Distance Learning Capabilities

Distance Learning Capabilities at McT
McGill-Toolen Catholic is able to leverage existing technology to continue delivering educational content remotely. Teachers are currently 2-to-1 on technology; each teacher has both a laptop and an iPad. Our students are 1-to-1 with all students having iPads. McT has multiple technology applications that would allow for distant communication and the delivery of educational content including but not limited to the following: Google Apps for Education and our LMS, Canvas.

Google Apps for Education:
  • Teachers can use email and Google Drive to send/share documents, including video lessons filmed from their iPad or Macbook Air.  
  • Teachers can also leverage Google Classroom to: 
  • post documents
  • post assignments for digital submission, 
  • post educational content including recorded video lessons or links for content.
Canvas LMS:
  • Teachers can post units of materials, including documents or videos.
  • Videos can be filmed and posted within the app itself both by the teacher and by the students to replace face-to-face communication.
  • Teachers can also utilize Canvas quiz functions for online assessments.
  • Canvas also ties into other educational apps such as FlipGrid, Turnitin, Google Apps, and Khan Academy.
  • Teachers also have the ability to check student engagement by checking last login and amount of time spent in Canvas by students.

Accessing internet/Distant Learning

If you do not currently have high speed internet at home, there are several options readily available to you.  Because of the changing nature of the situation, there is no definitive list.

Cellular Data/Cell Phones

  1. If you have a cell phone or cell service, you can access most all of our distant learning options.  Google student email can be accessed via any smart device.  Canvas, Moodle, and Google Classroom are all device agnostic and offer apps both in iOS and Android stores.
  2. Use your cellphone hotspot to create an access point for the school issued iPad.
  3. Contact your cellular provider.  Many providers are currently dropping data caps, allowing free hotspot usage, etc.  It is best to contact them directly to see what they are offering.

High Speed/Internet Service Providers/Hot Spots

  1. Many Internet Service Providers (ISP) are offering free or reduced cost internet access.  ISP options depend on region, so you would need to check what is available in your area.
  2. Public WiFi is available at local libraries and some restaurants or coffee shops.
  3. Currently, Xfinity has announced that all of their hotspots are free to access. Check here for map:  http://wifi.xfinity.com
  4. Check other ISPs to see if they begin offering similar solutions: AT&T, Mediacom, and Verizon will likely follow suit.