Communicate 3 – Feedback

Create: Choose a standards-based area of study and create an assignment. Then create a method for assessing student work utilizing one of the mediums discussed in this lesson. Ensure the tool demonstrates an instructor’s employment of effective feedback.

Artifact: Post the student assignment, as well as the method of assessment in your blog. In addition, show the use one of the feedback methods discussed in this lesson.

Assignment: Reading and crash course video prior to class on how a bill becomes a law.

 Assessment: How a bill becomes a law flowchart

Feedback: Great job! You have clear understanding of the basic  bill process. Take a look at my flow chart and see how they compare, and what it missing form yours. Make sure to fill it in and correct it. Submit it to me with the changes by 10/15 and I will add 2 points to your grade.  85/100


Communicate 2 – Differentiation

Communicate 2 – Synchronous Sessions

Reflect: Reflect upon the importance of utilizing a synchronous session to “create a true classroom culture” online.

Answer: How does integrating synchronous learning sessions within the online environment assist in developing a learning community for students? Discuss this question at length in your blog.

Synchronous learning helps to develop a more “genuine” classroom experience as students can engage in discussions and have face to face interactions with the teacher. Synchronous learning can also help the teacher to know students better, as to whether they are grasping the material or not. Synchronous learning can also positively  put a little more pressure in making sure students are fully engaged in the course.

Artifact: Create an outline or lesson plan of a 30 minute synchronous session which you would facilitate.  What activities would you include?  What transitions are needed? How might you use the session as a formative assessment? How would your session a build learning community among your students?

Greeting to class

Short discussion: What do you think Japanese Internment camps were like

intro to TED talk video – Watch video together

Discussion on video – How does George Takei’s experience differ from the original video you watched on you own? Why do you think there are differences? Do think something like this can happen again?

Reflect: What would you do if something like this began to happen again? Share your answer with classmates and respond to at least two others.

I would be able to use the session as formative assessment by how the students are engaging in conversation (if hey did not watch the initial video than they will not be able to answer questions)  I will also allow the quiet students to reflect afterwards. The session can build a community because students will be engaging in authentic discussion and sharing their personal opinions.

Communicate 2 – News Items

Answer: As an online instructor, how do you plan to incorporate news items and announcements? What resources would you reference to format news items?

Artifact: Create an example of a News Item and share the example in your blog. If the News Item includes a video or interactive, please share the link or, better yet, use an embed code.

Communicate 2 – Ongoing Communication

Creating a collaborative online community amongst stakeholders is an essential part of all virtual instruction programs and best practices.

Reflect:  Think about the examples provided throughout this lesson. Identify two highly effective methods of communicating with stakeholders. Create an artifact for each utilizing the resources outlined. 2 artifacts should be included in your blog. Ensure the products are creative, informative, and adheres to FERPA guidelines.

Artifact 1: My school Newsletter the principal puts out every Monday Morning! It is great.


Artifact 2: Email parents. In my district it is very easy to email parents as I can do it directly from my gradebook and all of the parent emails are imported for me automatically.


Answer: Why is ongoing communication in the online classroom important? How does the newsletter differ from mandatory communications?

Ongoing information is important because you do not get to see students or teachers face to face, this is the only way to make sure that EVERYONE knows what it going on. Newsletters are different as they can a serve as reminders, or as ‘”hey! look what we have done so far” Newsletters show the teacher is going out of their way to have authentic communication with stakeholders.

Communicate 1 – Communication Laws

Explore: Identify resources to utilize in communication with stakeholders that adheres to the laws of communication.

Answer: How can one refrain from violating FERPA and TCPA guidelines in online communication? What methods could be employed to verify that copyright is not being violated? Does copyright require that all work, images, words, and graphics must be original?

In order to refrain from violating FERPA, teachers should not give information about students such as their grades and private information typically on an educational record. In order to refrain from violating TCPA, teachers should refrain from using automated dialing equipment without the prior written permission of the recipients. In order to make sure that copyright is not being violated, students should be made aware of copyright laws and given sources where to find public domain photos, or how to reach out to the original author to ask for permission. Copyright can also go hand in hand with plagiarism and digital tools such can help a teacher verify the authenticity of student work.  “Fair Use Act” allows for parts of works, images, words and graphics to be used for educational and research purposes. Students/Teachers can use the “Transformativeness” essentially a user uses copyrighted material but a) adds value or b) re-purposes for a different use which allows for a new/different audience