FAQs on Remote Learning
Rozzy has created new worksheets which are perfect for using in a remote classroom. They can either be used as a ~20 minute lesson or assigned as homework or solo work during the day. Our worksheets use fillable PDFs so each student can fill their answers directly in the sheet, save it, and send their answers back to you.
It’s simple to upload a Rozzy worksheet or lesson as an assignment in Google Classroom and have your students work on it independently.
Here’s a guide for students on how to download PDFs from Google Classroom and use them:
Students will need to:
- Download the assignment from Google Classroom
- Complete the work in the fillable PDF
- Save the document
- Go back to the assignment page in Google Classroom
- Click “Add or Create” and choose “File”
- Choose the PDF just worked on
- Click “Turn In” to turn in the assignment
In addition to our hands-on lessons, in response to the COVID-19 crisis, Rozzy Learning Company has created worksheets for use at home to supplement our existing materials for K-8 students. These worksheets are 10-20 minute activities perfect for at-home learning.
During the school year, these worksheets will be an added component perfect for assigning as homework or as additional work for students who finish a Rozzy lesson before the rest of the class.
Rozzy worksheets are split into our four main topic areas: ELA, Science, Math, and Social Studies. We will also be providing worksheets on important Life Skills students can learn during this time.
During COVID-19, schools are adopting different learning models, and our worksheets are designed to work across a variety of different media.
For schools that are sending home packets with students every week, either virtually or physically, adding Rozzy worksheets to the packet is simple and easy. Parents can check their students’ work and utilize the Rozzy website (no login needed) for any worksheets that have answer keys.
Using Google Classroom, Dojo, or other online resources
Whether you’re holding class all day over Zoom, meeting for a few hours a week, or just interacting online with your students and their parents using the Internet, Rozzy’s worksheets can be a great resource.
You can email PDFs directly to students/parents, upload a specific worksheet to Google Classroom, or work on a worksheet together over Zoom. Rozzy’s worksheets are designed to build on and enhance existing core skills in the subjects students need strengthening in while at home. Because they’re based on exciting careers, just like our Rozzy lessons, they’re interesting and fun for students!
If you’d like to learn more about Rozzy’s worksheets, remote learning, or the assistance we’re providing to schools during COVID-19, contact us today.
Our remote-friendly lessons require minimal to no supplies, so they’re perfect for at-home use. We’ve designated remote-friendly STEM, Science, Social Studies, and Math Lessons, and parents/students don’t need a login to access the lessons.
You’ll want to provide the Rozzy lesson link to the students in advance and share your screen with them while working on the project together. Take this Science lesson, Ophthalmologist: Sensory Receptors, as an example.
You can show the video over Zoom via screen sharing, lead a discussion about eyesight according to the lesson plan, and have the students at home try to build their own model of an eye and smart contact lens. Most homes should have saran wrap, ziploc bags, and other clear materials (as well as tape) around. If not, the teacher can take input and build it at their own home.
Using Zoom, you can check in on a student's progress via video and discuss any challenges they’re facing over the chat box or video. Teachers are able to present the Rozzy learning materials over Zoom and send over any materials for the students to complete (like the writing extension) to be printed at home.
If you want to utilize worksheets during Zoom, we’ve made many of our worksheets into editable PDFs. For those that aren’t, follow the directions in this video. Teachers can assign worksheets over Zoom to be done during the meeting or to be done later.
If your class is completing the worksheet as individuals, a platform like Google Classroom, Dojo, or Seesaw is ideal so that students can turn in their assignments and the teacher can grade/review the work.
Online learning is difficult in the best of times: there’s a digital divide between teacher and student, it can be difficult to hold students’ attention, and there is new technology to master in a short amount of time.
With little to no time to prep, educators have had to figure out how to use a bevy of online resources, tools, and applications to connect with their students and their parents. Teachers face unique challenges during this pandemic in trying to engage their students, learn new technology, and teach new material across a digital divide.
Here are some of the challenges K-8 teachers face during COVID-19 and how they can meet them:
Disaffected, Passive Students
Let’s face it. Students, no matter what their age, are also struggling right now, and many would much rather be watching TV or playing video games all day rather than going to school online. Nevertheless, it’s a teacher’s job to help create active participants in learning, with positive reinforcement.
Overcome passivity by creating interactive lessons, where students work together over Zoom or Google Classroom to complete a project together. Allow students to guide the work; don’t just hand them worksheets and ask them to complete them. Even though everyone is working independently, there is still potential for collaboration, which can turn passive students into active ones eager to learn.
