Standard C: The online teacher plans, designs, and incorporates strategies to encourage active learning, application, interaction, participation, and collaboration in the online environment.
- Ongoing Communication: The strategies employed in this section of Communicate exemplify my communication beyond welcoming the student to our program but show that I used this communication to establish relationships, collaborate with my students and coworkers, that I encourage active learning by providing other sources of application and participation.
- News: As another form of communication, the News Announcements and Bulletin Board in the online classroom can serve as all of these strategies within themselves. I show examples of this in this section of my blog.
- Discussions: Discussion forum assignments show a very obvious form of interaction, application of content and active learning, and participation.
- Synchronous Sessions: Again, this format of learning shows definite planning on the part of the instructor, active learning strategies, application, interaction, participation, and collaboration. These sessions can pull all strategies together in one hour time! Take a look at some examples from my actual online classroom!
- Differentiation: Differentiated learning exemplifies planning, participation and collaboration in the online classroom, which are all covered in Standard C. These strategies not only show practice of the standard, but mastery!
- Feedback: Feedback done correctly serves not only as communication but interaction, collaboration, and active learning. For all of this to happen, the instructor uses highly qualified skills to plan and implement such strategies.
- Digital Feedback: Digital feedback is one of my favorite sections. It shows how to take a simple piece of communication and not only help the student activity learn but also take this interaction and build a whole new lesson!
- Rubrics: As stated before, feedback in itself can engage the student and require that they participate in active learning and application of skills learned. Rubrics help make this possible, growing the students' cognitive understanding of the course content and standards that it is associated with.
- Feedback: Feedback is a review of the expectations and is left on every assignment submitted via GAVS.
- Digital Feedback: Digital Feedback is just like regular feedback, but with a kick! It will not only provide the communication that students need to understand their progress but also help them with a review of the material... repetition is key!
- Rubrics: Rubrics are the expectations! With a rubric, a student can never doubt what grade they will get; in fact, they should be able to estimate their own grade by revisiting what is required and grading their own work.
- Evaluation Methods: The discussion of evaluation methods is an important reminder of what our feedback should include and how it should not only help students understand their grade but even be a form of remediation and/or motivation.
Standard E: The online teacher models, guides, and encourages legal, ethical, and safe behavior related to technology use.
- Definitions of Communication: Knowing what types of communication are expected is crucial and devising your own methods and norms will help each instructor maintain and consistently practice the behaviors expected by GAVS, the state, and the federal government when it comes to the use of technology.
- Communication Laws: Being ignorant of a law is not an excuse to break it! Through GAVS, we review the laws for communication each and every year, and it is a good thing since the majority of our communication is online, qualifying as online behavior! We model the laws with our communication habits!
- Identify Stakeholders: Knowing who is considered a stakeholder is essential when it comes to forming positive communication strategies. Since we are the guides of this type of behavior, this is another example of my journey to mastery of this standard.
- Communication Guidelines: Again, communication happens mostly online for an online program. Knowing the guidelines, expectations, and laws; practicing them; and modeling ethical and safe behavior is important and cannot be done without guidelines.
- Ongoing Communication: Finding different ways to communicate online is important because email becomes monotonous. We have to find a way to get their attention! Doing so in a legal way means we get creative. That's our job, though! Take a look at how I do that in this section!
- Synchronous Session: Delivering an online class in a Synchronous Session is the perfect opportunity for us to show off our skills as a teacher but also our knowledge and patterns of positive, legal, and safe online behavior!
Standard J: The online teacher interacts in a professional, effective manner with colleagues, parents, and other members of the community to support students’ success.
- Communication Laws: Professional interaction is not only an expectation, but their are laws we must abide by during these communications, as well. These laws affect not only our communications with students, but also our communications with parents, coworkers, and any other member of the community.
- Identify Stakeholders: Knowing who benefits from the online program that we work for will certainly make a difference in our interactions and communication with our stakeholders. This identification changes our perspective of who and how we communicate with about our student's support and success.
- Communication Guidelines: There are things we can say to students and parents that we cannot say to other stakeholders. This information is crucial when considering that our interactions must be professional!
- Ongoing Communication: Communication with our stakeholders, no matter who they are, will not be just a one time situation. We will have continued communication with all of these stakeholders as time continues and we will still need to remember the guidelines, laws, and professional behaviors we should follow in these interactions.
Standard K: The online teacher arranges media and content to help students and teachers transfer knowledge most effectively in the online environment.