Digital Transition FAQs

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Access

Are there plans for students and/or teachers who don't currently have access to Internet or home computers or devices?

Districts are currently working on remote learning plans to address Internet access and devices. Reach out to your supervisor or district contacts for updated information.

The Department of Public Instruction has published a list of Internet access resources.

Has the decision been made to start online education?

Plans have to be made at the local level. Reach out to your supervisor or district contacts to see what their plans are for online learning.

Canvas Learning Management System

Is there a Canvas tutorial for teachers?

Yes, please visit NCDPI’s tutorial page.

Where can I learn about Canvas conferencing?

How can I add audio when presenting in Canvas?

Am I eligible for a free Canvas teacher account if my school doesn't subscribe?

Yes, any teacher can sign up for a free teacher account by visiting the Canvas Community page and clicking on the Need a free classroom? button. You will have to manually add all your students in the free classroom once it has been created. Please note: before you create a free Canvas classroom, you need to get permission from your school and district leadership. In terms of design and navigation, it is best for students when entire schools make unified decisions on what learning management system will be used and it is also beneficial to create a school-wide template.

Does Canvas offer a built-in lockdown browser?

No, Canvas does not include a built-in lockdown browser. They offer integration with other third-party solutions

Will everyone have to use Canvas?

This is a decision at the local level. Consult with your principal or district administrator for their recommended LMS.

What is a "rich content editor"?

It’s the place in the LMS where you can input content like a toolbar. Canvas calls it the rich content editor. More information on the Canvas Rich Content Editor can be found on the Canvas Community site

Are Canvas modules accessible by smartphone as well or are they best suited for use on a laptop or desktop device?

Most modern learning management systems like Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle, D2L, etc. are configured to be responsive, meaning they auto adjust how the content on the page is displayed based on the display capabilities of each individual device. However, this changes when content is added. If images are added that include screenshots or scanned versions of printed materials then the responsiveness is lost. Screenshots and images created from scans are not responsive and can be very difficult to navigate on smartphones and smaller devices.

Content

Does NC Virtual have classes our teachers can use?

We do have a number of classes in the Open Educational Resources (OER) Commons. We are also planning our Partnership Course Program, where we will supply the online course, and the district will supply the teacher. The new program will launch next year.

Copyright

Do you have guidance on copyright protection?

The School Library Journal has published two different articles that provide good information related to this question. The first article talks about Fair Use in general and the second article specifically addresses virtual storytime or read-aloud sessions. Additionally, the recommendation has been made that the storytime/read-aloud sessions be set as Unpublished if they are loaded to YouTube rather than being open to the public to further justify Fair Use.

As mentioned in the second article, reading a story out loud on camera is considered a public performance. By setting the video up as unpublished in YouTube and embedding or linking to the video through the learning management system, you are further justifying that the video was created for the purpose of educating your students. Librarians/Media Coordinators can still record read-aloud videos for the entire school, but those videos should be set up as unpublished as well and share with individual teachers to share with their classrooms.

If I use a document from the Library of Congress, do I need to worry about copyright?

The best practice is to add an attribution so that the document and it’s copyright are clear.

CTE Specific

I'm teaching Computer Programming...what strategy are you using for students who don't have access to Visual Studio?

Have you seen Visual Studio Code? They provide virtual options that are not exactly the full version of the software but does allow students to practice writing code. There are options available for Windows, MAC, and Linux platforms. Unfortunately, there is not a Chrome option with Visual Studio Code.

If your CTE class requires hand on skills be demonstrated, such as, firefighting, drafting, carpentry, etc., What would you recommend?

Teachers can record video demonstrations of specific skills as the equipment allows. If possible, take screenshots of more complicated sections. Students, when equipment allows, can also record video to show the progression of skill acquisition. Cell phone video would likely be sufficient on both ends. If the equipment does not allow for demonstration, students can summarize their understanding of the process in writing, audio recording, graphics, etc.

Course requirements require hands on CPR and first aid, how can I meet those requirements?

