We are in our second round of school closings because of winter weather. Growing up in Finland, I cannot recall a day that school was cancelled because of weather, but in Atlanta the situation is completely different. I am thankful to be home safely this time around, as I had to stay with a coworker in the last snow storm.
My students were not thrilled to hear that I was sending them with assignments since we would be missing more instructional time.
So what did we do?
I used TodaysMeet to host a two hour live session with my students. I set the room up one minute prior to starting, so that I could control the length to be exactly 2 hours. Students had been assigned social studies reading and tasks, and this was their chance to ask questions.
Setting up the room is VERY simple. All you need is to go to the website. You will select a name for your room - choose something simple that students can type in easily. Next, set how long you want the room to be open. (Once it closes, you won't be able to go back to download the conversation.)
Then click "Create your Room"
We also used our Edmodo account to share the link only with my classroom students. If the link is posted publicly, anyone is able to join the room.
I shared a few tutorial links as review using LearnZillion. I am not requiring all students to be online at the same time, so I won't attempt to teach a new topic this winter storm. Ideas for next time...
We have a class wiki that was just created to share what we have (and will)
learn in social studies. The wiki allowed students to consider reading ahead
about topics that are coming up in World War II.
5th Grade Social Studies Wiki
Lastly, I asked students to partake in a bonus assignment: create your own version of "Rosie the Riveter"
The pictures are still getting posted on our class Edmodo page. Great personal interpretations - even the boys joined in!
Based in Doha currently, I am a technology-advocating learning junkie.