Learning at Home
Distance Learning Equity Program:
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing public health measures, the Near North District School Board has worked towards providing a continuation of learning at home for all of our students. Our goal, as always, is to provide equitable access to learning and support for our students. We recognize that limited internet connectivity and access to technology remains a challenge in many homes and communities throughout the district. Accordingly, our staff will continue to differentiate home learning opportunities using a variety of tools, strategies, and resources.
Parent Guide to Learning at Home
We know that not all circumstances are the same and that families are facing many challenges at this time. The "Guide to Learning at Home" has been developed to assist parents and guardians in navigating this new environment with their child and understanding what is involved in home-based learning.
Learning at Home
@nearnorthschools.ca - Login and Learn
Your @nearnorthschools.ca account is a passport to learning. When students or staff login to our board website using their NNDSB username and password, they have access to digital tools that enable productivity, communication, collaboration and creativity. Furthermore, they may access hundreds of educational resources, including online subscriptions, encyclopedias, research archives and more...
Please note, some Primary (K-3) classes use a "simple sign-on" that allows students to login using a simplified username and picture password.
Go to www.nearnorthschools.ca
Click the “door” icon in the top right corner.
For user account support including password resets please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or during regular school hours please call:
(705) 707-1599 (North Bay)
(705)-773-7975 (Parry Sound)
Enter your login information when prompted:
(replace ## with your day of birth)
Click on the "Learning Resources" tab from the main menu to access resources.
A central place for K-3 families to access resources, and foster learning at home.
An innovative virtual space to enable online learning and collaboration.
Edsby is a K-12 application that enables digital learning, assessment and reporting.
Expanding Technology Enabled Learning:
The NNDSB has completed a school survey to identify student access to technology for learning at home. This information has been used to prioritize and respond to learning needs and opportunities. The first wave of deployment will focus on supporting secondary students that do not have access to technology or the internet. This will be expanded in future weeks, allowing both secondary and elementary students (that do not have access to technology or the internet) to access board owned MacBooks, iPads and various types of LTE enabled hotspot devices.
The resources below have been developed to support students & families in using board owned devices:
Download and install productivity and collaboration tools on PC, Mac or Mobile.
K-8 math games and tasks that respond to students’ unique learning needs.
Access online K-12 Virtual Resources to support students in their research activities.
Learning at Home:
The Ministry of Education has launched the first phase of Learn at Home and Apprendre à la maison, a new online portal that will provide resources for families so students can continue their education while schools are closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation.
Differentiating Learning at Home to Meet the Needs of All Families:
North District School Board staff will continue to support a variety of forms of remote learning including online learning, phone connections, assignments submitted by email, off-line tasks and more. In doing so, we recognize that the opportunities for learning at home vary greatly and we will work with families to differentiate instruction so that it may be accessed flexibly and conveniently.
Given that access to technology and internet connectivity remains an obstacle for many families across our region, our educators will continue to differentiate learning processes and materials to ensure that all students may continue to learn at home. Our school teams have initiated a process that will enable families that live in areas without internet connectivity to access educator curated “learning packages”. School teams will follow a clearly defined safety protocol that informs the collation of student learning packages and the subsequent distribution of these packages to students and families. Frequency and content of learning packages is to be determined by school staff and adapted with feedback from families.
The Near North District School Board continues to offer a number of additional online resources that may support the Learn at Home initiative. Below, NNDSB staff have compiled a variety of resources that cover a range of grades and subjects that may be helpful for students and parents during this time. It’s important to note that these online resources are not mandatory or graded and are meant for families to use as optional resources to support independent learning while students are at home. We know these are challenging times for students and families and we are committed to working with the Ministry of Education to support you during this unprecedented interruption to student learning.
Additional Literacy and Mathematics Resources:
Online Resources – "Primary" Mathematics Grades K-3
|DreamBox Learning||K-8||An adaptive technology resource with math games and tasks that provides ongoing feedback and appropriate tasks, responsive to students’ unique learning needs.|
|Mathology Little Books||K-3||Mathology Little Books that introduce and review important math concepts through story and virtual math games. New books will be posted regularly.|
|TVO Numberblocks||Kindergarten||A series of animated videos to support young children in learning how numbers work through song and play.|
|Khan Academy Kids||K-3||A free app that contains a breadth of learning materials across math, language and social-emotional learning for ages 2-7.|
|TumbleMath||K-6||Tumble math is a comprehensive library of math picture books with animation and audio narration.|
|Khan Academy||K-8+||5-20 minute videos along with interactive tasks to support learning across subject areas.|
|mPower||K-6||A creative online game that teaches fundamental K-6 math skills.|
|StrADDegy||K-3||A collection of videos, games and tasks to support students (and parents) in understanding how to build fundamental skills in addition and subtraction of numbers to build fluency.|
|Mathies Home Supports||K-6||A collection of printable games and resources that can support learning of mathematics at home.|
|Mathies Online Tools and Games||K-8+||A collection of additional links to Ontario-developed math resources to support the learning and review of mathematics.|
|Boxcars and One-Eyed Jacks Math Games||1-8||A site with a variety of dice and card games to teach and reinforce foundational math concepts.|
|Math Before Bed||K-6||A collection of prompts that can inspire mathematical discussions that you and your children can have before bed, at dinner, or anytime.|
|Solve Me Puzzles||2-8+||A variety of puzzles at various math levels to support an understanding of number and algebraic thinking.|
|CEMC Problems of the Week||3-8+||New and archived Problems of the Week that provide students with opportunities to solve problems from various areas of mathematics, grades 3-12.|
|Caribou Math Contest||2-8+||Access to past Caribou Math Contests for enriching and challenging math problems for grade 2-12 students.|
Learning in the "Real World" – Mathematics and Literacy, Grades K-8
- Work on a creative building project (Lego, cardboard or other materials). Consider the measurements and the amount of materials used.
