Another win for Google Classroom!

Tuesday night’s class was a terrible experience for my less-than-tech-savvy self!  My goal for our Tuesday class is to get out of my busy house and back to my quiet classroom to have an enjoyable learning experience!  For some reason my school fob would not work and I had to head back home, log into Zoom using our ancient home laptop that provided me with a delayed screen at best – usually frozen – and then call a US phone number to be able to listen to the class!

Anyways….

When I heard Google Classroom being an option for our final project platform, I felt a sense of relief!  Even though I haven’t used it myself, all teachers and students have free accounts through our school division, as Jannae has also mentioned in her blog.  Talking with my partner, Kelly throughout the week, we have both agreed that Google Classroom sounds like the best option for us as well as the students we will be using it with.  They too are familiar with using Google apps.  Like many other schools, we have access Chromebooks which also work well with the Google Classroom platform as students log in with their google accounts.

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As I have spent some time watching a few of the videos that have been posted in our Google Community, (thank you to Danielle) I see how easy it is to set up my own classroom and have the students be able to access it as well.  As another bonus…photocopying was brought up AGAIN at our staff meeting last week with a reminder of using tools such as Google Classroom to prevent students and teachers from having to print as much as we tend to do!

I also like the feature of setting the due date and even if the student has not turned in the assignment, Google will automatically hand it in to the teacher so there will be no more late assignments or at least ‘0’s for not handing anything in!  This.  is.  amazing.

I am really looking forward to see how this all looks in the end, but for now am enjoying the journey!  I am so excited to be in this class as I really feel that it is going to benefit my students and my overall teaching.  Thanks for reading and please share any of your experiences (good and bad) with using Google Classroom 🙂

 

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Prototype Launch…

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The final project for EC&I 834 is creating an online course – eeek – another first for this girl!   Kelly and I, both coming from a Special Education background have decided to team up and create something that will benefit the Vocational Alternative Programs within Regina Public!  I am very excited to not only have the opportunity to work alongside Kelly once again, but also create something at the graduate level that I will be able to take back with me and use, potentially, over and over again, making minor updates here and there.  We have talked  about creating an online course for our CWEX 18, 28, 38 levels. The Career and Work Exploration course is the foundation to the Vocational program – all of our students graduate with a minimum of 6 work placements on their resumes!

After reading the Tony Bates chapter, I feel that this is a great course to take online as the students are often going to their work placements directly from home.  Tony talks about the many advantages for those ‘distance learners’ to be able to access everything from the comfort of their home.  While out on a work placement, our students’ hours may vary and online learning provides flexibility to access the information they need when they can.

Hello!

Hi Everyone!

So this is my first ever blog post!  I’ve watched a couple videos now (Thank you Alec and Katia) and feel like I got this – well the posting part anyways!  As you can guess, I do not consider myself to be a particularly tech-savvy person and was feeling a little… maybe even A LOT overwhelmed last night, but trust this is how everyone starts out in an online class as was mentioned a few times last night!

I am currently taking classes 9 and 10 in EADM, and was very excited to see so many familiar faces in class as well as those who were on Zoom!  There are also at least a couple of us also taking the same 2 courses this semester so that also eases my stress level slightly.

When not being a student or teacher, I am kept busy with my 3 boys – Xavier, Xander, and Xerek.  Xavier is in grade 1 at W.F. Ready, Xander is in preschool, and Xerek is just trying his hardest to keep up to them!  My husband and I just celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary.  We enjoy travelling to warm destinations – although not this winter.  In the summer we enjoy camping out at Katepwa and hope to soon have an actual cottage to go to rather than just camp out on our lot!