Friday, March 13, 2020

Friday Matinee: Resources for Teaching Online

This was shared by a professor that we follow on Twitter.  It is a podcast with a lot of resources for teaching online.  Some things may not apply, but there's a lot of great information that is provided.  Torrey Trust, who is interviewed on the podcast (there are several links and a great slide deck shared as well) is a professor and past president if the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) Teacher Educator Network and an Associate Professor of Learning Technology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Kasey Bell from Shake Up Learning, did an interview with a teacher who has been teaching online since leaving China where she taught at an international school and she shares tips, tools, and best practices for this special situation.  She mentions that closing for the Corona virus is different than closing for a few snow days especially with the added stress and emotions that everyone is experiencing.

Keep in mind that a lot of companies are opening up their wonderful resources for free to schools, but we don't need to be throwing a lot of new tools at students during this time. Use one or two that they are familiar with and leave it at that.

Friday, March 6, 2020

Friday Matinee: Appointment Slots in Google Calendar

Appointment slots in Google Calendar can be really helpful with scheduling appointments with your students.  You set up the time slots then send a link to your students so that they can choose the best time to meet with you.  Once this time is taken, no other student can choose the same time.  KATE has met with some of you on this, but we felt that sharing our video and other resources would be helpful for everyone. 

Here's a video on how to create appointment slots in Google Calendar.

Once you've created the link, students can find any appointment you've created using the same link.  Remember that you have to be in week or day view in your calendar to create these slots.
I've added a PDF that you can print with step by step instructions below.  Click on the file to open it.