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Teaching – Learning from anywhere to anyone (Hybrid Learning).

It’s no surprise that 2020 has shifted school operations on a global scale. As we prepare for a very unique back-to-school season, let’s explore how the new instructional scenarios can really help the teachers and learners in 2021.

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While educators are using various terms – blended, hybrid, remote – often interchangeably, to describe the new classroom environment, many teachers, parents, and students are unsure what to expect in the new normal of 2021. 

Different scenarios are discussed currently, to be put in use when the learners return to their classrooms in 2021. 

Scenario – 1

Teachers teach from classrooms while students learn remotely, a synchronous online classroom model

Scenario – 2

Teachers and students both remote and rely on the internet to conduct their classes. This can accommodate both Synchronous and Asynchronous teaching styles

Scenario – 3

Learners and Teachers will be in the classroom together with Social distancing measures in place.

Whatever the scenario, the move to these varied instructional scenarios is testing the significance of education technology as a true teaching tool.Schools are finding that they rely on educational technology that provides a maximum amount of flexibility and integration. These attributes allow schools to pivot should the need arise, especially if COVID-19 cases continue to increase.

Saving teachers time and reducing stress should be our Top priority, especially now that teachers are working overtime.

This year is an opportunity for schools to assess and reassess which tech tools create efficiencies and which one’s don’t. Many schools are already in their third term, so it’s actually less about reopening and more about sustainable continuity of learning and comprehension.We encourage & recommend Schools authorities and Education authorities to adopt future ready solutions designed to meet the needs of the 21st century educator. No more beating around the bush. Teachers definitely deserve better.

We highly recommend the Hybrid Teaching Learning model, which lets the teacher teach the students both in-person and remote (Online) simultaneously. While in-person teaching will remain an essential part of education for the foreseeable future, we now see the need to open up multiple channels to respond to not just extreme conditions like a global disaster but the day-to-day interruptions of effective education. Hybrid teaching not only makes learning more accessible to the differently-abled, but it also allows educators to reach remote areas, helps students stay connected during long absences, and familiarizes both educators and learners with the latest communication technologies.This way, the teacher doesn’t have to repeat the same class and can get more focussed on learner engagement. This model allows the teacher to integrate both Synchronous and Asynchronous teaching methodology.

To build a successful & effective Hybrid Learning environment, Our Ed Tech consultants offer Free Consultation on the technologies that are to be used to ensure that there is less stress on the teachers to adapt to the technology and help teachers to enhance the learning outcomes at both ends (In-Person & Remote)

How to motivate learners to stay engaged in online classrooms

8 Steps to Create a Positive and Healthy Virtual Classroom

Setting up a virtual classroom is no easy task. We’ve seen over the last several months the educational world turn on a dime, transitioning from a brick and mortar experience to a virtual learning environment. Teachers have risen to the challenge and explored new ways to reach and teach students. We applaud your efforts going live for the first time and Zooming with 35 to 40 learners on your screen.  

Now that you’ve had a sizable experience of online classrooms,under your belt and seen your students in pajamas or perhaps a family pet walk across the screen, it’s time to recognize that while it’s likely becoming new normal, virtual learning is a huge adjustment for your students.

Getting comfortable with virtual learning may take a bit longer to master for the students you teach.

The following are a few steps to consider implementing in your virtual classroom:

1. Schedule One-on-One Chats

Setting aside time to talk with your students is the first step in creating a positive and healthy environment. Scheduling regular and dedicated time with each student will help replace the personal attention and accolades they used to get and crave.

Some simple questions to start with are:

  • How are they doing?
  • What does their learning environment look like now?
  • What can they do to make learning easier at home rather than making it hard?
  • Are they setting a regular routine for school activities?

By creating chat times with students, you will have the opportunity to listen to them in order to design instruction around their current abilities.

2. Create a Sense of Belonging

Your students are used to seeing each other every day, spending time on the playground or at lunch. Social connections are essential to child development. The sudden shift to school at home could be shocking and can lead to feelings of isolation. Even during online check-ins or virtual class time, they can feel as though they don’t belong to their natural peer group.

Create a sense of belonging by inviting your students to share with each other during virtual class time. Create online virtual study groups and continue group projects of course, with some minor adjustments. Encourage your students to stay connected outside of class through FaceTime or Skype.

3. Discuss Rules and Standards of Engagement

Similar to the first few days of school, establish rules for your virtual classroom. The difference in this new normal is that students have more distractions and perhaps less guidance to redirect their attention. Create a set schedule for your virtual classroom, so expectations are upfront and known. You will also want to set standards for engagement—everyone needs to participate somehow.

