Elementary Online Learning

When more than 80% of content is taught online, a student is engaged in what Allen & Seaman called online learning. Online learning is usually the purview of secondary and postsecondary education, but because of the nature of the global pandemic currently impacting our community, in order to keep children safe, all learning is being conducted online in what is rightly termed emergency online learning.

Each student in the Arlington Public Schools is provided an iPad. When every student has a device, this is referred to as a “1:1 model,” pronounced one-to-one. Those iPads will be used to access a variety of resources for online learning.

Each student in APS will use two major platforms for their daily learning. The Department of Teaching and Learning has mandated that all APS schools use a learning management system (LMS) called Canvas and a live videoconferencing platform called Microsoft Teams. You may hear teachers refer to their “Canvas course” or their “Class Team,” in which they are referring to Canvas and Teams, respectively.

Additional tools that are specific to a function (like viewing a guided slide show) or a curricular area (like practicing fundamental math skills) will be linked through both Canvas and Teams.

This area of our website is designed to provide you with the support you will need to successfully support your child’s online learning at your home.

The Elementary Online sections of the APS website were created by Keith Reeves of Discovery Elementary School, and shared to assist all of the students of APS.