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WFS Remote Learning

The Learning at WFS Continues!

Welcome to WFS Remote Learning! While the action happens on our internal web site, we wanted to give you a little taste of the remote learning experience.

Because WFS has a 1-to-1 laptop program for grades 5 through 12, as well as an active online learning community already in place, the technical transition for both students and teachers wasn't too much of a leap. The one area that is new is the actual video conferencing, which teachers are doing using Zoom. Before going remote,  teachers participated in workshops about Zoom and other remote learning techniques, and our IT Department also added remote learning resources to an existing FAQ. 

For our younger learners, in addition to preparing take-home packets which can be picked up from various locations (no contact!), teachers are posting daily assignments online and are reaching out to students through Zoom for check-ins, group meetings, and story time. They are also using programs like Flipgrid to connect.

The use of a synchronous platform like Zoom is a critical means for nurturing our community spirit, providing students with a sense of continued connection and belonging, as well as a chance for teachers to “check in” and literally “see” how everyone is faring. During this phase of being remote, we hope to not only continue the high-level engagement in the classroom, but maintain the sense of community felt when our students and faculty/staff are together on campus. In fact, we have already held our first virtual Meeting for Worship!

An upper school math class meets using Zoom. 

Fourth graders using Flipgrid to share video messages telling their classmates interesting facts about themselves.

Eighth grade students test their skills in science class as the teacher uses a Jeopardy format.

WFS Blackbaud K-12 LMS

We have been using the Blackbaud K-12 Learning Management System for over 6 years for assignments, syllabi, course material, and much more.

Here is an example of a portion of an upper schooler's course list where they can see a snapshot of assignments due.

Each class has its own bulletin board, area for topics, and assignments page.
This is just a taste of remote learning at WFS. Visit our Facebook and Instagram pages to see photos of students and faculty in action.

There will surely be many discoveries as we teach and learn in this new normal. One of the integral parts of a Quaker education is "continuing revelation", the idea that learning is a never-ending process, and we are eager to see how our remote learning community will evolve.