Seek input from your students via verbal responses, thumbs-up or for older students, polling, using the chat box, or control of the virtual whiteboard available in some video conferencing platforms.

4. Routine, Routine, Routine.

During your one-on-one discussions, you will be able to discern whether a regular wake up and bed-time routines are being practiced. Encourage your students that it’s time to get back into the swing of things.

All-day pajamas time or sleeping the morning away isn’t the best way to end the year strong. Suggest they get up and get dressed just like when school is in session.

5. Creating a Study Space

Not every child will have the perfect study space at home. But there are a few things you can suggest helping them find a study space that works for them and serve as their own study space:

  • Ask them to find a corner in a room where they can set up a small card table and chair. Close enough to be around a family member for assistance if needed. Or find a private space in a bedroom, for students who need more private space to focus. 
  • Make the space their own. Encourage them to decorate their space with artwork or pictures. 
  • Distractions. Just like at school, all other devices need to be turned off and put away. That includes video games and TVs in the background.

6. Break Time

Most kids are not used to being indoors all day long. Consider incorporating a few online exercises during your virtual class time. Incorporate intermittently breaking away from online devices by sending the students on a seek and find activity in the house that corresponds with your lesson.  

The idea is to keep moving around throughout the day to keep minds active and refreshed. It’s not healthy to stay stuck in front of a computer all day.

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7. Virtual Office Hours or Check-in Time

Staying connected with students and families is more crucial right now than ever.  Setting aside time for virtual drop-in hours or check-in times is helpful for both your students and families.  Consider creating a Twitter account, YouTube channel for instructional videos, or even a blog to post daily information and materials.

No matter what you set up now can still be used after the school doors open again.

8. Empower Change and Flexibility

You are both adjusting to change. While you are gathering feedback from the students and families, make it known to your students that you are open and flexible to their ideas. Perhaps creating an online suggestion box.

Or incorporate a question of the week,

  1. “What are you enjoying about virtual learning?” or
  2. “What do you find difficult in our new virtual classroom?”

Inviting students to participate is a good way to empower students to contribute to how they are learning. 

This process is and has not been perfect. We are learning as we go. But what we can do now is offer grace, compassion, and the means to create a positive learning environment for students.

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Tips for Online Teaching

Practically Tested 10 Tips on Online Teaching

No matter how long you’ve been standing in front of a classroom, teaching online can be a daunting task.Online classes can feel quite different from in-person classes, and you may not be able to do all the same things online that you did face-to-face. But that’s not to say you can’t create the same type of inclusive, quality learning environment for your students.With the right tools, some creativity and a healthy dose of patience, you can master the move online. To help you make the transition as seamless as possible, we asked current online instructors for their best advice. So, here are ten practical tips to get you started:

1) Be Specific – Very Specific

When communicating online you can never be too clear. If you want to save yourself a lot of time and headache, make sure you clearly define all class expectations up front. That means more than simply posting a syllabus or grading rubric. Instead try sharing real life examples of what to do and what not to do whenever possible.

2) Clarify Tone and Communication Styles

This may seem like a no-brainer but because you’re not face-to-face it’s worth repeating. Students tend to be more informal when communicating online—thanks to online messaging and social media—so it’s never a bad idea to set some classroom communication guidelines from the start.

3) Continuously Encourage Engagement

Keeping your students actively engaged in an online setting is a constant challenge. Hiding behind screens it’s easy for students to check out or do the bare minimum, so you’ll have to work at keeping the conversation going. Try requiring minimum response lengths for assignments and posing open-ended questions.

4) More Is Not Always Better

When creating online courses, we tend to get into the mindset of more is better. More links, more buttons, more apps. But too many additional resources and tools can be distracting and overwhelming for your students. So, don’t feel the need to try and overcompensate for the lack of in-person instruction with bells and whistles; instead, stick with a few trusted resources.

5) Be Responsive—but Set Limits

It’s important to keep in mind that students are accustomed to instant feedback. But you’re not face-to-face and an email is not a text message. Just because you’re online, it doesn’t mean that you’re accessible 24/7. Communicate with your students when you are and when you are not available, as well as when they can expect a reply, so everyone is on the same page.

6) Establish a Routine

Teaching online comes with a level of uncertainty and stress. To help save your inbox from a flood of weekly questions, it’s best to create a basic class structure from week to week for consistency. When students know they can expect and plan for certain types of activities or assignments, they’ll feel more at ease.

