SFUSD Definition of Distance Learning
Students engage in learning and make academic progress when they are not physically present in schools. This is accomplished using a variety of digital and print resources, and differentiated modes of interaction with educators (and peers, when possible). How educators engage students in distance learning is informed by the student’s access to technology, reliable wifi, language proficiency and specific learning needs. Teaching and learning during distance learning will continue to be standards aligned, differentiated and culturally/linguistically responsive.
Digital Distance Approach
- Educators engage students digitally when we have confirmation that a student has a device/ internet access at home.
- With this confirmation, the educators interacts with the student using digital resources (Google Classroom, Seesaw, Zoom, etc.)
- Students submit work electronically or as directed by their teachers.
Non- Digital Distance Approach
- If a student does not have a device or internet access, educators engage that student in print-based learning (text books, work packets, etc.)
- Primary students engage in non-digital learning as a appropriate
- Educators make group or individual calls (typically phone calls) to students to teach and check in on work.
- Students submit work at designated checkpoints or at the end of the closure as directed by their teachers.
Educators can engage with students through “live” interactions and learning may occur outside of direct interaction with the teacher. This is the difference between synchronous and asynchronous learning.