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Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams, or Other Learning Management Systems: Prior to the current situation, many educators may not have realized the potential for communication through their system for distributing classrooms assignments and materials. Classrooms, Teams, Canvas, Schoology, and others are great tools for providing students with videos, audio, files from Google or Microsoft, and much more, but they also have a variety of ways to communicate with students. I am more familiar with Google Classroom, but I can assume that others have a similar method of communication. You can post announcements in Classroom that will reach students when they login, comment on posts, and tag students to answer questions that will notify them through their email account. If you school has Gmail activated for students, you can email them directly from Google Classroom without having to create a message in Gmail. Don't want to message or email all students? You can select specific students! And if you have parent emails connected to student accounts, you can have summaries sent to parents and email them from Classroom!
Flipgrid: I have mentioned Flipgrid in this blog on a number of occasions. Flipgrid is a great tool to give students a choice in demonstrating their learning by allowing them to create videos, but especially now, it is a great communication and social-emotional learning tool! Instead of posting assignments for students in a more traditional method, have students submit their assignments as videos. But because we are not interacting with students on a daily basis as usual and because they are stuck at home like the rest of us, it's a good idea to check in with them and allow them to interact with one another and you, the teacher, via video! Don't make it about an assignment, just make it about connecting with one another! And I want to know how YOU are doing! Check out my Flipgrid below or head over to https://flipgrid.com/6faf7c76. And learn more about this great program at https://www.flipgrid.com.
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