I feel it is important to communicate on the progress QACI is making towards being prepared for a possible Term 2 online teaching and learning platform. Schools have been directed to act, plan, and prepare for this possibility and at this point I do not have any confirmed communication from the Department of Education about what Term 2 will look like; whether it is school-as-usual, a blended model, or fully online. The following information relates to the preparation for the requirements of a blended or online environment. Following one of our six Pillars, Preparedness, we are ready for whatever comes our way.
This week I am in awe of our wonderful QACI staff for the way they have demonstrated a positive and creative mindset to energetically prepare curriculum and tutorial delivery via iSee. It’s important to provide some background and details about this platform that students and teachers will engage with to facilitate the learning journey.
iSee is an Australian technology which has been approved by the Department of Education for use by schools and has been deployed to school devices. It utilises web-based access via departmental authentication (sign in and identity management) processes.
iSee places a student’s live video feed from a web-cam into a virtual school like environment and allows them to interact with other students and their teacher in a similar way to “real life” school.
At this time I request that all students download the iSee application onto their laptop by 12.00 noon this Friday 3 April in preparation for Term 2. Up until this date we will have IT help available to assist students on an individual basis where necessary. Tomorrow, information about iSee will be updated on the Student Intranet with details about the download process and quick reference guide.
This week we have prepared resources for students in hardcopy that cannot be uploaded into Blackboard and/or OneNote. For example, English texts and the materials requested from the student survey. We intend doing a delivery for a number of metropolitan locations later this week and into next week (yes, I am the Chief Uber Driver!). The items will be left at the front door or gate, please check daily for this delivery. For those locations outside of the metro region, packages will be posted to students. In line with the advice from authorities, we are not supporting families to pick up from QACI as this is against the health advice at this time. Of course, it is very important that we have up to date address details with 100% accuracy, please check your address via QParents and make changes where necessary. For those without QParents, please email email@example.com to confirm your address. I’m aware that this is a short timeframe, however this information is critical and required by 12.00 noon Thursday 2 April.
I will continue to update our community during the school break to ensure that we are well informed of the next steps we need to take as a learning community.
Remember to wave from the window to your friendly Uber Driver!