- Cook or bake for your family, using a favourite or new recipe. What ingredient amounts would you need if you wanted to halve or triple, etc. the recipe?
- Read or write a comic or graphic text.
- Learn a new game such as crib, chess, NIM, etc. Talk about the strategy and mathematics you are using.
- Ask family members about their work. How do they use math and language skills daily?
- Play word/math games such a Sudoku, crossword puzzles, scrabble, dominoes, etc.
- Watch a documentary and have a discussion about your thoughts and the opinions of others. How is data used and communicated in the documentary?
- Look through shopping flyers to make a grocery list. How do the deals in different stores compare? What shopping choices would you make, considering a certain budget?
- Make up a new active game with toys like basketballs, frisbees, hacky sacks, etc. How could you score the game and keep track of stats? Consider the new marble racing craze!
- See printable math activities below such as Boxcars and One-Eyed Jacks Math Games and University of Waterloo- CEMC at Home
- Read with your child. As you read, ask questions about what they see, what they think, what they notice, what they wonder, what is happening and what they think will happen next.
- Go for a nature walk, or a walk in your community and ask your child what they hear, what they notice, what they see. Create a simple scavenger hunt that can involve looking for numbers, letters, word, patterns s or specific items. Engage the 5 senses.
- Create an obstacle course outdoors with recycled or items. Think about low, medium and high levels, forward, sideways, diagonal and wavy pathways, and slow and purposeful and fast speeds. Challenge family members to complete the course.
- Look at a special family photo and share the story of that day or event or why it is special.
Online Learning - Literacy K-8
|Right To Read Program||K-1||Activities for parents to build reading readiness skills.|
|Flyleaf Decodable Books||K-3||Engaging, meaningful, decodable books with fine-art illustrations tied to a systematic phonics scope & sequence.|
|TumbleBooks||K-6||TumbleBook Library is a curated database of children’s e-books. TumbleBook Library has over 1100 titles for grades K-6, and includes unique animated, talking picture books, read-along chapter books, National Geographic videos, non-fiction books, playlists, as well as books in Spanish and French. Plus, the collection features Graphic Novels.|
|Teen Book Cloud||4-12||TeenBookCloud - is an online collection of ebooks, enhanced novels, graphic novels, videos and audio books, which offers students and adults of all reading levels access to an amazing range of content.|
|TVO Kids||K-3||TVOKids provides programs, games and apps based on the Ontario school curriculum.|
|CBC Kids||K-3||Games, videos and activities for children.|
|National Geographic Kids||K-3||Online version of the popular kids magazine. Access to news articles, videos, and online games.|
|Pebble Go||K-3||Online resources including 5 subject areas covering Animals, Health, Science, Social Studies, and Biographies to help guide your students' exploration.|
|Brain Pop Junior||K-3+||Engaging learning games, animated movies and activities.|
|Je suis parent d’un(e) élève au primaire||K-6 French||In this period when the routine for young and old is turned upside down, Pearson Canada has put together tips and tools to download to help you keep your children busy and maintain the continuity of learning on a daily basis.|
|TFO Education/Idéllo||K-12 French||Canadian multimedia resources in French for K-12.|
|FSL Homework Toolbox||K-12 French||This site supports parents who have children in a “French Immersion” (FI) program and wish to assist them with homework in French. Learners and educators in other FSL programs will also find it helpful.|
|Débrouillards||3-9 French||Online version of the popular French science magazine for children aged 9-14. Offers links to videos, magazine articles and science experiments.|
|Duolingo||6-12 French||Daily French vocabulary practice.|
|Boukili||K-6 French||Free online access to French books through TFO. Can be read to the child or independently, Games, questions etc. English instructions available.|
|TV5 Monde||7-12 French||Lessons, expand vocabulary and expressions representing French in the world.|