By Doreen Wolfgram, Instructional Coach & Tiffany Louie, Educational Technology Coach | March 10th, 2020 | No Comments
Effective distance learning begins with structured activities to keep students focused on their learning goals and performance objectives.
With COVID-19 (Coronavirus) causing school closures and affecting millions of students worldwide, schools are creating distance learning plans to ensure that teaching and learning continues beyond the walls of the traditional classroom.
Teachers from all content areas are looking for ways to engage students in meaningful distance learning that meets all the requirements of a standard lesson. Let’s explore three structured activity formats to help you get started with effective distance learning using Edmodo. Please keep in mind that these activities can be modified and extended to fit the needs and ages of your students as well as your content area.
Begin by identifying the learning goals and performance objectives based on your state standards, pacing guide, or your district’s scope and sequence. Choose from these three activities, based on which ones you believe best align with your standards: Digital Scavenger Hunt, Digital Resource Comparison, and Digital Presentation Piece.
Students follow clues and search for digital information leading to a final document or product. When creating the guide for this activity, you decide which websites, videos, ebooks, or documents you want your students to explore. The goal is not for them to read everything, but to “skim and scan” digital resources for the information needed to complete the task. The guide you create is the map that keeps your students on task and focused on the learning goals. The completed Digital Scavenger Hunt is the final product used for evaluation.
Use the learning objectives and performance goals for the unit of study to begin creating the Digital Scavenger Hunt. Each objective should align with a piece of your hunt. Create questions based on information you find on educational websites, digital textbooks, ebooks, or video platforms. Giving students specific links for their hunt will provide guidance and structure as they learn how to scan resources for the information they need to complete the Digital Scavenger Hunt.
Share a Digital Scavenger Hunt with your students:
Students use a graphic organizer to compare three different resources, such as a website, ebook, digital textbook, or YouTube video on the same topic. Students will complete a graphic organizer, outlining their findings.
The product is the completed graphic organizer. An extended learning opportunity would be for students to use the information gathered to write an essay, opinion piece, or other type of nonfiction writing.
Create a graphic organizer with the following information:
Create a content-specific list of topics. Students will choose one topic to compare how different digital resources present information.
Create a list of digital resources from which students will choose three to compare (video, website, ebook, textbook, etc.). Link resources to the document for easy access.
Share the Digital Resource Comparison Graphic Organizer with your students:
Students choose from a list of content-specific topics (designed by you) and create a presentation of their findings using PowerPoint, video, or other digital creation.
Share the Digital Presentation Piece with your students:
We hope these activities can give you some ideas for keeping the learning going with Edmodo! Check out this short guide to learn more about setting up your classes for distance learning on Edmodo. You can also find and share strategies with other teachers on Edmodo by using the hashtags #bettertogether #coronasafety.