For 20 years, Sycamore Education’s mission has been to provide private schools with an affordable all-in-one school management system powerful enough to manage critical school operations and communications. Helping schools stay connected and continue teaching their students is more important than ever in the face of a global pandemic like COVID-19.
As schools around the world close temporarily and move to online classes to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, many educators and parents are scrambling for practical solutions. At Sycamore Education we are keenly aware of the impacts this new reality may be having on your school. There are many ways our school management solution — as well as other online collaboration tools — can help you manage during what will be the ‘new normal’ for the next month or even longer.
Sycamore School provides powerful distance learning options for schools shifting to online learning. From within our interface, teachers can communicate with students in a variety of ways, share written and multimedia files, administer online tests, and manage grade books. Watch this video for more details: Sycamore School + Distance Learning
Sycamore School’s Curriculum Manager allows teachers to create and manage documents, lesson plans, and attach specific assignments and documents. Our built-in drop box feature allows students to submit their assignments online, as well as take online tests.
Pathwright Microlearning for Distance Learning
Sycamore School customers can sign up for microlearning courses from right within their school’s dashboard. The course on distance learning will be especially helpful to teachers and administrators as they transition to online learning models.
As a Google Cloud partner, Sycamore School makes it possible for your school to seamlessly sync information and data in real time between our robust school management system and your Google applications. Key features include the ability to create, edit, and share documents, create classrooms, distribute assignments, manage grade books, sync assignments, and much more.
Other Resources Available for Schools Moving to Distance Learning Due to COVID-19
Google is also helping schools stay connected remotely with their recent roll out of free access to their advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing capabilities to all G Suite customers through July 1, 2020. You’ll be able to video chat with up to 250 participants, share your screen for presentations and lessons, and even record sessions and save them to Google Drive. Check out the additional distance learning resources available from Google for schools affected by COVID-19.
Zoom. The popular video conferencing platform, Zoom, is now being offered for free to K-12 schools that need video conferencing tools for Distance Learning. The company has temporarily lifted the 40-minute limit on free Basic accounts for schools affected by the Coronavirus. Teachers and students can use the K-12 School Verification Form to set up their free Basic account.
Adobe. Adobe is providing free Creative Cloud tools through May 31, 2020. These desktop apps can help facilitate distance learning and make it possible to keep coursework and student progress on track for students and educators.
Sycamore Education was founded on our belief in the value of private education and the important role it plays in shaping children’s lives — and that remains one of our core guiding principles. Recent weeks have shown us that, even in the face of uncertainty, schools and the communities around them can remain strong and resourceful while finding unique ways to remain operational and create alternative learning environments. Consider us part of your community support team — a resource that can make it easier for you to keep your school operational and maintain close communication with students, parents, teachers, and administrators as you navigate the months ahead.
For our wonderful customers, know we are behind you and ready to assist however we can. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our support team with questions or for help with resources as they relate to your Sycamore School features and distance learning.
If you’re not already a Sycamore Education customer, there’s no cost or obligation to learn more about how we can help. Simply go to SycamoreSchool.com/covid19-response to sign up for a demo, and someone from our team will be in touch to schedule a webinar time that works for you. After the webinar, you’ll get a 30-day trial with a fully functional Sycamore School site created for your school. Plus, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a $150 Amazon gift card!
Wishing you and your school success and good health as we navigate these challenging times together.
This article originally appeared on Sycamore School.