Friday, April 26, 2013

This hosts this week are Olivia and Carter.

The question covered this week: 
"How do you prepare students for online learning?"

This week on the Tech Sherpa Show we discuss the online course I created that our middle school students take to prepare them for the high school. The site is and it is a Google Site template that anyone is welcome to take a copy of and adapt for their own needs.

The purpose of the site is twofold,
  • First, for students to prepare the new Google Apps account they will be using in the high school. They subscribe to school calendars, organize their Google Drive folders and take a copy of our Student Portfolio. All in preparation for our digital portfolio system
  • Second, the students have experienced learning purely online. There is no class time set aside for students to complete the mini-course. There are 5 tasks, though none of them are particularly arduous. The point is for them to complete school work, (without a teacher prompting them over their shoulder.) Also, there are a handful of technology skills embedded in the task. For example, watching a short video and recording a response. This is not a difficult task, but in completing it, the students have shown they can reflect, digitize that reflection and hand it in.

We will be back Tuesday, April 30th at 3:00 EST

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