Distance Learning

continuity in extraordinary times

Our approach to distance learning begins with the assertion that the learning experiences teachers normally design, when school is in regular session, cannot simply be replicated through distance learning.

In particular, the invaluable social interactions and mediation that occurs naturally among students and between teachers and students cannot be recreated in the same way. However, when designed and delivered well, distance learning can be successful in its own right. Teachers must use appropriate methods (i.e. those tailored to an online environment) for engaging students in learning and supporting their growth. Accordingly, our Distance Learning Plan provides guidelines and insights about how ISB can leverage digital and experiential learning in ways that bring the curriculum to life. 

Distance Learning Corner

Welcome to our Distance Learning Corner where you can find stories, photos, videos and more of distance learning in action.

Download the Plan

First page of the PDF file: DistanceLearningPlan_16

The Learning Continues

We invite you to play the video below to view some of the moments from the first weeks of Distance Learning at ISB!

Welcome to our Home Offices!

Working from home will look different for everyone. Here's how it looks for some of our teachers.

Multitasking

One of my many working areas

WHAT OUR COMMUNITY IS SAYING

We thank everyone for the overwhelming support and positive feedback. It only takes a small act of kindness to make a big difference.

"In maths we had a really fun google meet and it felt like we were in class and I know we all learnt a lot that day!"
— Grade 8 Student —

"All our Biology classes have been synchronous and I've liked all of them because the teacher guides us through the topics and it doesn't really feel like we are learning alone. She makes us have "breakout rooms" so that we still work in teams with our classmates, and she has made different dynamics (like inviting a doctor to our class to talk about the coronavirus) that I find have been really interesting and fun."
— ISB Student —

"It's actually very fun and is great because it comes closest to what the experience feels like just a few weeks ago when we were physically in class, learning and laughing with peers."
— Grade 8 Student —

"I liked being able to do group presentations in class through the presentation feature of google hangouts. It was nice to work collaboratively and share with the class, it's more helpful then doing all the research for all my case studies alone."
— Grade 11 Student —

"We worked on an activity that combined the two HL Language & Literature classes, so we could have a Google Meet with people we wouldn't normally see."
— Grade 11 Student —

"In geography, we have had almost all of our lessons synchronously thus far. Through Google Hangouts, I feel that the class atmosphere carries over, and I am having about as much fun as I would normally have during face-to-face learning. We follow along the packets and watch videos where applicable, and we have the same in-depth conversations."
— Grade 11 Student —

"Again, we can only say what an outstanding job you have done, ISB, with corona communications and distance learning. It’s a privilege to have our daughter attend the school. Even more, I see from my two sons the resilience and analytical thinking they have learned at ISB coming through in how they are handling these uncertain times (impact on employment) and how they assess and sift through all the data out there to form their own, reasoned opinions and actions. Thank you to you all for such a brilliant job!!"
— ISB Parent —

"I had a really successful synchronous lesson with my Grade 11 HL BIO class today. I put them in groups in different google meet rooms, which i could drop in on. They peer-assessed an exemplar IA, completed their group feedback on a google form, and then I set up autocrat to return a google doc to them with a summary of their grades and comments compared to the teacher's real grade. They did really well."
— ISB Teacher —

"My kids have found the work fun and engaging. I can’t imagine how hard it is to be working at home with their own kids and managing their class online. Thank you for all your work. Well done!"
— ISB Parent —

"I think it has been a brilliant success, my children are happy and learning and looking forward to their 'school day' as much as they would have normally. HUGE thanks!"
— ISB Parent —

"It’s nice to see that some of your teachers really do care about us outside of school and have considered our mental health as a priority."
— Grade 11 Student —

"The freedom of choosing the order of completing assignments really helped me get everything done on time and not feel overwhelmed, as well as have fun."
— Grade 10 Student —

"Overall, this quick transition was great. As a DP student, our job is stay afloat and not be buried by the work that comes our way. Therefore, this platform has been an amazing achievement the way I see it."
— Grade 11 Student —

"The teachers have all been so extraordinary. They helped me so so so much throughout all of this and I’m extremely grateful."
— Grade 9 Student —

"I was very motivated to wake up every day, although some lessons took a bit longer than I thought, I didn’t end up behind and it was definitely manageable. The school did a great job considering it was the first distant learning experience."
— Grade 9 Student —

