We are pleased to share with you this primer, which provides a detailed framework for our online learning methodology in Ateneo de Manila University’s Basic Education Unit. This document serves as a practical guide to everyone—teachers, learners and parents—in preparation for the start of school year 2020-2021.
However, it also serves as a reminder that learning in the time of Covid-19 calls for a firm home and school partnership. Fr Vitangelo Denora SJ, General Director of the Gonzaga Institute in Palermo, recently wrote a reflection paper to help guide educators of Jesuit Schools as they venture into the world of distance learning. Offering us a fitting metaphor for this partnership, he says, “we are companions in this unexpected voyage.”
Indeed, it may be a voyage that has taken all of us to unfamiliar currents but it will be through our companionship that we will be able to navigate these rough currents, promote everyone’s well-being and ensure a palpable Ateneo online learning experience.
(sgd) Fr Emerito Salustiano R de la Rama SJHEADMASTERATENEO DE MANILA GRADE SCHOOL
(sgd) Jose Antonio P SalvadorPRINCIPALATENEO DE MANILA JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL
(sgd) Maria Victoria Panlilio-DimalantaPRINCIPALATENEO DE MANILA SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
Basic Education Online Learning PrimerVERSION 1.0, 22 MAY 2020
The Basic Education Online Learning Primer describes how Ateneo de Manila University Basic Education has reimagined school year 2020-2021.
You may scroll through this Google Document, view it in a separate window, or download the PDF below.
School Primers from Ateneo Basic Education
Google Classroom for Basic Education
Originally posted on this site, these modules have been prepared by the Department of Information Systems and Computer Science (DISCS) and the Ateneo Laboratory for the Learning Sciences (ALLS) of the Loyola Schools. These modules are online learning materials for using the Google Classroom Learning Management System (LMS), as well as other Google Suite tools that work with Google Classroom.
They are available in two formats:
full-page slide deck in PDF
handout of slide deck (4 slides per page) in PDF
The modules are designed to be used sequentially for first-time users, but more experienced users may jump to any topic they prefer. These are not designed to be exhaustive reference materials, but focus on the most commonly used and more effective features.
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Module 1: Getting Started with Google Classroom
Logging in to Google Classroom
Joining a Class
Organizing the Google Classroom Homepage
Module 2: Different Parts of Google Classroom
Identifying the major parts of Google Classroom
Module 3: Netiquette
Understanding proper netiquette
Giving comments for improvement without criticizing peers
Commenting on items in Google Classroom
Module 4: Navigating Assignments
Accessing Assignment Details
Module 5: Submitting Assignments
Attaching a Submission to an Assignment
Turning in an Assignment
Module 6: Google Form Quizzes
Answering Google Form Quizzes
Module 7: Google Drive
Module 8: Google Docs
Module 9: Google Meet
Basic Education (K-12) FAQs
Information in this FAQ is accurate as of 22 May 2020.
What are the changes regarding tuition and fees?
As stated in the 7 May 2020 memo from the University President, Ateneo will not implement any increase in tuition or fees this school year, even if these have been previously approved by the government. Furthermore, some fees which will not be fully utilized for this kind of online learning will either be removed or reduced. A schedule of tuition and fees will be released in June.
Will physical books and other supplies still be required for online learning?
This varies across grade levels. Some physical books and supplies will still be required for online learning. In addition, new learning materials, carefully curated from the internet and/or created by teachers, will also be provided through our online platforms.
Will standard digital learning gadgets and devices be included in the tuition?
These are not included in the tuition. The purchase of gadgets and devices will be left to the discretion of parents. Each school, however, will recommend technical specifications for such gadgets and devices. These will be released soon.
What if we have more than one child enrolled in online learning? How will we manage the sharing or use of gadgets and devices?
Since the mode of instruction will be mostly “asynchronous,” students can accomplish their activities at their own pace, within a reasonable time frame. In the event that simultaneous synchronous sessions are required, parents may determine which child needs the gadget or device more. Teachers must be informed of any absences during synchronous sessions.
What sort of adult supervision is expected for online learning?
For younger children (i.e. Kinder to Grade 3), adult supervision is necessary in terms of helping students establish a routine, advance lesson objectives, and perform simple troubleshooting.
For older children, adult supervision must be minimal, since students are expected to assume greater responsibility and independence towards their learning. For more details, please refer to part V of this primer.
How will the school prepare my child to adjust to this online learning set-up?
The schools of Basic Education have already scheduled student orientation sessions on the online learning platforms and learning management systems that will be used this school year. Parent orientations have been scheduled as well. Details will be disseminated by the respective schools in due time.
During the year, class advisers/moderators will monitor student well-being and progress, and coordinate with parents, as needed. Moreover, guidance counselors will provide psycho-emotional support to students through non-academic consultations and routine interviews. These and other support systems are set in place to help students transition well to the online learning set-up.
With an increase in screen time for online learning, what avenues for physical activity will the school provide for my child?
Physical education classes will continue to be offered, with a focus on health, physical fitness, and well-being. Exercise routines will also be part of the students’ daily check-ins.
Will technical support be available for the Learning Management System?
Each school has an IT Services office to address any technical concerns on the LMS (see contact details above). In addition, Help Desks are currently being put in place to provide assistance to students and parents.
How are the teachers being prepared for the changes in the mode of learning and teaching?
To ensure that teachers are equipped to implement online learning effectively, they are currently undergoing training on technical skills and pedagogy suited for online learning under the Information Technology Resource Management Office (ITRMO) and Ateneo SALT Institute, respectively.
If we decide to homeschool our child or move him/her to another school this year, will he/she be able to return to Ateneo next school year?
Returning students will necessarily have to go through a process and adhere to the policies and guidelines of each school under Basic Education. In short, automatic admission does not apply for re-entries.
Will online classes continue even if schools are given clearance for face-to-face instruction by the government?
Basic Education foresees that even if clearances are given by the government within the school year, online learning will still be the main mode of teaching until clearer indicators of a decline in COVID-19 cases are evident and safety measures are put in place. The community’s health is our foremost priority.
When will the parents’ orientations take place, and how will they be conducted?
Details and materials for Parents’ Orientations are projected to be sent before the opening of classes in August. Please take note that the May 29/June 5 Parents’ Orientations for Grade 1 and Kinder respectively (as previously announced) will be rescheduled.
Where can we find updated information about AteneoBlueCloud and the upcoming school year?
You may visit ateneobluecloud.ateneo.edu for announcements and updated information, including updated FAQs. You may also follow the Ateneo de Manila Basic Education social media accounts for regular announcements.
AteneoBlueCloud will brand not only our virtual campus, but also the vibrant online community of learners and educators that we hope to build. It will be distinguished by the essential markers of Jesuit education, which is designed to transform the whole person into someone imbued with the spirit of magis and cura personalis. This means continuing to educate a person who can think critically, collaboratively, and creatively, and, at the same time, serve and lead with competence and character.
Online or onsite, we shall continue to shape Ateneans who are sharp in mind and large of heart, bearing compassion for others, and drawing inspiration from the love of Christ as mediated by the powerful spirituality of Ignatius Loyola.
—From the 7 May 2020 memo of Fr Jose Ramon T Villarin SJ, President, Ateneo de Manila University