On Friday afternoon we got the email - school will be closed till April 20th, with us starting online learning on Wednesday. I've used a lot of technology with my students before and my last job, was mostly tech integration. I have confidence with my technology use, but want to make sure I keep pushing myself to try new things...
SO...I recorded a bunch of videos, in 'character', as Doctor Dutton and Ms Lenny. In this videos I get my students to learn about the Coronavirus and to teach Ms Lenny!
Some of the activities:
The videos are totally dorky! While school is closed, I will have a bunch of activities with my students where they have to record videos and we will also be doing some video conference calling... I know that in middle/high school students can be terribly self-conscious and hate this...so I wanted to role model myself. I don't really like the way I look or the way I sound, but I want to show students that it doesn't really mater. Hopefully this will make them less self-conscious when they see me being a total dweeb!
One of my worries about online learning is that our classes will lack the human interaction that students need. I am going to make sure that instead of using other people's videos, I will record my own when appropriate. When using other people's videos, I will use EdPuzzle, to drop in questions and make it more personal/interactive. Of course, we will also have video calls during class time (though mostly it will be check in/instructions, then students work, while I help them one on one, then a class check in at the end of our 90 minute lesson).
My students will be completing this activity on ClassCraft. I use Classcraft all the timeand often create extra-credit, self-paced activities for students in their quests. I blogged about ClassCraft usehere.
Last week ClassCraft announced they are making their pro accounts free till the end of the year!
If you have Classcraft, click here to make a copy of my quest, (it will be available in the market place soon)
As much as I love ClassCraft and recommend it, I know you won't all want to use it...so I made two other options.