Learning Never Closes

  • Learning Never Closes

    Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is committed to supporting students and families in making sure that learning never stops. When the school buildings are closed for any reason (vacations, weekends, or even unexpected closures), BCPS encourages families and caregivers to have students engage in academic activities.

    As such, we hope that this page will be a place you turn to ensure that, in Broward County, “Learning Never Closes.”

    Each student in BCPS has a suite of academic tools available to them 24/7/365. Over the past year, a significant effort by BCPS staff has begun to enable the resources needed for blended and personalized learning throughout our district. Access to the adopted textbooks, the Canvas learning management system and dozens of other resources are available through this one portal. Students can access their suite of resources via the Single-Sign-On LaunchPad.

    The Student Textbooks & Resources Canvas course has a new section on the Home Page titled, Learning Never Closes.  Broward County Public Schools encourages families and caregivers to have students engage in academic activities from Nearpod, Newsela, and Vocabulary.com.

    Access to the Student Textbooks & Resources Canvas course is available to teachers and students via Canvas and the Single-Sign-On LaunchPad.

    Students: 
    Digital Resources Clever Icon 
    Click on the icon in Clever to navigate to the Digital Student Resources in Canvas.
    Some of the resources that are available are listed below.

    Canvas Self-Paced How to Course

     

    Passport  Passport to Canvas

     

    Nearpod Self-Paced Student Courses

    💻 Nearpod Coding

    🎓 Nearpod

    College & Career Exploration

    👮‍♀️ Nearpod Digital Citizenship

    Coding (K-2)
    Coding (3-8)
    Coding (6-12)

    College & Career Exploration (K-2)
    College & Career Exploration (3-5)
    College & Career Exploration (6-8)
    College & Career Exploration (9-12)
    Virtual Reality Career Tours (6-12)
    Digital Citizenship Course (K-2)
    Digital Citizenship Course (3-5)
    Digital Citizenship Course (6-8)
    Digital Citizenship Course (9-12)

    ⌨️ NearPod Keyboarding

    📝 Nearpod Microsoft

    ☮️ Social & Emotional Learning

    Keyboarding Course (K-12) Microsoft Applications (K-2)
    Microsoft Applications (3-5)
    Nearpod Microsoft Applications (6-12)
    Social & Emotional Learning (K-5)
    Social & Emotional Learning (6-12)

    Additional Resources

    📰 Newsela Self-Paced Articles

    Vocabulary.com Self-Paced Challenge

    BSPS Technology Tools

    Student Digital Resources

    Textbooks Library/Media Resources


    Whenever you have the opportunity to spend time with your children outside of school, we encourage the following:

    • Read. Whether it is a new reader picture book, a historical biography, a young adult story, a classic novel, or a textbook the hours spent reading are always beneficial. Families are encouraged to read together and to read to each other.
    • Talk. Have students tell the story of what has happened to them and their neighborhood since they were last in school. Giving students the respect of listening to how the story of their experience helps them process the disruption to their normal routine, provides them with the respect of being listened to by others, and prepares them to return to school able to articulate their experience to their peers and teachers.
    • Write and draw. Students of all ages can create notebooks of diagrams, art, and personal writing. These activities can be used for technical and creative expression. These creations can then be shared with family, friends and at school when we return.
    • Design and build a game on paper (make the game pieces out of recyclables such as bottle caps) and play your game.
    • Create a journal of ideas and wonderings: Wonder about and observe nature – write questions you think about and develop a plan for how you can investigate and gather evidence that can help answer your questions.
    • Invent something: Think about solutions to problems you have noticed. Diagram an invention to solve the problem and build a prototype from recyclable material around the house.
    • Storyboard. Sketch your ideas for coding, apps, or gameplay (see below) so that your framework is ready to go when you regain access to power and the internet.

    Families can also engage their students in using the following digital resources:

    • Many learning resources for students are available at the BCPS student webpage. This includes links to Scholastic Chess, Khan Academy, Virtual Counselor, Microsoft Advantage, Pinnacle, and other BCPS and partner resources. These can be reached at https://www.browardschools.com.
    • Students in grades 6-12 are encouraged to spend time exploring and utilizing the resources available through their Family Connection Naviance account. This resource can be found at https://www.browardschools.com/naviance.
    • Students and families are reminded to utilize the Microsoft Student Advantage program which provides FOR FREE the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, etc.) both on-line and for up to five downloaded copies. These tools can be used for creativity and productivity. More information can be found at https://www.browardschools.com/Page/36596.
    • Tell a story, code a picture, or make a game using Code.org‘s Play Lab, Artist, Game Lab or App Lab (available through SSO for students or at Code.org) or using Scratch https://scratch.mit.edu/ or ScratchJr (only on a tablet). Need an idea? Use a favorite story and retell it through a game or animation.

    Know that BCPS has the supports in place to ensure that “Learning Never Closes.” No matter the time and place, feel free to take advantage of these resources to support the learning that happens inside of our innovative schools.

    Early Learning Suggestions

    1. Read Aloud: Have children and family members select their favorite books and gather together for a family read-aloud. Reading aloud builds many important foundational skills, introduces vocabulary, provides a model of fluent, expressive reading, and helps children build reading for pleasure. Books can also be a springboard for discussion, and provide the opportunity for children and families to talk about their feelings.

    See below for read-aloud tips for families:

    2. Play Board or Card Games as a Family: Families can play board games as a way to spend time together. Board Games support skills, such as counting, matching, planning, developing strategy, problem-solving, and more. They are also great for practicing sportsmanship and providing families a chance to talk while playing.

    See below for additional ideas for games with families:

    3. Draw Pictures and Write Stories: Grab paper, crayons, and markers and have family members create a scrapbook. Encourage children to write and draw pictures of the events they experience in everyday life. Ask them to respond to what they saw, heard, or felt during their day.

    Want to Learn Chess?

    Some of our students have access to Chess4Life through the SSO, but anyone who wants to learn how to play chess or sharpen their chess skills while schools are closed can go to online.chess4life.com and click "Free Trial Account" to set up an account and get one week of free access. To unlock new levels or any locked content, users can type in IRMA when prompted for a code.

    World Language Resources
    Ciencias en español:

    Ortografía en español:

    Geografía en español:

    Matemáticas:

    Duolingo
          Offers Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and other languages.

    BrainPOP

          You can change the settings to Spanish, French and other languages.