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An Inside Look at a Virtual Middle School

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An Inside Look at a Virtual Middle School


(upbeat music)Hello, I’m Dr. Kelly Van Sande,head of school with K12, and I’d like to welcome you to take a test drive through our public school curriculum. First up, at the very top of your list, you will find class connect sessions. It is there that you will find a link to all of your daily sessions that are required for live class attendance and others that are optional for your live class attendance. When you are engaged in the school, you will have an entire list here that you will be able to see when your math class is and your English class and so on and you’ll also be able to look ahead to future days to see what your course list looks like on those particular days. Right below this area, you will find all of the lesson shortcuts. Here, you’ll see the math courses, ELA is English language arts. You’ll find handwriting, literature, spelling, vocabulary, and many more courses all listed here. We’ll take a look at those in just a moment, but as simple as clicking on that course title, that course will open up and you can begin your work within it. Over here on the right side of the screen, you’re going to find links that you will need to use on a daily basis. The first link you’ll find is access to the course grade book. It’s in this view that you will be able to see a live look into every single grade in your child’s courses. One of the learning coach responsibilities is to monitor the grade book, ensure there are not missing assignments, and work with your child in order to submit the work that might be missing or overdue and to monitor to make sure that those grades are progressing and in line with what you expect to see and the high standards that you hold for your own child. Next, you’ll find the class connect sessions link here. This is important because not only does it re-solidify the information you see here on the homepage for today’s live class sessions. It also allows you to look ahead into what lies ahead tomorrow or even into next week and you are also able to access the recordings for all of the previously live class sessions. So if maybe you were absent, out sick, unable to attend a class, your child will actually not miss any school at all and instead they can watch that recording and make sure that they never miss out on crucial content delivered by their teacher. When you click the contact my teachers link, it will open an Outlook web mail platform where you are able to interact with your teachers through email. We will issue school email accounts to all students and allow all emails to the learning coach to go directly to the email of your choice. You can always access any email addresses needed to reach out to your teachers and support staff by clicking that link. In the materials I’ll need area, this is where you are able to see a layout of every single material that will be necessary in order to complete the assigned daily lessons. As the learning coach, you’ll want to check this each morning to make sure that you’re able to gather the physical materials needed in order to work through today’s online school lessons. When you enroll with us, you’ll actually receive boxes of materials, workbooks, and textbooks right in the mail to supplement the learning alongside the online school. There are other available links within this area that are resources for students, and you’re welcome to check those out at any point in time once you’ve enrolled. They include areas of encyclopedias, USA Test Prep, or other assessment tools and some various links that might be specific to your school. (upbeat music)Welcome to science with Mrs. Saraceno.Today is lab day. Please remember you need to go ahead and give me that green check. It means that we are here to be successful. Prompt, respectful, engaged, positive, appropriate, responsible, energized and disciplined, and remember that I sent you an email, and yesterday in class I reminded you that you needed to bring your lab equipment with you because we’re gonna go through our electricity lab today. But first, let’s get started with our warmup. Who would like to read today’s warmup? Give me an LOL if you’d like to read today’s warmup. Okay, Elle. Go ahead and read today’s warmup question.Okay, so today’s warmup ishow do you use electrical currents in your everyday, or circuits in your everyday life? Describe some ways that you rely on electricity. So one way I rely on electricity in my house is I use it to power my lights and my computer and my phone.Great.How about in the chat, you guys? Everybody else, why don’t you guys, everybody needs to put some sort of an answer. Where do you see electrical circuits in your life? Kind of think outside the box where we may not always think about it. Of course, like Elle told us in our homes. Oh, I like that one. My mom cooking dinner on the stove, yeah. Our stove uses electrical currents. Does anybody, can anybody think of a stove? What is that part of the electrical current? That element that warms up? What is that part? Do you guys remember? Remember, we had resisters and conductors and electron suppliers? What is the element on that cooking stove? Do you guys remember? Yeah, what’s the element? So the heating. So if we think about, if you don’t know what I mean by an element, right? Sometimes we’re not sure. That round spot, if you’ve got an electrical stove that gets really, really hot. Oh, conductor. That’s a really great thought, right? Because you think it conducts electricity, but remember, a conductor pulls the electricity in. What part of a current makes things get really like, either hot or it shows up as light? It’s not the conductor. Is it the battery? Is it maybe the resistor, or the wires? What do you think? Let’s have somebody else put a thought down there. So I see Jay is writing and Tia is writing, awesome. Yeah, so we have, we do have electrons. So this tells me that this is perfect that we need to go right