I can’t believe we have reached the end of this course creation. It feels like it went by quickly and there is so much more to learn and do. Of course we have more outcomes and lessons to add to your unit but with the help of my partner Miranda, things came together pretty smoothly. As previously mentioned, we chose to use Google Classroom. It is the large management system that Prairie South School Division uses and we are both familiar with. Miranda is currently teaching fully online for our division and I am away on maternity leave. Her experience far outweighed mine when it came to navigating google classroom. Miranda’s ability to unit plan and create an organized skeleton for our project amazed me. Within minutes she had the outline for our course set up. Together we came up with four lessons to create an enjoyable learning experience for our students even tho it was all being done online. We created activities for our students that they could do at home with the supplies that are likely found at home. We used a variety of tools such as flipgrid, flippity, goformative, parlay, edpuzzle and google slides. We kept a consistent flow to our course so the students would pick up a routine and navigate through each assignment easily. For us, google classroom is a clean and easy way to teach online. It works well for students of all ages and abilities. We hope you enjoy exploring our course as much as we enjoyed making it.
The overall process of creating this course was pretty great. I have always admired Miranda for her ability to plan and keep things so neat and organized. This was a great way to see into the way she thinks and sees things. I think some of my favourite moments this semester came during our zoom calls where we talked about what we would do and then often got side tracked talking about life. It made me realize how much I miss working with her. I also loved that I got to learn more about how google classroom worked. I was challenged to try and create some activities for students using tools/programs that were new to me. It has now provided me with the confidence to bring some of these tools into my classroom when I go back in the fall. Google classroom used to seem so complicated to me but now with the organization of our course I find it simple. The way we used bookmarks for lessons and clipboards for assignments made sense to me and I think it will for parents and students too. I liked that the navigation tabs between announcements, classwork and people are clearly organized at the top of the page. It keeps important things separate and clean. I liked that there is a way for students to interact with the teacher and their class both as a group and privately. The announcements page is a great way to keep everyone in the loop with upcoming zoom calls or assignments that are due. Overall, I see myself using google classroom more now that I have had this experience! If you want to check it out please use the codes below!
Google Classroom Access code : yrn4fye
Goformative Access Code: WN5VV9
I wanted to play around with Screen Cast so I went ahead and made a video of our online course. Feel free to check it out.