- many calls for help….. technical problems/misunderstandings in software use.
- my frantic voice trying to keep control of the class, maintain online status and a semblance of SANITY!
- frustrated, anxious, helpless dealing with all the technical issues. Read more.
…..Backtrack to 6 months ago, where I trialled various forms of online classroom software,enabling students to
- learn from experts who are normally inaccessible eg research scientists in Antarctica
- participate in a structured online learning environment with other global teachers eg Lorraine Leo from Boston
- share a class in synchronous time with other global students
- allow all stakeholders to particpate in the online classroom, no matter time or distance.
- learn new skills
- students all logged on within 5 mins, quietly glued to their screens.
- questions for help now coming through the chat window
I hear….. silence….
- except for the click/clack of keys as students happily chat asking questions, answering questions, make requests giving feedback
- the occasional laugh as Rohan talks about his instrument in an entertaining way.
- humming from one girl
- relaxed, confident, excited, satisfied
Requirements for using a virtual classroom:-
- headsets , single webcam (optional)
- individual computer access
- patience/risk taking ability
Tips for success
- set up a code of conduct early on
- pre-test the equipment
- practise to gain confidence
- individual student desktop access – (personal ownership)
- work the chat laboriously – interaction, feedback, motivation, concentration etc
- moderate the student permissions -remove private messaging, access to whiteboard tools unless required and chat for those who spam, bully etc.
- provide lots of multimedia eg screen dumps, video, polling, use of emoticons
- send to timeout (breakout room), if bad behaviour continues
See my class at work, during session 4
Read the feedback given after session 5