I am scared of distant learning. I miss the classroom and had a routine of how I teach students.
Now that I am out of the classroom, and I felt lost at first. Over the past couple of days, I have been working tirelessly to create a system for distance learning.
The first thing I did to prepare for distant learning is to create a daily activity. My weekly schedule goes as follows:
On Mondays, students will focus solely on note-taking. I record my lecture using PowerPoint and upload the video to canvas (the distant learning website we are using).
How do students take notes?
I created a digital notebook that students use to take notes from the video. The students have to take two sets of notes.
- Typed notes- students listen to the lecture and watch the PowerPoint and take the most important notes.
- Visual notes- students have to find images that relate to the notes.
How do I use a digital notebook for a student with an accommodation?
Send those students a digital notebook that has note prompts in it.
Are you interested in using digital notebooks? You can get one in the Ms. Social Studies Teacher Library.
Now that students have notes create a discussion using the learning platform. Canvas, blackboard, and Microsoft Teams all have an option to create a conversation.
Now that students have taken notes and discussed the notes, they have enough information to complete an assignment. Activities can vary based on what you want your students to do. Here are some options for activities
- Create a PowerPoint on the content
- Write an essay or short response
- Complete an online scavenger hunt
If you want a list of ideas, you can download this activity worksheet that gives you a list of activities to use with digital learning.
I use this day to review all of the content with my students. On Friday, I will give my students a quiz on the information they have learned for the week.
To review, I use GimKit, which is the online review game I prefer. Gimkit is the best because it gets the students engaged in learning and combines competition.
I wanted to include a quiz at the end of the week to check that the students understand the content.
I use the data from this day to decide if I need to reteach the lessons or if we can move on to the next.
In conclusion, digital learning can be simple. Yes, it is going to be a challenge, especially if you do not use technology. Sometimes, I get frustrated, and then I remember how lucky we are to live in countries where students can still learn remotely for free.
If you are interested in using my weekly assignment PDF, you can join the free resource library. In the library, you will find the weekly agenda worksheet along with other distant learning resources made for social studies teachers!