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Distance Learning Strategies Guide

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Learning Management Systems (LMS) & iCEV

Many of the tools you will need to implement a distance learning model are available through Learning Management Systems (LMS). iCEV integrates with multiple LMS tools, including Canvas and Schoology. Learn how to incorporate iCEV with your preferred LMS using these guides.

iCEV & Canvas Integration: http://ed.icevonline.com/iCEV-Canvas

iCEV & Schoology Integration: http://ed.icevonline.com/iCEV-Schoology

If your district does not have a preferred LMS, the tools included in this guide can help you transition your class to distance learning.

Defining Expectations

The most important thing when moving to distance learning is to communicate with your students about your expectations during your school’s closure. We recommend creating a document which provides the following information:

  • When you’ll be available and how to contact you

  • How and when students will need to report to class

  • Where class assignments will be posted

  • How to submit work

  • List of accounts students will need to sign-up for and how to provide you with their account information (ensure you are following your institution's student privacy guidelines)

iCEV Connection

As you’re developing lessons, make sure to communicate lesson objectives and goals found in each iCEV lesson plan.

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Assigning Coursework

Create schedules for each course to share with students and parents. These schedules can include when your students need to log in to the iCEV platform to view lessons or complete coursework and assessments.

Google Calendar

Use Google Calendar to create and share schedules. You can make both a private personal schedule, as well as schedules for each course to share with students and parents.

Click here to view an example iCEV course laid out in Google calendar.

Checkli

Create a checklist for students to complete. Checkli allows you to customize a checklist for the day, week, or unit. Students will have a visual of everything that must be completed to meet the objectives. Additionally, a checklist will tell students the order in which to work through the lesson.

iCEV Connection

iCEV lesson plans include suggested instructions for each class period, including the segments students should review and what coursework should be completed. Use these resources as a roadmap to create your distance learning strategy.

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Checking Comprehension

All iCEV courses include quizzes and assessments that can be used to assess student comprehension. When utilizing student licenses, all interactive coursework is automatically graded. Other comprehension methods, such as exit tickets, can be submitted using the following tools:

Email

One way to record student responses is via email. However, during the transition to distance learning, you will likely be receiving massive amounts of email, so collecting daily student exit tickets via email could become overwhelming. If you choose to use email, use a nested folder system to sort emails. This option is best if you want to provide direct feedback to each student in a private and individual manner.

Google Forms

Google Forms allows you to create a survey-type document to send to students. In your Google Drive, you’ll be able to see and sort student responses. This method is ideal for situations where students may feel more comfortable with private answers, and you do not necessarily want to provide direct feedback to their responses.

The Beginner’s Guide to Google Forms

Flipgrid

Flipgrid is a free resource for teachers and students. Teachers create discussion boards with questions, and students answer by posting recorded videos to the board. Using videos can help engage students, foster creativity and maintain a sense of community. Additionally, students can be assigned to review and respond to their peers’ videos.

Remote Learning with Flipgrid   |   The Educator’s Guide to Flipgrid

Remind

Remind utilizes a computer-generated “phone number,” allowing participants to send and receive text messages. There is even an app for smartphones, so parents don’t have to worry about text message fees. You can also schedule texts ahead of time, which is incredibly helpful if you have a unit organized in advance.

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Facilitating Class Discussions

In addition to Flipgrid, the following resources ensure you continue to facilitate dialogue between teacher and students. Ideas include scheduling group discussions after students have viewed an assigned iCEV lesson or communicating guidelines for an upcoming assignment:

Zoom

Zoom allows you to host live webinars where students can provide feedback and ask questions in real-time. All participants can view the discussion section and respond accordingly. You can also host a meeting where multiple people are video conferencing at the same time.

Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts is a messaging platform with the ability to handle large groups at one time. You can have a full discussion, upload documents and share links with all the participants. Though this resource does not allow you to see each other face-to-face, you can communicate immediately or respond in your own time.

