DISTANCE LEARNING at Brannel School 2021

A Step-by-Step Guide to Accessing Learning in Lockdown 3.0

 

CONTENTS

1.THE SCHOOL DAY

2.SETTING UP MICROSOFT TEAMS

3.ACCESSING DISTANCE LEARNING THROUGH MICROSOFT TEAMS

4.LEARNING BEHAVIOURS & EXPECTATIONS

5.ACCESSING RESOURCES & SUBMITTING COMPLETED TASKS

6.LOOKING AFTER YOURSELVES

 

1. THE SCHOOL DAY

Much like a normal school day, you will be expected to attend all your time-tabled lessons. The school day will be as follows:

PERIOD MONDAY – THURSDAY FRIDAY
REGISTRATION CANCELLED CANCELLED
PERIOD 1 9.15 – 10.30AM 9.05 – 10.10AM
BREAK 10.30 – 10.50AM 10.10 – 10.30AM
PERIOD 2 10.50 – 12.05PM 10.30 – 11.35AM
PERIOD 3 12.10 – 1.25PM 11.40 – 12.45AM
LUNCH 1.25 – 2.00PM 12.45 – 1.15PM
PERIOD 4 2.00PM – 3.15PM 1.15 – 2.20PM

All pupils are expected to log in to Teams, ready for the delivery of the ‘live’ part of the lesson at the start of the period.

Brannel Challenge takes place every Wednesday Period 4. There will be a Tutor registration at the start of ALL Brannel Challenge sessions, which will be followed by small group coaching sessions.

 

2. SETTING UP MICROSOFT TEAMS

You can access Microsoft Teams, by logging in to your school ‘Outlook’ email account, or going to Microsoft Teams: Online & Remote Classroom | Microsoft Education

Microsoft Teams is a web-based learning platform, which can be accessed with any digital device that accesses the internet; laptop, tablet, smart-phone, smart-TV or gaming device such xbox/playstation.

If you want to set up quick access and full functionality, we recommend you download the app to your device using the link above

This is all completely free; you just need you Brannel email address and password

If you have forgotten this, please email helpdesk@brannel.com

 

3. ACCESSING DISTANCE LEARNING THROUGH MICROSOFT TEAMS

Once you have logged in to Teams, on your screen you will be able to see all of your Teams Classes:

 

 

3. ACCESSING DISTANCE LEARNING THROUGH MICROSOFT TEAMS

To access a ‘live’ lesson you will need to check your Time-table. To find your Time-table click on the ‘calendar’ tab in the task bar on the left:

 

3. ACCESSING DISTANCE LEARNING THROUGH MICROSOFT TEAMS

To enter a ‘live’ lesson, you will need to go back the ‘Teams’ tab, where you will see all your classes:

 

3. ACCESSING DISTANCE LEARNING THROUGH MICROSOFT TEAMS

To enter a lesson, simply click on the Team. For example, I have a PE lesson:

 

3. ACCESSING DISTANCE LEARNING THROUGH MICROSOFT TEAMS

Each Team Class has a series of tabs along the top of the page. On the far right at the top is the ‘Meet’ tab. When it is time for your lesson to start, all you need to do is click the ‘Meet’ tab, and you will get a ‘Join now’ notification, click this and you will enter the lesson:

 

4. LEARNING BEHAVIOURS & EXPECTATIONS

Keep microphone muted

  • Just like in the classroom, it is rude to talk at the same time as the teacher.
  • Keep you microphone on mute unless you are asked to turn it on to ask or answer a question.
  • If you are given permission to speak, turn on your microphone to speak but remember to turn it off again once you have finished.

 

4. LEARNING BEHAVIOURS & EXPECTATIONS

Camera – we want you all to fully engage with the learning. If you have a camera on your device, having your camera on means your teacher can support you to the best of their ability.

  • Turning on your camera will help you engage better with the lesson, but…
  • Please don’t be silly with it. You are in a lesson, so behave appropriately
  • If you don’t have a camera that is fine. When you are working on tasks it may be less distracting, if you turn it off

 

4. LEARNING BEHAVIOURS & EXPECTATIONS

Chat – this is a really useful function and will help you understand what you need to do. Do ask sensible questions / Don’t use it to chit-chat or disrupt the lesson!

