Fresh Teaching Ideas for your First Online Class
Are you thinking about teaching online, but unsure where to begin?
Online teaching is getting acceptance worldwide and the number of students showing keenness to take online courses is increasing every day. Are you too thinking about teaching online, but are unsure about where and how to begin? This paper is for you.
Here are specific instructions to help you run your first class, complete with tested curriculum and detailed plans, so that you can introduce students to the online classroom. The details for this paper are for teaching a class about the US government, but the scaffold provided can be used to teach any online class. Students will learn about the three branches of the US Government, what their roles are and how the system of checks and balances works. You will learn how to plan and organize a class.
When working with people who are new to WizIQ, especially children, it is useful to run an orientation session, so that they will be familiar with the online classroom. Simply invite the students into the online classroom at 15 minute intervals, alone or in pairs. They should know how to use the chat box, raise their hand, and be comfortable with the writing tools. For this particular lesson, there is an activity in the break out rooms that involves moving around text boxes. Be sure to show the students that when they want to move a text box, they must click outside of the box, first.
They should also know how to use the microphone.
Explain to them that when they are not speaking, they should click on the microphone that is above their head. They can click on it again when they would like to talk.
E-mail an assignment
You can e-mail a document to the students 5 days before the class is scheduled. You might also want to e-mail a recording of your voice reading the assignment. Many kids need to both read and hear in order to really understand what is expected of them. Make the assignments due a day before the scheduled class. This gives you enough time to read and organize the students work, but the content should still be fresh in the student’s minds. You might want to only make the classroom available to the students who have done the reading and completed the assignment.
There are a lot of really great features in the WizIQ classroom. For your classes, though, it makes sense to keep it simple. The easiest way to make sure your class flows easily is to have your whiteboards loaded and organized according to the schedule of concepts that you want to cover.
Here is a potential list of white boards for this class:
- White Board #1, The Welcome Board: The first whiteboard might say something like: Welcome to “Understanding the US Government: An Introduction.” It is also helpful to include a fun graphic, perhaps of Uncle Sam. Friendly graphics do a lot to make kids feel more comfortable, which is essential to their ability to learn.
- White Board #2, Review of the Three Main Branches: The second whiteboard can simply list the three branches of government, along with a graphic to represent each branch.
- White Board #3, #4, and #5 The Legislative, The Judicial, and The Executive: Here you can explain the powers of each branch. The Truman Library has a great list. You can use it to prepare both whiteboards #3, #4, and #5, as well as the Breakout room activity.
- White Board #6: Checks and Balances: Here you can define what the system of checks and balances is, and why it is so important: You might use a couple of examples, such as:
- The President Signs bills into law, but the congress can override his veto if enough congress people are opposed to it.
- The Judicial branch can declare a law unconstitutional, but the legislative and executive branches have to work together to make a bill into a law.
- The legislative branch has the power to declare war, though the president is commander in chief of the armed forces.
- It is a complicated system, where the different groups have different powers and different ways that they can limit each other.
WizIQ has been created, from ground up, as an educational platform. It provides tools to make online teaching experience exceptional and rewarding, both for you and your students. Our Whitepaper, Fresh Teaching Ideas for your First Online Class, helps remove the initial hitch that you may have in starting your online classes by giving you step by step instructions to familiarize with the WizIQ e-learning platform along with tips to orient your class.
The paper uses the example of teaching a class about the US government to show how teachers like you can leverage the power of WizIQ tools to create interactive, engaging class sessions across topics and subjects.
Download this free whitepaper to get ideas on how to:
- Familiarize your class to an online platform, like WizIQ
- Set a format for your class
- Build whiteboards and other content
Download this free whitepaper now and set the pace for your first online class.