Daylight saving time

On March 31 (Sunday) a lot of countries switch to Daylight Saving Time (summer time) — e.g. Ukraine, Serbia, USA, Australia, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Spain, Canada, Mexico, Poland, Serbia, France and others (in some countries the date can be different)

Please note that Russia doesn’t use Daylight saving time!

In connection to this, there are some changes that might happen to your schedule and that you need to settle if you live in one of the countries mentioned above.

Let’s have a look at the schedule of a teacher who lives in Ukraine (UTC +2), 1 hour difference with Moscow (UTC +3).

As you can see, before March 31 the teacher used to start working at 15.00.

The ticks in the »schedule» menu also stand at 15.00.

But after March 31 the teacher sees that his slots move 1 hour down. This happens in order to display the change, meaning that what used to be 15.00 Standard time will become 16.00 Daylight saving time.

You can also notice that the lesson of the student, who used to study at 15.00 shifted to 16.00. This happens because the student is from Russia (this country doesn’t change to daylight saving time) and for the student the lesson has always been at 16.00, so now it just stayed at its regular time for the student.

After March 31 you will notice that your schedule has »shifted back». The teacher from our example will still see that he starts working at 15.00 (but comparing to Russia his working hours will start and finish an hour earlier).

What problem this can cause?

If a teacher from our example had a student, who starts normally at 18.00 Moscow time (for the teacher is used to be 17.00 Kiev time). After the time shift the student will continue to have his lesson at 18.00 Moscow time. But for the teacher it will be not 17.00 anymore, it will be 18.00!!! And as you can see the teacher from the example normally finishes working at 18.00 his local time, so the student will appear beyond his schedule.

Generally it means that a teacher has 2 variants about what to do:

  • if a teacher wants to save the habbitual time of lessons for his students, he needs to start and finish working 1 hour later than before.
  • if a teacher wants to keep his working hours he needs to find a decision for those students who won’t be able to fit in his schedule after the time shift.

The administaration of the school kindly asks the teachers to be loyal during the time shift period. We will do our best to find decisions suitable both for teachers and the students. Thank you!

Fly High — alternative to Kid’s Box

Sometimes Kid’s Box appears to be to complicated for students.

For slower students teachers can use an alternative Longman course — Fly High.

Fly High is a course for beginner students from 6 to 10 y.o. and has 4 levels:

Fly High Kid’s Box International scale
Fly High 1 Kid’s Box Starter Pre-A1
Fly High 2 Kid’s Box 1-2 Pre-A1
Fly High 3 Kid’s Box 2-3-4 A1
Fly High 4 Kid’s Box 4-5 A1-A2

Click on the name of Fly High in the table to open Google Drive. There you will find both .pdf files for Student’s and Activity books, Audio, Fun Grammar, etc.

You can download the software for Windows (works similar to Presentation Plus, but doesn’t include the workbook) from the same folder. Classroom (Videochat)

New cool features:

— whiteboard: draw, type and post your own screenshots with exercises

— youtube sharing: copy the link to a youtube video and watch it together with your student

-presentations with complete lessons (Charlie Preschool and Charlie Starter available)

How to try the videochat with the student:

— If you used to have lessons in skype, then start a skype call with the student and explain, that you’re going to try a new cool classroom with interactive features

— Open your teacher’s dashboard, click on the lesson in the schedule and copy the videochat link

— Send this link to the student

— Ask him to disable the camera in skype and do this yourself

— Ask him to click on the link you have send and click on it too

—  Explain to the student, that he has to click “yes” or “agree” when the system asks him to allow using the microphone and camera

— If the student succeeds entering the classroom – continue the lesson there

— If the student fails entering the classroom – come back to skype and continue the lesson there without wasting the time

— After the lesson click to “Finish” it in the schedule, choose “technical issues” and write a comment that you tried the videochat with the student but something went wrong; the task of the administrators would be to contact the student and help him to set all what is needed for using the classroom.