1. What is itsLearning?
ItsLearning is a learning management system (online platform) that allows teachers to have an online component alongside their traditional instruction. Not only can teachers post classroom content but they may also have students participate in online discussions, submit assignments, complete assessments, and create content. ItsLearning is also a communication tool for administrators, teachers, students, and parents. Additionally, teachers can utilize the recommendation engine to provide students with either remediation or enrichment on course standards.
2. What can I do as a parent?
In all courses, parents can monitor content assigned to their children through itsLearning. Parents can find this content in each course Lesson Planner, Tree Link, in the Latest Changes section for newly updated material, and possibly linked to a HW assignment if that assignment has been previously uploaded by the teacher. Parents can check the Lesson Planner section for class goals being covered for that day or over several days, class resources, class activities, and for information about upcoming tests, projects, and quizzes. The Calendar / Event section also contains HW assignments and upcoming events. Parents and students can subscribe to the calendar to bring these events directly to their smart phone or tablet calendars. Parents may find bulletins or reminders in individual courses. Parents can also find links to valuable resources that students may need throughout the year. This can include on-line text books if available and more. ItsLearning also has a secure messaging system to communicate with your child’s teachers. If a parent visits their child’s dashboard, they can actually see all calendar items and events from all courses in one combined section. The same is true for the latest changes. J The Piney Grove Dashboard also displays information found on the PGMS website, Facebook, and Twitter.
3. How do I get there?
Go to https://forsyth.itslearning.com or visit our Piney Grove web site and use the quick link to access itslearning. In the future, parents will login with their Parent Portal username and password. If you do not have a Parent Portal account, please visit the PGMS front office to set up your account. Don’t forget to bring your picture ID. At this time, itslearning is continually making updates that will make interaction in the system better for parents. Currently at the Grove we are asking that you log into itslearning with your child’s username and password. Be sure to ask your child for that information. If they do not know it, have them ask a teacher for it or have them stop by and see Mr. Wiles in the Media Center. Having this information and checking it regularly is vital for helping your child succeed to the fullest at Piney Grove.
4. Do I still need to go to Parent Portal?
Yes. Parents will still navigate to Parent Portal to view grades for their child. Over time, itslearning will be a one-stop shop for Parents. However, for the 2014-2015 school year parents will still go to Parent Portal to view student grades and attendance.There is even an app for that!
5. Where can I find more information?
After you are logged in, be sure to visit the Forsyth County Schools Dashboard on the left hand side of the page. Once on the dashboard you will find many links and videos to assist your child / children and you.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact Mr. Wiles or Mrs. Deuschle through one of the methods below.
Jim Wiles firstname.lastname@example.org 678-965-5010 Ext.381588
Kristen Deuschle email@example.com 678-965-5010 Ext. 381582