Well my online course is complete. I tried my best to design a Pre-Calculus 30 course as a hyflex model where students could learn in-person or online, asynchronously or synchronously. The most rewarding part of the whole process was getting to teach the course at my school since the beginning of March. Now I was not allowed to teach it online live, because of the "double duty" ban by the STF, but I was able to implement many of my ideas in person and now as a smooth transition to remote learning this last couple weeks (end of March 2021). I will not discuss my course in too much detail in this blog as I did my course walk through as a tour and reflection (VLOG?) but will provide some vital links below. Click above to view this 10 minute video (about the course, its creation and implementation) or feel free to explore website or check out the inspirational video below!
Course Website (There is also many links and videos within the course website.)
Why take PC30 Inspirational Video (Kelly Z suggested this!)
Course Profile (Past Blog Link)
I was happy about my overall choices with the Google platform and they have worked well when actually teaching the course. I was also very inspired by John Spencer's user experience suggestions and attempted to use my videos, website and Bitmoji to make the course appear fun and having some personality to it! It took sometime to be able to teach well on Jamboard (ipad to computer to projector), but now it feels quite natural. I was surprised by how little the students actually wanted to use the chat or the jamboards to write on. This will likely take some time for them to accept this new procedure, or feel comfortable interacting online with non-familiar peers. WeVideo is really a very powerful tool in making online videos and I will continue to hone my expertise in using this tool. The overall the experience of designing (and then semi-implementing) this course has been useful and highly educational. I have received a few compliments from students, fellow teachers and parents about the course, especially when transitioning to remote learning.
I look forward to your comments and appreciate all your help in making this course the way it is! Feel free to use my ideas and request access to any resources you may be interested in.
Take care fellow educators!
For my online course, Pre-Calculus 30 with Mr. Johns, which is hosted on a Google Site, I have decided to use Google Classroom for students handing in assignments and having the ability to comment, Google Chat for students to discuss any math topics and to get specific help from myself or peers, and through Chat having students interact on Jamboard to receive help from me or students on specific math problems and graphing. Students may also choose to talk to me in person or through daily Google Meets (as it is designed as a Hyflex course) or by email or phone. I am now teaching the course in school and although I am not allowed to live stream lessons I am using all of the other platforms besides Google Meets. So I have had some time to experiment with the interaction methods I chose for the course.
The pandemic hit...
We were forced to teach / learn online but marks didn't really matter...
Now we are teaching online (and in person or both or alternating) and marks matter, but how does one assess and evaluate well when teaching online (especially in High School Math)? This was the focus of my quest for knowledge regarding online learning this week. One of the best articles I found was put out by Andrew Miller in April of 2020 through Edutopia.org and titled "Summative Assessment in Distance Learning." Although not super current for Covid learning, the article provides some key focus points and strategies that I will attempt to summarize in this post.