Learning New Technologies
For students and teachers alike, utilizing new platforms like Google Classroom, Zoom, Microsoft 365, Seesaw, and Dojo can be overwhelming. How do each of these technologies work, does my home Internet have the bandwidth to support them, and do I have the devices I need to learn and teach every day?
The most important quality here is patience. With ourselves, with students, and with the technology itself. Understand that we’re learning together and that mistakes are acceptable. Not every Zoom lesson will go as well as an in-person session. It might be harder to teach about physics and Newtonian laws. But that doesn’t mean you should give up. This is the new normal and we’ll all get there.
The Digital Divide
Simply put, we’re farther away from each other and our students than ever before. But some students don’t have the same access to technology and necessary technologies like home WiFi as others do. Some schools have rushed out free wireless hotspots, tablets, and laptops to students, and companies like Spectrum and Comcast have offered free Internet access to low-income families.
This gap has become even more apparent when it comes to the need for remote teaching. Some school districts have banned remote teaching because it will exacerbate the issue, instead passing out paper packets or pausing learning entirely.
Instead of banning remote learning, teachers and school administrators should focus on providing a learning environment that works in both high- and low-tech environments, inclusive of anyone in the digital divide. Ensure students have the tools they need to succeed and offer support to those in lower tech environments. At Rozzy, we’ve prepared remote learning materials that work in high-tech and low-tech environments, whether your school is passing out worksheets or holding class virtually all day. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help your school navigate distance learning.
With schools across the United States (and the world) closed to students due to the COVID-19 outbreak, families everywhere are adapting to new remote learning environments. While virtual learning from home is a great way to reduce the spread of the virus, these new circumstances can be difficult on children and parents alike.
Many parents still have essential jobs to work during the day, are working remotely themselves, or are struggling with being unemployed. So, how should parents, facing their own difficult situations, support their children in a brand new environment?
Create a Schedule and Dedicated Learning Space
Whether your students are in pre-kindergarten or high school, they need a routine to follow and a space to learn in. School won’t be as successful if it takes place while binge-watching Frozen 2 from the coach or playing Fortnite.
If your child’s class has daily Zoom meetings or other commitments, those can make up the core of a schedule. You’ll also need to build in time for individual learning, breaks, snacks, lunch, and recess, just like students have at school.
You’ll also want to create a space for the learning to take place. Ideally, you’ll want this to be in a shared space like the dining room, kitchen table, or family room. Students need to feel a sense of ownership and empowerment in their learning space, one free from distractions.
Children will need some form of supervision and parents should be cheerleaders and coaches, being constructive, without being too overbearing. Teachers are still the primary educators, with parents in a supporting role. Ensure your
The Right Materials
What do students need to succeed in a home-based remote classroom setting?
One of the most necessary things for remote learning is in-home Wi-Fi. Without access to this utility, there’s a major barrier between students and teachers. During COVID-19, some school districts have been giving out wireless hotspots to students without home Internet access.
Whether it’s a laptop, desktop, tablet, or even smartphone, an Internet-connected device is also essential for distance learning. Even for homes with devices, having multiple children at home can be difficult and put a strain on resources. Some schools are providing assistance by offering devices to students during this time.
While most work will take place on a web-connected device, students will likely still need paper, pencils, and craft supplies (for lower grades). Some supplies will be provided by schools or you can still purchase materials online or at grocery stores and other essential businesses.
How Can Parents Help?
After creating a dedicated space and schedule for your children, the next thing to do is make the environment for learning is still the best it can be (given the circumstances). Here are some ways you can do this:
Try to Minimize Distractions
Turn off the TV when your students are learning, hold your business Zoom calls in a different space from where they’re learning. If you have a dog, consider putting up a sign to let delivery drivers know not to knock to minimize barking. Noise-canceling headphones can also be a great tool for helping get rid of distracting sounds.
Communicate and Check In
Make sure to keep open communication with both your child and their teacher. This is a difficult time for everyone and everyone is trying to adapt. Feedback is essential for improving.
As much as adults are struggling with mental health during COVID-19, children are, too. Check-in with them on how their education is going on a weekly basis, but also check in on their mental health. Help them feel supported and empowered about their education and their home life.
Remote learning is hard, even when students and teachers have months to prepare. In these extreme circumstances, it’s more important than ever to work together to ensure students learn. Learn more about how Rozzy is helping students, parents, and teachers with remote learning.