APS Connected Learning Family Resources

APS Connected Learning Family Resources
Posted on 03/29/2020
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The APS Connected Learning Family Resource site is set up to help families support students as they learn remotely from home. Akron Public Schools knows this is a partnership and we want our students to be successful. As students continue their education at home, we are confident they will be met with high-quality instruction and caring teachers to assist them on their journey. 


REMOTE LEARNING WITH GOOGLE CLASSROOM

The tool that will be used to deliver remote learning for all Akron Public School students is Google Classroom (except Buchtel students use Echo and STEM students use Blackboard).  Beginning on Monday, March 30, students will begin to login to their Google Classroom(s) to find materials and assignments posted by their regularly assigned teachers. Teachers will post content each week (including instruction, assignments and learning materials) and will provide feedback on assignments. 


HOW CAN FAMILIES LEARN MORE ABOUT USING GOOGLE CLASSROOM AT HOME?

Parents are encouraged to check in with students as they begin to connect to teachers via Google Classroom. To help parents understand the tools that students will be using, please view the videos and direction documents below. Students also have tutorials on their APS Connected Learning Student Toolkit that you can view together.


How to Join a Google Classroom - students will be joining Google Classrooms that their teachers create. This video will help you understand how to join.

How to Turn in an Assignment in Google Classroom - an overview of the features and tools inside Google Classroom and how to turn in an assignment.

How Students Contact Teachers Through Google Classroom or Email


WHAT IS GOOGLE HANGOUTS MEET?

Google Hangouts Meet is a video conferencing tool that will give your student an opportunity to “meet” with their teacher and classrooms online. Two or more people can connect remotely using a computer. If the computer your child is using has a camera (all Chromebooks have cameras), students and teachers can see each other. If only a microphone is available, then it’s like a phone call. Students do not have the ability to start or record their own Meet, they may only join. 

  • 📺 Google Hangouts Meet Etiquette - provides guidance for students as they join a Google Hangouts Meet, helpful for parents to see what Google Hangouts Meet will look like from a student perspective.


HOW IS STUDENTS’ WORK BEING GRADED?

Students are responsible for all school work assigned during remote learning.  Teachers will grade and provide feedback in Google Classroom. Parents can monitor student progress by visiting HAC (Home Access Center). If parents have questions on HAC access, please call the APS Engagement Center at 330-761-2810 or send an email to the district helpline by completing this form.


HOW IS ATTENDANCE BEING TAKEN?

Attendance in school is mandatory in the state of Ohio.  Attendance is still required as students learn from home.  For the week of March 30 - April 3, teachers will take attendance at the end of the week based on whether your child completed their assignments and engaged with their teacher. Their attendance will be coded as: actively participating, inconsistently participating or not participating.  


HOW CAN STUDENTS COMMUNICATE WITH TEACHERS?

All teachers will offer remote office hours for students one hour per day when students can ask teachers questions or connect (in real-time) with them for support using Google Hangouts Meet or email.  


Students are encouraged to connect with teachers through Google Classroom and/or Google Hangouts Meet during scheduled office hours to ask questions, clarify assignment details or to seek other general support. Teacher schedules for office hours and directions to connect using Google Hangouts Meet can be found in students’ Google Classrooms. 


If your child has problems connecting into their Google Classroom, he/she should ask their teacher for help via email.  If your child is unable to connect with his/her teacher or needs additional technical assistance to get started, students should complete this form to contact the help desk. Staff are monitoring the help desk email during regular school hours. Please include as much detail about your problem or question as you can, and someone will reach out to you. 


HOW CAN PARENTS COMMUNICATE WITH TEACHERS AND SCHOOL COUNSELORS?


HOW TO CONTACT TEACHERS

Teacher and principal emails can be obtained through HAC (Home Access Center) or using our APS District Directory by School. If parents have questions regarding student assignments or their student is struggling accessing their Google Classrooms, please email the teacher for guidance.  


If you are still having technical difficulties, you or your child can contact the district helpline by completing this form. Someone will reach out to you to solve your issue.  If you need your Home Access Center password reset, please call the APS Engagement Center at 330-761-2810. 


HOW TO CONTACT COUNSELORS 

Counselors will continue providing services for students and families. At this time, counselors are focusing on mental health needs and the emotional well-being of our students, particularly how students and families are adjusting to changes in their world. They will also continue to support students’ academic, social and family needs.  Counselors will post their office hours on their specific school website and will also offer students the option of joining a counselor's Google Classroom (this page is managed in a confidential manner). If counselor support is needed by parents, they can contact the APS Engagement Center at 330-761-2810 and staff will put you in contact with your school counselor.


WHAT CHROMEBOOK SUPPORT IS OFFERED FOR FAMILIES?

Repairs or Missing Chromebooks:  Students and parents may drop off Chromebooks for repair or report missing Chromebooks at any of the high schools listed below starting March 30. Bring damaged or report lost/stolen devices at your cluster high school listed above. The device will be collected and a replacement will be given to you.  

Time and Locations for Chromebook Repair starting March 30:

  • Monday - Thursday, 9:30-11:30  (during meal pick up times)

  • Buchtel CLC, East CLC, Ellet CLC, Firestone CLC, Kenmore-Garfield High School, North High School. 

Chromebooks Left at School: Student Support Services is attempting to deliver the devices that have not been picked up from schools.  If they are unable to deliver the device to the student after a couple of attempts, it will be taken to their cluster high school and will be available for pickup during the scheduled Chromebook Repair times.  To contact Student Support Services, call 330-761-2810. 

What if my students can’t remember their login or password for their Chromebook?

Students are able to reset their password from the home page of the APS Portal. When their Chromebook is opened, go to the portal tab and click on “forgot my password.” For assistance, students can complete this form.


THANK YOU

While away from school, students will continue their learning through APS Connected Learning with the support of caring and dedicated school staff and a district of faculty making your student’s success a priority. We understand that the transition to remote learning is a new process for students and families and that is why we have put forth a structure of support for you both. Thank you for your continued support in providing quality education to your student.


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