According to the EdWeek Coronavirus and School Closure tracker, “as of March 18, 2020, 11:45 a.m. ET: 39 states have decided to close schools. Combined with district closures in other states, at least 91,000 U.S. public and private schools are closed, are scheduled to close, or were closed and later reopened, affecting at least 41.7 million school students.” Guidance released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggested that school closures of at least eight weeks "might be the most effective way to control the Coronavirus."
These are unprecedented times.
In this context of great uncertainty, we remain guided by our core values at Altitude Learning of being learner-centered, impact-driven, and collaborative. As a result, we are working diligently to be responsive to emerging questions and concerns related to how to best serve our students, families, and educators in our partnership community and the larger education community. This compilation is intended to provide resources and information that are responsive to the challenges that have surfaced to date within this community. Please continue to let us know how we can be helpful.
We are grateful for the resilience and the steadfast efforts happening across the nation and world in support of learners and learning.
Distance Learning Guide
This toolkit for administrators and educators includes compiled lists of common considerations and resources schools and districts are using as they navigate distance learning. View guide
During this time of rapid change and, for many, a new use-case for our platform, we expect questions, needs, and ideas to emerge from your community. To support you, we proactively released 3 new features this week to address the emergent needs of the network: Student Stream, Student Portfolios, and Course-wide Scorebook. We're working with individual teachers, parents, and students to troubleshoot any technical hurdles encountered as teachers and students log-in from home, potentially for the first time. In short, we're here for you and your learners to provide technical and pedagogical support.
We’ve also compiled a few resources we hope you find valuable:
Guide to Administrator Usage Reports
This step-by-step guide outlines how leadership teams can monitor platform usage in real-time and leverage key learnings to guide and support practices. View guide
Tips & Tricks: Uploading Videos
Uploading a video is easy on our platform. Teachers can use a cloud hosted service like Google Drive to upload the video, then insert the link to the Google Drive file in a Mastercard. A teacher can also directly upload a video recorded from a device into the platform. Generally, we recommend keeping the video shorter than 10 mins (~100MBs). While our platform and Google Drive can handle much larger videos, the upload may be interrupted given a number of other factors including Internet bandwidth.
Family Guide to Any Time, Any Place Learning with the Altitude Learning Platform
Families can use this reference guide to get oriented to the Altitude Learning platform to support their child. View now
Access resources for families as they transition to managing learning at home in Katie Martin's article Creating Authentic Learning Experiences at Home.
Devin Vodicka offers 3 key tactics that helped with navigating challenging times during his tenure as Superintendent in Unprecedented Times: 3 Suggestions for School Leaders.