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April 7, 2020 | Melissa McCallihan
When we switched to distance learning, students and teachers had to use apps and platforms that we had not used before, or to use existing apps in new ways. We had to figure out how to share like we would in class while being away from the building. Here are some examples of how technology has allowed the students and I to connect as well as how they show their learning.
Zoom became valuable for me to see my students faces and to hear their words in a whole community setting.
Google Hangout chat and video is instrumental for students to have a quick response to their questions. Students share needs, answer each others questions, and sometimes just say “hi,” or share an emoji.
The Flipgrid app allows students to share their thinking verbally, some using the fun stickers and emoji’s to add their own flair and humor. Victoria and Caden share about topic sentences for their work on a cause and effect expository essay.
In Google Classroom students have had to navigate their daily school work independently, and learn to upload images, videos and documents. Here James explains his 3D construction plan for the STEAM study on Wars.
Brave students share a Worship slideshow where students upload their reflections from the Worship video teaching.
These tools have stretched our world just a bit and increased our ability to communicate with one another in new ways.