This Ain’t Your 70s Snow Day
It’s been a rough winter for much of the country, but
inclement weather doesn’t mean the learning stops.
Here are tools many schools used to keep lessons rolling
* Google Apps for Education: Had a small-group
activity in mind for room 218, period 3? Set up a Google
Doc and have students answer questions collaboratively
from home. If you have a presentation all ready for a
“live” class, throw it up to a shared class folder.
* Twitter #Chats: Use push notifications to send out
reminders, reading links, or review questions for
students. Use class hashtags to help students easily find
relevant info, or create a class Twitter account. Set up a
live #chat when you are available to answer questions.
* Google Forms: Google Forms can be turned into quizzes
simply by asking content-specific questions. Or they can be designed more like a handout
where students answer/practice/reflect on topic areas you wanted to cover face to face.
* G+ Communities: Create a G+ Community for just your class. This makes a group page
where you can upload readings, videos, and links and have students comment on them.
* Try a HangOut: Feeling like a live chat? Set up a Google Hangout on Air. The added benefit is
this records the discussion for later viewing.
—Jennifer LaMaster, CIO Advisor