2020 will begin ALL VIRTUAL. In-person Learning Labs will be available for students Mon-Thurs.

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Distance Learning

Student Experience

Students will be instructed by certified Ferndale Schools teachers in all core subjects. A combination of online and offline activities will be planned for students.

  • All necessary educational materials will be provided.
  • Participation, assignments, activities are required. Teachers will provide students with feedback and grades where applicable.

Parent/Guardian Expectations

Support your child’s management of the school experience. Provide flexibility and consistency in your child’s virtual experience. Maintain communication with your child’s teacher.

Google Account

All Ferndale School students have google accounts. Using a Single Sign-On process, students can access most learning resources by clicking Sign On Using Google buttons where available and entering student account info.

Students' Google/Network Login Information can be found on the MISTAR Student Profile page (you must search for student first) under the Network Login section. This is where you can locate students' email addresses and associated password.

Parents also have access to view this information on the MISTAR Parent Portal, under Network Login.


  

Learning Management System 

All classes will be taught and directed by our amazing Ferndale Schools teachers. To help facilitate this online learning, the district has purchased Canvas–a Learning Management System which will provide teachers and students with a single sign-on location for accessing classes. Google Suite and other programs currently in use (Journeys, Envision, IXL) will be linked into your Canvas account when you login.

This will allow for a seamless transition between platforms for all students and their families.

 

What is Canvas?

Canvas is a single location Learning Management Platform that hosts all of your apps in one single-sign-on location. With its highly integrated learning products, teachers have built digital learning environments to meet the unique challenges faced by distance learning.  

Because Canvas is a web-based system, it doesn’t need to be installed on your computer. However, you’ll want to make sure that your computer meets the basic requirements to run Canvas. You’ll also want to verify that Canvas supports your web browser before you get started.

Canvas hosts:

  • Accelerate content manager
  • Seesaw for Elementary
  • Google Apps for Education integration
  • Other Curriculum platform (Journeys, Envision, IXL) integration
  • Even More...

Synchronous Instruction Explanation

To provide a classroom experience and an opportunity for students to interact with teachers and classmates, we will be using Google Meet video conferencing tools. Students are expected to virtually attend scheduled class periods regularly. Courses will begin promptly, and students should be ready to begin on time.

Google Meet Tutorials
 

  1. Go to meet.google.com
  2. Type in teacher code

Technology

The technology department will be the single point of contact in reference to technology related topics, issues, concerns, check-in and checkout. If you have a technology related question or need to request a Chromebook or other needed technology, please contact the service desk using one of the methods below.

Tech Support

Ferndale Schools is provided Tech Support services through Oakland Schools, or Intermediate School District. There are multiple ways to contact them.

Email

osservicedesk@oakland.k12.mi.us

Live Chat & Service Ticket Tracking

Create an account in the ticketing system with just your e-mail address so you can enter, update and track your technology requests, and receive Live Chat help.

Service Desk Sign-Up

Phone

During this time of the year, Oakland Schools is experiencing extremely high call volumes and encourages you to enter tickets through the customer portal or email to avoid long wait times on hold,

  • (248)209-2060

Hardware

Chromebooks, Kajeets (wireless internet cards) and additional wireless options are being provided to any family that requests technology.

Free Internet

FPS has developed a Partnership Program through Xfinity. Details are below. Learning Support Labs are also available with internet access for students who are able to attend.

Free Internet Essentials from Comcast & Ferndale Schools

Through a partnership with Xfinity, qualifying households can get free home internet essentials package including a modem and wireless router at no additional cost. Monthly subscription fees will be covered by the district at a reduced rate through this Internet Essentials Partnership Program. Eligibility terms and application is available from Comcast's website!

Eligibility

Eligibility is determined my Comcast's Internet Essentials terms and conditions:

  1. Household must qualify for programs like the National School Lunch Program, housing assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, SSI and others

  2. Live in an area where Comcast Internet service is available

  3. Have not had Comcast Internet in the last 90 days

  4. Households who owe money to Comcast may still qualify if approved by 12/31/20

Promo Code Request

During the application process, you must enter a unique promo code, provided to you by Ferndale Schools. To request a promo code, contact Aubria Agnello at Aubrie.Agnello@oakland.k12.mi.us.

Google Meet Codes

Elementary Meet Codes

For live (synchronous learning), all K-5 students will use teacher nickname following this format: schoolnameteacherlastname

Example: fueldavis, fueltrolinger

Example: lowerperi, lowerrandle 

Essentials class codes will follow the same format: 

Example: fuelmitchell 

Example: lowergolida

Where to Start

Chromebooks

Start by logging into your student account on your Chromebook. Our Technology Department has loaded links and resources onto your Chrome browser to help you quickly navigate the virtual classroom.

  1. Every morning, log into Canvas to begin your day.

Login here

From Canvas, students will select their classroom and see content for the day. The video below will give you a brief tour of switching between views in the first minute.

Your teacher may be using other apps to share content or host classwork, such as SeeSaw or Google Classroom. All of this content will be accessible from Canvas.