Top Tips for Remote Learning and Wellbeing

Top Tips for successful and safe remote learning

  • Never share your passwords – your teachers do not need access to your password and will never ask you to share it.
  • Never agree to talk to someone privately or in secret - your teachers will never ask you to do this. Your discussions with your teachers will be the same as they are in class
  • Immediately tell your parents or your teacher if you are contacted by someone you don’t recognise. Teachers will always have official accounts ending in @shrewsbury.ac.ukor @ssfc.ac.uk and will never change their name suddenly. You should only contact staff on their official SCG or SSFC email address.
  • Always communicate in positive ways during a discussion and/or lesson. Be polite, mindful of the feelings of others and courteous at all times. •Never share videos, provided by your teachers or other students, on social media and never take and share screenshots. You should not record or share with anyone else what happens in the online classroom. Your peers will be asking questions and your teacher will be posting advice and support. Everyone should feel confident in communicating without the concern of the content being shared outside of the classroom.
  • If anything feels wrong or different, speak to your tutor immediately. Your form tutor/teachers will be in regular contact to offer you any support necessary.

Wellbeing top tips for successful home learning

  • Try and treat the day like a normal college day and organise yourself as you would do the night before a regular day. This should include preparing your workspace, having the correct books ready and ensuring that your passwords for your online accounts work. These learning habits will help ease the transition to online learning.
  • Try and ensure the space you intend to work in is productive for learning. Set your equipment up at a desk, ensure you have a sensible chair with support for your back and the screen you will be using is positioned at a comfortable level.
  • There may be links to videos or websites with sound provided for you to access. As such headphones may be useful to prevent distractions by others and allow complete focus.
  • You should avoid accessing social media during your learning time as it will distract you. Put your phone away altogether while you work, unless you are using it for lessons. It is understandable for you to have concerns over the current situation, as it is so prevalent in the media. If this is the case please discuss this with your parents or teachers. Follow the e-safety top tips.
  • Ensure you take regular breaks from your screen or paperwork at the appropriate time. Allow yourself time to move around, go for walks and stretch. It is also important to stay hydrated so keep water close to your area of study. As you will be using a screen more than usual, try to avoid them at other times if possible.
  • Eat well and drink lots of water and you will feel more energised.
  • Try and keep stress to a minimum. Create time to undertake activities that you enjoy to give yourself a brain break.
  • Communicate. Keep an open line of communication to parents and teachers about how you are feeling. Remote learning is a new experience and may feel frustrating at times but share how you feel and just do your best!
  • Remember SCG is here to support you, should you need to speak to someone about any concerns.

Student Guide to Teams

Getting Started

In addition to your laptop or PC, you will need:

  • Webcam
  • Microphone
  • Headphones

To improve the quality of the online meeting, it is recommended that you use headphones with a microphone (e.g. the ones that you would get with a mobile phone), if you do not have these then just use headphones; this will reduce audio feedback.

Accessing Teams

To get started, download the Teams app on your computer, laptop or mobile device.

N.B. While Teams does run through a browser, Microsoft also provides applications for all devices, and you may find that the experience is better using the application.

The tiled interface lets you know all of the classes that you are currently a member of. They will all be named, and if the name is highlighted in bold it means that there has been activity in that class since you were last in it.
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(Notice that the title of the tile on the left is bolder than the one on the right? This means there has been activity in this class while you have been away.)

To open a class, simply click on the tile, and this will bring up posts and content provided by your teacher.
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Attending your meeting

  • Open your calendar either via your outlook calendar or your calendar on Teams.
  • Click on the event to view it and click on the link in the description that says, “JOIN MICROSOFT TEAMS MEETING”.
  • Select either “Join on the web instead” or use the app if you’ve downloaded it (or wish to download it).

