Well . . . I think there are many of us looking to engage our students in meaningful learning using online resourse. I am amazed at how so many companies have stepped up to offer their programs without charge as many teachers navigate this new instructional territory.
I’m actually very excited to provide instruction online. I’ve taught online courses, completed degrees online, and have designed and implemened online courses. The part that makes me a tad worried is creating online lessons for my students! You may ask “WHY?” Well, my other work has been for adult learners. So, like many of you, this will be a new territory for me – one that I embrace.
Two Facebook groups that I have recently joined focus on sharing ideas, resources, and experiences with others. Since this COVID-19 is now impacting the United States, I am enjoying learning from educators from around the globe, as they have been impacted for several weeks. Some teachers have been working online for six weeks. If you are on Facebook, I recommend you join these two groups:
In the face-to-face classroom I plan my lessons using a blended learning format. Some lessons are online; whereas, others are whole group, small group, and/or 1:1. NOW, I must plan everything to be online. Really, that is not even the part that is scary. When I really think about it, “the scary” part is my lack of video knowledge. I’ve done some screencasting lessons and implemented those into my instruction, done some video on my phone . . . but that is about the end of it. Hello “video world”!
I will certainly share my learnings with you, as I know many of you are now navigating this new territory, and I hope you will share your WINS and IDEAS, too.
For now, I will post some resources that I have been using and am considering using in my online lesson design. This is not an exhaustive list, but one to get you started.
Check out my earlier blog posts with some great ideas and links to support online learning for students.
Remember to check back often for more ideas, links, and yes . . . I will be posting my lessons. I’ll be working on my lessons this week, as we will go virtual next week! Exciting times!!