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Spring 10 Open House


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These slides are used in the Georgia Virtual School Open House for enrolled students and their parents.

These slides are used in the Georgia Virtual School Open House for enrolled students and their parents.

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  • Welcome – introductions Smiley face if from metro Atlanta area Smiley if from north Georgia Smiley if from south Georgia Smiley if from elsewhere Smiley if you have a microphone or built in mic on your computer Smiley if you have video camera hooked up or built in
  • Poll students and show results to group. This will let them use the tool and will tell you how much time to spend of SOC issues during the Open House. If most have finished, fly through SOC slides which follow. Be sure your polling tool is set for YES NO answers – tools – polling – YES/NO options – results on next slide
  • Publish polling results here – go to Tools – Polling to publish results
  • Will tell you how to get to Student Orientation, where to get help completing it, how to get to your class and how the class operates. Start at the main webpage.
  • Use this login at the main website and please do NOT change your password until further notice or you will not get in. If you have forgotten password, click the link.
  • This is your student menu of choices on the page you see when you first login. There are 2 ways to get to class from your Registration page: the Today I am interested in Or click MY CLASSES just below the banner and logo. PS DO NOT change any passwords until further notice! You may change or correct items in the Updating selection, but if you change your email address, you will have to validate the new one. Your GTID can be found for your parent in Updating my personal information. There is a 24 hour period between your enrollment and your ability to get into Orientation. Please be patient!
  • When you click one of the 2 options, how will you see where the Orientation class is?? Look for the box titled My GAVS Courses - to the right on the GAVS Courses homepage Click on the Student Orientation – Fall 2008 link to access the SOC
  • This is what the top of the page will look like - notice the navigation bars….talk briefly about these. Use drawing tools to circle areas What to do first: READ any news in the center box Click CHECKLIST in the top menu bar - print it out for a to-do list Click CONTENT - proceed through each unit, doing the assignments and READING carefully!!! Mention the final Orientation quiz - may take it as many times as needed. Talk about the units, some release to others; may take quizzes over again in this class - can re-do the final as many times as necessary to make 100%. Then within 24 hours will see class subject area under the GAVS Courses list - click the plus sign to see the actual course name to click upon! FAQs will answer lots of questions
  • The word CONTENT in the menu will tell you what is covered. If you leave off a sign-off or forget to do certain sections of the SOC, you won’t be able to move forward in the Content! Review again the requirement about the final test in Orientation - and the 24 hour wait until the class is released to them.
  • Beginning August 9 th at 10 PM, students who have made a 100% on the Student Orientation Quiz will be moved to their online course. The course will be available by 1 AM the following morning if you have finished your orientation prior to 8 PM. This is what a typical course homepage will look like - go over features briefly – Once in your course read everything on your home page and write down your teacher’s contact information Print CHECKLIST Click CONTENT to begin.
  • Remind students to read every word carefully to complete assignments. Forward arrow moves to next page
  • (if you have a webcam, turn it on now to tell students how important keeping up is – time must be planned) You may not necessarily be logged in to the course the entire time, but you need to plan on your work taking that much time. If sick Contact your instructor immediately to see what arrangements can be made.
  • A schedule of assignments and due dates is posted on your course homepage.  Look at the checklist and the pacing schedule Assignments are due on the posted dates. Everything must be in by the last day of the semester. No extensions! Yes… we encourage students to take the initiative to work ahead For the first week day an assignment is late, 25% will be deducted; for the second day late, 50% will be deducted. After 2 school days, a grade of 0 will be given. Please be aware of the pacing guide and due dates for all assignments
  • Most can be completed on-line and require no face to face proctor. This varies with local school system requirements. For unit tests and quizzes, students will be able to access those from the Quizzes link within your course . Each course will have a performance-based final exam where you show off what you have learned during the semester. This is worth 5% of your final course grade.  Each course will also either have a multiple choice final exam or an End-of-Course-Test (EOCT). These exams are worth 15% of your final course grade.
  • EOCT’s are only required if you are taking the B semester of the courses listed here or are taking the AB of the courses listed. If you are taking the A semester, you do NOT have to take the EOCT. EOCT test dates and times will be posted; you will also receive an email telling you when and where. Public school take at school
  • We use a variety of media to relay information. Email Telephone Announcements and News Items On-line Chats Pager Email is our primary form of communication Email tips: Check your regular and gavs email daily! GAVS email for class work and teacher contact ( [email_address] ). Identify yourself within all emails (first and last name).  Emails should have the subject line filled in with the appropriate topic.  Respond to instructor emails/pages within 24 hours. 
  • This is a typical News Item - in the center of the page when you first login to MyD2L and also News is in the center of your course’s homepage.
  • If your instructor cannot help, you may need the D2L helpdesk - see tollfree number - ask your teacher first; don’t overuse the D2L help please!!! Examples: can’t get your assignment in the Dropbox or can’t see some part of your navigation bar that you usually see, etc.
  • When you reach this slide, make sure student know they should look in the pager and ask a classmate who is online a simple question? This will keep the teacher from getting so much email. Remind them not to email everyone in the class.
  • Click on the links to access your resource centers. In addition to your school’s facilitator, GAVS has counselors that are there for help. [email_address] Look for the box Media specialist assistance available from link in online media center – many resources here for assignment – journal articles – newspaper articles, etc. Helpdesk on your registration page: Homeschool withdrawal requests
  • Please know that we can see all of your internal email, your pager messages, and we know you don’t want to lose your credit or money, so just follow the rules!!
  • If you get into trouble, here is what can happen. Don’t let it happen to you!
  • Technical difficulties are NOT an excuse. That’s why we have you go thru Orientation BE SURE YOU HAVE A BACKUP and always save your work!
  • 72 hours to withdraw if tuition student 10 days if FTE The last session 1 start date is Jan. 25 th
  • If you have student presenter (you will know name ahead of time), give them chance now to make comments. Tell students to raise hands if they have a question
  • Mention these 3 extras Twitter – important school wide notices Virtuality – blog – join and make comments Georgia Virtual School Ning – social network for enrolled students and staff
  • Give students chance to type in their hometown and school now. Poll them – YES?NO? Ready to start?
  • Change Polling tool to A-D Multiple Choice Have students complete poll and show results on next slide – talk about each of these issues briefly
  • Publish polling results – Tools – Polling – Publish Statistics to White Board
  • The End
  • Transcript

