AXI LACUE Cares Event

AXI LACUE Cares Event

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It’s a tougher-than-ever time to be a teacher. But, on October 29th 2020 we held an online event (LACUE Cares) filled with tools, tips, and encouragement to help you get through. Here is a quick review of what transpired. In the next few weeks, we’ll follow up with blog posts, filled with valuable details about the latest tools and tips that can help you save time, effort, and aggravation.

Maximizing Learning in a Virtual Environment

  1. Hybrid learning defined
  2. Definitions and priorities
  3. The best mix of synchronous and asynchronous learning
  4. Mastering the lesson mix
  5. Classroom management
  6. Migrating from paper to digital materials

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1. Hybrid learning defined

After a group survey of the definition of hybrid learning, Marcus used the chosen definition to lead us through our example, “The Ransom of Red Chief,” the O. Henry short story. He used Kami tools to choose and arrange lesson materials.

2. Definitions and priorities

Next, we reviewed the ideas behind, advantages, and the disadvantages of synchronous and asynchronous learning. Marcus reminded us that during live time, our primary task is to interact with students—and why learning how to pivot between asynchronous materials and a live audience is a valuable skill. (Slide 11 provides a nifty infographic that suggests when to use either learning mode.)

3. The best mix of synchronous and asynchronous learning

Starting with sample lesson cycle content, this exercise asks questions to guide our ability to create a content mix for each lesson. Marcus reminded us that the content presented is an example designed to help us build a general method for setting up lesson plans. We were encouraged to change whatever doesn’t work for each of us and to make materials more or less interactive whatever works best.

4. Mastering the lesson mix

Marcus’ advice: first learn to master your lesson mix, then your lesson materials. Slide 12 provides a list of resources that help you master your mix and identify useful tools. Our class activity included mapping a lesson mix (Slide 13).

5. Classroom management

Tab and task shortcuts.

6. Migrating from paper to digital materials

What if your school has only textbooks or other paper-based learning materials? No worries! Starting with textbook or PDF files, teachers can convert paper into digital formats and then use Kami to manipulate content into customized lesson materials. Slide 16 is full of novel ideas about redesigning, reusing, and recycling content into customized lesson materials.

Google Classroom: Teacher and Student Points of View

Usually, virtual learning tutorials are presented from a teacher’s point of view. This time, we emphasize creating innovative materials, which enable students to learn virtually.

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Google Classroom: Adding lesson resources

Meagan showed us examples of how changes to lesson resources can be added to the Google Classroom UI. Changes in settings provide cool reminders, assign privileges, create comment banks, and customize attachment options, stream settings, sidebar menus, and notifications.

Teacher vs. student view of an assignment

First, we reviewed assignment post tools and methods used when teachers. Then, we viewed tools and methods used on the UI of a student assignment.

Google Classroom tips for teachers

These time-saving tips included:

  • Making private comments
  • Types of permissions
  • Grading-related procedures and GC features (comment bank)
  • Notifications
  • Sharing links of posts
  • Google Classroom main menu

Google Classroom tips for students

Student to-do list and calendar

Engagement in the Asynchronous Classroom

  • Making assignments easier to track.
  • Using teacher face images and voice recordings with asynchronous materials.
  • Organizing related materials for each lesson.
  • Recording videos and creating documents.

Next, Kelli reviewed easy-to-find software and materials that can used as teaching tools:

  • Video recording and online whiteboard tools.
  • Setting up smartphones to record documents.
  • Making do when you leave your whiteboard at school.
  • Using EdPuzzle software.

Mrs. Kelli (as she was known to her first-grade students) started by offering words of encouragement and a big dose of empathy to educators. Kelli’s presentation offered the following “hacks” designed to simplify teacher tasks…

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Google Tips and Tricks

Kelli started the proceedings with these Google Classroom tools and tips:

  • Paintbrush tool
  • Activity View Tracker
  • Bookmarks and Open All
  • Chromebook keyboard shortcuts
  • Using split screens on Chromebook, Windows, and Mac devices

Meagan continued by reviewing these tips:

  • Advanced keyboard shortcuts
  • Logo designer app
  • App that takes students directly to their assignments.
  • Comment Bank feature for grading
  • Lesson plan template
  • Using slides to create interactive worksheets.

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