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  • The first, and I feel most important, thing you should do in an online environment is build a community. Your students do not see you everyday so it’s important to share with them just as you would if you were in a face to face class. Tell them about you, your family, your likes, what you did on the weekend. Not only are you reminding your students that there is a teacher built into this virtual world, you are also letting them know you are human. Make commitments to your students. This isn’t required by any means, but how refreshing would it be to as a student to see how your teacher has already committed to you. It definitely helps to build a level of respect.
  • Getting to know your students – what do they like, when is their birthday, what are they involved in? Then incorporate it into your course or allow for opportunities so your students can utilize their own knowledge Allow your students to get to know one another – sync and async discussions; team building activities Have clear expectations – Set up good practices for your students and make sure they are well defined in a syllabus that can be accessed anytime through out the year.
  • Sending messages and posting celebrations show your students that you care and you notice when they aren’t there or when they do something great. I also would ask if anyone had fun stuff to celebrate and would post it on the main course page, so the whole class could join in on the celebration. Students love to be recognized for their efforts and it goes a long way in keeping them motivated to continue great work.
  • When you facilitate an online course, you need to guide your students to success. That means setting up your course so it’s easy to navigate. Develop a layout that works for you and your students and stick to it. You don’t want to surprise your students by putting assignments in an unfamiliar place. Having a weekly checklist is a wonderful tool to create for your students. It will help them stay on pace, and that is key to their success. Including suggested work dates can help those students that need a little more guidance. Notice everything is due at the end of the week, but if the student follows the suggest work date, they never have to work on the weekend.
  • Phone, email, texts, messages through the course
  • We all know that all students are different and they learn in different ways. I recommend having your students complete a learning styles survey at the beginning of the year. You can find them for free online. You are not only empowering your student with the knowledge of how they learn best, but you are learning how they learn best. The beauty of an online environment is that is allows you to truly reach every student. You
  • Allow your students to receive new information in many ways, practice the content in a variety of ways, and then test it
  • You have to tell students why they are learning the information and you shouldn’t say because the state says so. Make it relevant to them. I tied each weekly unit to a different career pathway. Every assignment demonstrated how that pathway would use the application we were currently working on. One of the VS’s math teachers demonstrated relevancy by using a math equation to determine the length of time needed for the yellow light at a traffic intersection and used a math equation to determine the spread of n1h1.
  • We are working with Generation Y. They are digital natives and they love technology. It’s home to them…comfortable. You can add a level of engagement to your activities by allowing your students to use Web 2.0 tools to complete some of their assignments. All of these applications, and there are too many to show you today, are FREE. Yes, free…and free for your students as well!

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  • 1. SUCCESSFUL PRACTICES FOR TEACHING IN AN ONLINE ENVIRONMENT Going from an Online Rookie to a Pro
  • 2. Build a Community
    • Share information about yourself and make commitments to your students.
  • 3. Build a Community
    • Get to know your students
      • Introductory survey
    • Allow your students to get to know each other
      • Forum or synchronous discussion
      • Team building activities
    • Have clear and stated expectations
      • Syllabus
  • 4. Build a Community
    • Be their support and cheerleader
      • Send messages to your student
        • Concerns
        • Celebrations
        • Reminders
      • Share successes with the class
        • Post in the MOTD
      • Share student examples
        • Post in the MOTD
  • 5. Build a Community
    • Guide students to success
      • Include resources with
      • instructions
      • Make a lesson plan with
      • your student
  • 6. Communication is Key
    • Communicate effectively, consistently, and individually with students and parents
      • Daily with students
        • Use blanket messages for time managment
      • At least three times per six weeks with parents
  • 7. Communication is Key
    • Allow for discussion and interaction among students (synchronous and asynchronous)
      • Weekly activities for students to work with one another will help build classroom unity, team work, and professionalism.
        • Schedule live chats to discuss videos, articles, or assignments
    • Set up classroom blogs, wikis, and discussion boards so students will be able to work collaboratively, but not necessarily at the same time.
  • 8. Communication is Key
    • Give meaningful, timely, and individual feedback on assignments
    Woowho! Great work, Sally Sue ! I’m so proud of you! Way to work out the many to many relationship by using Project Assigned! You are really thinking like a designer. The only opportunity for improvement would be to change the foreign keys in your junction table from autonumber to number. Other than that, AWESOME!!!
  • 9. Teach Every Student
    • Find out how your students learn
    • Have a variety of assignments to accommodate all learning styles
      • Utilize the special project in each unit
        • Create a virtual poster using Glogster
        • Create a 30 second video short using Animoto
  • 10. Teach Every Student
    • Individualize instruction
      • Thresholds, number of attempts, enable grading view, etc.
      • Skills Diagnostics and Essentials of Math and LA
      • Create a custom course
        • Tutorials
        • Objective specific courses for state testing
        • Independent study
  • 11. Motivation Matters
    • Create an incentive program
      • Find out what your students want
        • Game day, more attempts on quizzes or tests, competitions
    • Complete all lessons by Thursday and earn a FREE Friday!
    • Complete three lessons with an 80% or higher and only one attempt, and earn a FREE attempt on a test.
  • 12. Motivation Matters
    • Show off your students
      • Student examples
      • Completing courses
      • Talk them up to teachers and students (build the program)
      • Post units completed/courses completed for everyone to see
  • 13. Motivation Matters
    • Allow students to use Web 2.0 tools
      • Glogster EDU
      • Blogger
      • Blabberize
      • Jing
      • Animoto
      • GoAnimate
      • Chatzy.com
      • Wix.com
      • Wordle.net
      • ClassMarker.com
      • Photostory