Your Starting Point for Trinity’s Remote Learning

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Welcome To Remote Learning

Starting Point

The School appreciates that the switch to remote learning presents changes and challenges. This page is designed to be your starting point, a place to come if you can’t remember how to log in, where to log in, who to call, and even to deal with the, “Where exactly was the School’s downloadable guide?” Our advice is: start here.

On Tuesday 24th March, an email was distributed to all parents with instructions on how to access Remote Learning. The same instructions appear below.

How to access the School’s downloadable guide: Remote Learning Protocols and Student Wellness

Please use your usual log in to myportal.trinity.nsw.edu.au – the School’s remote working guides are attached to each student profile. A new section has been added under the ‘academic reports/other documents’ tab called Remote Learning.

Here you will find a PDF booklet, Remote Learning Protocols and Student Wellness. This resource is for parents and students to guide you through our remote learning programme. We encourage families to download the booklet and read it together.

Where do students log in for their remote learning?

Students are to log into their Seesaw (Pre-K – Year 2) and Canvas (Years 3 – 12) remote learning management systems. Emails from each Head of Campus have been sent this afternoon to parents as reminders.

The Academic Dean has also emailed Middle and Senior School students this afternoon.

I’m overwhelmed by the thought of managing remote learning. Help!

The School is committed to supporting its community through this period of remote learning. The Trinity Remote Learning Protocols and Student Wellness booklet (attached to each student profile if you log into myportal.trinity.nsw.edu.au) is a great place to start with guides and advice. Please also see the Helpful Links and Information section on this page.

Is there any remote learning support?

Absolutely. There is teaching, pastoral and IT support. Email contacts are in your Trinity Remote Learning Protocols and Student Wellness booklet. Within every Canvas Course, there is also an e-learning/ICT help link that is populated with ‘How To’ guides for students.

My son is sick, so he won’t be remote learning today, what do I do?

For COVID-19 mitigation purposes, the NSW Government has asked schools to remain open, but deliver in a remote learning mode. This means we still have a Government obligation to keep records of attendance. You will receive a daily text message asking you as to your son’s learning ‘category’. If he is unwell and unable to learn remotely, please reply with ‘absent’.

If there’s a day I need to send my son for ‘School-based supervision’ remote learning, what do I do?

Bring your son to School for the 8am start time. The roll will be marked of the boys who are present at school each day.

Please do not send your son to School if he is unwell. See our COVID-19 information page.

We remind all parents that the NSW Premier has encouraged parents to keep their children at home to contain the spread of Coronavirus.

What if I need to come to the School during remote learning time?

All parents must report to the Office of each campus if they visit during the remote learning time. Please do not come if you are unwell. See our COVID-19 information page.

Phase Two: Remote Learning and Interactive Video Meetings

When will you start interactive video learning for students?

The plans for our second phase of remote learning have always included interactive video engagement for students. It commences at the start of Term Two. Your sons will experience the use of our interactive video platform during Week 10 as we test and trial in anticipation of Term Two.

Why didn’t interactive video learning start sooner?

Our initial priority for students was familiarity during a time of rapid change and adjustment. Quite literally, their teaching and School world changed overnight. Rather than open up all facets of remote learning technology immediately, we purposely decided to stagger the functional roll-out to avoid overwhelming students and staff.

But interactive video and chat is familiar and easy. I don’t understand the delay.

As adults, it is tempting to compare how easy we find using video chat with friends and family, how our children use Facetime to effortlessly chat with Grandparents overseas, and how easily corporate meetings run via Zoom or Microsoft Chat across time zones and continents.

However, corporate meetings come (usually) with self-aware adults and agendas, and social and familial chats involve small and unstructured groups.

These contexts are not neat parallels for the range and diversity of learning experiences in a school. As the School is committed to maintaining the educational standards for which it is known, so our regarded academic teams chose not to rush at the urgent at the expense of the important.

What interactive video platforms will the School be using?

We will be using interactive video chat meetings and live classroom breakouts using the video function in Microsoft Teams. Our choice of this platform has been based on familiarity:

  • our students are familiar with the Microsoft Office suite
  • it integrates with Canvas, a platform with which they are familiar
  • it offers our ICT extensive functionality when it comes to protocol and protection securities

Will the whole School use the same platform in the same way?

The School will use the same platform, but how it is utilised will differ across campuses and year groups. The Prep and Junior Schools are providing an asynchronous learning experience in the primary years to allow households to flexibly navigate remote learning. This means that live streaming and live class room check ins may be utilised, but other learning will still be set for students to work at in their own time and pace.

In the middle and senior Schools, the Microsoft Teams videoconferencing sessions will augment current TGS Remote Learning for:

  • timetabled class lesson design
  • individual or small group support
  • individual or small group feedback

This platform will also be particularly helpful for boys with additional needs, and counselling.

Where do I find more information?

Additional information about preparing for interactive video and Phase 2 of Trinity’s Remote Learning via Microsoft Teams will be supplied from each campus over the coming days and in advance of the commencement of Term Two.