In Design With Me, Episode 03, I walk you through exactly how to create a Digital Assignment Board for distance learning. I also have a template in my TpT store if you don’t have time to create your own!
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If you’re like a lot of teachers, spring 2020 was a serious struggle. One of the biggest headaches all around, for teachers, parents, and students, was keeping track of all the digital resources, lessons, videos, etc.
Digital Assignment Boards keep your virtual classroom organized for everyone!
Some benefits of creating a digital assignment board?
- Everything is in one slide deck for students and parents. No one has to click a thousand different folders or websites to get what they need.
- It works well for primary classrooms or upper elementary.
- You can customize to your class’s needs. Create one per day or one per week.
- Students complete all work in the slide deck, turn it in, and have all the resources right there for reference.
PS – even in “normal” school years, this method is a FANTASTIC way to communicate with chronically absent or homebound students, and it makes lesson planning year-by-year smoother since everything for a week/unit/lesson is in one slide document!
Your Digital Assignment Board is a Home Base for Students
Start with a greeting slide, including your Bitmoji, a photo, or a video. You can link to a daily check-in slide asking students to share how they’re feeling that day.
Add in slides with instructional videos, clickable activities, digital worksheets or word sorts (see Design With Me Episode 01 for a walkthrough!), digital manipulatives, space for writing prompts, etc.
The sky is really the limit with what you can include in your Digital Assignment Board. Just keep a few things in mind:
- Be consistent. Pick one format and stick with it, or your kids and parents will get frustrated and confused.
- Use emojis and/or icons to direct students. A stop sign at the end of an activity, an arrow that leads to the next step, a house icon on each slide that returns to the main announcement page, etc.
- Expect a learning curve. The first few times you assign these, you’ll have to “train” your students and teachers on how to use them. Expect a bit of confusion, but it’s not all that different from establishing classroom procedures in a face-to-face room. Yes, you’ll find yourself redirecting students to the appropriate spot for sharpening pencils, but after some repetition and practice, your virtual classroom will run smoothly.
- One word of warning: If you’ll be uploading these slide decks to Seesaw, your students won’t be able to use interactive elements. Google Slides documents appear as PDFs when attached to Seesaw.
When I did this video live, I had a ton of questions about how to use this along with Google Classroom and the various ways you can use that to deliver questions. Check out Google Classroom Made Simple for everything you need to know about that!
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