This may be a situation where individual students could coordinate some in-person time with local fire departments, EMS services, and law enforcement on a case-by-case basis.

Curriculum Specific

How do I get supplies to my students for Art?

This will have to be worked out on the district or school level. However, start thinking of “kitchen cabinet” lessons that utilize common household items.

Do you have any resources for Art?

Check the Metropolitan Museum of Art website
Also, arttango.com. Many of their activities use basic art materials that students are likely to have at home. Students or parents submit photos of their work via their phones.

How can PE translate to a virtual setting?

Our PE courses provide instruction online. Students then video themselves performing exercises, etc., and then they upload those videos for the teacher to assess. Students also keep an exercise log for their teachers to see.

Any tips for teaching PE to students who have no equipment at home?

Our science courses utilize “kitchen cabinet” experiments that students can do at home with ordinary household items. PE teachers may need to create lessons in the same fashion.

Do you have any resources for HS chemistry and biology?

Check out Open Educational Resources. Those resources have HS Biology and Chemistry resources/activities. We will also be posting some of our NCVPS content to the new GoOpenNC OER site

English Language Learners (ELL)

Are there specific resources for ELLs?

The English Language Development Team has put together some Remote Learning Resources on their Google Site.

Exceptional Children (EC)

How do we meet the needs of EC students?

This will look different across the state. It is a district decision. If instruction is being provided talk with your district to find out how they want you to deliver Specially Designed Instruction based on the IEP/504. This is a case by case basis. If your district permits, this may include virtual options for instruction that allows the studentt to hear you or see you provide the Specially Designed Instruction. This may not be appropriate for all students. This is a local education agency decision on how this will look.

My students are EC their parents prefer texts and email, Can I record lessons and send the videos to them that way?

If your district approves this delivery method.

Have there been any consideration for modifications online similar to in the classroom for students with 504 accommodations? ?

At NC Virtual we serve students with 504s and IEPs. We provide the modifications and accommodations that are on the student plan to the best of our ability as a virtual school. ex. we are able to chunk material, provide 3 choices instead of 4, use read-aloud tools, closed caption, extended time, etc. Separate settings and some items must be provided at the F2F school.

Getting Started

Where can I learn how to get started with online learning?

See our Learning Continuity page. We are offering Getting Started interactive Office Hour sessions for teachers.

How can I create content quickly?

Pick one lesson, one technology, and one form of assessment. Start small. Also, See our Learning Continuity page. We are offering Getting Started interactive Office Hour sessions for teachers.

Google Classroom Learning Management System

Can we use Google Classroom?

This is a decision at the local level. Consult with your principal or district administrator for their recommended LMS.

Is there a tutorial available for Google Classrooms?

NC Virtual uses Canvas as our LMS, however, we did find a Google Classroom tutorial that is very good.

Google Hangouts

Can Google Hangouts be recorded like Zoom?

Yes, through July 1, 2020, G Suite customers can use advanced Hangouts Meet video conference features like larger meetings (up to 250), live streaming, and recording. After July 1, Hangouts Meet functionality will revert to G Suite Basic, Business, or Education based on the customer’s edition. However, recorded meetings will stay in the respective owner’s Drive.

How many students can be in Google Hangouts at once?

Group chat can accommodate up to 150 people. Video calls can accommodate up to 10. Through July 1, 2020, G Suite customers can use advanced Hangouts Meet video conference features like larger meetings (up to 250), live streaming, and recording. After July 1, Hangouts Meet functionality will revert to G Suite Basic, Business, or Education based on the customer’s edition. However, recorded meetings will stay in the respective owner’s Drive. 

How are slides added to Google Hangouts?

Please see this tutorial.

Google Voice

How can I set up Google Voice?

To set up Google Voice as a user, please see these instructions

FERPA

Where can I find guidance on FERPA regulations?

The USDOE Student Privacy Policy Office offers guidance on the sharing of student education records during a health and safety emergency under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and includes resources on FERPA and virtual learning.

K-2

Do you have resources for Kindergarten through 2nd grade teachers?

Please visit NCDPI’s resource page for K-2 teachers.