- MemberApril 18, 2020 at 3:15 pm
The most powerful tool I’m using right now is Screencastify and Google Classrooms. Our district is allowing the use of Zoom and Google Meet, as well. However, I’ve found myself falling into YouTube video rabbit holes, learning new ways to make my Google Classroom and specifically Google Slides more interactive and user-friendly. I’ve been able to throw together many activities that students can use at their convenience or on their own schedule, such as Magnetic Poetry Boards, Book Clubs with Discussion Threads, the ever-beloved logic puzzles/perpelexors, and what I am calling Weird Story Starters. I like to use Nathan Levy’s Stories with Holes in the Google Classroom Discussion thread, too, because it encourages my students to interact with one another, rather than just me. For students who don’t have access to the Internet, I’ve been putting together physical kits they can work with that include things like Hands-On Equations kits, Snap-Circuit Jr., Rubik’s Cube, 100 Lego Challenge Instructions, and the books from our Book Clubs. The best thing I’ve been able to add in these physical packets are answer keys for the parents! I got to thinking that it is great that we can provide tools for our students to use at home, but parents may want the “checking the work” process to be easier. So, why not give them the answer keys!?
- ModeratorApril 24, 2020 at 2:49 am
April, you’ve thought of so many things (and ways) to make learning accessible to students (and their families) during this time. Could you share a little bit more about how physical packets are distributed? Thank you!
- MemberApril 25, 2020 at 12:00 am
Officially, our school district has packet pick-ups available twice a week at school sites. For specific students, we just clip their name to the packet and put it at the front of their grade-level packet pick-ups. Unofficially, I call parents on the phone and ask them if they mind if I drop off on their porch. I generally put the items in a Ziploc bag, spray with a bit of disinfectant, just in case, and lay it on their porch, drop in their milkbox, or wherever the parent and I have agreed upon. Thankfully, of my 120 pull-out students, I’ve only needed to do this for about 15, and I provide materials for multiple weeks, so it’s not usually a repetitive process.
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