SGMS Continuous Learning Platform
The following SGMS CLP information is provided to assist students and parents familiarizing themselves with this new information resource. Please visit this page frequently as it will be the area of the site where updates will be found.
The SGMS CLP uses an integrated set of interactive online resources to provide our staff and students the tools to support and enhance educational opportunities during these unprecedented times of social distancing and school closures.
The staff is responsible for continuing to provide educational learning opportunities during the school’s physical closure for the remainder of the 2019 – 2020 school year. Through the CLP our efforts will focus on the academic and social-emotional development of our students.
The goal of our CLP is to support student learning outside of normal educational practices in a manner that is equitable, inclusive and creative in supporting the needs of our students.
The essential components of our CLP support the school’s efforts to focus on essential learning, emphasize relationships, and connectivity in this new learning environment, and to be flexible and adaptable to meet the needs that arise.
The New Mexico Public Education Department has directed schools to meet their responsibilities as educators changing our professional practice to respond to the social distancing mandate and school closure announcement. As such, our teachers will continue to provide learning opportunities for your children as they have always done, with obvious changes in how those opportunities are presented.
The CLP is a collection of webpages on the school’s website, web-based forms where students can submit assignments, email options for communication, Zoom videoconferencing interactions for classroom instruction, as well as Teacher Office Hours.
Students are responsible for completing the requirements posted on the CLP. The school is physically closed due to the current health issues but academics will continue for the remainder of the 2019 – 2020 school year. Student lessons and assignments will be a mixture of activities ranging from watching and making videos, student oral and written reflections, reading for content and comprehension, writing exercises.
On-line classes will meet the following guidelines:
- A minimum of 30 minutes each for each class
Daily learning activities in the CLP can include:
- Reading and reflection
- Writing tasks
- Recorded and/or live lectures
- Online or written mathematics instruction
- Content-loaded webforms with text and activities
- Discussion boards
- Online resources
- Content-based activities
- Project-based or service-learning projects
- And others developed as necessary
Each teachers will have set Office Hours weekly and students can meet electronically with the teachers to discuss any issues that they may have with their work. Students may also contact the teachers with emails, texts, and scheduled phone calls. As the CLP roles out, the staff and administration will continually monitor the effectiveness of the CLP, and identify and correct any potential issues that students may face.
The same communication resources are available to parent/caregivers as provided to students. Please email the Principal to discuss any matters related to the CLP at your convenience.
The school’s CLP will go live online on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 8:00am. This will provide a timely continuation of instruction for the remainder of the school year. Please note that there will be times when changes will be made to the system and the school will notify the families of any changes when they are made.
Step 1: On the homepage select a Teacher from the list by clicking on their name, icon or classes link:
Step 2: Locate your class on the Teacher’s Assignment page.
Step 3: Use the hyperlinked picture or link below to access the assignment.
Step 4: Read ALL directions found on the Assignment page.
Step 5: Download or Select all links to each of the listed attachments.
Step 6: Read any Notes for the assignment as they will provide added guidance to successfully completing the assignment.
Step 7: Complete all of your work for uploading to the CLP. Make sure to use acceptable file formats.
Step 8: Carefully fill in all of the fields on the webform.
Step 9: Attach the necessary file(s) needed for the assignment.
Step 10: Submit the form.
Step 11: Check your email for notification that the system accepted your assignment.
In order to keep track of all the work students will submit using the CLP, it will be important that students follow these guidelines when labeling assignments.
- The CLP is designed to present new assignments on a weekly basis so that is where the labeling of assignments will start: (e.g. Week1 assignments = W1; Week 2 assignments = W2);
- Who submits the assignment is also important. So the addition of the student’s name to the label will be the first initial then last name: (e.g. John Smith = jsmith);
- So far, the assignment label looks like this: W1jsmith;
- Next, the class the assignment is for is really important to add to the label in the event that when submitting an assignment a student places it under the wrong class in the webform (e.g. WK1jsmithmusic6);
- It may seem weird but when the site administrator is looking through hundreds of files stored on the server, the strings of information contained within the label of the file makes it reasonably easy to find it through a search function.
What is Zoom?
- Web, audio & video conferencing
- Used for online meeting
- Group messaging
- Screen sharing
How will Zoom be used?
Zoom can be used to do many things outside of a regular classroom. We will be using Zoom to…
- Meet with students members for assignment and projects
- Work on homework with classmates
- Record a presentation or lecture
- Schedule online tutoring
- Host a meeting teacher Office Hours
What Devices can I use Zoom on?
- Laptop/computer (PC/Mac) — recommended
- Tablet (Apple iOS, Android)
- Smartphone (Apple iOS, Android)
- Remember to download and install the Zoom launcher (PC/Mac) or the app (iOS/Android) in advance, as it can take several minutes to complete.
- Review Zoom instructions via the external Zoom link Getting Started
- Join a Zoom Test Meeting (found by clicking here) to confirm your computer or device’s capabilities.
- In your test meeting, practice using the Zoom features listed below under “Views to Choose From” and “The Zoom Menu.”
15 Minutes Before
- Find a quiet space with strong WiFi that is free of distractions. You can test your internet connection speed by visiting Zoom’s suggested third party bandwidth tester, Speedtest.
- Open Zoom via the downloaded program, app, or through the Zoom module link you receive from your teacher’s email.
- Test your headphones, microphone, and camera to make sure the class can hear and see you (and vice versa).
- To test your microphone, click “Test Computer Mic & Speakers” in the pop-up window that appears when first opening a test meeting or beginning your scheduled meeting. More information on audio testing can be found here.
- To test your camera, just look at the Zoom window to see that you are clearly visible, non-pixellated, and can move and speak without noticeable delays. Click here for more video testing tips.
- You may need to give Zoom permission to access your camera and microphone beforehand. Typically, the request for permission will appear in a pop-up window the first time you open a Zoom Meeting, and will carry over to future meetings. If you declined permissions in the past, you will need to go into your PC or Mac’s settings to allow Zoom to access your camera and microphone.
- Close any windows or programs open on your device that are unrelated to your meeting. This focuses your device’s power to provide the best Zoom meeting experience possible.
During the Zoom Meeting
- Click Start Video to begin broadcasting from your webcam.
- Click the Chat bubble to ask questions via text, share links to websites, and keep up with the class’s back-channel discussion. You can chat to everyone in the meeting, just the professor, or a specific person.
- Find out who else is in the meeting by clicking Participants. This is also where you can “raise your hand” to ask a question or answer a question.
- Be prepared to share your screen with the class.
- At the end of the class, click Leave Meeting.
The web-based form you use to submit your assignments (file uploads) for the various teachers is programmed to:
- supports Drag & Drop or File Explorer mechanisms for uploading files;
- accept up to ten (10) files for one submission;
- accept a total of 25Mb of file capacity per submission;
- accept several different file types (.pdf, .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .mov, .mp4, .avi, .png, jpg, .jpeg);
- provide several emails upon submission;
- Sender response designating successful submission
- Instructor email directing files to their attention
- Site Administration email that secures each submission on the server
- stores files in the media library on the website
Each individual teacher has their own file upload form programmed for their respective classes so please select the appropriate criteria prior to submitting. If you make an error in submitting your assignment(s), please contact your teacher by email and let her know. Please do not resubmit the assignment multiple times as this will only provide some confusion when searching for the originally misplaced file(s). Your teacher can contact the site administrator (Mr. Andreis) and files can be rerouted to the appropriate location on the server for their review.
If you have questions at any time please contact your teacher or Mr. Andreis to ask questions regarding this feature of the CLP.