Coaching Connection

Teachers Collaborating So We Can All Grow ~ Oct. 23, 2019

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HAVE YOU TRIED SCHOOLOGY DISCUSSION BOARDS?

Have you tried using the Schoology platform's Discussion Forum feature? This can be a great way to encourage students to share their thoughts - especially those students who are less inclined to share out in class.

Basic Discussion

1. Click on "Add Materials"

2. Click on "Add Discussion"

3. Title and create the assignment

4. Instruct your students on the requirements of their posts

Discussion Between Multiple Sections

1. Before clicking the "Create" button, choose the "Shared Discussion" button to add other sections of your classes. For example, this allows your 3rd hour class and your 4th hour class to interact on the same discussion board.

Discussion Between Classes of Other Teachers

Your class can share an online discussion with another teacher's class by following these simple instructions:

1. After you have created your discussion, click on it.

2. At the top you will see "Share ID" followed by a number. Copy that number and send it to the teacher so s/he can share it with his/her students. You have the opportunity to create a password, but it is not necessary.

3. The "receiving teacher" should click on the "All Materials" pulldown (toward the right), and choose "Discussions."

4. The "receiving teacher" should then click on "Options" and choose "Join Shared Discussions." This will open a box for the Discussion ID. No password is needed unless the originating teacher created one.

5. This discussion will now show as an option for your students, and they can join it as they would any discussion.

A few tips and limitations to this system:

  • You can not mark a shared discussion as "graded" - so if you're not seeing the share option, check to make sure that grading is not enabled for this discussion
  • You must set up the sharing arrangement at the creation of the Discussion assignment - You cannot share discussions after the fact.
  • Shared discussions are not available across linked sections. (For example, if you have already linked your Periods 3 and 4 classes on Schoology, this system does not work.)
  • To share with a different teacher, your discussion already has to be shared with at least one additional course that you teach. (So if you only wanted to engage the class across the hall, and not another section of your own, you could just share the discussion with one of your other classes but then do not assign them the discussion.) The Share ID does not appear unless the discussion is already shared with another course you administer.

SPOTLIGHT ON STRATEGY ~ EMPOWERING STUDENTS TO TAKE OWNERSHIP OF THEIR LEARNING

UPCOMING LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

Screencastify & Screen Cast o' Matic - simple ways to record & edit video

Bring your lunch and your laptop during both lunches on Thur., Oct. 24, at the ALC Office Meeting Room to for an overview of using Screencastify and Screen Cast-o-Matic. Attendance is optional, CEUs will be provided. Sign up on Keep Certified. The Brown Bag Lunch Talks Series is an opportunity for targeted professional development and sharing ideas in a positive, supportive environment.

Cool Little Tools You May Not Know Exist

The idiom, "there's nothing new under the sun," is certainly not true when it comes to the world of teaching strategies and technology. Bring your lunch, your wisdom, and your curiosity during both lunches on Tues., Nov. 19 (WSHS, Room 245), and Thur., Nov. 21 (ALC, Office Meeting Room) to find out and share fun little tips, tricks, and tech tools that you can use right away.


Attendance is optional, CEUs will be provided. Sign up on Keep Certified. The Brown Bag Lunch Talks Series is an opportunity for targeted professional development and sharing ideas in a positive, supportive environment.

FIND AN INSTRUCTIONAL COACH

Shannon Helgeson

507.494.1610

WSHS Room 245

Jeremy Graves

507.494.1537

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