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Using ZOOM and other online meeting tools in an educational setting

Using ZOOM and other online meeting tools in an educational setting

At North Star, teachers are using a variety of technology tools to reach students while we are unable to meet together within the walls of the school building. Being able to see and interact with one another in a virtual setting helps us present content to students and answer questions in real time.

In the elementary, many teachers have opted to use Zoom, an online video conferencing tool. Zoom has attracted a great deal of attention due to a few high-profile meetings which have been disrupted by unwanted participants who behaved poorly, sharing inappropriate content and derogatory language in the meeting. At North Star, we have taken the following precautions to prevent this from occurring in our virtual classes:

  • Teachers have been instructed to use the “lobby” feature
    This puts incoming participants into a waiting area until they are admitted to the meeting by the host. In this way, our teachers are able to admit only recognized accounts to the class.
  • Teachers are asked to implement a meeting password, and to share the password securely via email or on a private class page. This prevents unwanted participants from copy/pasting a join code from an public website. The meeting details are provided only to invited students/parents.
  • Meeting defaults are set to turn participant video off.
    By turning off participant video, student are better able to focus on the teacher and instruction. Unwanted distractions are minimized and student privacy is protected.
  • Meeting defaults are set to automatically record the meeting
    Recording the meeting allows students not online for live instruction to view the class at a later time. It also preserves a record of the meeting to allow for review and feedback, when necessary.
  • Meeting defaults do not allow participants to join before the host
    This ensures that the teacher is online and ready to begin the meeting and that students are not interacting in the video meeting with a teacher online.

At the junior/senior high level, most teachers are using Microsoft Teams, which by default restricts meetings to those explicitly invited to the class and requires participants login with their .k12 email address.  Teachers also have the ability to mute or remove participants and to record the class.

There is no reason for students to use Zoom, Teams or any of the other virtual meeting tools outside of scheduled class meetings that are led by their teacher. The school is not able to supervise students’ use of devices outside the building, so it is important that parents provide supervision when students are online. If there are concerns about inappropriate use of technology, please be proactive and ensure the devices are put away when not needed for school work. Most home routers can be programmed to limit online access to certain times. A low tech solution for managing online access is to simply unplug the router and remove the power cord when the internet is not needed.

Virtual meetings can enhance teaching and learning during this unprecedented time, but we all need to work together to make sure that we keep the safety of our students and staff in mind at all times. We appreciate your partnership and feedback as we continue to learn what works best for remote learning at North Star.

May Breakfast Menu

MAY BREAKFAST 2018

May 1 

Sausage Omelets, Juice, Fruit

May 2

Waffles, Sausage, Fruit, Juice

May 3

Boiled Eggs with Toast, Fruit, Juice

May 4

Cereal, Toast, Fruit, Juice, Milk

Yogurt or Smoothie

May 7

Cereal, Toast, Juice, Milk, Fruit

Yogurt or Smoothie

May 8

Breakfast Burritos, Juice, Fruit

May 9

French Toast, Sausage, Juice, Fruit

May 10

Scrambled Eggs, Toast, Fruit, Juice

May 11

Cereal, Toast, Fruit, Juice, Milk

Yogurt or Smoothie

May 14

Cereal, Toast, Juice, Milk, Fruit

Yogurt or Smoothie

May 15

Cheese Omelets, Toast, Juice, Fruit

May 16

Pancakes, Sausage, Fruit, Juice

May 17

Oatmeal with Blueberries, Toast, Fruit, Juice

May 18

Cereal, Toast, Juice, Milk, Fruit

May 21

Cereal, Toast, Juice, Milk, Fruit

May 22

Cereal, Toast, Juice, Milk, Fruit

May 23

Last day of school

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May Lunch Menu

MAY LUNCH 2018

May 1 

Chicken Pasta Supreme, Carrots

May 2

Beef Tacos, Refried Beans, Chips and Salsa

May 3

Pork Roast, Scalloped Potatoes, Carrots, Buns

May 4

Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Biscuits

May 7

Mashed Potato Bowl, Biscuits

May 8

Chinese Chicken, Stir Fry Veggies, Fried Rice, Fortune Cookies

May 9

Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Green Beans, Buns

May 10

Lasagna Hot Dish, Broccoli Blend

May 11

Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Baked Beans, Potato Wedges

May 14

Mostaccioli Hot Dish, Peas

May 15

Macaroni and Cheese, Chicken, Green Beans

May 16

Cooks Choice

May 17

Cooks Choice

May 18

Baked Potato Bar, Biscuits

May 21

Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, Corn, Breadsticks

May 22

Cheeseburgers, Baked Beans, French Fries

May 23

Sack Lunches

Last day of school

E-Pay Login link added

Parents,

A link to the E-Pay system has been added to the Parents page. The direct link is also available on the Document page.

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8th Grade Computer Students create in Scratch

Visit Mrs. Ramey’s Student Showcase to see the latest programs created by the 8th grade class using MIT’s Scratch program. This week, students learned about loops and variables. They created a “Fortune Teller” app in the style of the old “Magic 8 Ball” toy. Check it out and ask it if North Star will win the football game tonight!