Educational process at Intellectual schools in the term 1 of 2020-21 academic year will be organised in a distance format to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus infection and to ensure the safety of life and health of students and teachers.
Distance learning of students is conducted with the use of Microsoft Office 365 software (Teams, OneDrive, Forms, OneNote, etc.) in accordance with the guidelines for organisation of distance learning in Microsoft Teams.
Students and teachers of Intellectual schools have Microsoft Office 365 accounts administered by school’s IT specialists.
Regulations and guidelines for organisation of educational process, assessment of educational achievements of students in the context of distance learning were developed and approved by the decision of NIS Board and posted on the NIS website.
Due to the transition to distance learning format, NIS created a special section at its official website to support the participants of the educational process (Education Content => Distance Learning).
There is a working group for prompt decision making on organisational and technical issues, and issues related to the content and assessment of learning. NIS organised call centres to monitor the learning process and provide support to teachers on all kinds of issues related to the lesson preparation and delivery.
Subject coordinators of Centre for Educational Programmes (CEP) will be consulting teachers on challenging issues by means of the call centre and TEAMS-based chat rooms.
A Telegram bot (@Teams_manual_bot) with training instructions and videos on using Microsoft Teams was launched to support distance educational process, technical support chat was created for each Intellectual School.
Information Technology Centre, together with IT specialists of Intellectual Schools will organise a 2-level technical support service for easy access from school portals through various messengers and chat bots.
NIS conducts monitoring of the provision of students and teachers with the necessary computer equipment, the possibilities of Internet connection. Students and teachers in need will be provided the necessary support. Particular control is taken over students who live in remote places without access to the Internet.
Recommendations for schools on duration of lessons in terms of distance learning, scheduling, organisation of online lessons and tutorials were developed based on international experience and sanitary and epidemiological requirements of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Educational process in Intellectual schools is carried out with the use of digital technologies in online (webinar, group video-conference call, group and individual consultation, etc.), and offline modes (recordings of webinars, recordings of group video conference calls, subjects-specific tasks for independent work, providing individual feedback, etc.).
A unified resource bank for all subjects, grades and languages will be created and supplemented weekly in TEAMS by NIS teachers supported by Centre for Educational Programmes.
Assessment of students’ learning achievements includes formative and summative assessment and will be implemented with due account of the academic workload and the specific features of subjects.
To provide timely pedagogical support to students, at the beginning of September, schools will conduct online monitoring to identify gaps in students’ subject-specific knowledge and skills based on the results of distance learning in the term 4 of the 2019-20 academic year.
Reports on the monitoring results (at the school, grade, and student levels) will be provided in the context of subjects and learning objectives. This will help the teaching staff to determine the educational needs of students and increase the effectiveness of further work in terms of distance learning.
Teachers of Intellectual schools completed advanced training courses on the organisation and methodology of distance learning, developed and organised by the Center of Excellence (CoE). In August, CoE will conduct courses to further develop distance teaching skills and improve the use of online tools such as various applications for designing online lessons.
In the second half of August Intellectual schools will organise an induction week for Grade 7 students, during which they will get acquainted with the history and traditions of the school, teachers and classmates, distance learning resources, will meet local government members, teachers of additional education.
Taking into account students’ needs and topical issues for parents identified at the end of the term 4, a series of webinars is planned in new academic year. Parents will be provided with recommendations on how to support children during a pandemic and in distance learning, how to prevent family conflicts, overuse of Internet, cyberbullying, and recommendations on how to respond to emotional states of adolescents, etc.
In early September, dialogue platform “School and Family in a Changing World” will be organised for parents to ask questions related to the organisation of distance learning, school administration and responsible employees.
“We Are Just a Family” programme consisting of 5 online training sessions will be held for Grade 7 students and their parents as part of the Induction Programme for new students in order to strengthen parent-child relations.
Parent-teacher conferences will be held during the academic year to provide ongoing support of children at risk. Individual requests of parents and students will be addressed through individual online consultations.
Contact details of persons responsible for the organisation of distance learning:
- NIS helpline – 8 800 080 00 95;
- Call center for technical support – 8 (7172) 23 57 77
- NIS-Programme implementation issues – 8 (7172) 23 57 58 (ext. 1651)
- Questions of assessment of educational achievements – 8 (7172) 23 52 78 (ext. 1651)
- Video tutorials and guidelines for organisation of distance learning in Microsoft Teams - https://t.me/Teams_manual_bot