Core Four Learning Tools
The Grandview School District worked hard to come up with a comprehensive way to stay connected with our students and for our students to stay engaged in learning. As a district we adopted a Core Four, a set of four learning tools to standardize how we were going to conduct learning during the COVID closure.
For those students with reliable internet connectivity at home we chose to use Google Drive for our repository, a place to store student work. As a district, we chose to use Zoom for two-way communication with our students, including for use during office hours. For one-way communication, typically for instructional videos as we introduce new concepts, we chose to use Screencastify. Our Learning Management System or home base is different across grade bands. We chose to use Flipgrid for prek through second grade students and for special education students in prek through fifth grade. We are using Google Classroom for students in grades three through eight and for special education students in grades six through 12. At Grandview High School we are using Canvas as our home base.
For students with no access to reliable internet we have developed a system that utilizes packets and phone calls to ensure these students continue to be engaged. As the chart below indicates, we are using phone calls for two-way communication and letters and printed notes for one-way communication. For students in prek through eighth grades and special education students in grades prek through 12, we are mailing home weekly work packets. For students in grades nine through 12, we are using a thumb drive distribution system. For these students every week we fill a thumb drive with new work that is distributed to students, when they pick up their new thumb drive, they return the prior week's thumb drive filled with their finished assignments.
And throughout the district new work is distributed, whether its online or in packet form, every Monday by 9 a.m.