My online teaching experience

Last week, alongside Kelsey, I had my first online teaching experiences. 

Starting the lesson, the assumption was that students possessed some level of digital understanding. The pre assessment was used to activate prior knowledge and to see what the student’s level of knowledge was. Reflecting on this I would use the Mentimeter again but I would use it as a conversation starter to create a class brainstorming web to expand on student thinking. 

The videos could be used as starting point with prompting questions as it helped guide people to an area of understanding. In an actual classroom I would have reviewed different skills of how to pull important information and what to look for when watching a video. 

Based on the group feedback I would also expand on how cyberbullying is illegal and discuss the punishments that go along with it. To make it more interactive I could have prompting questions for students to answer, which would reinforce the ELA outcome to find the main information. Depending on the class students could then present their findings or add it to a jam board for everyone to see.  

Within the 40 minutes there are so many areas to expand upon. “Even though we know that cyberbullying is illegal, why does it still happen?” This could end up being the essential question for the entire unit with students researching and learning about how bullying changes as they grow. 

As someone who has only taught in person I find it hard to picture what techniques will work well online and what will not. In the lesson we used two videos, which should keep the students engaged by viewing different materials but in person I would have only shown one because different interactive activities could be used. 

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Online learning is learning for both students and teachers so I am looking forward to continue learning.