Setting Up Your Connected Classroom
After deciding you want to connect your classroom, you have to plan how you will implement it! A good place to start is to create an online learning space for “always on” learning. This means that your classroom has a blog, website, or Google Classroom page which is the hub for all connected learning activity.
You should decide how you’ll use this central online learning space since can use it for a variety of uses. You can post lessons, photos and videos of learning in your classroom, incorporate student blogging, and make it your home base for all resources used in your classroom. The possibilities for this space are endless!
It’s important to make sure parents are kept informed of your connected classroom, specifically the online learning space. This is especially true if the online learning space is open to the public. Parents will appreciate knowing about what will be shared in the space. Will their child’s photo be posted? Their work? Try sending home a letter at the beginning of the year to set the expectation of what technology students will be working with if students will be connecting with others outside of your classroom, and what will be shared on the class online learning space.
A well-thought out plan will help you be prepared for your first year of the connected classroom and beyond. While you may not be able to plan every aspect of how you’ll use technology in your classroom, having an idea of how you’ll connect with the world will set you up for success.
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