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Building online learning environments

  1. 1. Building Online Learning Environments February 2011 By Laura Bullard
  2. 2. Online Classroom <ul><li>Edmodo </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Very similar in functionality and appearance to Facebook </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>User friendly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Great way to keep open lines of communication with families </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teachers can post assignments, announcements, give students feedback, kudos, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students can ask questions, communicate with classmates, utilize posted links, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Parents can stay informed, ask questions, have a constant link to the classroom to enable them to be better participants in their child’s education </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Online Learning and Evaluation Tools <ul><li>Rubrics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide students with clear expectations upfront by looking at the end product first; can help guide a plan for teaching </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enable students to self-assess their work and make them more accountable for their performance/lack there of </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rubistar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to navigate </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Teachers can utilize templates of rubrics that have already been created based on subject area and/or type of assignment </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Can be uploaded to online classrooms and websites to be readily available to students AND parents </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Online Learning and Evaluation Tools cont’d… <ul><li>Lesson Plans </li></ul><ul><ul><li>rubrics + lesson plans  more effective teaching </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Necessary part of teaching that can be very time consuming, especially today when we are teaching ALL students and needing to differentiate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LessonWriter was my least favorite due to formatting and ease of navigation, but I would definitely recommend: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lesson Plan Pages by Hotchalk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fantastic resource for teachers to find lesson plans for specific subjects and topics </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Great way to SAVE time by borrowing others’ ideas, rather than always starting from scratch </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Docs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>great way to share lessons with colleagues and make assignments that are part of the lesson available to students </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Online Assessments <ul><li>Way to assess students when they are not with a teacher (ex. Summer assignments) </li></ul><ul><li>Great way to eliminate some of the paperwork and hand-scoring that goes along with assessing students </li></ul><ul><li>Enables teachers to have data on student performance individually and as a group </li></ul><ul><li>Quizstar gave me trouble—I could not retrieve confirmation emails and was never able to get on—but I really liked: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Zoho and Obsurvey </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Assessment sites that are easy to access and manage </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Can be formatted for multiple purposes, subjects, topics </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Allow teachers to track student performance and can be posted through online classroom sites, such as Edmodo </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Differentiated Products <ul><li>Differentiation is key to reaching all learners, especially when teaching in an inclusive setting </li></ul><ul><li>Visual and concrete examples are what many students need </li></ul><ul><li>Two sites that are easy to navigate and incorporate in classrooms: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Glogster </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A way to take pictures of events and active student-learning and document it through posters </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Great for data collection in science experiments, heritage days in social studies, etc. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Animoto </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A great site to upload pictures and create movies for students on various topics/subjects or to document important events or activities in your classroom to share with parents, colleagues, etc. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Moodle and Online Learning <ul><li>This was the first online class I took and I found it to be a great experience! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I took fantastic ideas that I can REALLY use in my classroom with my students and personally with my family </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This class offered so many useful tools—my FAVORITE being either Animoto or Glogster because I can use them for school and home (I bought an Animoto membership after being on the site for only about 5 minutes!) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online classes seem to offer more opportunities for classmates to share what they know, offer suggestions of what works and what doesn’t </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>With my hectic schedule at home, I enjoyed being able to work on projects when it was convenient for me and my children, rather than having to make my family adapt to MY schedule PLUS, Moodle was very easy to use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Thank you, Rich, for an awesome first experience! I will be back for more! </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Collection of Work <ul><li>Online Classroom </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Rubrics </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Lesson Plans </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Collection cont’d… <ul><li>Assessments </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Differentiated Instruction Products </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>