7) Create a Separate Space for Your Students

Online classes mean your students are missing out on social interactions with their peers. The conversations and discussions they would normally have before and after class are still important so try creating a separate online forum just for them to make introductions, socialize and bounce ideas around.

8) Don’t Forget the Value of Group Assignments

Just because it’s online doesn’t mean you have to ditch the group work. Not only are group assignments a good excuse for some additional peer interaction and engagement but they allow your students to showcase their different strengths and interests. To keep online group work manageable, try breaking projects up into multiple steps with smaller assignments.

9) Add a Personal Touch

When you’re staring at a screen and uploading assignments, it’s easy to feel like you’re being taught by a computer rather than a person – and that impersonal feeling is not very conducive for learning. You can help your students feel more connected by injecting some personal touches. Post a picture of yourself or a fun introductory video, anything to remind them that you are indeed a human.

10) Practice Empathy and Compassion

With online teaching there are things that will inevitably go wrong. There will be technical issues, miscommunications and activities that don’t go as planned. Try and assume the best of intentions and remember that we’re all dealing with this new normal together.

10 must have Google Chrome extensions for Teachers

Google Chrome Extensions for G Suite – Education

If you are a teacher using Google products for teaching from home, Here’s list of must have extensions for teachers like you.

How to download and use chrome extensions:

  • Visit the chrome web store while using your chrome browser
  • Search the chrome extension you’re interested in using, then click “add to chrome” (the download will only take a minute or two)
  • You’ll notice a new icon in the top of your screen in the toolbar once the download is complete
  • Click the icon that correlates to the extension you want to use in order to activate it. Follow the directions on-screen after clicking the icon in the toolbar. 
  • Need more help? Visit the Chrome Web Store Help Desk.

Meet Attendance

Collect attendance in a Google Sheet from a Google Meet.

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/meet-attendance/nenibigflkdikhamlnekfppbganmojlg?hl=en

Kami Extension – PDF and Document Annotation

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/kami-extension-pdf-and-do/ecnphlgnajanjnkcmbpancdjoidceilk

Google Meet Grid View

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/google-meet-grid-view/kklailfgofogmmdlhgmjgenehkjoioip

Nimbus Screenshot & Screen Video Recorder

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/nimbus-screenshot-screen/bpconcjcammlapcogcnnelfmaeghhagj

EquatIO – Math made digital

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/equatio-math-made-digital/hjngolefdpdnooamgdldlkjgmdcmcjnc

Loom for Chrome

Loom, you can record your screen, voice, and face to create an instantly shareable video in less time than it would take to type an email.

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/loom-for-chrome/liecbddmkiiihnedobmlmillhodjkdmb

Dualless

Dualless is a poor man’s dual monitor solution. It splits your browser windows into two by just 2 clicks. The ratio can be adjusted according to your needs.You may have a  browser window showing on the right that occupy 30% of your  screen. Then the rest of space leave to Google+. 

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/dualless/bgdpkilkheacbboffppjgceiplijhfpd

Read&Write

Reads docs & websites out loud, dictionary, highlighter, etc

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/readwrite-for-google-chro/inoeonmfapjbbkmdafoankkfajkcphgd

Vidyard – Free Video and Screen Recorder

Capture your screen, share your video and track who’s watching it!

Vidyard’s free screen recorder makes it easy to communicate better with video. 

Record and share unlimited videos for customer presentations, employee onboarding, team updates, and more—in just a few clicks.

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/vidyard-free-video-and-sc/jiihcciniecimeajcniapbngjjbonjan

Push to Classroom

Push to Classroom allows teachers to instantly share any link to their Google Classroom classes as an announcement or an assignment. This allows teachers to instantly push links to their students, even if the students aren’t currently logged in to Google Chrome.

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/push-to-classroom/jbneakgkpdfcjnolohhnbahjcbkleiji

Google Classroom Essential Tips & Tricks

What Can You Do with Google Classroom?

