Distance Learning in Full Swing

How is school going?  We are in full swing with distance learning, remote learning, online learning, homeschool learning . . . however you’d like to refer to our learning environment, we are doing it!!

It is exciting to see and hear my student’s enthusiasm.  They certainly express the joys of learning at home (sleeping in, getting work done in their time, successfully learning, options) and the other activities that happen as we are all hunkered down at home.  It certainly has been a great learning experience for all of us.

One of the areas we are certainly experts at is Google!  Yes, Google Classroom has been our “go to” learning platform.  This has been a blessing to have all our resources shared in one place, questions, answers, discussions, assignments . . . this has been a huge part of our distance learning classroom.

Click on this image to learn more ways to use Google.

One of the fun technology lessons students enjoy is our daily Podcast.  This Podcast series has been a great way for students to enjoy listening to a story and practice their visual imagery reading strategies.  I normally read aloud to the students in class; however, with trying to keep up with the virtual demand and videotaping lessons, there just wasn’t enough time for me to record my own voice during a read aloud.  Additionally, when I can introduce Podcasts as a way for students to listen to online stories and other learning options, they will be more apt to continue using this resource over the summer.  Now that’s a WIN-WIN!!

Click on this image to access a plethora of Podcasts for Kids.

Another FUN event that students participate in are virtual vacations or field trips!  This has been a great way for students to learn, see the world, have fun, and explore while hunkering down at home.  This part of student learning was optional; however, several students took advantage of this opportunity to extend learning.  

Click on this image to begin your own virtual vacations and field trips!

Besides our normal lessons and these additional learning opportunities, students are 100% engaged in distance learning.  It is exciting to see and hear about my kiddos’ experiences and how much they are loving learning at home.  I am excited to see them OWN their learning, a skill we’ve been working on for several months.  I sure do miss seeing their smiling faces each morning.  For now . . . ZOOM will have to do!!

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Annette Durbin

Annette has been an educator for 27 years working in the elementary classroom, district leadership, university professor, as well as a mentor for teachers nationwide. A National Board Certificated Teacher, Annette focuses her research on accelerating learning and advancing achievement, personalizing instruction, technology, and leadership in the education field.

This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Bonnie

    Our school board was using Google Classroom with learning at home with Covid and it is a great set up for the kids.

  2. Emily

    We were doing google classroom and zoom meetings for a while

  3. Lindsey

    It’s nice to hear that students are enjoying and doing well with distance learning. I wish I could say the same for my 15-year old. Since the closure of his school, this was by far the worst year he had grade-wise. He would much rather physically be in class and does much better that way. It will be interesting to see if they reopen school in the fall. His school has not yet decided.

    1. Annette Durbin

      This learning was quite a shift for everyone. I hope your son’s year goes better this year. Such a tender age to experience this crisis.

  4. Holly

    We are out of school until Aug 27 but the kids were out in February for spring break so I am going to checkout Google classroom, I think this is the way we are heading.. thank you for the info

    1. Annette Durbin

      Yes, Google Classroom is versatile and so easy to use for students and parents. Have a great upcoming year!

  5. Karie

    Such a new world with all the distant learning and virtual field trips.

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