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eLearning Guidance in the Wake of COVID-19

eLearning Guidance for Parents and Educators 

While the school district may be closed for an undefined time, our students will continue to receive quality instruction by completing assignments that teachers will provide virtually through our eLearning. 

An overview of D7’s eLearning instruction and basic steps, grading, and FAQ can be found here - https://www.spartanburg7.org/elearning

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Elementary Grade Levels Remote Learning Lesson Plans for April 7 - 17, 2020

Kindergarten (PDF)

First Grade (PDF)

Second Grade (PDF)

Third Grade (PDF)

Fourth Grade (PDF)

Fifth Grade (PDF)

Online Learning Resources

Along with the trational eLearning already in place, D7 is making avaiable additional online or home-based learning in the event of extended closures. We are working quickly to develop resources and guidance to assist educators and families during this unprecedented time. District 7 has assembled high-quality materials, examples, and thinking from our trusted partners and networks in the FAQ below. We hope you find these helpful as you strive to quickly meet the challenges imposed by COVID-19.

We will work to update this page regularly with the best available guidance as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves.


All Students 

State Department of Education Recommended Websites
https://expectmoresc.com/support-for-families-helping-students-learn-at-home/  


SCETV Educational Programming
Beginning Tuesday, March 24, SCETV will begin a modified programming schedule. PBS Kids content, designed for grades PreK – 5, will air through 1pm, and again at 4pm. From 1pm – 4pm, local content will air for middle and high school students. Program modifications will take place throughout the duration of school closures and will address a wide variety of content areas. Educators and parents will have access to supplemental lesson plans and curriculum materials to facilitate meaningful use of the content.

Attached for your information is the following:

  • Modified programming schedule for the week
  • Learning reflection worksheet that can be used for any TV program
  • Virtual PD Session schedule for educators and parents through next week

We are updating learning activities for each of the shows and they will be posted online https://www.scetv.org/athomelearning. You can also follow South Carolina ETV and SCETV Education on Facebook and Twitter.

National Geographic Kids 
https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/ Resources available for K-12 students in all content areas.  

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The Smithsonian
https://www.si.edu/kids The Smithsonian provides resources for all age levels and all content areas including articles, simulations, videos, virtual field studies, and games.   

Virtual Tours of 12 Famous Museums
Google Arts & Culture teamed up with museums and galleries around the world to bring anyone and everyone virtual tours and online exhibits of some of the most famous museums around the world. Now, you get “go to the museum” and never have to leave your couch.

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Reading and Storytime Resources

Dial A Story
Spartanburg County Public Library Dial a Story - (864) 596-3530 Call anytime to hear a story. Stories updated weekly.

Storyline Online 
https://www.storylineonline.net/library/ The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Reading aloud to children has been shown to improve reading, writing and communication skills, logical thinking and concentration, and general academic aptitude, as well as inspire a lifelong love of reading.  Storyline Online is available 24 hours a day for children, parents, caregivers and educators worldwide. Each book includes supplemental curriculum developed by a credentialed elementary educator, aiming to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills for English-language learners. 

Teach Your Monster To Read
https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/ Teach Your Monster to Read is a series of games that’s helps children learn to read. Play for free on the website. Covers letters to sounds to reading whole sentences.  

Math and Science Resources 

Khan Academy is a free online learning platform that offers practice exercises, instructional videos and a personalized learning dashboard for students to learn subjects including math, science, computer programming, history, art history and economics from home. It also has specialized content from NASA, the Museum of Modern Art, the California Academy of Sciences and MIT. In light of the recent school closures, Khan Academy released daily schedules for students in pre-K through grade 12 to follow from home. 

 

Virtual SC



VirtualSC, South Carolina's free, state-sponsored online program is offering free educational resources to our students, parents, and teachers while our schools are closed. Please visit virtualsc.org/resources to find a variety of resources, including: test prep for national exams like SAT, ACT, PSAT, Advanced Placement exams, personalized math programs for 6-12th grade students, free educational videos , and more.

Resources Compiled by D7 Odyssey Teachers 

SCETV PreK-12 Resources for Emergency Closings - for Students of All Ages
As teachers, students, and families deal with school closures, PBS Learning Media producers and educators have come together to curate a special collection of resources organized by grade and subject area. Find videos, lesson plans, and activities that support learning at home.

They’ve assembled packets of printable activities to download and share with parents and students here.

The Kennedy Center for Students of All Ages
For educators looking to infuse the arts into their educational practices, the Kennedy Center has developed a robust collection of hundreds of digital learning resources: lessons, articles, performance guides, how-tos and much more.  

Information for AP Students - https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/coronavirus-updates

Here’s how the AP Program is supporting you and your school:

  • We’re providing live and on-demand AP courses for free.
  • We’re developing a new at-home testing option.

Based on the number and length of school closures, it's clear that the usual way AP Exams are given at schools won’t be possible.Some students may want to take the exam sooner rather than later, while the content is still fresh. Other students may want more time to practice. For each AP subject, there will be two different testing dates. The full exam schedule, specific free-response question types that will be on each AP Exam, and additional testing information will be available by April 3.  

Advanced Coding for High School Students
CodeAcademy Pro - It's free during COVID-19 for High School and up 

Odyssey Students – 3rd – 5th Grade 
The Mensa for Kids website features high-quality content and programs specifically designed for gifted youth, their parents, and teachers around the globe, regardless of Mensa affiliation. An outreach of the Mensa Foundation, Mensa for Kids encourages excellence in the service and education of intellectually gifted youth.  

Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page is all-things-gifted site, full of resources, articles, books and links to help and support parents, teachers, and gifted children alike.  

Exquisite Minds believes in the importance of cultivating creativity in bright and gifted children. Exquisite Minds offers support to parents and educators who want to challenge children to find new and constructive ways to look at the world.  

Metropolitan Museum of Art for Kids children can go through time machines and learn about various exhibits.   

Kids Think Design is a website that promotes design thinking and provides a showcase for kids' original projects. 

NanoWrimo for anyone wanting to do creative writing. 

Wonderopolis helps kids research topics they're curious about.  

Circle Round was created and produced by parents of young children, WBUR's Circle Round adapts carefully-selected folktales from around the world into sound- and music-rich radio plays for kids ages 4 to 10. Each 10- to 20-minute episode explores important issues like kindness, persistence and generosity. And each episode ends with an activity that inspires a deeper conversation between children and grown-ups. 

Neuroscience for Kids was created for students and teachers who would like to learn about the nervous system. Discover the exciting world of the brain, spinal cord, neurons and the senses. Use the experiments, activities and games to help you learn about the nervous system.

http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/neurok.html 

Mystery Science uses mystery to teach science and uses simple hands-on activities designed to use supplies you already have (or are easy to get).  

For Educators
Educators at the S.C. Department of Education have developed remote learning resources that can be used by teachers across all grade levels.The links and resources included were both developed internally and vetted from outside sources for use by school districts as instructional resources. Resources will continue to be added as they are developed and vetted.  bit.ly/SCDEresources SCETV is offering FREE Virtual PD Sessions for Educators via Zoom.

ETV Vitual Professional Development Information

See initial schedule below. Please send specific areas of interest/session topics to etveducation@scetv.org

Wednesday, March 25th @10 am
Project Based Lessons & Student Created Content
Register: http://bit.ly/projectbasedlessons

Thursday, March 26th @ 4pm
Online Resources for Early Learners
Register: http://bit.ly/OnlineResourcesEarlyLearners 

Tuesday, March 31st @ 10am
Online PD Resources for Support Staff
Register: http://bit.ly/onlinePDresources