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You, the teacher, are the most important and impactful part of the classroom experience. It is not always easy to bring in “you” and what you represent to the virtual world and this assignment is designed to help you outline your goals and communicate your class culture.
Now that you have done a thorough review of all the tools, it is time to build a virtual classroom for your students. This classroom is designed to work in both the virtual and physical classroom.
Teaching in a COVID and post-COVID world is dynamic and evolving. Luckily, there are many support groups out there to help.
With a virtual classroom, there is added pressure to design an attractive look that is engaging to students and helps them easily track what they need to do. This applies to the physical classroom as well
When we look at our physical classroom we often see examples of student work all around us. We enjoy the community feel of a shared space where students are part of the look and feel.
In the digital world it is now easier than ever to provide substantial and long lasting feedback to students using audio and video. This skill works in both the virtual and physical classrooms and helps students feel connected to us as caring adults.
We spend lots of time making our classroom look warm and appealing. We might share student work, add a variety of colors and divide the room into unique learning spaces.
We can do the same in the virtual world and, thankfully, there are a variety of tools that help a non-artist like me, able to create something that looks great and is fun to both build and view.
In the virtual teaching world, lecturing or talking with students is even less effective than in the classroom. It is tough to get a good sense or the “pulse” of the classroom and if they are engaging with your efforts.