Before embarking on distance learning, we surveyed Sheridan families to determine potential technology needs. We inquired about the availablity of computer equipment, printers, and mobile devices such as iPads, asked about WiFi speed and connectivity, and sought to identify potential obstacles to a seamless distance learning experience.
Every Sheridan student in Grades K-2 has received an iPad and charger from the school. Students in Grades 3-8 have been provided with Chromebooks and chargers.
In the Lower School, students interact with their teachers and each other primarily through Zoom, and Seesaw is the platform most widely used to complete and share assignments. Other apps used by teachers for instruction and assessment vary by grade, and include programs related to math, reading, writing, music, Spanish, and more. In Middle School, live instruction and interaction takes place through Google Meet and Google Classroom serves as the base for assignments and assessment. In both divisions, teachers also use WeVideo and YouTube to prepare video lessons and to connect with students beyond their Zoom and Google Meet classes and events.
Throughout this distance learning period, we are partnering with families to continually monitor and respond to technology needs. Our Technology Guidance offers suggestions for a successful tech-based experience. In addition, tech training has been provided to parents, students and teachers, and our Tech team provides ongoing support, including through weekly office hours.