Safer Group Discussion with Google Jamboard or Slides in Distance, Hybrid, or In-person learning

Step-by-step video.

Measurable Objective: Promote authentic learning through transparency, individual accountability, and MTSS.

Challenges of having a group discussion in Distance, Hybrid, or In-person learning setting.

  1. Social Distancing among all students and a teacher.
  2. Most challenging scenario: Synchronous Hybrid learning with at-home students and in-class students participate at the same time.
  3. Applicable for full-distance, asynchronous hybrid, or synchronous hybrid learning.

Step-by-Step Solutions:

  1. The teacher group students or students make their own group
  2. Collect and Facilitate students’ collaboration
    1. The teacher creates a Google Jamboard or Google slide with important guiding questions. One board/slide per group. In the Assignment’s description, the teacher provides the link to the Jamboard/Slides and other directions.
  3. Create an Assignment:
    1. On the Main Course page, go to your desired topic/section
    2. Click on Turn editing on.
    3. On your desired topic, click on Add an activity or resource
    4. Select Assignment from Activities
    5. Enter a name
    6. Enter an instruction with directions and link(s) to your Google file.
    7. Under Availability, only check Due Dates and select your due date, so it will be count toward students’ overall grades.
    8. Under Submission types, only check Online text
    9. Under Grade, enter the total point in Maximum grade, keep Simple direct grading, select the correct Grade category (very important), and enter a grade to pass (optional).
    10. Click Save and return to the course
  4. Students click on the link to access the Jamboard/Slides. Students in a group will go to their assigned board.
  5. On their board, students enter their names and the colors they are using. Each member in a group would use a different color to document their collaboration and inputs. Note: Students can see all other students’ works, so the teachers need to set expectations to discourage students from cheating during the discussion.
  6. Students submit the same Jamboard/Slides link and identify their board/slide number in their assignments, so the teacher can find their work easily.
  7. The teacher switch from Editor to Viewer, so no students can edit the content.
  8. Grade group’s project
    1. Since all students submit the same Jamboard, the teacher only needs to open it one time. As they grade students’ work, they just navigate to the students’ board/slide to evaluate students’ work.
    2. Pro tips: The teacher can comment on students’ work directly on the file.

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