Live lessons for classes can also be linked in the general channel.
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You can access the live lessons there and also by clicking the “Join” button.
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This will allow you to join the live lesson when it is scheduled.
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Tips for using Teams 

  • It is good etiquette to switch off the video and audio for the chat. This will make the class easier for your teacher to manage. If you need to turn them on, you can do so during the class, when asked by your teacher.
  • Clicking the “Join now” button will take you to your class, and you will be able to see the lesson your teacher wants to share.
  • Microphones can be muted and unmuted using the buttons during the class as and when audio communications are required.

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  • At the end of the lesson, the red button will end your call and take you out of the class.
  • Lessons may be recorded and added to the channel by staff if this is required. When this happens, the videos will also appear in the general channel.

Using Teams

  • Questions and comments can be added to the “Posts” section for everyone (Including the administrating staff member) to see.

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  • If you want to mention a teacher to ensure they are notified of your message, using the @ symbol with the teacher's name will “tag” them in the message. This way the person you want to notify of a post will receive a notification through Teams.
  • This is done via the “Activity” feed.
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  • Across the top ribbon there are also additional menu options.
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    Files may contain teaching and learning resources and various files, such as documents, help guides and presentations.
  • Class Notebooks give you your own online notebook that can store your class notes (You may also have other notebooks for different subjects that are not linked to your Team.)

 


Student Guide to Assignments on Teams

Assignments 

  • You might be set “Assignments” for a class. To see these, click the assignments tab.
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  • In order to return an assignment, click on the link and follow the instructions on that assignment. Clicking the “Add Work” button allows you to upload work to the assignment to be marked by your teacher.


Students submitting assignment work in Teams

To turn in an assignment in Teams, select the specific assignment. Depending on the status of your assignment, you may be turning your work in on time, late, or submitting revised work.

  1. Navigate to the General channel in the desired classroom, then select Assignments. You can also use your search bar to search for an assignment by keyword.
  2. Your upcoming assignments will show in order of when they're due. Select any assignment card to open it and view the assignment’s details.

    Tip: Select the Expansion icon (diagonal, double-sided arrow) to work in full-screen mode.
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  3. If your teacher specified a document for you to turn in or you have other files to attach to this assignment, select +Add work and upload your file. Note: You can attach a file up to 50 MB in size.
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  4. Select the Turn in button to turn in an assignment before its deadline. The button will change depending on the status: o Turn in again if you’re editing an assignment you’ve already turned in and need to submit work again.
  5. Turn in late if you’re turning in your assignment after the due date, but your teacher has allowed late turn-ins or asked for a revision.
  6. Not turned in if the assignment is past due and your teacher is no longer accepting turn-ins. You cannot turn in work.
  7. Undo turn in if you decide you want to edit your assignment before the due date. You'll need to turn it in again after you make your edits.
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  • At this point, your work is done, and you just need to wait for it to be marked. Some
    assignments will be handed back for edits before a final mark is given.
  • There may also be additional channels in your Team to focus discussion threads. Always
    ensure you follow your teacher’s guidance when you are using any chat channels.
  • When you need to access a different class, simply click the “All Teams” button, and you will return to the original tiled screen with all of the classes you are part of.
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  • Whenever any new activity occurs in teams you will see red circled numbers in the left side menu. Clicking the relevant button will show you a timeline of the activity that has taken place. This means that you will never miss anything that happens in your classes.
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Scanning work using OneDrive and save as PDF.

  • On your Mobile device, download the OneDrive App for either IOS or Android at the specific App store
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  • Once the App has been downloaded to your phone or mobile device, click on the
    OneDrive icon.
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  • Log in to your OneDrive account using your College email address (student ID number
    @ shrewsbury.ac.uk and password).
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  • You will see any files and folders you already have in your OneDrive account on the homepage.
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  • At the bottom of the screen, you will see a camera icon.
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  • As you focus the camera on your page(s) of your document, you will notice that a blue box will appear around it. This is to capture the actual page outline. Click on this to take a photo of your document.
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  • It will then prompt you to click on the + icon if you have multi-page scanning to do and repeat the process, otherwise, click ‘Done’.
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  • You can then name the file and choose if you want to put it in a specific folder.
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  • You can do several things once the file has been saved. You can share your file and send a link or you can email the file directly.
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