Google features and benefits (Quick Overview of the Google Classroom Features)

  • Teachers can add students directly or share a code with their class to join.
  • Teachers can add co-teachers. Google Classroom helps teachers organize, distribute, and collect student classwork and homework paperlessly. 
  • Teachers can seamlessly integrate Google Drive resources to create and share activities.Receive notifications when assignments are turned in on time or late. 
  • Teachers can provide feedback for in-progress and completed work,Communicate with their students directly and with whole class announcements–all without using a single piece of paper.
  • Use the Google Classroom App to annotate PDF files on their mobile device.  
  • Connect due dates to a shareable Google Calendar connected to classroom
  • Post poll questions and exit slips.
  • Create and facilitate online discussions.
  • Create drafts & copy posts from different classrooms (Including archived classes. )
  • Connect selected web apps and resources directly Classroom. 
  • Connect parents to Google Classroom with Guardian Summaries.
  • Tag posts with customizable topics. 
  • Schedule assignment posts in advance. 
  • Differentiate work by sharing posts with specific students.

A Collection of Google Classroom Essential Tips

Google Classroom Essential Tip 1: Teacher and Student Views It is important to understand both the teacher and student view of Google Classroom. Teachers signing into Classroom for the first time should sign-up as a teacher. Teachers can create sample classes and invite other teachers as students. This will help teachers to better understand the student view. Google Classroom also creates a Google Drive folder for both teachers and students.   

Google Classroom Essential Tip 2: Assignment Options Google Classroom supports different sharing options and it is important to understand the different Sharing Options in Google Drive before venturing too deeply in Google Classroom. Teachers also have the ability to assign an activity to all students or differentiate the distribution by choosing students or groups of students.   

Google Classroom Essential Tip 3: Workflow Understanding the workflow of distributing and collecting assignments for both the student and the teacher is essential.  Learn more about workflow with this Google Classroom Workflow Explanation

Google Classroom Essential Tip 4: Share to Classroom Extension The Share to Classroom Extension allows teachers to share websites directly to Google Classroom or directly with students.   

Google Classroom Essential Tip 5: About Section The ‘About’ section of Classroom is the place to share resources and links that students will use frequently. This is a great place to organize frequently used digital resources without losing them in the stream.   

Google Classroom Essential Tip 6: Archiving Classes When ending or starting a new year or semester, it is best practice to archive last year’s classes to preserve the class materials, any assignments, and any postings to the class stream. Reusing an existing class with new students can be a confusing experience. You can still access the old class files in the Classroom Google Drive Folder, but the archived classes are moved to a separate area to help you keep your current classes organized. An archived class can still be viewed by you and the students in the class. Posts can be copied from archived classes. However, when the class is archived, you can’t edit or add anything to the class until you restore it. Additional Resource: Archive a Class Tutorial

Google Classroom Tip 7: File Naming Convention  Google Classroom will keep the Google Drive name of the attached file. If the option of giving a copy to each student is used, then the student’s name will be added to the end of the document. Consistency in naming is an essential to help keep teachers and students organized. Try to use the same name for the drive file, classroom assignment post, and your grade book entry.

Google Classroom Tip 8: Assigning Work, Topics, and Scheduling Posts  Teachers can assign posts to specific students to allow for differentiation. Google Classroom allows teachers to organize post by topic. Students and teachers can then sort post by topics. Additionally, teachers can post in the stream immediately or schedule a post for a future day and time. Additional Resource: Organizing Your Class Stream Help

Google Classroom Tip 9: Grading Google Classroom creates a Google Drive (Called Classroom – It can be renamed.) folder for assignments created. Use these folders to quickly review and grade assignments turned in by students. You can view them in progress or after they have been turned in. 

Google Classroom Tip 10: Discussion Questions, Exit Slips, & Formative Assessments. Google Classroom allows teachers to post short-answer or multiple choice questions. Teachers have the ability to allow students to see each other’s responses so this feature can be used for classroom discussions. Additional Resource: Google Help –  Create a question

Google Classroom Tip 11: Guardian Summaries Teachers can facilitate communication with parents with Guardian Summaries. These daily or weekly email updates include missing work, upcoming work, and classroom activity.

Google Classroom Tip 12: Single View Student See a single view of a student’s work — Teachers and students now have a page that lists all of a student’s work for a class and the status of that work.  

Google Classroom Tip 13: Emoji in Titles and Topics Emoji’s are a great way to engage students and organize resources in Classroom. Google Classroom supports the use of emojis in topics and titles.

Google Classroom Tip 14: Turn Off Grade Calculation If You Have a separate online gradebook set “Grade calculation” to “No overall grade” in the Google Classroom Settings. This will avoid confusion if an assessment or assignment is added to the separate online gradebook but not in Google Classroom. Learn more about this setting here

We provide free training to Education institution on Google Classroom Beginners course. If you wish to train your teachers on Google Classroom for distance teaching purpose, please connect with us on this link.

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How to Create Assignments and Quizzes in Google Classroom?