"I’ve been able to practice A LOT of self-management and organisational skills which I’m proud of because I stayed proactive and worked well."
— Grade 10 Student —

"I was nervous at first starting distance learning that there would be no social elements in our classes at all, however I have been pleasantly surprised at how google meets and hangouts make it seem like we are all together in discussion."
— Grade 11 Student —

"The Google Hangouts meetings were a fun experience and our teachers were very supportive and accessible. I really appreciate our teachers' and the staff's commitment to helping us through this."
— Grade 12 Student —

"I am very excited to do a virtual choir and I love talking to people all day. I would love to have a class google meet the whole day and talk whenever I need help so that we could be more collaborative."
— Grade 10 Student —

"I feel accomplished when I have finished classes and I have been able to see my class during video calls after a long time due to me being sick which was very good."
— Grade 9 Student —

"Thank you to all the teachers for making this experience as easy as possible to adapt to."
— Grade 11 Student —

"Teachers have been very supportive and always attentive of how I’m doing. This has been an encouragement to keep working as I see they are working hard too."
— Grade 11 Student —

"The Google Hangout meetings were very useful and it made me very happy to interact with my teachers and my classmates. It has made social distancing a little better. Also, all of my teachers have kindly responded to my emails whenever I have had doubts on any of my subjects."
— Grade 11 Student —

"The online school is better than I thought it was gonna be."
— Grade 7 Student —

"I was able to stay in contact with all of my friends and I was able to easily contact my teachers when I needed help. I think online learning is going great."
— Grade 7 Student —

"I had a question about an assignment that I did not understand, so I went on Google meet, and my teacher helped me understand."
— Grade 7 Student —

"Thank you every teacher for making distance learning fun."
— Grade 7 Student —

"Especially in smaller classes, it's great to be able to have a conversation on google meet that is just like the one we usually have in class. We even took five minutes during one class to introduce our pets!"
— Grade 12 Student —

"When in doubt of what the assignment specified to do, my classmates and I came together and called each other to figure it out."
— Grade 8 Student —

"I really like having a short homeroom before class because I can talk about what went well and it is fun because it feels more like a normal school day."
— Grade 7 Student —

"The distance learning programme has made me work productively at home and stay concentrated throughout the day without procrastinating."
— Grade 11 Student —

"I think the teachers have done an exceptional job uploading resources and assignments considering the difficult circumstances. I especially think my math teacher who uploaded videos on how to do questions and certain concepts was one of the more effective beneficial parts of distance-learning (so thank you). I found these videos very useful and a suggestion would be for other teachers to do this as well."
— Grade 12 Student —

"A positive highlight is when I didn't understand a question I searched it up and still didn't understand it and then asked my friends and they all helped me with it."
— Grade 7 Student —

"My classmates have been very supportive of each other and we've been using many digital tools, such as Google Hangouts, Google Docs, etc. to help each other out. In such a turbulent time, it's nice to know that the outbreak has also brought out the best of us in some ways."
— Grade 12 Student —

"I stay really focused during my work and get it done efficiently."
— Grade 10 Student 

"Digital learning is awesome. I love it!"
— Grade 6 Student —

"Everything was very well explained to students and they could still 'socialize' by calling each other and doing the work together."
— Grade 7 Student —

"I feel like I can now focus on the subjects where I need improving, because I can spend more time doing them."
— Grade 9 Student —

"I enjoy distance learning, we are together even when we are separate and we are learning new things and this type of learning is a completely new experience!"
— Grade 8 Student —

"All the teachers are always available for any questions and they are doing a great job at supporting us through their courses."
— Grade 11 Student —

"Singing "Happy Birthday" through a Google meet has been something new and is very fun."
— Grade 6 Student —

"Digital Learning has been wonderful. All the staff have worked really hard and put this together beautifully. Great job!"
— Grade 6 Student —

"My teacher's instructions are simple and clear and anything we may need is on google classroom."
— Grade 8 Student —

"My daughter enjoyed connecting with the homeroom teacher and the other kids. Thanks to all the teachers and the support staff.... they have things to focus, learn and enjoy."
— ISB Parent —

"I like that we can still have contact with our teachers."
— Grade 4 Student —

"I have all the good resources to help me finish any task when it's due or to finish it quickly. It's also well organised for me to find everything."
— Grade 5 Student —

