Welcome to iPads as a Virtual

image by cam flan

Communication tool.


Part 1 1:00-2:00 (60 min)
Goal and Purpose
Background & Research

Part 2 2:00-2:30 (30 min)
Background & Research
Classroom Management

Part 3 2:30-3:00 (30 min)
Tips & Tools
Planning Virtual Discussion Time

Part 1 Intro and Background


Establish Norms:

-Be respectful to others (air time)

Welcome via Today’s Meet:

    What is your name, school and position?

    What is something exciting happening in your classroom or at school?

    What is something about yourself you’d like to share with everyone?

Goal and Purpose of today:

    Overview of our time

Essential Question: How can we use technology as a differentiated platform for students to share their ideas?

Background & Research from Virtual Communication Slideshow

Susan Cain Power of Introverts TEDx (20 min)

-How are introverts and extroverts stimulated?

-Should students be forced to work together? Why or Why not?

-Learning spaces


Read:To Socialize or Not? That Is The Question

Respond: What are you key take aways from this reading?

      How does this make you think differently?

Discussions in Classrooms by Robert Appino

Part 2 Research Cont. (30 min)

How does your class differentiate for your range of learners?

RSA Susan Cain (7 min)

Classroom Management:

Establishing Norms and CFG Protocols use School Reform Initiative 


Norms must be established

Structured virtual discussion

  • Start with SPECIFIC

Demo (an unsuccessful discussion)

Starts with Good Questioning:

  • Ruby Research What do you think this picture is communicating to the audience?

iDisorder by Dr. Larry Rosen (6 min)

Google Doc*

Part 3 –  Planning and Designing (30 min)

1. Planning Virtual Discussion Time – Testing and Creating Virtual discussion possibilities to include in a lesson or unit

2. What discussion tool will you use?
-I recommend TodaysMeet or Socrative. It doesn’t need to be any fancier than this.

3. Planning and Prep time (30 mins)

    -Look at an existing unit or lesson
-Think first all what are you goals,outcome,standard
-With that in mind where is a good place to include a virtual discussion?

-You class has many opportunities for virtual discussions.
-You don’t want to tie this to one lesson or unit but rather want to think about a variety of ways to provide opportunities to have students speak up.
-Brainstorm and go with the organic route

4. Share what we brainstormed and create for our lesson and unit

our Responses are here. 

Here are teacher responses from Learning 2

5. Strengthening your discussions using Norms and Protocols with students

6. End of Workshop Reflection

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