Padlet

Padlet is an online discussion site in which you can post a question and students can answer in paragraph form. Padlet discussions can be created ahead of time and include page-specific links to send to your students. Students can answer in their own time and comment on each other’s posts. Additionally, students may post questions for you or their peers to answer.

iCEV Connection

iCEV videos can be used to initiate discussion topics. Video lessons are detailed and segmented, allowing time for group discussion.

View Example Padlet Activity Discussion from iCEV’s Law Enforcement I Course

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Providing Direct Instruction

While it can be difficult to provide direct instruction through online mediums, students still need and value real-time interaction with their teachers. Screen sharing and video conferencing allow for direct instruction via online platforms, some options include:

Zoom

With Zoom, teachers can conduct a live video conference where students can ask questions or add comments using the live chat option. If students have the available technology, they can connect their video feeds to the live stream or utilize screensharing options. Finally, Zoom offers settings for pre-recorded videos, which is a great option if teachers have the same course for multiple preps.

Skype

Skype can provide video conferencing for up to 50 people at a time. Skype also has a screen share feature and offers opportunities for text chat amongst the participants.

Screencastify

Screencastify is a Chrome browser extension that allows teachers to record a tab of the browser, the entire screen or even the web cam with audio. Recording options are even possible when the device is offline. Screencastify also has tools for highlighting sections of the page.

Additionally, the tool allows you to edit recordings, which is not an option with live meeting recording tools. This resource is free for educators with helpful resources for teachers and students.

iCEV Connection

Using the above tools to record and deliver lectures in conjunction with iCEV video and PowerPoint® lessons can enhance the learning experience for your students.

You can record and share iCEV multimedia lessons, pausing to discuss key topics and objectives, providing further insight into the material.

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Conducting Group Projects

While students are discouraged from meeting, group projects can still be completed using online tools, such as:

Google Slides or Docs

Google Slides is an online presentation tool, while Google Docs is an online word processing tool. Both tools allow students to work on the same project without being in the same room. Students can review previously completed work, implement changes and provide feedback all in a file that is automatically saved on Google Drive.

Draftin

Draftin is a website where students can peer edit any essay-type assignments. Draftin can be used for projects or activities requiring peer review or written reports. With Draftin, each student writes their essay or response, and a peer can make suggestions for editing or comment on the content.

Online Meeting Tools

Students can also utilize online meeting tools, like Zoom or Skype, to collaborate on group projects.

iCEV Connection

All iCEV lesson plans include detailed instruction for individual or group projects and activities. However, some of the outlines for projects and activities may need to be revised to be compatible for distance learning.

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Submitting Assignments

Once students have completed their projects or activities, they will need a way to submit their coursework. While having students email completed assignments is an option, the amount of email correspondence could become overwhelming. Instead, consider using online file storage options such as:

Google Drive

In Google Drive you or your students can upload documents, including Microsoft Office files. All files created in Google Drive are automatically saved, and other users with access to the file can see changes immediately.

Dropbox

Dropbox is a great option for uploading and organizing submitted content. One way to use Dropbox is to create specific class folders, including folders for units and assignments within the main course folder.

You can also create file request links for each assignment you would like the students to submit, making it easy for students to upload documents to a folder that you have designated.

Collect Files Via File Request

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Providing Feedback

Distance learning does not have to result in a lack of valuable feedback from instructors. Options for providing feedback include:

Comments

Whether assignments were submitted via Google Drive, Dropbox or submission platforms, adding comments to the files allow students to see exactly where improvements can be made to their assignments.

Voice Notes

To provide feedback verbally, you can create voice memos. If you do not have a phone with the capability to record notes, you can use your computer microphone instead. Online Voice Recorder is just one of many options available for free.

How To Record A Voice Memo

Video Feedback

Another option to provide feedback is by doing a live or recorded video using options like Zoom, Skype or Screencastify. Using these tools, you can either record a video of you reviewing the assignment or share a screen with the student as you review their submission.

 

Requesting Support

Our goal at iCEV is to provide you with comprehensive educational resources that allow you and your students to succeed, as well as exceptional customer support when you need it most. If you need assistance, please contact our customer support team using one of the methods below.

Email: customersupport@cevmultimedia.com

Phone: 800.922.9965

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