into our circuits and go ahead and practice this. So I need to have, I think Elle was doing a great job reading, so Elle, can you continue and read for us the things that we need to make a circuit?Okay.So you need a source of electrons.So what part of our circuit up here,Elle, is the source of electrons?The battery.The battery.Let’s see if Elle is right. And remember, always answer in the chat, right? So Elle is talking, but you guys can also answer in the chat. He’s correct. The source of electrons are the battery. Give him some cake in that chat. Let’s give him a round of applause, did a great job. Okay, Elle, what’s our, this one? This is kind of, I shouldn’t have covered this one up. There we go. So tell us, Elle, what electrons are represented in this particular picture?Battery?The battery, absolutely.Let’s see if he is correct. Yes, he is. All right, good job. You did such a good one on that one, Elle. Go ahead and read off the next one.All right, sothe electrons are represented as the blue dot traveling around the circuit up in this picture and they travel–
So.Being negative to the positive.Oh, awesome job.Guys, go ahead and applause him for that. That was one thing was didn’t talk about for a few lessons now and he remembered. Great job. Okay, continue on.Okay, so you also need a conductoror a material that attracts the electrons.Okay, and so what is the conductorin this particular model? Remember, we’ve got our battery, which you said was the electron source, and then we have our wire and we have our light bulb. So what’s the conductor?The wire?The wire, let’s see.Is he right? Yeah, he is. Boy, Elle, I think you’re gonna do a great job on this lab. You remembered all these parts. Okay, this is where we were getting a little bit confused in the warmup where I’m so glad because now we can review it. Go ahead and read for us, Elle, what a resistor is.You also need a resistoror a material that only lets some electrons through. Resistors often get warm or produce light.Okay, and so again,in our model, what is gonna be the resistor? Oh, I love that green check.The light bulb.The light bulb, right.Awesome, let’s see if he’s correct. He is, the light bulb, perfect. And I like all this participation from other students over here pointing to what they know. All right, the last part, Elle, what’s the last part of our circuit?All right.You need an insulator or a material that does not allow electrons to pass. Insulators protect us from the heat or electric shocks we could get from direct contact with a circuit.All right, Elle,and what do you think is the insulator in this circuit?The wire protector,that plastic piece around the wire.Oh, let’s see if he’s right.Yes, he is. That plastic piece around the wire is our insulator. Awesome job, you guys. Give Elle a round of applause and all the people who were pointing over here to the different parts to participate along with Elle. Great job. All right, so now I’m gonna get on video, so remember, when we get on, when your teacher gets on video, kind of want to spread that video screen out so you can see me because I’m gonna show you guys what we’re gonna need in order for you to do this lab at home, all right? So here we are, this is what we need. These are all the things that are included with your science kit from Arizona Virtual Academy. You know, at the beginning of the year, we get our big box of supplies, and now we get to kind of pull those things out and see what we get to use. All right, so hi, guys. Here I am. Okay, so what we’re gonna do is the first thing you’re gonna need is the light bulb holders. So they look like this. They come in a plastic bag. They’re yellow and you get two of them. Okay? So they look like this. They have to, make sure they have two screws and a metal part, light bulb holders. That’s the first thing we get. Then you get a set of four light bulbs, okay? And they should fit the light bulb holder that you get, oh. There I am on camera, okay. See, they should fit the light bulb holder you get and mine do, yours should too. So it is now time for us to go. You are gonna go and do your assignment. You guys did a wonderful job in class, but before we leave, we want to go through the five parts of the assignment I want you to do, as well as are there any questions? So does anybody have any questions? Put them in the chat, raise your hand. Oh, it looks like Kay has a question. What’s your question, Kay?Miss S, where did you say the extra videos were?So does anybody rememberwhere those extra videos were that I made to help us out?I do.I believe they are in the science homepage underneath the announcements and if you can’t find them in there, then they are actually embedded in the assignment itself.That’s right, Elle.I did, I embedded them in the assignment. I put them in your announcements. They’re all over the place. Kay, that is telling us there in the chat too. Announcements in the online middle school. All right, so the first rule is be safe. If you’re going to actually build the circuits, you need to have an adult with you at all times. Electricity can be dangerous. And Kay already reminded us that I have those helpful videos also embedded in there, as well. So there are three places you can find those extra cool videos, you guys. I will see you tomorrow.

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6 thoughts on “An Inside Look at a Virtual Middle School”

  1. Gaming Genius101 says:

    I have a question. When will school start for K12?

  2. Joel Moore says:

    My school starts in 3 days, wow! I am excited.

  3. Grace Elaine says:

    About how many assignments do students need to complete per day and can you have your own schedule?

  4. A profile picture says:

    BEFORE YOU GO INTO K12!!! If you are an IEP student k12 is not good for special eds at all.

  5. Pot of Joe says:

    so its not necessary for her to be viewed but they will be asked to participate by audio correct (a tad shy)

  6. Pot of Joe says:

    also are there events where they can meet up with students

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