WRV FACS teacher, Mrs. Misner, in her home office preparing for e-Learning.
I cannot believe how much has changed in just a few short weeks. At WRV, we did e-Learning for the week before spring break, took a two week spring break, and will return to our studies on April 6 to do four weeks of e-Learning. I have taken this as an opportunity to try some new things and learn more about educational online tools.
I have created a YouTube channel to “demo” dishes for my students in Advanced Nutrition and Wellness and Intro to Culinary and Hospitality. This works good for me since I can edit and create a Hyperdoc with corresponding questions all while encouraging students to cook at home.
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I was already using Hyperdocs and Hyperslides in class, but I have adapted them to make them more user friendly for e-Learning. I have created an entire series on Americana Cookery for Advanced Nutrition and Wellness. I then shared these Hyperdocs with my fellow FACS teachers from around the country on Facebook.
My professional Facebook groups, Hyperdocs for Family and Consumer Science and Family and Consumer Science teachers, have allowed me to share and get feedback on the materials I have prepared for my students. I have also gotten to see how other teachers are preparing, get inspired and view all the resources that I can use and adapt for my own classes.
Zoom has proven to be an amazing video conferencing tool. In my family we have used Zoom for a virtual doctors appointment and to be part of our weekly music class. At WRV we will use Zoom for staff meetings.
Another amazing tool that I have used in class, but am now really relying on for students to share their work with each other is Padlet. Padlet is an online board where students can post their work and see other students work. It will allow us to share our ideas.
Kahoot has been used by teachers for years and with this current situation they have made their premium features free to all teachers. This has allowed me to create amazing online challenges with beautiful pictures. I will get student data as they complete these challenges.
An online tool that I have known about, but not used until now is Flipgrid. Students will be able to video record responses and post them to our class discussion boards. Then they will be able to see and comment on other students videos. All my courses include many classroom discussions and this tool will help keep that as part of our coursework.
Dr. Bob Hacker, WRV Superintendent, says “These are unprecedented times...fluid times...where the situation is changing sometimes hour to hour. I am so proud of our students, parents, and teachers for working together in this extended e-Learning project to give our community the best possible continuation of educational services during these trying times.”
I look forward to seeing my students continue their educational journey and learning with them in this new way.
Betsy Misner has been the Family and Consumer Science, formerly Home Economics, teacher at White River Valley for over a decade. Her motivation is helping students to strive for strong, happy, healthy families and providing career pathways. Check out more of what is happening in the classroom by following her on Twitter: WRVFACS@BetsyMisner