Tuesday, June 2, 2020

3 Ways to Make Google Classroom Accessible to All Students

Remote learning can be challenging for all students; however, there are specific proactive steps we can take to help students become successful in an online environment. Check out my video below for how!

 


  Idea # 1 - Create a Dedicated Place to Ask Questions

I love having a dedicated place in any online class I teach, where students can ask a question and receive an answer. This public forum allows students to see questions and answers that their classmates have requested and received. Share links, videos, and responses to solve problems. Plus, it is a great way to have other students contribute to the class environment by answering their classmate's questions.

Idea # 2 - Stay Organized

Keep organized by using the topics feature to organize assignments by the due date. It may also be helpful to number your assignments for easy identification. For example, if a student is missing an assignment, it may be beneficial to refer to it as 001 Revolutionary War Essay versus Revolutionary War Analysis Essay. Organizing assignments by number also has an additional benefit! It helps keep the folders that are automatically created for each assignment in Google Drive organized.

Idea # 3 - Tips to Make Assignments Accessible

There are several different tips for making assignments accessible for students:

  • Students may need visual cues to complete assignments. If you have several steps required to complete a task, you might want to consider adding emojis! This may sound very simplistic; however, it can have a significant impact on students completing assignments correctly. Joypixels is a great Chrome Extension to check out!

  • Create instructions that include Frequently Asked Questions. If you know that students traditionally struggle with certain things in your assignment, why not prepare for it? 
  • Provide students with steps they can take if they get confused! 
  • Consider adding examples of student work and rubrics. This will help students understand exactly what you are looking for. 
  • Consider adding screencasts or videos with helpful hints, reminders, and even a way to review content that they may have forgotten. 












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