  • You can use the chat feature to make relevant comments or ask questions. ALL COMMUNICATION IS MONITORED.
  • If you do have a comment/question, please ask it properly and not with text-speak that your teacher is too old to understand.
  • Emojis are OK, just don’t overdo it.
  • Your teacher will look at these at various points in the lesson and try to answer any questions you might have.

 

4. LEARNING BEHAVIOURS & EXPECTATIONS

Conduct – we expect you to conduct yourselves in a way that supports the learning of all pupils. Any poor conduct will not be tolerated.

  • It is vital that you respect your peers and teacher. Any inappropriate conduct/comments, will result in your access to these sessions being withdrawn.
  • If you need extra support, you can contact your teacher after the session using the chat, or by emailing them on their school email. Please ensure you do this during ‘normal’ school hours.
  • Be aware that all communication is tracked and anything you do through ‘Teams’, is linked to your school account.
  • This is an excellent opportunity to be creative, independent and challenge your thinking. Make sure you take full advantage of your teachers time and focus on the learning.

Any inappropriate conduct including the use of inappropriate or offensive avatars will result in sanctions being issued, and parents being contacted.

 

4. LEARNING BEHAVIOURS & EXPECTATIONS

  • Teachers will deliver ‘live’ sessions with students for at least 20 minutes every lesson either through live teaching or other means (e.g. talking students through an Oak Academy video). This might be in one chunk or split across the lesson
  • At least one independent task will be accessible to all students every lesson that does not necessarily need to be completed using a computer
  • Regular feedback/assessment. Regularity will vary dependent on numbers of lesson in a time-table cycle, as examples we would expect core subjects to provide feedback at least weekly whereas for Art/Drama etc. once per half term would be reasonable. We recognise that this may take many forms from whole class live to quizzes and peer assessment as examples

 

5. ACCESSING RESOURCES & SUBMITTING TASKS

Accessing the learning resources and submitting task using the correct tools, means your teacher will be able to provide you with effective feedback, which will mean you make better progress. All learning materials are stored in the ‘Class Materials’ folder for each class, which you will find under the ‘files’ tab along the top:

 

5. ACCESSING RESOURCES & SUBMITTING TASKS

To submit completed work, you need to click on the ‘assignment’ tab. Here you will see all the instructions for the task and the resources to help you complete this. Once completed you need to upload any documents, images, files here:

 

Only use ‘assignments’ to upload work. This is the only way your teacher will be able to provide you with feedback.

Do NOT upload work in the ‘Chat’ or email to your teacher. It will not be responded to.

 

6. LOOKING AFTER YOURSELVES

Adapting to a new way of working can be a challenge, and we know that looking after your well-being, mental & physical health is crucial for being a successful learner:

If you need support please contact us, we are here to help: needtotalk@brannel.com

 

6. LOOKING AFTER YOURSELVES

Adapting to a new way of working can be a challenge, and we know that looking after your well-being, mental & physical health is crucial for being a successful learner:

If you need support please contact us, we are here to help: needtotalk@brannel.com

 

7. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • What do I do, if I don’t have any IT equipment or no Wifi?

We can help you get access to WiFi and are able to loan laptops to all families who may need equipment to access the online learning. Simply email the school, your Head of Year or your teacher and we will arrange it.

  • What do I do if I have problems with my IT equipment?

We can help you with any IT issues. For advice just email: helpdesk@brannel.com

  • What do I do if I have logged in to Teams for my lesson but there is no teacher present?

Providing a consistent online learning provision is extremely complex and at times, we may not be able to run the ‘live’ aspect of your lessons. If you, find this happens to you, simply go to the ‘class materials’ folder and the days lesson, will be clearly marked for you. You should complete the work, as you would for any normal lesson. If you need help, please email your class teacher. 

  • How will I receive feedback on my work?

Teachers will provide feedback in a mixture if ways; whole class and individual feedback will be given during lessons, as well as written feedback in both these formats, along with assessments and grades. Regularity will vary dependent on numbers of lesson as examples we would expect core subjects to provide feedback at least weekly whereas for Art/Drama etc. once per half term would be reasonable.  We recognise that this may take many forms from whole class live to quizzes and peer assessment as examples

If you need support please contact us, we are here to help: enquiries@brannel.com