Virtual Learning Overview
Burleson ISD Virtual Learning is a remote learning opportunity that will allow students to engage in high-quality learning experiences, utilize Burleson ISD instructional resources, and meaningfully connect with their teachers and other students. All activities will be designed to meet the needs of the student in the Virtual Learning environment through differentiated experiences that are consistent with those of their grade-level peers attending On-Campus Learning.
- Teachers will teach Virtual Learning students from their classrooms or other assigned BISD facilities.
- In this setting, teachers will also provide instruction, learning resources, and support through the use of a Learning Management System. We will ensure teachers, students, and staff receive training and support on using a Learning Management System to access the curriculum.
- Parents will support students and ensure they have access to a device, a place to work, and are engaged in virtual learning activities.
- We will ensure open lines of communication between teachers, students, and parents, as we work together to ensure each student is academically and socially-emotionally future-ready.
- Teachers will utilize the same curriculum as students who attend On-Campus Learning and will design strategies for learning in the Virtual Learning environment.
- Grading will be consistent with the guidelines and practices used in all On-Campus Learning instruction.
Virtual Learning Plan
To provide flexibility to our families, students will have the opportunity to participate in education either asynchronously or synchronously. This means students will be able to choose between logging on each day at standard times (participating synchronously) or interacting with the material through recorded videos, assignments, or presentations in the Learning Management System (participating asynchronously).
Asynchronous Learning is a curricular experience where students engage in the learning materials on their own time, interacting intermittently with the teacher via the computer or other electronic devices.
Burleson ISD student expectations for asynchronous learning:
- Students will engage in and complete asynchronous activities assigned each day at any time before 11:59 p.m.
- Students show proof of participation in daily virtual instruction by satisfactorily completing assignments to demonstrate evidence of student learning, e.g., video, picture or activities submitted as lessons and/or completing assignments.
- Students and parents will communicate with the teacher when needing additional assistance, tutoring, etc.
- Students should expect to spend 3 to 4 hours in asynchronous learning each day to ensure completion of the material.
- An important note, The Texas Education Agency now requires daily “engagement” in order to be counted present each day. “Engagement” means any of these occur: progress from teacher/student interactions made that day, or the turn-in of assignment(s) that day or synchronously. This means that if a student completes all their work on Monday, turns it in, and does not engage in the rest of the week; the student will only be counted present on Monday.
Synchronous Learning is defined as two-way, real-time, live, instruction between teachers and students, through the computer or other electronic devices. Students enrolled in BISD Virtual Learning will be assigned a virtual class schedule and will have the option of participating in live, synchronous instruction during each school day.
Burleson ISD student expectations for synchronous learning:
- Students attend class at a specific time, per their class schedule.
- Students are ready to engage and learn.
- Students should have a designated, distraction-free workspace to engage in learning.
- Students will show their face on the screen to engage with the teacher virtually.
- Students will participate in the class activities, discussions and assignments.
- Students should prepare to spend 3 to 4 hours a day logging in to classes, similar to a normal classroom schedule with intermittent breaks.
Schedule/Attendance for Virtual Learning
While in a virtual learning environment, time management is critical to success. Students and teachers must remain in communication regarding daily schedules and assignments. As with any traditional course, there is a risk of receiving a lower grade if a student falls behind. If students are struggling with time management, then the parent or student should contact the teacher for additional assistance.
For students participating in synchronous virtual learning (with a live instructor), the following schedules are examples of what a day would look like. Note, synchronous learners will log onto classes at the regularly scheduled time to be counted for attendance.
Sample Daily Schedules Examples:
Here is an example of what a math class for a student participating in synchronous virtual instruction may look like:
8:00 - 8:25 - Synchronous (live time) - Log on with a live teacher to be welcomed into the class and receive the daily lesson. Teacher will use digital whiteboard in Schoology to show live examples, and be available to answer any questions. During that time, the teacher gives the student an independent assignment to work for the next 15 minutes.
8:25 - 8:40 - Asynchronous (on your own time) - Student works within Schoology or on their own to practice the next phase of the lesson. If the student needs help, she can message within Schoology to receive that support
8:40 - 9:00 - Synchronous (live time) - Teacher delivers end of lesson wrap-up ensuring each student has been successful and provides opportunities for students to work on any assignment given.
For students participating in asynchronous virtual learning (on their own time), it is important to note that TEA still requires a full day of learning and students must be “engaged” daily to ensure attendance. Students should expect to still spend 3-4 hours a day to complete the required work. If at any time an asynchronous student wants to join a synchronous learning schedule, please let your instructor know.
It is important that students understand that Virtual Learning attendance is based on daily engagement, not solely the completion of assignments. State law TEC §25.092 and Burleson ISD Policy FEC (Local) and (Legal) still require students to attend at least 90% of their classes to receive credit and be promoted. Remote attendance will count in the same manner as on-campus (face-to-face) attendance in satisfying this requirement.
Virtual Learning Design for Grades PK-5
Teachers will structure the instructional day to ensure there are enough minutes devoted to each subject area, chunked into some synchronous (live) times and some asynchronous (on your own) times.
