"Don't limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time."
I am sure most of you have heard someone say, "...but that's the way I have always done it!" It's a classic refrain from people too stubborn to learn a new way. The problem with that mindset in education is that we are teaching kids to be prepared for a world that doesn't exist yet. Why not try something new? Here is a resource that I would encourage you to try sometime this year. I offer a couple suggestions on how you might incorporate it into your routine but I would love to hear ideas on how you use it in your class.
Classroom by Google
Google Classroom is part of the Google Apps for Education package. This feature allows you to create virtual classrooms where you can post assignments, hand out "worksheets", and collect assignments. It is a great resource for teaching students to become more independent. I am using this in my class to achieve the blended learning approach I am aiming for. The app is really easy to set up and essentially creates an invite only webpage for your class. You can access Classroom at classroom.google.com or from the Classroom link on our start portal.
Idea for Kindergarten through Second Grade:
Set up a classroom as an easy to update webpage that students can go to for links to games, videos, and activities that you want them to do in class.
Idea for Third through Fifth Grade:
Create a classroom for literature circles or differentiated groups. As a teacher you can post questions and students can have discussions within this class.
Please feel free to ask questions and send me feedback on what your experience with Classroom is.