General Guidelines for Online Learning

  • I recognize this is new to everyone. What works well in a classroom setting doesn't always translate smoothly to online learning.

    This link from Cult of Learning offers a really thorough guide to getting started with provide instruction online. You can use this as a roadmap for how to get started. I especially like that it begins by addressing you as a person -- your emotions and thoughts right now and how those impact what you're doing instructionally. It's long but you can take it in pieces. I highly recommend it!


    General guidelines beyond this:

    • Try to stay focused on what students are learning and how you can assess that. That's what it's all about, right? So if they can prove they know something, is it really about whether they have done a specific activity you created by a specific date and time? In school we sometimes get in the habit of giving grades based on whether students have completed our activities. It is true that activities can lead to learning, but consider whether in this new model we could measure student learning in alternate ways. 
    • The good news of online learning is that new opportunities become available. For example, not everything has to be a "worksheet." Maybe students could demonstrate something in a video, such as in Flipgrid. Maybe they could use a whiteboard tool (I'll link some below) to show their thinking, take a screenshot of that, and upload it to your Classroom assignment. With the full power of the internet behind them, why stick to only fill-in-the-blank or multiple-choice activities? 
    • Need a lesson plan format? Try this template from TCEA to help guide your thinking.

Tips for Documents

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Tips for Quizzes

  • When you need to collect work back from students, it can be much more efficient to do so using a Google Form, especially if the work is multiple choice or true/false. Let the Form do the work for you -- it can aggregate the data by each question so you can see at a glance where students are struggling. If you make the Form a quiz, the program will score the work for you according to the answers you set as correct in the Answer Key.


    An important tip: Make sure you are collecting students' email addresses. This is found in the settings of the Form. If you don't collect these, you cannot return work to students or import their grades into the Classroom gradebook, and if you also didn't collect their names in a question, you won't know who submitted what! 


    Visit the link below to learn more about using Forms Quizzes.

Interactive Activities with Google Tools