Do iT Yourself Guide on how to create assignments in Google Classroom?

Keeping your students engaged and learning at home is important to make sure they don’t fall behind. Also, it’s important that your students are familiar with this platform before creating your first assignment. We recommend setting aside time for a class tutorial on Google Classroom before diving in head first. 

How to Create an Assignment

To create an assignment in Google Classroom, follow the steps below:

  1. Navigate to your Google Classroom. 
  2. Choose the particular class you’ll be assigning this work to. Then click “Classwork”.
  3. At the top of the page, you’ll see a button labeled “Create”. Click “Create”. 
  4. A drop-down menu will appear. Choose “Assignment”. 

From here, you will be able to easily create coursework for your entire class. On this page, you can give your assignment a title and include details that explain how to successfully complete it. You can also easily add attachments (like rubrics, visual aids, and helpful examples) from your Google Drive or desktop that could be helpful to your class. 

Additionally, teachers have the option to post a new assignment to more than one class. To do this, choose “Class” in the upper right-hand corner, and a drop-down menu will appear displaying all of your available classes.

Teachers can also choose to assign tasks only to certain students. Select “All Students”, and a drop-down menu will appear that will allow you to: assign to all students, assign to certain small groups, or assign only to select students. 

Next, before submitting this assignment to your class, add a grade category and choose a point value. To choose a grade category, simply choose either “Test”, “Quiz”, or “Homework” from the grade category drop-down menu. For this example, we chose “Homework”. 

To give your assignment a point value, simply enter a new value in the “Points” drop-down menu on the right hand side of your assignment screen. Please note that all assignments will be set to 100 points by default, so be sure to double check this portion before submitting. 

Finally, teachers should assign a due date for students before giving coursework over to them. In Google Classroom, no assignment will have a due date by default; you must add this. Giving a due date to your assignment is easy: just click the drop-down menu under “Due” in the right hand side of your screen. From here, you can choose a date and time from the calendar that will appear. If students do not turn in their assignment before your chosen date and time, it will automatically be marked “Missing” in your Google Classroom. 

How to Create a Quiz

Creating a quiz in Google Classroom is similar to creating an assignment. Quizzes utilize Google Forms, which makes navigating digital quizzes easy for students. To create a quiz in Google Classroom, follow the steps below:

  1. Navigate to your Google Classroom. 
  2. Choose the particular class you’ll be assigning this work to. Then click “Classwork”.
  3. At the top of the page, you’ll see a button labeled “Create”. Click “Create”. 
  4. A drop-down menu will appear. Choose “Quiz assignment”. 

Once you’ve followed our steps above, you can enter the necessary information for completing this quiz. We also recommend turning on “Lock Mode” so that your students are unable to open additional web pages while taking a quiz. To do this, simply move the toggle labeled “Locked Mode on Chromebooks” to the “On” position. Additionally, you can automatically import your quiz grades to your grade books by moving the toggle labeled “Grade Importing” to the “On” position. 

Teachers can also modify the class or students this quiz is assigned to, the total point value, and due date by following the same steps above for homework assignments. 

Educating the students of the world has its challenges, but teachers now face new unknowns teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have more questions about navigating Google Classroom, check out the Google Classroom Help Center for more information.For additional classroom management resources for teachers, head to our teacher training resources page to learn all about what we’re doing to help our educators and young learners navigate their distance learning programs.

Active learning strategies for teachersa

The Next Big Thing in Student Engagement

As a teacher, one of your biggest challenges is to plan lessons that inspire your students to stay actively involved in the learning process.But you’ve probably noticed that traditional, teacher-centered learning plans aren’t always conducive to achieving that inspiration.That’s where active learning strategies come into play. You can use them to empower, engage, and stimulate a classroom by putting students at the center of the learning process.Get inspired by the below mentioned strategies that will help students talk more openly, think more creatively and ultimately become more engaged in the process of learning.

Reciprocal questioning

Use reciprocal questioning to encourage an open dialogue in which students take on the role of the teacher and create their own questions about a topic, reading section, or lesson.

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After covering a topic of your choice in class — or after assigning a reading selection — divide the class into pairs or small groups and have students come up with a few questions for discussion with the rest of the class. To facilitate the process, you can provide students with “question stems,” which provide a foundation for a question but still require students to think critically about a lesson, text, or other section of material by completing the query. Consider the examples below.

