Go ONline (GO) Kit K12
CoVid-19 is forcing rapid changes in educational delivery formats. Many K12 districts have canceled classes for an unspecified period of time and asked teachers to move instruction online. Below are five steps to help you get started quickly. While there are many tools that can satisfy each task identified below, only one tool is suggested so that you can focus on building your course quickly instead of investigating the many tools available.
Contact your students and let them know how instruction will continue.
Create a free Remind account or use your institution's preferred email or messaging application. Remind is a messaging application offering basic two-way messaging without cost.
Upload all learning resources to a hosting site for easy access.
Uploading your content directly to the learning management system may not be possible due to file size limits. Also, multimedia files may not download completely before timing out, making them inaccessible to students. Instead, consider the following:
Upload PowerPoint presentations, articles, and other documents to a hosting site like Google Drive. Change the privacy setting to "anyone with a link" can view and share the link in your learning management system.
Inform students how to continue their work through a learning management system.
If your school doesn't have a preferred learning management system, consider using Google Classroom. Both have a low learning curve for students and teachers and provide tutorials to get you started. With all the information available for using a learning management system, one can easily become overwhelmed. The following course design skills will get you up and running quickly:
Format assignment directions that include an objective, how to complete an activity, and the instructional materials needed to complete the activity. Use line spacing and a 3 - 5 sentence paragraph to provide directions. Additional formatting is not a feature of the Google Classroom text editor. For length directions, upload a Word document.
Build community and create engagement opportunities for students online.
Create instructor videos to welcome students to your online course, introduce them to a unit of instruction, present a lesson, or explain how to complete an assignment. Screencast-o-matic is a free easy tool for presenting information and narrating a PowerPoint.
Provide opportunities for students to communicate with each other about the lesson content. Voicethread is a simple tool, with limited free access (create up to 5 Voicethread), allowing everyone to be seen and heard in the online classroom through the webcam and microphone. Pose instructional questions and give students an opportunity to provide a verbal response. Short tutorials are provided.
Ensure students are viewing the videos you create for them by asking questions while they view a video. Playposit is a free tool that allows you to add questions to videos you host on Youtube and provides basic analytic data to help you monitor student access to the content you create. Short video tutorials and documents are provided.
Hold online office hours so that students can meet with you.
Students will need to know how to get help with the technology they are asked to use. They may also have questions about the assignments they are asked to complete. Using simple technologies like the ones shared here will allow you to provide the support students need if technical support for another source is not available. Consider holding office hours through a Zoom meeting to give students an opportunity to talk with you in real-time.
Adapted from UMBC's Go ONline Kit