Here we are in a brand new world with different challenges and new solutions. The LDS team has worked around the clock to transform our in–person instructors into online instructors. After dedicating hours to researching the right online platform for our students and their families, we’re excited to offer our RISE (Research-informed Individualized Student Education) at Home online learning through TutorCruncher and LessonSpace.
We chose TutorCruncher with the full student experience in mind. Far from the surface are the nitty-gritty details: scheduling, invoicing, timesheets, personal and organization-wide calendars, reporting to parents and to staff, data tracking, apps that sync people, apps that sync apps. We can also all rest easily knowing that the limited data that’s stored in TutorCruncher is on Canadian servers, is in line with Canadian privacy laws, plus adheres to the highest data privacy standards (the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)). Choosing the right software was essential. TutorCruncher helps us coordinate the system that surrounds the student. With software to simplify our operations, we can minimize our resources devoted to administration and maximize developing more resources for families.
TutorCruncher is more than a business management system. Integrated into each scheduled lesson is an interactive whiteboard, LessonSpace, where our instructors and students meet. Many features of LessonSpace will feel familiar. We can see and hear each other through video calls, similar to FaceTime or Skype. On the interactive whiteboard, we can collaborate on schoolwork and the individualized lessons designed by our instructors. Using a collaborative whiteboard may be new for many of our students, but don’t worry. This one is easy to get started and easy to use. And after each session, parents can access lesson reports to keep updated on their child’s progress.
The new online whiteboard is “1 click connect“. It literally walks into a virtual classroom. Your pencil and paper are waiting. Screen sharing on the whiteboard is just like watching your tutor work out a problem on paper. It has separate tabs, just like turning to a new chapter in a book. It even has built in graph paper for everyone working on their math skills. Even online it feels familiar.
Together, TutorCruncher and LessonSpace are user friendly, high-quality, secure and interactive – giving our kids, families and instructors the best experience possible. These systems facilitate the lesson without distracting our students and create a secure learning environment. And they help LDS make learning accessible to more families in our community.
Our mission is to empower the unique strengths of our students. The foundation of this service is employing instructors with diverse skill sets. Behind our capacity to individualize student learning is our ability to connect students with instructors experienced in creating an individualized experience for each of their students, as no two students are the same.
We have found ourselves in a changed world and since March, our transition has gained a new significance. Developing our online community now also keeps us safe. We will stay home and teach. We hope that you will stay home and learn. We will research, and we will investigate. It is a great time for imagination, and we look forward to joining you online via RISE at Home to keep our kids learning!
Do you have questions, comments or feedback on RISE at Home? Want to find out more information about how we can help your child who has a suspected or diagnosed learning disability? Please get in touch – firstname.lastname@example.org or 604.873.8139 x102