Online coursework is an extension of how we would normally deliver instruction. While it will never fully replicate the experiences in our classroom, there are excellent options to replicate some of those methods you commonly use. Our goal is simple: provide a connected, high quality educational experience. If you find resources that you find useful, please contact Jennifer Dye, Director of Innovation.
Post Your SCHEDULE
Post your schedule for each week in Google Classroom. Let your students know when and how they should be attending class. You may use all 50 minutes for live class on Zoom or you can simply provide an assignment and be available to answer questions. Whatever you decide, you should be accessible and ready to provide support to students in the way you have communicated. All Zoom full class sessions should be recorded and posted for later should students have technical issues.
POST ON VERACROSS
It is very important that we allow parents to support their students in this new learning environment. Everything, graded and ungraded, should be posted in Veracross. For example, you can make an ungraded assignment that is Daily Work and post the things that should be completed. We hope to provide clear expectations of what should be completed each day your class is meeting
Communication with students and families should be consistent and frequent. This means that grades should be kept up to date so that students and parents know the progress being made and can make modifications early. You should also reach out for support if you have any questions about the best ways to support students and also provide self-care during this new way of teaching and learning.
You may have been using Google some this year but need a little help in using all of the features. The full Google Channel on YouTube including Originality reports is very helpful. This is also a very helpful Google cheat sheet
Google Voice is an app from Google that you install on your mobile phone or iPad. It has you choose an available number from Google to use for communication. You attach your main number to it, but when dialing from the GV app, only the GV number appears. Someone can dial you back at the GV number, but you can set rules on how those calls are handled...and eventually, delete the GV number when it is no longer needed. Simply download the app in your phone's app store and follow the simple setup instructions.
ZOOM MEETING ON COMPUTER
ZOOM MEETING ON AN iPAD
This video is made specifically for the ways you might use Zoom with Google Classroom. It also discusses recording the sessions, setting your meeting room ID, and sharing your screen. This recording option works on a computer.
Zoom will be our method for meeting with our students. This simple tutorial will take you through the basics of setting up your meeting, interacting with your students and managing your classes.
Flipgrid is an excellent option if you need students to make presentations. They can view and comment on each others responses. It even comes with customizable rubrics.
EdPuzzle is a great solution when you have videos from sources such as YouTube or videos you have made and want to ensure that students are fully engaged. They can even be assigned from EdPuzzle directly into Google Classroom. For the full list of how to videos go the the EdPuzzle YouTube channel.
SCREEN RECORD ON iPAD
CREATING YOUR OWN CONTENT
You may have presentations either in PowerPoint or Google Slides that are your go to for your classroom content. Others may need to use their iPad to solve problems while writing in Notability. Screen casting or screen recording are great options for continuing exactly what you were planning for class. There are other options for recording a very helpful video tutorial. Feel free to use what works for you.
Recording is critical while we are using Zoom with our full class so that students who have technical issues can locate the resources at a later point in time.
SCREEN RECORD ON iPAD
To record your screen on your iPad it is as simple as a press of a button. This video show you how to record. Check to make sure that you have sound and you are reasy to go. You will need to upload to Google or YouTube so try to keep your videos small
Near Pod is an application that allows you to integrate lots of the technology options that you use and can send them to your students (Free option has been requested)
POSTING YOUR VIDEO TO YOUTUBE
This is a simple video to help you setup your YouTube account and begin posting your videos. You can then share your link to your video on Google Classroom
Screencastify is a plug-in for Google Chrome that allows you to record on your computer. You can make up to 50 videos each month. This plug-in even allows you to be visible on the screen as you are presenting your slides. Currently only 5 minute videos allowed for free.
USING NOTABILITY IN A ZOOM MEETING
If you are having trouble using screen record on your iPad, here is another option for how to use Notability in a Zoom meeting.
POSTING YOUR VIDEO TO GOOGLE DRIVE
Google also allows you to share your video. You will need to upload the video to your drive and then post it to Classroom just like your would an assignment.
Teacher Featured Technology
LOCATING AND UTILIZING CONTENT
There are so many options when looking for ways to do digital learning and it isn't possible to list the all. Just do a quick search and you will find many options such as at CommonSense Education. Whatever you decide to use, it is critical that you always fully preview the content.
YouTube has a learning channel that is full for excellent content with teachers who have spent years developing high quality learning materials for not only their students but other students as well. Your students are probably already accessing the content from many of these sites. Simple search for your topic and your should find several resources. A great option is to then post these in EdPuzzle to make sure students are watching the full video.
Khan academy is probably most known for math and test prep but the content is very broad. Most subjects are now offered at all levels. Teachers can set up assignments for the students. There are quizzes but also tutorial videos that the students may pause and rewatch to understand the material.
Ted Ed pairs videos videos from YouTube or Ted Talks together into educational lessons that either you develop or that that have already been developed by other teachers. You can also go to the Ted channel for many other talks.
IXL is a comprehensive platform that used by our math students in some of the subjects. It is a paid subscription but is available in other areas as well and is aligned to nationals and state content standards.
Desmos is a free online calculator that allows students the ability to visualize their math on their iPad and computer.
Vernier offers lot of datasets that students and teachers may use. While not the same as a lab, it does allow the option of analysis.
Pivot Interactives combination of interactive video and measurement tools, customizable student instructions, built-in data tables and graphing, and automatically-saved student responses are an ideal tool for at-home student learning.
Phet is a library of online simulations in all science disciplines. Students may manipulate variables and measure the outcomes.
Providing feedback on student progress is important and can be done in many different platforms. Students can still give presentations, engage in discussions, and write essays. Summative assessment in multiple choice format can now be done through our secure server called ExamSoft
Google rubrics is a wonderful way to provide feedback to assignments students have submitted to Classroom. You may post the rubric with the assignment so that student may see exactly how they are going to be assessed. The score is the calculated for you and put into the Google grade book. All you need to do is transfer it to Veracross.
Google Forms allows you to create quizzes. While these are not secure you can mix the questions. Students may also upload images from the iPads if you need for them to show their work.
Google Hangout is a good place for a discussion board. This feature is also built into the main page of Google Classroom. Goggle recently released a new video platform similar to Zoom as well.
AP teachers have access to a secure testing platform in AP Classroom. New features released last week allow you to search question by single words and know if the questions are on the secure exam. Full practice exams are also available.
ExamSoft is our new online testing platform. A google folder with tutorial videos will be made available to you. You will be able to upload your test questions and then administer the test in a secure environment. More information will be sent in an email.