Follow this easy four-step approach when starting to offer online learning opportunities!
1) Establish a Learning Management System (LMS)
- A learning management system (LMS) is a tool to organize, coordinate and deploy learning resources and activities
- We recommend Google Classroom or Moodle for most classrooms
- A simpler tool such as SeeSaw may be sufficient for elementary classrooms
- It's best if a school can choose to standardize on one or two options to provide a consistent learning environment for students
2) Create Video Lesson Recordings
- Create short video presentations of the material
- We recommend that teachers use Google Meet for this. Although Google Meet is a video conferencing app, a Meet session can be set up with just the teacher and recorded. Meet allows the user to display their webcam and screen which is perfect for creating a lesson overview. The recordings automatically save to Google Drive which makes sharing with students easy!
- Screencastify and Loom can also work well for this
- Post video lesson recording (links) to LMS
3) Virtual Office Hours
- Teachers should establish virtual office hours via Google Meet or Zoom
- This would be a set time where students could join to ask questions and receive assistance
- Due to FERPA, these sessions should not be recorded!
4) Populate LMS with Learning Resources and Activities
- Add Video Lesson Recordings
- Add learning resources and activities
- Routinely post-class communication such as office hours
- Discovery Education and PBS Learning Media are great starting points that integrate with Google Classroom
Learn more on getting started with remote learning from the REMC Association at https://www.remc.org/professionallearning/learn-at-your-own-pace/extending-your-classroom/