"I was impressed there was even a PE class!! Great effort!!"
— ISB Parent —

"Making connections and having a purpose are wonderful things to feel normal again. Thank you ISB!"
— ISB Parent —

"The video that my teacher posts every morning helps us and gets us going for the day."
— Grade 5 Student —

"Fantastic job to all at ISB. I have to say, the video messages at the beginning and end of the day were so needed. We felt very connected to the teachers in a way that we wouldn’t have if it had just been an email or Seesaw post."
— ISB Parent —

"I was happy that I had the freedom to choose my lessons and break times. Another positive thing was if I had any questions my teacher immediately answered them."
— Grade 5 Student —

"The flexibility that Distance Learning provides allows for the opportunity to more calmly and efficiently do the work."
— Grade 10 Student —

"The teachers have been quite rational with the amount of work given so far and the instructions have been easy to follow. Distance learning also helps me manage my time better."
— Grade 9 Student —

"9th and 11th grade calls, tasks and assessments worked very well. They were very engaged all day long. Well done and thank you!"
— ISB Parent —

"My children felt very positive about the whole experience, they liked getting on with their work at their own pace and also enjoyed being able to connect with their class and teachers. All the work was very clearly communicated. THANK YOU SO MUCH for all your efforts."
— ISB Parent —

"After reading comments around the world about distance learning and schools having to go online, I couldn't be prouder than I am now to be able to say that I work for ISBasel. Bravo to all at ISB."
— ISB Teacher —

"This has been a busy and challenging time – but I think all the staff at ISB have stepped up in the most amazing way! I am proud to be a part of such a hard-working and caring community."
— ISB Teacher —

"It is nice to see our teachers in the video because it helps me and it sets me in a good mood!"
— Grade 5 Student —

"I really appreciate the efforts of all teachers to make this a personal experience, sharing a lot of their lives and personalized comments/videos."
— ISB Parent —

"Thanks for developing a program that challenges them, keeps them focused but also puts a smile on their face and lifts them up at just the right time."
​​​​​​​— ISB Parent —

"I've been proud to work at ISB throughout this whole crisis. The school is doing an excellent job of supporting staff and students, and communicating with parents. Although I'm finding it hard as a working parent, I do feel supported by the school, which helps a lot. Big thanks to everyone involved."
— ISB Teacher —

"I like how I can work on things at my own pace and finish when I am actually done and that feels very good."
— Grade 5 Student —

"My child asked on Saturday morning "Where is my morning message? I love to hear from my teacher, I miss my teacher." This is no suggestion to ask for weekend messages, it is just to share the positive impact it has on our children, thank you."
— ISB Parent —

"The videos from the teachers are great. Love the check ins and seeing the teachers at home! They are working so hard to make them engaging. Thank you!"
— ISB Parent —

"The community feeling has been outstanding."
— ISB Teacher —

"The camaraderie between people has been amazing. The support between my direct team has been super amazing and I feel closer to my teamwork colleagues that ever before."
— ISB Teacher —

"Teachers are always immediate to respond to doubts, which is positive."
— Grade 4 Student —

"I love watching my daughter’s face light up as soon as she receives a video from her teachers. Her smile is right from her heart ❤️."
— ISB Parent —

"Cannot commend the school community highly enough on the rapid and efficient measures adopted to address this worrying situation we all find ourselves in. Everyone has shown patience and genuine support at all levels. It has been a steep learning curve for us all, but all staff and students have risen to this challenge. The support and guidance offered from the school has been terrific. We are all feeling supported and feel a true sense of leadership during this time."
— ISB Teacher —

"I think leadership has been phenomenal through all of this. The whole changing situation has been dealt with professionally and with open communication. Chatting with friends around the world at other international schools I feel like we have got the balance right and are in really good shape. Our school has dealt with it all amazingly...Ultimately this is a situation that no one has ever encountered and right now I am proud to be working at ISB and the way this has been handled."
— ISB Teacher —

"Most of my teachers have been very supportive and I know this is also tough for them. I want to thank them for making videos, organising class video calls, correcting our work, while still having to take care of their families."
— Grade 12 Student —

"Congratulations to the whole ISB team and teachers for being ready for the home learning! It felt like the kids were prepared and knew what they had to do. We were very impressed with how smooth the home learning had started! Again many thanks to all of you!"
— ISB Parent —

