COVID-19 Educator Help Desk

Open House

  • 1.  Open House

    Posted 04-29-2020 11:51
    Anyone have ideas for an elementary school for Open House Night - virtual? I was thinking maybe Flipgrid since you could have a topic for each teacher and students ​could add videos showing off a prized project or discussing something they've learned this year.

    @Kathi Kersznowski suggested Genially with an interactive map of the school.

    Any other thoughts?

    #OpenHouse #COVID19 #VirtualOpenHouse ​​​​​​

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  • 2.  RE: Open House

    Posted 04-29-2020 19:00
    Karyn,
    I have not done a virtual open house on such a large scale but I have undertaken it for my meet the teachers night.  I have used both thinglink and google tour creator in order to create an immersive virtual tour.  You can create interactive images and/or videos that link to various information including video (only thinglink) and audio.
    Regards,
    Brian Cauthers

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    Brian Cauthers
    Science Teacher
    MCSD
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    The Perfect Blend: A Practical Guide to Designing Student-Centered Learning Experiences


  • 3.  RE: Open House

    PLN Leader
    Posted 04-30-2020 06:26
    Karyn,

    We've begun thinking about this as well. I work in a K-8 private school and our traditional open house involves parents meeting teachers, students finding out who their teacher is, etc. A couple of weeks into the school year we have a Parent Night where parents all gather in their child's classroom and the teacher provides more of an overview of what curriculum and expectations are for the year. We are beginning to rethink that just a bit because we aren't sure if we will be returning in the fall, if we will need to have smaller classes, etc.
    A couple of ideas we are exploring:

    1. Using Google Slides. The main slide would contain Teacher Names and would link to a secondary slide for that specific teacher. Each teacher would record a welcome message for parents to watch. Parents who have multiple students would be able to see all of their child's teachers remotely. We would have additional slides with general information, specials teachers, etc. for parents to review.

    2. Teachers would hold a virtual meeting (probably a couple of different times and days) for parents to join, hear more details, ask questions, etc.

    Regardless, teachers are also beginning to think about shifting their curriculum in the anticipation of not being physically present with their students all year. The beginning of the year may have less focus on procedures like walking in the hallway, cafeteria behavior, etc. and more on social distancing, keeping their space clean, handwashing, wearing a mask (maybe?), etc. Teachers will also jump into getting students logged in to Google Classroom, other eBooks and online learning platforms we use to help alleviate some of the technology challenges we saw at the beginning of online learning this time around.

    In all actuality, we probably will end up doing both of these things. In an ideal world, we will be able to come together face to face in some capacity in the fall before we have to go back into stay at home. Obviously I don't know that any of these things will happen, but that's sort of the plans we are looking at and thinking about at this juncture.

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    Allison Thompson
    Director of Technology
    St. Gerard School
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    The Perfect Blend: A Practical Guide to Designing Student-Centered Learning Experiences


  • 4.  RE: Open House

    Posted 04-30-2020 10:12
    I would recommend setting up a Google Meet.  Teachers could share a link with their families/students (maybe a handful at a time) and introduce themselves and go over any important dates and documents.


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    Marcy Brugger
    Dist. Technology Integration Specialist
    Elmwood 322
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    The Perfect Blend: A Practical Guide to Designing Student-Centered Learning Experiences


  • 5.  RE: Open House

    Posted 05-04-2020 12:07
    Marcy, that idea would be handy for Back to School night if we are still physical distancing. Thanks! :)

    Currently, I'm leaning towards a OneNote notebook with a section for each grade level and a page for each teacher with an embedded Wakelet since the visuals are great, Immersive Reader is built in for translations, if needed, and kids can add Flipgrid videos to present their projects without having to create Wakelet accounts.

    The OneNote can be set to district accounts only for privacy so all the students could log in to show their parents around. :)

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    -Karyn (@Filibuster3)
    Technology Training Specialist
    MIEExpert, MIETrainer, Apple Teacher, Google Certified Educator-Level 2, National Geographic Certified Educator
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  • 6.  RE: Open House

    Posted 04-30-2020 20:01
    Edited by Aimee Bloom 04-30-2020 20:01
    Hello, Karyn. May I ask, is this a synchronous or asynchronous event?

    If it is synchronous I would suggest setting up scheduled virtual meetings using Meet/Zoom. You can perhaps create a digital breakout or digital scavenger hunt on getting to know more about the school and the teachers as part of the virtual event.

    If it is asynchronous you can easily use Thinglink to showcase the school and embed Flipgrid videos into the experience. Or use it as an event to add to some of the ideas above.

    You can also have each family contribute to a slide (Micro or Google) and create a virtual Time Capsule/Memorabilia/Get to know me piece? Or have your teachers create one for the families.

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    Aimee Bloom
    Staff Development Specialist
    Erie 2-BOCES
    abloom@e2ccb.org
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    The Perfect Blend: A Practical Guide to Designing Student-Centered Learning Experiences


  • 7.  RE: Open House

    Posted 05-01-2020 16:06
    I'm not sure if the principal was thinking asynchronous or synchronous, but either way, there are some great ideas here. Thank you all!​

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    -Karyn (@Filibuster3)
    Technology Training Specialist
    MIEExpert, MIETrainer, Apple Teacher, Google Certified Educator-Level 2, National Geographic Certified Educator
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    https://delivr.com/27zf2 (Accessibility collection)
    http://bit.ly/gktechies YouTube Channel
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    The Perfect Blend: A Practical Guide to Designing Student-Centered Learning Experiences


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