Digital Classroom / Communication

Google Classroom  (if your division permits)

Google Classroom ( is one of the many tools from G Suite for Education through Google. With Classroom, you have the ability to create an online learning platform that houses assignments,  learning materials, and discussions all in one place

The benefits of Google Classroom include

  • Teachers can grade assignments right on Classroom
  • Embed YouTube videos
  • Many online resources can be linked to Google Classroom (Flipgrid, Classcraft, Edpuzzle, etc)
  • Collaboration and communication with students, teachers, parents
    • Access to materials from any device, at any time (ie: A student who was absent has access to missed work)
    • Parents can have access- stay up to date with their child’s learning
    • Discussion forum to share ideas

Classroom websites

 Flipped Classroom:

 See the information in the Teaching Strategies page.

Technology to use for Virtual/Flipped Classroom:

To move the instruction outside the classroom you will need to either create your own videos or find an outside source.

  • To do it yourself: There are many ways to record your own video.  Consult your division Tech group to see what is available for you.  Some suggestions are:  Screencastify, Smartboard recorder, Powerpoint, WeVideo, Screencast-o-matic.
    • Search terms: “Screen recorder”, “screencast”
  • Outside sources and tools:
    • Khan Academy videos(
    • EdPuzzle – this will allow you to take any video (ie youtube) and insert questions and comments that pause the video for opportunities for learning.
    • Search YouTube by outcomes

Communication / Portfolios

  • Wiki – Having students co-create a wiki activates higher learning and promotes critical thinking in that students must learn to judge the reliability and relevance of digital information. Working together on wikis helps support the 5 C’s of the Global Competencies for the 21st Century:
    • Collaboration,
    • Communication,
    • Creativity,
    • Critical and Computational Thinking, and
    • Citizenship and Character1
      (adapted from Fullan, Quinn, & McEachen, 2018, p. 17).
  • A wiki can be used in many ways within a classroom, from very broad to quite narrow:
    • Glossary for key vocabulary for the unit
    • Student reflections on essential learnings and “a-ha” moments
    • Collaborative textbook written in wiki form over the course of the year

1 Fullan, M., Quinn, J., & McEachen, J. (2018). Deep learning: Engage the world change the world. Thousands Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.


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