Daily synchronous (live) time may include activities such as:
- Read alouds
- Small group reading instruction
- Number Talks
- Community Circles/Check ins
- Direct instruction by teacher (mini-lesson)
Daily asynchronous (on your own) assignments are to be completed independently. These may include activities such as:
- Choice boards
- Student self-selected reading and writing
- Writing assignments
- Independent practice
Teachers will design small group time to differentiate instruction within the instructional block. This will require teachers to set up small group instruction schedules for students. It will be vital for teachers and parents to openly communicate the schedules for the students.
Regular communication and the partnership between teachers and parents will be crucial to the success of elementary students during Virtual Learning. Parents may be needed at home to assist their student with logging into the Learning Management System, monitoring their participation and progress in the learning, and ensuring completion of asynchronous activities.
Sample Gr. Pre K-5 Instructional Schedule (coming soon)
Virtual Learning Design for Grades 6-12
We know that students do better when they are working with live in-person teachers. For this reason, students have the option of logging in to their normal scheduled class at the normal scheduled time to receive instruction. Our goal is to provide our virtual students with the opportunity to learn everything our on-campus students are receiving.
Although we hope all students will participate during the school day, we understand that there are extenuating circumstances. For students who cannot attend during the school day, asynchronous learning is an option. Students must log into Schoology and watch the recorded daily lessons and ensure they are “engaged” by participating in the daily activities, communicating with the teacher, or completing assignments. Students participating asynchronously should plan to spend at least 4 hours a day learning.
Our district is dedicated to providing our students participating in virtual learning with the same course options as those choosing on-campus learning. We also recognize that changing a schedule for a student each six weeks, as TEA permits, could negatively affect a student’s ability to continue the path he or she is already on. For this reason, all students will be assigned to their normal on-campus classroom and participate in a blended learning model. This will allow students who need to change from virtual to on-campus or vice versa to remain with the same teacher and the same schedule for the 2020 - 2021 school year.
Intervention and Enrichment for Remote Learning
Intervention, enrichment, and tutorial time will be scheduled regularly for students to best meet their academic needs. During this time, students may engage in assigned group activities, project-based learning activities, small group or individual instruction. Teachers will communicate with students their plan for the designated time.
Special Education Support
ARD Committees will determine the unique needs of students who receive special education services and will make service recommendations for students attending the BISD Virtual Learning program. The nature of special education interventions will likely require a heavier concentration of synchronous supports and services to ensure that individual student needs are met. Progress will be carefully monitored and ARD Committees will convene as needed to make appropriate recommendations to meet individual student needs. This will ensure continued growth in the general education curriculum and on IEP goals and objectives.
Dual Credit Course Offerings
Dual credit courses will continue to be offered through our partnership with Hill College. Both in-person and online virtual students will be allowed to take dual credit courses through their home campus. Students should refer to communication from their campus administration regarding enrollment and scheduling. The Hill College academic calendar has not been altered and courses will begin the week of August 24th. Students should check their Hill College email and student accounts for additional information regarding coursework.These courses will continue to follow Hill College requirements and policies as outlined on the Hill College website and in course syllabi.
Career and Technical Education Courses
Virtual students enrolled in CTE courses have the option to take those courses in person or virtually. Due to the nature of Career and Technical courses and TEA requirements, students must be willing to participate in 45 minutes of instruction daily for credit in these courses if the student continues in a virtual environment. It will be up to the family to provide transportation to and from the campus if the student attends the course on-campus. Please ensure your student is dropped off no more than 15 minutes prior to instruction beginning, and picked up no more than 15 minutes after the class is completed. This will help us ensure we keep your student safe. Failure to comply may result in the student being required to take the class virtually instead of on-campus. More information about scheduling will be available in the coming weeks.
Virtual students have the option to take those courses in person or virtually. It will be up to the family to provide transportation to and from the campus if the student attends in person. Please ensure your student is dropped off no more than 15 minutes prior to instruction beginning, and picked up no more than 15 minutes after the class is completed. This will help us ensure we keep your student safe. Failure to comply may result in the student being required to take the class virtually instead of on-campus. More information about scheduling will be available in the coming weeks.
Virtual Learning Glossary
When learners participate in an online learning course at different times, it is known as asynchronous learning. This might also be called eLearning or web-based training (WBT). Asynchronous learning allows learners to go through a course at their own pace and on their own schedule.
Blended learning is an instructional approach that includes a combination of online and in-person learning activities. For example, students can complete online self-paced assignments by a certain date and then meet on-site or online for additional learning activities.
Refers to the characteristic of a digital tool’s accessibility to use across multiple platforms. For example, a digital tool can be used on a Macbook, iPhone, Chromebook, Windows device, Samsung phone, etc.
Learning Management System
Software-based platform that facilitates the management, delivery, and measurement of an educational agency’s virtual learning programs.
When learners participate in an online learning course at the same time but in different locations, it is known as synchronous learning. Synchronous learning allows learners to interact with the instructor and other participants. This is done through software that creates a virtual classroom.
The term online learning is often used synonymously with eLearning. It is an umbrella term that includes any type of learning accomplished on a computer and usually over the Internet.