We all understand that the face-to-face interactions in the vibrant and engaging classrooms our students and teachers enjoy each and everyday are better in-person than occurring remotely. However, what we seek to create is a remote learning environment where teachers and students continue to be engaged in ways made possible by our many options for learning via the connectedness of the internet. There are many alternative and effective approaches available to our teachers in order to keep our student’s minds active in meaningful ways. But parents, we need your help.

Using two of the most incredible 21st century tools Zoom and Canvas, we can facilitate a version of blended learning, where students learn online via platforms and tools as well as in face-to-face interactions with our teachers via Zoom. Many of our instructional tools are already familiar to our students, and by striking a balance between active learning and novelty, and between online and paper-based learning, we have a tremendous opportunity to flex our educational muscles and provide your children with the ability to continue learning remotely.

Canvas is our Learning Management System (LMS), considered to be one of the finest in the LMS world. Our older students are well versed in accessing assignments from their teachers, turning in work, and receiving feedback from their teachers. We plan to use Canvas across all grade levels starting with our youngest learners as we transition into our Remote Learning Plan. Many parents are already familiar with Canvas and how it works. However, we want to use this document as a reminder of how to log in, how to access your child's work, and how to access a helping hand ready to guide those who need some extra help.

We are enjoying our 3rd year with Canvas as our Learning Management System (LMS).

Remember

Breathe. This is new for all of us. Some parents are going to be thrilled with this news and excited to begin. Some will be OK with the idea, and others may be anxious about supporting their children through this process. Please know that the entire technology team and our well-trained teachers are here to help us all be successful. Try to reframe your thinking to see this unprecedented time in our lives as a fun and unique opportunity.

We understand that a shift to remote learning will require our students and families to make adjustments. Administrators, office staff, division leaders, and teachers are all available to support and guide students and parents should they need help.

The Goal

The goal of our remote learning plan is to provide opportunities for your children to be engaged in learning in the absence of being here on our beautiful campus. We have asked our teachers to think outside the box in how they approach their teaching via Canvas, Zoom, and our library of online instructional resources. Rather than ask children at the elementary and early childhood levels to be tied to a screen, we have asked our teachers to provide opportunities for them to read, write, share ideas, explore, create, play, and move.

How this will all look across each division (Early Primary, Upper Primary, Intermediate, & Middle School) will be slightly different, but you will receive specific directions from your classroom teachers.

Guidelines for Parents

Establish a regular schedule for your child and stay engaged with their learning. It is vitally important that parents help students establish and maintain a routine and structure for the day, beginning with a regular bedtime and wake-up time each day. Keeping normal bed and wake-up times will help our student(s).

Create a designated space for your child to study. Productive learning relies on a conductive environment. We recommend a quiet and separate space somewhere in your home where you can monitor progress as long as they have a good wireless internet connection.

Encourage physical activity and movement. Our physical education team will provide opportunities for our students to get up and move throughout our remote learning period. Physical movement and exercise are vital to maintaining physical and emotional health while also improving concentration and focus for the brain.

Provide your child with access to a device. We understand that many students have their own computer or laptop at home depending on their age. For others, students may need access to their parent's device. For the remote learning plan to be effective, your children will need access to a laptop, desktop, or tablet to continue learning.

"We Care!"

How do I log In to Canvas?

Canvas can be accessed via the Corbett Prep website or via the Canvas Student App on Apple or Android platforms.

Many parents with students in 5th through 8th grade have used the Canvas Parent App to monitor and stay current on grading and learning. However, as part of Corbett Prep's Remote Learning Plan, all PreK3 through 8th grade students will need to log in one of two ways using Canvas Student.

What is my child's username? Good question. All student usernames start with the first three letters of his or her last name, followed by 4 digits, followed by @corbettprep.com. For example, 1st grader John Smith might have a username smi1201@corbettprep.com. Your child's specific username is contained in the email in which you found this link. This email is titled "Corbett Prep Remote Learning Plan."

What is my child's password? Another good question. If your children are in PreK3 through 4th grade, please see the email titled "Corbett Prep Remote Learning Plan" to view their passwords that have already been created for them.

