The purpose of this 1.5-hour workshop is to organize your teaching load into discrete groups that you can access so contact is continuous. I will guide you through the process of creating virtual classrooms using a program called Google Classroom*. This program allows you to build a classroom for each of your courses so your students can find their assignments, turn in homework, get feedback on their work, and receive their grades. Although the interaction will not necessarily be simultaneous, students will be able to communicate with each other and with you through the platform. Google Classroom a free, well-vetted program that is useful whether your classes are in-person or remote. This platform is not a live video meeting; therefore, it does not require a high-speed internet connection or a to synchronized meeting time. Google Classroom can be accessed using a computer, tablet, or cell phone so students with limited access to the internet can participate on any device using whatever time is available.
*Note: We will discuss alternate Learning Management Systems (LMS) programs such as Schoology, Moodle, One Note, Seesaw, Teams, and Canvas in case you find those programs to be more appealing, more intuitive, or chosen as the preferred platform for your school. We will discuss the similarities in the function of these programs as a teacher and student communication platform.