Comprehension Question StemsConnector Question Stems
Describe x in your own words. What does y mean? Why is z important? How could x be used to y?Explain how x and why z. In what ways are x and y similar? In what ways are x and y different? How does x tie in with that we learned before?

Use these questions to anchor and explore concepts in course material, helping students investigate a range of new topics and points of view associated with your lesson.

Reciprocal questioning can be particularly useful when:

  • Preparing for tests or exams
  • Introducing a new topic or section of course content
  • Discussing reading or writing materials in greater detail

The pause procedure

Use the pause procedure to intersperse strategic pauses into your Online class lectures and enhance student understanding of teaching materials.

To use the pause procedure, arrange for pauses of two to three minutes between every 10 to 15 minutes of online lecture time.  During these brief breaks, encourage students to discuss or rework their notes in pairs to clarify key points covered, raise questions, and solve problems posed by the instructor.Alternatively, students can work together to write a paragraph that connects or highlights key ideas set out in their partner’s notes. Research on this topic, concluded that breaking a lecture into brief pauses can increase student attention and learning outcomes. The pause procedure, the study determined, is “a good active learning strategy which helps students review their notes, reflect on them, discuss and explain the key ideas with their partners.”The use of the pause procedure involves a minimal amount of extra time, but can confer significant benefits in comparison to lectures that continue without breaks.

To help teachers achieve this strategy, we are offering myviewboard virtual classroom teaching learning software for free during this pandemic. You may choose to apply for your Institution by clicking this link.

Game-based learning platforms

Game-based learning platforms add depth and differentiation to the educational process and allow students to work with their instructors to achieve their learning objectives.

Regardless of your audience or subject matter, the gamification of learning can help you to create exciting, educational, and entertaining content in your Online Classrooms. It’s not meant to turn work into a game, but it does play on the psychology that drives human engagement.

Take yourself back to the days when you “played out” in the street with childhood friends. Each game you played presented a challenge but you were driven by the promise of reward and perhaps a little gentle fear. The reward meant everything to you and in spite of the challenge and fear, you felt compelled to win.

Gamification in e-learning offers the opportunity for learners to engage with content in an effective, informal learning environment. If learners get excited about learning, they are more likely to retain information. Some of the tools that you may want to incorporate into your classrooms are listed below.

To learn more about Active learning strategies, do write to our Education Consultants at training@c3itxperts.com or Click here to connect with you at your convenience.

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Grading Smarter,Using Rubrics

Rote learning and studying just to get a good grade or to pass an exam are useless activities for students if all the information they learn will be forgotten sooner or later. And this happens sooner, rather than later.

Assessing student performance should be about more than testing knowledge. It should be about what a student can do with that knowledge. It should be about testing the skills they acquired based on that knowledge.

Even though the educational system is walking slowly, it does move in the right direction. Many teachers and educators understand the importance of acquiring skills besides knowledge and assess students accordingly. They belong to what is generally called performance-based education.

What is a rubric?

A rubric is a grading guide that makes explicit the criteria for judging students’ work on discussion, a paper, performance, product, show-the-work problem, portfolio, presentation, essay question—any student work you seek to evaluate.  Rubrics inform students of expectations while they are learning.  These tools also enable teachers to grade efficiently, judge student work against a standard, and communicate readily with each student.

Why use a rubric?

  • Grade consistently and efficiently against a standard. Teachers’ report that they grade more fairly and efficiently when using a rubric.  They don’t have to keep repeating the same comment.  They are more apt to be consistent when grading many papers (minimizing the “fatigue” factor) or when responding to students whose performance differs across assignments (minimizing the “halo” effect).  The use of rubrics implies that you’re rating students’ work against a standard rather than against one another.  Rubrics help you do a quick analysis of student work to see patterns of strength and weakness.
  • Provide rich feedback to students on their performance. Compare the information conveyed by a score (e.g., 85%) on an objective test of problem solving to that provided by a rubric which identifies areas of misunderstanding or omissions in the problem-solving process.  Or, compare the information conveyed by a grade on an essay (e.g., “C”) to that provided by a rubric that rates performance in areas such as content, organization, style, and grammatical correctness.  The scores and grades tell the learners the instructor’s overall rating of their performance and, perhaps, how they performed relative to other students in the class, but don’t provide guidance in how to improve.

To learn more about rubrics and how to incorporate in your lesson creation and assignments,

Click here to contact our Education Technology Consultants.

