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OFK Online is the newest program from Ohlone for Kids. We've spent hundreds of hours planning, redesigning our curriculum, and prepping our digital classrooms to bring you the 1st comprehensive, fully online program in the Bay Area featuring live instruction for kids and teens in grades 4 and up!
Student safety is our #1 concern at Ohlone for Kids. In accordance with state education officials and CDC guidelines, we believe that the best way to ensure the health and safety of our students was to conduct our classes online. We've partnered with the college to put together a program that brings together the quality instructors and the engaging environment you expect from OFK into the safety of your home.
"I see the teacher so engaged teaching different aspects of Science and getting very creative with dissecting on the zoom. My father who lives in India would have felt so proud if he had seen those sessions because back in his times, he learned all this by himself when education was so limited. I on the other hand saw dissection just 3 times in my school life."
What makes OFK Online different?
We believe it would be a disservice to you to simply throw some content online and call it a day, as many other programs are doing. All our classes will be held live via secure teleconference, so your children can get real-time feedback and help from their instructors, and can collaborate with other students, just as they would in a physical classroom.
Safe Online Classrooms
Every class has a dedicated space on Canvas, a safe and secure environment for managing coursework and student collaboration. This is the same platform that our college students use for their online classes (and some in-person classes), which means that, in a small but important way, OFK students will be even better prepared for the college environment than they were before!
Pre-packaged Supply Kits
Have you ever tried to follow along with a pre-recorded art tutorial or cooking show and been frustrated that you couldn't make your project come out right because you had different supplies than the instructor? OFK Online is different. Many of our classes come with pre-packed supply kits, so your students can be assured that they will have exactly the right supplies for their projects.
All students must have an internet-connected device with which to access classes. We recommend a laptop running Windows 7 or later, or Mac OS 10.12 or later, but for most classes a Chromebook or tablet running Android or iOS may suffice. All devices must have a camera and microphone for class participation. Check class listings for additional class-specific hardware/software requirements.
Tutorials for how to access classes are available on our registration website after logging-in.
OFK is unable to provide technical support for user devices.
How Do I Register?
Parents can enroll their children in OFK Online classes the same way they enroll for any of our classes.
Once a student registers for a class, an account will be created for them on Ohlone College's Canvas website. This account uses the same email address listed on the child's profile on our registration website. If you have more than one child and they are taking the same class, please make sure they have different email addresses listed on their profile.
Can I find out more about a specific class?
Our registration website will contain links to class syllabi, which will contain more information about class schedules and requirements.
Do I need to supervise my child's classes?
Direct supervision of class activities is generally not required, though may be encouraged for some class sessions (esp. engineering and science classes). Because OFK classes are for children, parents should not directly participate in them. Parents may observe online classes, but must not interfere with classroom instruction.
OFK cannot control and has very limited ability to supervise what your child does on their computer or outside the view of the camera. Parents must therefore be ultimately responsible for the conduct of their child in the online classroom, on their devices, and in the home environment.
I've heard some things about Zoom being unsafe? How will you protect my child's classes?
Zoom has been rapidly developing new security features to help protect the privacy of meetings. Every class will have a unique meeting ID, and those IDs will never be shared publicly -- they are only accessible through the canvas classroom, which is only accessible by students enrolled in the course. Instructors will be trained in how to use the "waiting room" feature, which will prevent unknown persons from entering the classroom without the teacher's authorization. OFK staff will periodically check in on classrooms to make sure they are following these guidelines.
How do I get my children's supply kits?