Create Virtual Learning Lessons for Your Class… and Students Across the Country!
Many teachers use Edulastic for comprehensive virtual learning lessons. Up until now, most teachers were doing this for homeschooling or when teaching under special circumstances. But since our circumstances have all changed, those lessons are rising to the top of our most requested content.
In an effort to efficiently offer what you need, we created the Virtual Museum Challenge. Over the next couple of weeks, we challenge you to create a start to finish virtual learning lesson. Make it something your own students can use, then share it in the public library for students across the country.
Inspired by the Smithsonian Magazine article, “68 Cultural, Historical and Scientific Collections You Can Explore Online” we got excited imagining all of the creative ways you could fold in virtual museum tours, video clips, virtual reality simulations, science modeling questions and more!
Tips for Virtual Learning Lessons
If you are up for the challenge, think about these tips for building your Edulastic virtual Lesson:
- Create one new assessment that encapsulates the lesson — be sure to add Distance Learning in the title so teachers can search for them easily.
- Then, “chunk out” the lesson into several smaller activities, each represented by a different question. Think of your “hook” as one activity/question, the second question can be background material, the third question can be analysis, and the last part reflective.
- Don’t restrict yourself to a one hour lesson. These can be multi-day projects that the students can exit and return to before submitting their final responses. What’s more, you can track progress on the Live Class Board each day.
- Topics that work great are: science labs; compare and contrast documents, images, video clips, etc.; response to an article or image; etc.
- For question types, use passage based, and multi part to make it easy for students to lump together parts of an activity.
- Learn how to embed multi-media.
- There are tons of great questions in the Edulastic Question banks. So, once you find a multi-media source, rather than re-invent the wheel, search on existing questions and pull them into your assessment.
- Students can work on certain activities in small groups that facetime, hangout, or whatever chat sessions they like.
- If you don’t have one yet, get an account on YouTube. This allows you to post your own video conversations and link to your original content in lessons.
- Check out our recent blog posts and seminars for sources for fantastic and free content resources.
Here is an example of one about the Roman Republic that can be done over several days.
Finally, for the next couple of weeks, we will highlight and share all of the distance learning content that you create in our newsletters or social media channels. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to see the updates! Get your name in the spotlight, develop relevant content for your class, and help other teachers and students across the country to keep on learning!
PS: Don’t forget to add Distance Learning in the title of your lesson and be sure to save it to the Public Library in Edulastic.