Steps to creating your own rubric

  • Choose a specific assignment.  Jot down a list of what you’re looking for in this assignment.  
  • From that list, determine some grading criteria.  Write these in terms of what you expect students to KNOW (content) and DO (skills)?
  • Use this wording: “students will…”  
  • Write these in the left-hand column of the chart under criteria.
  • Assign points.  Is each criterion worth the same number of points?
  • Now describe what top-level student work might look like for these criteria.  Write this in the “A” column.  Write what you imagine a “D” assignment might look like.  Jot down some preliminary notes for the “B” and “C” columns, as appropriate.

Creating a Rubric: Practical Questions to Consider

  • How a scoring guide might enhance your students’ learning?  Focus on communication and meaning.
  • Do you have actual student work you can use in order to develop the wording for levels of achievement or do you need to think about this in the abstract and refine it later?  If the latter, consider starting with the highest level of work you expect and then moving from there down.
  • How new or complex is the task you’re asking students to do?  To what extent does the feedback need to be structured and detailed?  
  • How will you encourage students to develop their ability to approach complex assignments on their own (in order to prepare for a world where reality rarely fits preset criteria neatly).
  • How can students take more responsibility for their learning?  In what ways might it be relevant to your course goals to involve students in the drafting or editing of a scoring guide.  Would it help them learn if they used the scoring guide for self or peer evaluation?
  • What is the degree of creativity and flexibility in the assignment?  If it’s high, the scoring criteria will need to be broader.
  • What kinds of names will you use for the levels of achievement, if any?  A,B,C, etc?  Distinguished, proficient, basic, unsatisfactory, no evidence?  Novice, apprentice, practitioner, expert?  What terms make sense in your field?
  • How many levels of achievement do you need to distinguish?  Is each criterion of equal importance or do you need to weight them differently?  Are the descriptions of each level clear to others?

SAMPLE DESCRIPTIVE RUBRIC FOR A LAB REPORT

Scientific Lab ReportsABCD/F
IntroductionClearly, concisely, and logically presents key concepts related to experiment States hypothesis and specific predictions Includes relevant referencesMissing a key concept related to experiment. Lacks conciseness and organization States hypothesis and specific predictions  Includes referencesLacking two or more key concepts, No hypothesis or predictions Little to no conciseness and organization
No references
Lacking key concepts,No hypothesis and predictions. No organization of ideas. No references
Materials & MethodsExperimental design is clear with dependent and independent variables and controls listed. Purpose of controls is explained and subjects defined. Key experimental procedures stated clearly enough to be replicated. Analysis explainedMissing one of the components of the experimental design. Missing one of the following: purpose of controls, subjects defined, or analysis explained. Procedure not clearly statedMissing more than one of the components of the experimental design .Missing two or more of the following:  purpose of controls, subjects defined, or analysis explained. Procedure not stated well enough to be replicatedMissing most of the components of the experiment design. Poor description of procedure

In Google Classroom, you can create, reuse, and grade with rubrics for individual assignments. You can also export rubrics to share them with other teachers. To learn more about rubrics and how to incorporate in your lesson creation and assignments, Click here to contact our Education Technology Consultants. We invite you to connect with our certified Educators to learn about incorporating latest technology practices in your classroom teaching.

Google Classroom & G Suite logo

Guide to Google Classroom

Schools around the world are quickly adopting G Suite for Education because the benefits of doing so, including ease of collaboration, impact on literacy rates, and ease of use across all devices, greatly outweigh the hardships faced rolling it out and growing its adoption.

We’re here to help . Ensuring the success of your G Suite implementation may be challenging, but it’s possible. It takes planning, nurturing, and hard work. But the results, improved communication, and efficiency are worth it. So roll up your sleeves and get ready to work. 

Sometimes the hardest part of a process is the beginning, especially when embarking on a major change like a G Suite implementation. Most teachers are set in their ways and getting them to adapt to something new can be difficult. 

Google describes Google Classroom as “mission control for your classroom,” and this might be the easiest way to think about it. Simply put, it’s a platform that ties together Google’s G Suite tools for teachers and students. It also acts as a digital organiser where teachers can keep class materials and share them with students — all paperless-ly. 

How do teachers use Google Classroom?

Because it’s a fairly flexible platform, educators use its features in a lot of different ways. With Google Classroom, teachers can:

  • Streamline how they manage classes. The platform integrates with Google’s other tools like Docs, Drive, and Calendar, so there are lots of built-in “shortcuts” for classroom-management tasks. For example, if you post an assignment with a due date, it’s automatically added to the class calendar for your students to see.
     
