Distance Learning Platforms and Tools

  • SCUSD teachers are using the Google Classroom and Google Meet/Zoom platforms for distance learning. Please note that your child’s teacher is sharing assignments each day using these platforms.

    Attendance

    Attendance recording will occur through your child’s daily meetings and interactions in Google Classroom with their teachers. Teachers and SCUSD will monitor attendance data to ensure that students are engaged in their learning and to follow up with families where there are concerns. If your child misses a daily class session or morning meeting, make-ups should be completed before the next class session in order to receive attendance credit.

    Google Apps for Education Suite

    Google Apps for Education Suite is the primary productivity platform used in SCUSD schools. All students beginning in kindergarten are provided with their own Google account that includes access to Google Calendar, Classroom, Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Starting in 6th grade, students have access to Gmail. During distance learning, teachers will ensure that all students are provided their Google account username and password (if they don’t already have it). Google Meet has also been enabled for all students so that teachers can hold video chats with their students.

    If you have more than one child sharing a family device to access Google Apps, you will want to set up a process for ensuring each child logs out of Google before the next child logs on. This will help students to stay focused on their own materials and with their own tools.

    Google Classroom

    Google Classroom is a learning platform where teachers can post assignments for students. During distance learning, teachers will post their lessons/modules on their Google Classroom pages, possibly facilitate online discussions, and accept submissions of student learning. Google Classroom also includes a calendar where assignment deadlines can be tracked.

    Chromebook

    Login to your Chromebook using your scusd.net account. In the upper right corner, click on the Super S or the waffle (9 dots), then click “Google Classroom.” Accept invitations to all of your teachers’ Google Classroom.

    PC/Laptop

    Using a “Chrome” Browser, log in to Google with your scusd.net account. In the upper right corner, click on the Super S or the waffle (9 dots), then click “Google Classroom.” Accept invitations to all of your teachers’ Google Classroom.

    Resource

    Student/Parent Guide for Google Classroom

    Google Meet

    Teachers may hold video chat sessions with students to give live instruction, host discussions, and/or continue to build social-emotional connections with students. Your child’s teacher will announce the date/time for these virtual meetings and will share a link to the session.

    How does my child find and accept my teacher’s invitation to a Google Meet?
    High school students can check email for Google Meet invites via Gmail or School Loop.

    Middle school students can check email for Google Meet invites via School Loop.

    Elementary school students can join the Google Meet invites via the teacher's Google Classroom. Many teachers post the Google Meet Invite in their Google Classroom.

    Be mindful that these are live classrooms and families should refrain from participating in class meetings. Families can meet with teachers during office hours.

    Resource

    Google Meet for Students

    Zoom

    Teachers may choose to use Zoom instead of Google Meet as their video conferencing tool.

    Resource

    Zoom for Students

    School Loop

    School Loop - Getting Started with Loop Mail

    Additional Tools

    Optional Learning Resources and Login Information

    Teachers will give clear instructions for students if they want them to use any of these extra tools. Many of these tools are ones that are already used frequently by teachers. Please note: teachers may also be using tools that are not listed. They will communicate requirements for using these, and all, tools to students using their main method of communication.

    Once students are logged in to their Google browser, they can access additional resources through their Super S. If they can’t access the Super S, they can access the resources at Santa Clara Unified Student Resources