For security reasons, we teach our students in 5th - 8th grade how to create and remember their own secure password. Fifth grade teachers have access to the 5th grade student passwords should you need it. Sixth through eighth grade students use their username and password many, many times a day at school and at home. However, if they need to remember it, we can remotely reset the password for them.

Important Note: Many of you recently signed in to the Parent Portal on our website to sign your re-enrollment contract and pay your deposit. This is different. We want your children to sign in to Canvas as themselves, using their username, rather than as you, a parent. If you need help with this please email help@corbettprep.com.

To get to Canvas:
  1. If on a laptop: Click the link for Canvas on the Corbett Prep website https://www.corbettprep.com/student.
  2. If on a tablet: Download the Canvas Student App on Apple or Android App stores.

Note: At Corbett Prep, we use a Single Sign On (SSO) system. Once your child has logged in to Canvas, he or she is automatically logged into their Office 365 and Google account. (PreK3 - 2nd grade classroom teachers will communicate if these resources are needed.) We are working to make as many of our instructional student resources as possible Single Sign On. Also, as a reference, click this link to access the Canvas directions we sent home at the beginning of the school year.

To Log in to Canvas on a Computer

To Log in to the Canvas Student App on a Tablet

  1. The first time you log in, you will need to identify our school and log in with your child’s Corbett Prep User ID and password. (Found in the email with the remote learning directions)
  2. Open the Canvas app.
  3. Tap “Find My School.”
  4. Type “Corbett Prep.” When the full name appears in the search list, tap “Corbett Preparatory School.”
  5. Note: “Corbett Preparatory School – Parent” is only used for the Canvas Parent app.
  6. On the next page, type your child’s email address found on the front page (e.g., pea 1234@corbettprep.com).
  7. The next page will ask for the student’s password (again on the front page) then tap "Sign In."
  8. You will be given the option to “Stay Signed In” which you are welcome to use.
  9. If you need your child’s username or password, simply ask the front office or your child’s teacher.
  10. Your Canvas dashboard will open. See the example below:

How to Navigate the Canvas Student App

Each student is enrolled in a homeroom class and a number of specials classes. For example, this student has a Brilliant Bugs homeroom, a PE class, Art class, etc. Each student is also enrolled in our Schoolwide Calendar to make sure important dates show up in your child's Canvas Calendar. Canvas allows each classroom and teacher to have an online space for all kinds of resources.

For visual learners, watch a video explaining all of the above:

The Homeroom course is where you will find all kinds of information about your child’s class including what he/she is learning, technology resources, newsletters, syllabi, class pictures, and much more. This is where you will find the Remote Learning directions from your child's classroom teacher.

The Inbox can be used to communicate with your child’s teachers. Whatever you send will be sent directly to the teacher’s Canvas inbox as well as their email account. Of course, you are welcome to simply email as you would normally do.

Multiple Students? No problem. Simply click the "burger" menu icon (shown below) and tap “Change User.” This saves the login information of one while you log in to the other.

This is the "burger" menu icon that shows you the Main Menu in Canvas.

For more details as to how to access and utilize Canvas at Corbett Prep, click here.

What else should i Do?

Download Zoom on the device your child will be using. Zoom is a web-based video conferencing tool with a local, desktop client and a mobile app that allows users to meet online, with or without video. Zoom users can choose to record sessions, collaborate on projects, and share or annotate on one another’s screens, all with one easy-to-use platform.

If on a phone or tablet, download Apple Zoom App or Android Zoom App. If using a laptop or desktop, click here to download "Zoom Client for Meetings."

Helpful "How To" Videos for Students

Learn how to submit assignments in the Canvas Student App:

Learn how to use the Scannable App to submit paper based documents to Canvas Student App

Where do I go for help?

  • For questions about a specific lesson or assignment, reach out to your classroom or specials teacher.
  • For a technology question, reach out to our technology team at help@corbettprep.com.
  • For any other questions, please reach out to Headmaster Dr. Joyce Burick Swarzman at jswarzman@corbettprep.com or Associate Headmaster Mike Johnson at mjohnson@corbettprep.com.