We have put together these resources to help support you as you navigate the move from learning in the classroom to participation a hybrid learning model.
We recommend families who have a need for internet work through the Comcast Internet Essentials program at https://apply.internetessentials.com. Families who receive assistance in the form of FRPM and families attending Title One schools automatically qualify for high-speed internet at $9.95 / month. There is no activation cost. The timeline from application to service set up is approximately a week.
Families who are unable to receive Internet Essentials but still have a need for assistance with internet access at home should contact email@example.com.
If you are having issues with a Chromebook, please review these primary troubleshooting steps first.
If these initial steps do not resolve the issue and you require district-provided assistance, email firstname.lastname@example.org and complete the survey form that is emailed to you automatically. Instructions for pick-up/drop-off will be included in follow-up communication after completion of the survey.
District Owned Devices
Edina Public Schools is able to provide support services to students and families that require that support during this unprecedented time. By using district technologies, you agree to adhere to Policy 634 and follow information outlined in the Technology Loan Agreement Form. If you have a broken device and need a replacement, please email email@example.com.
At this time we will not be repairing personal devices due to supply issues from vendors. We will keep your ticket open and reach out to you at a future date to start the process for repairing personal devices. Until that time, your student will use the district-issued device.
Seesaw is the standard tool being used from Early Learning to Grade Two. This tool serves as a way to communicate with your teacher as well as for your teacher to provide instruction and activities for students. Use the links to download the Family App:
Many useful insights and tips for families can be found on Seesaw's site dedicated to remote learning. This video will provide an introduction to Seesaw.
We also have a video parent guide created by EPS teacher Jessica Schmidt.
Schoology is your child's virtual classroom for Grades 3-12. Select Schoology in the Parent Portal to see the following information:
- Virtual classes
- Calendar of upcoming academic information
- Classroom assignments and activities
- Upcoming announcements
Parents will access Schoology via the Parent Portal on the web. Once in Schoology, you can view content following the steps outlined in this video. Parents should click Enrollments at the top of the screen after selecting their child rather than clicking Courses.
We also highly recommend that you sign up for email notifications, which you can receive either daily or weekly. To set up notifications, follow the steps in this video.
Note: Due to some content in Schoology being integrated from text book companies, or other content vendors, parents may not see all of the content that students see. We highly recommend that sit with your child, shoulder to shoulder, to have them show you what they see, as you are trying to support them. This will not only allow you to see all of the information, but will empower your child to take ownership of their learning.
Technology in the Home
At Edina Public Schools, we understand no two children are the same and parenting strategies that work for one family may not work for another. Please review the resources listed on the "Technology at Home" web page. These resources can be used as a toolkit to assist with navigating commonly requested parenting strategies and information.
Parenting in the Digital Age
The delivery of education in Minnesota is heading into uncharted waters which brings great opportunities and responsibilities. Edina Public Schools has implemented a hybrid learning model alongside Edina Virtual Academy, and students are engaged in learning via technology. Be assured we have been modeling and educating your child about digital citizenship; all of our schools are Certified Common Sense Schools.
We want to make sure parents are supported so that children can continue to make healthy choices around technology use. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our eLearning2 resources that can assist you in these efforts.
Talk as a family about what online participation will look like in your home. Please keep in mind that for some students having a personal device will elicit feelings of freedom they have never experienced before, perhaps leading to unhealthy choices. Suggestions for guidelines include:
- Find a communal space in the home that is free from distractions for your child to complete their work.
- When work is finished and the device is no longer needed, put it away.
- Remind students that devices are for school work. Watching videos, playing academic games, etc. should be connected to school work. Searching YouTube for recreational videos, playing Minecraft or Fortnite, streaming music, etc. would not be considered acceptable or educational.
- Any inappropriate use of technology will be dealt with on a case by case basis. Consequences may include the mandated use of monitored district technology for a determined time period. Please refer to the Edina Acceptable Use Policy 634.
Acceptable Use Policy
The Acceptable Use Policy covers all district technology. This includes not hardware (Chromebooks) as well as software (Edina Apps accounts such as email and Google Docs). Students agreed to the policy at the beginning of the year and need to remember:
- School email, while not used under normal circumstances, should at this time only be used to communicate with teachers. For the most part, email should not be used at all (for example, personal email addresses should be set up by parents for communication with friends).
- Documents created in Google Docs should be school related and school appropriate.
- If using a school device, it is possible for the district to monitor usage.
If you have questions or concerns around student technology use, please feel free to reach out to your building dean, assistant principal, principal, or media specialist. We stand ready to partner with you on solutions.
Healthy Digital Choices
Though there may be an increased reliance on technology in this upcoming school year, please remember we want everyone to practice healthy digital choices. Here are some suggestions to assist parents with technology use:
- Have a Plan: See the AAP Family Media Plan as an example template.
- Stay Informed: Understand how your family members are using technology and the trends associated with school technology use.
- Set limits and expectations: There is a need for access to technology while your child undertakes distance learning. We also encourage that students step away from technology. We do not recommend technology use in bedrooms.
- See inappropriate use: Stop It. Enough said.
- Model positive online behavior: Sometimes adults are using technology in ways we would not want our students to be.
- Balance! Do something that is not technology related every day!