"I think we have been well supported, were well prepared for an unprecedented situation, and are in a good place..."
— ISB Teacher —

"I am very impressed (and thankful) with the leadership team's capability to deal with this difficult situation. The communication to staff and parents was clear and transparent. The school was proactive and anticipated the possible distance learning and this allowed us to prepare and plan in advance."
— ISB Teacher —

"Very good interactions with teachers, reacting to questions quickly."
— ISB Parent —

"From the beginning, I really appreciate how clear and helpful the leadership at ISB has been. The DLP document is wonderful and helped me to know from the beginning the clear roles and expectations of teachers, parents, students and the school. After talking with other colleagues from around the world, it is clear that the ISB DLP is more intentional and meaningful than many other schools. Thank you!"
— ISB Teacher —

"The positivity, warmth and kindness of the teachers and all the work they are putting in to complete – you can really see the effort...Thank you!"
— ISB Parent —

"The infrastructure of the school during this period has been amazing. The jump to distance to learning has been very well organised and the teachers have been well prepared for the situation."
— ISB Teacher —

"Thank you for your tremendous care and support."
— ISB Teacher —

"It's rather cute to watch our child take her breaks, lunchtime and PE lesson so seriously. Thank you for reminding them to move and not just sit in front of a screen."
— ISB Parent —

"Teacher's attitudes are kind and supportive. Also I really appreciate other resources that have been made available to us from the PE department and school administrators... and the effort they are putting into create a positive mentality in our community. "
— Grade 12 Student —

"Preparation on Point! The preparation of all the activities and the dedication of the teachers is outstanding. Congratulations!"
— ISB Parent —

"I am really enjoying many of the lessons that I’m given by my teacher because they are very thrilling to complete."
— Grade 4 Student —

"Excellent First Week! Very well thought out. Positive reinforcement and motivational messages from the homeroom teacher."
— ISB Parent —

"It's helping me to become more independent."
— Grade 5 Student —

"... you are all amazing and working SO hard!!! And I love how well you have prepared the children, they knew from day one what needed to be done (I have one in EC3, Grade 5 and grade 8). So thank you, take care and stay safe 😀."
— ISB Parent —

"I think it's a good thing that this has happened because I get to have my lessons when I would like and I can spend more time with my family."
— Grade 5 Student —

"All of the teachers have done an amazing job communicating with the kids and putting together a daily work plan. My children wake up excited to see a video from their teacher. I think it gives them comfort in these crazy times."
— ISB Parent —

"The teachers are well-prepared for the virtual learning and they remain engaged with parents and students."
— ISB Parent —

"Everything has been very well organized, helping lower the already extremely high stress level I have as a 12th grader."
— Grade 12 Student —

"I want the teachers to know that we know that they spent a lot of time and effort in creating quality online learning. I admire their dedication to their profession, especially when emotions are running high and many of them also have children to support."
— ISB Parent —

"My English teacher sends us a song with each lesson plan which is nice."
— Grade 12 Student —

"My children are proud to learn this way, more or less independently, post their homework and take responsibility for themselves."
— ISB Parent —

"The organisation of the work was incredible, I was able to access all resources and classes perfectly."
— Grade 10 Student —

"Dear School, You are doing a beautiful job of teaching us online it is amazing to be home and be inside and have the mood of the school. Great job, keep working hard and take care."
— Grade 4 Student —

"My child found the DL very engaging and he enjoyed it very much. Thank you for making it such a positive experience during the challenging time!"
— ISB Parent —

"My child was not overwhelmed. He really seemed prepared for this by his teachers."
— ISB Parent —

"We can see that a lot of work is done on the teacher side to allow our kids to continue their program, thank you for all the effort and support."
— ISB Parent —

"My kids, who were very apprehensive about online learning, loved the new experience and couldn't wait to get to 'class' after the first day! The morning message from their teacher made their day 😊!"
— ISB Parent —

"ISB you are pioneering the way in this new way of learning – WELL DONE!"
— ISB Parent —

"Varied Activities and Enthusiastic Teachers! I realize that they must have worked extremely hard to put all of this together. THANK YOU!"
— ISB Parent —

"I really enjoy the work given and it is nice to be able to talk with my friends and classmates while still at home."
— Grade 5 Student —

"The teachers' comfort and care do help me to achieve the work and to reduce the stress from the ongoing uncertainty."
— Grade 12 Student —