With buses already unable to deliver students to school and the snow forecast worsening, I got the message that school is closed for the day. Brilliant! That means my students can get on with their Mystery Thriller writing instead of all that Maths and Science stuff that clutters up the day.
I’ve tried the small groups function on Edmodo this week, which allows the teams of students producing novels to collaborate away from the main group. They are able to use resources from the folder shared with them but I have also been able to direct some differentiated support material to those who might need it without it being too public.
My student really like the silly headers from fodey.com with the Talking Tomato being particularly popular! I like their newspaper headline too to brighten up my posts.
Explain Everything is as good as I’d heard it to be. I used it first to create a reading of a tricky text my students needed to be able to access.
I was concerned that losing a day meant that one of my RE classes would miss the ‘feed’ for the assessment next week, but using Explain Everything I was able to give them a reasonable overview or what they need to think about and combined this with links to the videos I’d already put into realsmartcloud. For those new to it, Explain Everything allows you to create a series of frames with text, images and sound that you can then save, send or upload to YouTube etc for sharing.
All in all, I think the potential damage of a missed day was largely overcome thanks to the 1:1 iPad scheme and a bit of help from some great apps. But more importantly, it brought home to me that producing resources is perfectly manageable and would be great when students are absent. Flipping the classroom then becomes a much shorter step than I’d feared.