We are at the beginning of our 6th week of remote teaching and learning in our district…wow. So, here then, as a little gift for making it this far…is some Googley goodness for all of you! Google themselves have created a “Teach From Home” hub with some great help, but there’s lots of other great ideas out there on the interwebs!
We’ll start with a check-in sheet. Are you having a hard time keeping track of what your students are doing? Create a check-in sheet like this one on Google docs.
Then, through Google Classroom, assign it to your students by making a copy for each of them. The kids can fill it out during the week and then hand it in at the end of the week. And you have a record of what they’ve been up to.
Let’s go to Google Meet next. Remembering that one of the first tenets of remote learning is to connect with the students, after you’ve checked in with all of the kids and everyone has said hi, why don’t you try playing a game? Here’s a blog post with some great games to try. These might even be a fun change-up from Staff Meeting Bingo during a staff meeting….
Do you want to have regular “office hours” where kids can make appointments to enter a meet with you for extra help? It can be done quite easily using Google Calendar. Here’s a video that walks you through the process.
Do not give kids a link to the meet as that could potentially allow them to get into the meet when you’re not there. Instead, come up with a “nickname” that makes sense (eg: Ms. Wilson’s Math 8 Office Hours). Tell them that just before the time of their appointment, they should go to meet.google.com and enter the nickname, then wait for their appointed time to join the meet.
What if you want kids to brainstorm and collaborate during a Meet session? Let’s imagine you want your class of 30 to split into 5 groups of 6 and brainstorm ways that immigration benefits Canada (or some such question). Start by setting up a Google Doc with 6 groups set up with 5 name spaces for each group. Share this doc with all of the kids either through Google Classroom or in the Chat function of the meet. Help them learn how to open a new tab to go to the doc and put their name in one of the spaces. Since they’re all linked into that same doc (and you are, too) they can all see when a group is full and they need to look for space in another group. Of course, you could avoid the angst of group picking and just have their names already written down in groups!
At the bottom of their group names, have a link to that group’s “brainstorm page”. Once their group has all the people in it, they can all click on the link to the “brainstorm page” and start adding their ideas. (HINT: if you ask each student to write in a different colour and indicate which colour is theirs, you have an easy way to track what everyone has saidAfter a certain amount of time, call them all back to the meet and ask one person in each group to report out about what their group wrote. In case you’re not sure how to do the linking, I’ve created the pages and links and put them in a folder for you. Just make sure to create your own copies of all of these, for your own Google Drive!
Of course, you could also use Padlet for this. Or Google Drawing. Or Slides. Or even Jamboard. (Note: In our district Jamboard is only enabled for teachers. But how cool would it be to use it in a staff meeting or Pro-D opportunity?)
And finally, the last Google Goodie for the day, courtesy of @missgeog92. Something strictly fun! Outline quizzes. Give one of these to your kids each week and see how many they can get!