The CBS Roscommon were proactive in ensuring that parents are up to speed with online teaching and learning with a series of Digital training sessions last week. The parents of new First Year students in the CBS Roscommon attended the school an intensive training session on the school’s Virtual Learning
The aim of the course – carried out in the school over three evenings – was to help parents understand more about Microsoft Office Teams – the virtual learning platform that their sons are now using in all classes and for their homework.
The school has been championing the virtual learning platform – Office Teams – for the past few years. In October 2019, the school carried out its own focus group with Junior Cycle students, asking them about their attitude towards Office Teams as a learning tool. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Little did they know then how essential it was going to be in a few short months! They really began to rely on its wide range of features and functionality during the enforced school closure period earlier this year.
The platform was invaluable during lockdown with students and teachers continuing to plough through course work. Office Teams has become an integral part of the school’s new blended learning policy with students using books, copies and digital material in the classroom and at home. The school’s WIFI network has also been significantly upgraded over the summer to ensure that this can take place seamlessly.
The aim of these training – delivered by the school’s ICT expert, Mr Kevin Scollan – was to ensure that parents could see how their sons can now access all of their notes, class materials and assignments online – either on an app on their phone, or on the laptop. It also showed them how they can upload their homework, collaborate on group work and get feedback from their teacher. They can also communicate more easily with their teacher and ask questions on their work on an individual basis.
Parents were also introduced them to the school’s online reporting system VSWare by Deputy Principal Mr Gerry McGarry who showed them how they can keep up to date with their son’s results, reports, attendance and any correspondence from teachers.
First Year Head Ms Breda Buckley also took the opportunity to introduce herself to First Year parents and allay any concerns or queries they may have had about the transition to secondary school.
Principal Fiona Gallagher also spoke to parents, welcoming them to the school and thanking them for help in ensuring that students were fully in compliance with government regulations.
She concluded by assuring them that regardless of the situation with Covid 19 – either personally,