Connecting Students During Distance Learning

In Term 2 2020 we found ourselves in the middle of online learning, looking at how we could celebrate our Jewish festival, Yom Ha’atzmaut through self-directed learning.

Earlier in the year Mount Sinai College ran the Apple Teacher course and our team was looking at ways to integrate and utilise the skills we learned in order to enhance their distance learning experiences. We decided to create a Choice Board using Keynote linking slides to integrated Clips and Screen Recordings featuring some Snapchat filters (hey they’re kids!).

These videos were created so students could receive instructions, support and scaffolding to follow along at home. The Choice Board featured a range of activities – from recipes, quizzes, dance competitions, photography and singing competitions – enable the students to choose activities that were relevant to them and show their creativity to their peers.

To make it as accessible as possible while parents – the Choice Board was hosted on iCloud Drive and we shared it as an icon on the students’ iPad to make it easy to download at home. The accessible nature of the iPad meant that the collaborative, self-paced and self-directed learning opportunities offered were usable by all the children from Years K-6.

Hear our teacher Morah Michelle describe the process.

Here is a sneak peek into what we created!

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