  • Digitally organize, distribute, and collect assignments, course materials, and student work. Teachers can also post an assignment to multiple classes or modify and reuse assignments from year to year. If your students have regular access to devices, Google Classroom can help you avoid some trips to the photocopier and cut down on some of the paper shuffling that comes with teaching and learning.
     
  • Communicate with students about their classwork. You can use the platform to post announcements and reminders about assignments, and it’s easy to see who has or hasn’t completed their work. You can also check in with individual students privately, answer their questions, and offer support.
     
  • Give students timely feedback on their assignments and assessments. Within Google Classroom, it’s possible to use Google Forms to create and share quizzes that are automatically graded as students turn them in. You’ll not only spend less time grading, but your students will get instant feedback on their work.

How do I set up my Google Classroom?

The basic setup process for Google Classroom is pretty intuitive, even for first-time users.

Get signed in

  1. Head to classroom.google.com
  2. Sign in with your gmail address

Set up a class

  1. Select the + sign in the upper right corner, then select “Create Class.”
  2. Fill in details for your class

Add students by email, or give them a code.

  1. Select “invite students” to enter in their email addresses…
  2. …or let students join by using your own unique code

Create an assignment

  1. Hover over the + sign and select “Create Assignment.”
  2. Fill in the assignments details, including a due date.

Add materials…

  1. Attach relevant documents, materials or links.
  2. (Optional) make copies of the attachments.

…and assign to students

  1. Select the assign button to share to students

Let students get to work

  • Student submissions are already organized

Add grades

  1. Grade your students’ assignments

Share feedback with students

  1. Select the “Return” button to return assignments
  2. Provide personalized feedback

To make learning with digital content more dynamic for students, consider mixing up the types of resources you share with them in Google Classroom. In addition to G Suite tools like Google Docs and Google Slides, teachers and students can share other types of media, including images, links to websites, YouTube videos, and screencasts. Some teachers even give students a variety of options for submitting their work within Google Classroom. For example, you might offer students the choice to respond to a reading assignment with a comment, video clip, or drawing that shows their thinking.

Google Classroom is a free platform that allows teachers to collaborate with their students and incorporate the 21st century learning skills into their online classrooms.

If you would like to know more about Google Classroom, you may connect with our Google Certified Educators & we will be more than happy to help you kick start your Google Classroom.

Viewsonic Touch Screen Monitor for Online Classrooms

How to Set Up an Online Classroom from Home?

To effectively teach from home, it’s important to have the right equipment available. At a minimum, one would need the following equipments to set up an Online Classroom:

  • A computer (Laptop or Desktop)
  • A reliable Internet connection
  • A second display (preferably a touchscreen monitor)
  • A microphone and camera for live teaching and/or recording

These really represent the minimum for effective teaching from home. A drawing pad might replace a touchscreen, or a tablet could also do the trick. Or your laptop’s built-in camera and mic might be sufficient. Some teachers opt for an analog whiteboard in the frame and teach the lesson much like normal. 

What’s more important is the availability of the screen size to display the lesson content and Videos of your students.

Why Dual Displays for Teaching at Home?

Many of the Online Classroom tools will require quite a lot of screen space to properly organize communications. They will include both a presentation space and a student-teacher interaction space. It’s a huge waste of time constantly switching between the two on a single screen. 

And because of the availability of digital whiteboarding software like Google Jamboard / Microsoft Whiteboard / Viewsonic Myviewboard, we do recommend that one of those screens be a full-sized touch monitor. This way, you can make a more natural transition from the large classroom display to teaching online.

Distance Teaching Learning with myViewBoard

It’s worth noting, however, that the two screens don’t need to be the same size, so a monitor along with an existing laptop is plenty to make full use of modern tools. It’s more about having the extra space and not flipping between different views. 

Again Why a Touch Screen?

Front-of-class display have been in place for centuries from blackboards and whiteboards to projectors and interactive flat-panel displays. It’s undeniably helpful to have a large, central display that the teacher can interact with directly. 

However, few people have the space in their homes to devote to a full-sized display – analog or digital. And the portable versions of touch screens like smartphones, tablets, or even portable monitors aren’t big enough to properly annotate or write notes. A touchscreen monitor acts as an excellent middle ground for teachers wanting to teach from home without breaking their flow. 

Teachers like you have been using the Touch Monitor during the pandemic to teach their students online. It gives them the additional space to annotate, interact and work on their lessons, as they would do in a physical classrooms.

To know more about Touch screen monitors and their benefits, connect with our Education technology consultants at training@c3itxperts.com or click this link.