Are you short on time? Or maybe you’re just short? Or maybe like me…you are BOTH. 🙂
When I first started to digitally connect with my students 3 years ago, I tried a class Facebook group. At the time I pretty much kept it a secret as I was not sure how it would be perceived by other teachers (I did run it by my principal). The response and feedback I got from students was so positive and the interactions so beneficial, I was enticed to try other forms of digital connection.
Below is a quick video I made to share at our staff meeting. I used Pow Toons to showcase another video making tool that is fun for both teachers and students alike. If you don’t have time to watch the video highlights are provided below.
3 Tools to Connect Your Classroom.
1. Facebook Groups.
Don’t have Facebook? You make the group and do not have to friend students. To start a group you need to add one person who is your friend (I always add my daughter and then once the group is up and running she exits). No problem get a student to make the group for you.
I post daily reminders, pictures from class, documents and links of interest.
Students will ask questions and other students will usually beat me in answering and that’s magic!
I know some teachers prefer Edmodo to Facebook but I find with senior students Facebook can’t be beat. I should say, I do not demand students join the group or Facebook, it is just another place they can access class reminders and updates, but not the only place.
2. Class Twitter Account
I have a separate account just to Tweet out class information, daily reminders and answer quick questions. This year, I invited parents to follow this account as well, as a way to keep up to date on class activities .
Use Future Tweets if you don’t want to manually Tweet updates and reminders each day.
3. You Tube Channel
Don’t have your own videos to share? No problem! There are so many amazing videos available videos on You Tube, why not have them collected all in one place? Again if you don’t have time for this consider giving this project to a student.
My You Tube channel is here.
Not sure how to make a channel? You tube has a great Help Center
What’s your favorite way to connect your students?