    • 1. Welcome to GAVS Online Open House Spring 2010
    • 2. Have you finished your Student Orientation Class? Click YES ( √ ) or NO ( X ) near the top left of your screen
    • 3. Have you finished your Student Orientation Class?
    • 4. Welcome to The Georgia Virtual School
      • What we will cover in this session
      • Website:
    • 5. To Get Started
      • Login from the main website.
    • 6. Two ways to Orientation class
    • 7. Where is the class???
    • 8. The Orientation Class
    • 9. Student Orientation Course
      • What is in the course?
      • Sign-Offs - very important!
        • Georgia Virtual Policy Agreement
        • Testing Sign-Off
        • Parent/Guardian Sign-Off
        • Software Download Sign-Off
        • Elluminate Sign-Off
      • FINAL Quiz in the SOC - why is it important?
    • 10. Beginning Your Course
    • 11. Content Page
    • 12. The Basics - Attendance
      • How much time should I spend each day?
        • About 6 hours a week for ½ unit class
        • 12 hours a week for a 1 unit (block) course
      • What if I am sick or have an emergency?
      Teachers, facilitators, and parents can keep up with your attendance in class through the “User Progress” feature.  It tracks the days and times you log in, as well as which sections you are working on and when you are working on them.
    • 13. Assignments and Make Up Work
      • How will I know what my assignments are?
        • Assignment schedule on home page 
        • Due each day
        • No extensions after exam date
        • Can I work ahead of the course schedule?
          • Yes!
      • What about make up work?
        • Zero entered when work overdue
        • 25% deducted when 1 day late
        • 50% deducted when 2 days late
        • Day 3 – zero becomes permanent
    • 14. Testing
      • How does testing work online?
        • Tests taken online – timed
        • Use Quizzes link to access tests
      • What about final exams?
        • Performance part – 5%
        • Multiple choice part or an End-of-Course-Test (EOCT) – 15%
        • Proctor may be required by your district
    • 15. Testing
      • Private and home school will take EOCTs at nearest Ed Tech center in December
      • EOCT required for B or AB version of:
      • 9 th Grade Lit/Comp
      • Algebra 1
      • Concepts of Algebra
      • Biology
      • US History
      • American Lit/Comp
      • Geometry
      • Physical Science
      • Economics
      • Math 1
    • 16. Communication
      • Email is our primary form of communication
      • Email tips:
        • Check your regular and gavs email daily!
        • GAVS email for class work and teacher contact ( [email_address] ).
        • Identify yourself within all emails (first and last name – course). 
        • Emails should have the subject line filled in with the appropriate topic. 
        • Respond to instructor emails/pages within 24 hours. 
    • 17. News Items
    • 18. Whom to contact… Always contact the course instructor first! Questions about the content of the course go to the instructor not the helpdesk.
    • 19. “ Ask Three Before Me”
      • Email a classmate – not the whole class!
      • IM a classmate with your pager
      • Keep discussions to school work 
      We don’t want to flood your poor teacher’s “in” box! Got a question??
    • 20. GAVS Support
      • GAVS Guidance, Media Center
        • [email_address]
      • GAVS Help Desk in Registration
    • 21. Code of Conduct
      • The following are examples of some, but not all, acts of dishonest behavior:
        • Plagiarism
        • Cheating  
        • Submitting work through the use of another person's password/login 
        • Performing work or taking an examination for another student 
        • Falsification and/or misrepresentation of data 
        • Computer crimes
        • Improper use of the Pager or email
    • 22. Academic Dishonesty
      • Academic dishonesty will result in one or more of the following actions:
        • Loss of grade points
        • Removal from the course
        • Failure to receive credit for the course
        • Loss of eligibility to take future Georgia Virtual School Program courses
    • 23. Tips for Successful Completion
      • Keep up with your due dates.
      • Keep in frequent contact with your instructor.
      • Notify your instructor early if you are having problems or if you have questions.
      • Work ahead if you know you are going to be away from your computer for more than a day.
      • Make sure you have a back-up computer in case you experience problems. Then, make sure you have a back-up to your back-up.
    • 24. Withdrawing from Class
      • Contact your facilitator ASAP! The facilitator must put in a registration helpdesk ticket to request your official withdrawal
      • Refunds less $25 if withdrawn within 72 hours of starting or end of day Jan 25th whichever comes first. FTE students have 10 days from starting, or Jan 25 th .
      • If your parent needs to discuss your withdrawal, please have him or her contact the Guidance Department at: [email_address] .
    • 25.  
    • 26. Join the Crowd
    • 27. Have Fun
      • Most of all we want you to enjoy this new learning experience!
    • 28. What do you think will be the hardest part of online learning?
      • Keeping up with the course schedule
      • Contacting my teacher
      • Using the technology
      • Taking timed tests
    • 29. What do you think will be the hardest part of online learning?
      • Keeping up with the course schedule
      • Contacting my teacher
      • Using the technology
      • Taking timed tests
    • 30. Have a Great Semester!