I have been extremely fortunate to have embrace learning how to use technology tools and how to effectively teach with them throughout my career. The ‘crisis learning’ that happened in the spring was not ideal but I was not scrambling as I was ready to go virtually and remotely. I only had two math classes that I had face to face at the time and unfortunately with the option to pass/take the grade many did not engage in the supplementary learning that was available (I didn’t take it personally but it was unfortunate many didn’t want to continue). But with the few students I did have we continued with the learning and had a great experience including doing a few Minecraft projects (check out the pandemic hospital we made)
I provided updates on my remote learning experience including this vlog.
So when we started this school year and knew we were going on a quadrant schedule, I moved my class to be able to access the entire class using Microsoft Teams. This is my one stop shop and whether we are face to face or remote students have a hub in which they can access the resources, assignments, and communication they need to be successful. I made a vlog that takes you on a tour of how this looks and a video that show you how to record your screen using Microsoft Teams.
So I’m ready to go back to remote if need be, but I still love the face to face experience. I also teach online classes as part of Regina Catholic School’s Online School. We use Moodle for this. I’m not even close to where I’d like to be with this experience but for now, I can do what I need to get done, but hope to get better. My ECI 834 experience,
a MOOC I took through Athabasca (which was mentioned as one of the first distance learning universities in Alberta created in 1972) Learning to Learn Online (LTLO) MOOC
browsing through Twitter,
looking at the ADDIE Model,
learning from my peers blogs,
Once those routines and relationships are built, it comes down to remembering to go with the flow and as we talked in class on Tuesday, keeping a growth mindset is vital!https://shelbymackey.wordpress.com/2020/10/25/distance-education-round-two/
Great post Shelby. Your growth mindset continues to serve you well. Not only does it appear that you understand how to use the tools (the ins and outs of the apps), but you understand how to use the tools (to provide students with effective ways in which to learn). Being able to maintain student engagement is critical but it looks like you have built the relationships and the skill sets necessary to succeed no matter what life may throw at us.
I would argue that we go the distance and do what we do because we care about the students and their learning.https://mcabstractions.wordpress.com/2020/10/25/where-there-is-a-will-there-is-a-way/
Great post. I agree that teachers need to be flexible and be able to pivot like never before. It is a challenge to build those relationships if you haven’t met the students before and something I know I am working on getting better at in the online teaching environment I have. Communication is the key in any classroom situation but it does take on higher importance online because you do not have that daily ‘forced’ contact. Also, the more organized the better for sure, and with that, less is usually more. Thanks for sharing the tools you use and tools you are interested in.
So far this year we have utilized all the tools mentioned above on a daily or weekly basis within the classroom – which has allowed my students to become quite comfortable with these technology tools.https://mattbresciani.weebly.com/eci-833/my-experience-with-distance-learning
Nice post Matt. I use many of the same tools and I think that being consistent with the same tools helps the students a lot (especially in high school). I find the Microsoft suite of apps does a nice job of working together which really helps the kids. It’s great that you are already using these tools that will and have helped with the transition to a remote situation (definitely a perk to being a connected educator). Thanks for sharing examples as well.
and checking out resources
The Great Presentation on Oct 20, 2020
(will need the password from discord to watch)
There is great potential in online / hybrid learning. It won’t be the same as face to face, but it can be very effective and engaging if we learn the tools and how to implement them. But just like face to face, the key is relationships. As Kareem Farah points out
… despite the challenges, we know that teachers can still make school count. Focus your class time on human connection, and it will.Source
Thanks for reading and being part of my learning journey.