eLearning Day

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Why have eLearning Days?

The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) encourages school districts to hold yearly eLearning Days as an opportunity for students to engage their lessons through technology initiatives. eLearning Days are electronic forms of delivering curriculum instruction; a day of school outside the classroom.

As the IDOE transitions to digital standardized testing, example ISTEP+,  as colleges are moving to electronic submission of homework, quizzes, and tests, and as technology is transforming the 21-st century workforce, we feel it is our responsibility to expose students to projects such as eLearning Days. By incorporating creativity, practical application, and technology into our curriculum, we hope to prepare our students for the problem-solving, critical thinking, and skills they will need for their future.

In addition, the IDOE is exploring using eLearning Days as an option to closing schools for snow days. For example, instead of losing a day of school only to make it up later, students could complete online lessons and not fall behind in their studies.

For these reasons, we are joining many schools in Indiana and nationally by holding two eLearning Days: Tuesday, September 18, 2018, an in-school practice eLearning Day, and Thursday, October 4, 2018, the official eLearning Day.

Tuesday, September 18
In-school, Practice eLearning Day

As it’s a regular school day, students will come to school.

The purpose of the in-school, practice eLearning Day is for teachers to develop online curriculum, then see firsthand the length of time it may take students to complete lessons. Students will also have the opportunity to ask questions. It’s a practice run through before the official eLearning Day.

Thursday, October 4
eLearning Day

Students will not come to school but complete lessons off campus. Please learn more about eLearning Day below.
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Why was October 4th selected as our eLearning Day?

Thursday, October 4th was selected as this year’s eLearning Day because there is NO school for students in grades K-6 due to parent/teacher conferences.  In addition, high school teachers will be attending state-required professional learning development during school hours.

What will happen on eLearning Day?

Students will not come to school, but complete online lessons created by teachers.  Students in grades 5th – 12th will take home their Chromebooks. Students in grades K-4th leave their devices at school as a standard practice but can complete assignments at school during parent/teacher conferences or utilize school labs. Parents will receive instruction from teachers for students in grades K-4.

Homework from eLearning Day lessons is due on Monday, October 8 at 5 pm and can be completed on Chromebooks, laptops, tablets, or home computers. Teachers decide if homework should be turned in electronically or in print. If in print, homework will be collected by the teacher on Tuesday, October 9th.

If my child is in grade K-4, where can lessons be completed on eLearning Day?

On October 4th, all elementary schools in the district have scheduled parent/teacher conferences from 1pm – 8pm. Elementary schools will have in-school labs open for students to complete their lessons. Please see the list of hours + locations below:

Brooklyn STEM Academy
Lab hours: TBA

Centerton Elementary
Lab hours: 1pm – 8pm

Green Township School
Lab hours: TBA

Paragon Elementary
Lab hours: TBA

Poston Road Elementary
Lab hours: TBA

Smith Fine Arts Academy
Lab hours: 1pm – 5pm and 6pm – 8pm

South Elementary
Lab hours: 1pm – 8pm

What if I have a slow connection or no internet connection from home?

Our business community is excited to support students who need Wi-Fi on eLearning Day. Please see our list of options below:

  • REMC-has 100 seats for students in their community conference room. Open 9am – 4pm. Will buy students pizza for lunch! Must bring devices.
  • Morgan County Public Library- has 25 seats for students in their conference room. Open 9 am – 8:30 pm.  They can provide a few tablets and laptops for students who do not have a device. Parents, please accompany students in grades K-6.
  • Community Foundation of Morgan County-has 25 seats for students. Open 9am – 4pm. Students must bring devices. Parents, please accompany students in grades K-6.
  • Steve’s Appliance Repair -has 2 seats and computers for students. Open 9am – 4pm. Parents, please accompany students in grades K-6. Will buy students pizza for lunch!
  • Main Connection- has 25 seats for students. Must bring devices. Maggie’s Coffee Bar will be open from 7 am – 2 pm. Parents, please accompany students in grades K-6.
  • River Valley Christian Church-has 100 seats for students. Open 9 am – 2 pm. Will provide a pancake breakfast and pizza for lunch. Must bring devices.
  • YMCA
  • Beefcake Burgers, Starbucks, McDonald’s, Arby’s, Chili’s — all welcome students! Parents, please accompany students in grades K-6.

What if I can’t travel to Martinsville on eLearning Day?

We have four (4) labs available to students on Friday, October 5th after school and Saturday, October 6th:

Friday, October 5th
Time: 4pm – 7pm
Location: Brooklyn STEM Academy, Green Township Elementary, Paragon Elementary, and the Central Education Center (CEC)
Parents, please accompany students in grades K-4.

Saturday, October 6th
Time: 9am – 12pm
Location: Brooklyn STEM Academy, Green Township Elementary, Paragon Elementary, and the Central Education Center (CEC)
Parents, please accompany students in grades K-4.

If I’m having technical issues, is tech support available?

Yes, tech support for devices and software is available by phone. Please call 765-342-6631, ext 1026.

Hours
Thursday, October 4th, 4pm – 6:30pm
Friday, October 5th, 4pm – 7pm
Saturday, October 6th, 4pm – 6:30pm

May I order lunch for my child on eLearning Day?

On October 4th,  the MSD of Martinsville Food Service department will have lunch available to all students for the price of each student’s regularly approved meal plan. Parents may pre-order a grab and go lunch for their child. Lunches will be available for pick-up between 12pm – 12:30pm and at the following locations:  Paragon, Brooklyn STEM Academy, and the Central Education Center (CEC).

Please order lunch by Monday, October 1st at midnight. To order, please click HERE