This short article will showcase how to deploy your digital classroom. If you are deploying a digital classroom (or considering it) we strongly recommend this short reading as it will give some relevant experiences from other educators to start on a high note.
The target audience for this article are educators, as we focus on in-classroom. Other articles focus on the deployment from an IT perspective.
Sounds silly, but what are you trying to achieve?
- Monitor what your students are doing in-classroom?
- Develop your own content
- Share content live
- Streamline device usage in the classroom
- Run assessments in the classroom?
You don't need to know all your devices inside out. That's the whole point of using ClassroomAPP.
But you will need to offer advice to students on such basics as charging, making sure they are connected to the school network, basic troubleshooting ("help, it doesn't turn on") and so on.
We have written an article about devices here, be sure to visit it if you haven't yet made up your mind.
Chose your Resources
Most likely your school or district already has selected paying and / or free resources for you to use. Those are, obviously, forced resources that you are likely to have little choice but to use. There are also myriads of other great free resources that rival some of the best paid ones. Most of these will be mainstream content such as STEM for middle and high-school.
Other articles, specifically related to OERs will provide some ideas about external resources. Many of the great resources come pre-bundled with classroomAPP, so using them couldn't be simpler.
Now, we can't stress the importance of this point, as you need content and resources for your classroom. classroomAPP enables you to have a digital classroom, but what you do chose to teach with, is entirely up to you.
Creating your Own
We don't mean writing a whole book (although the tools are built-in for that if you want to be a published and renowned author), we mean more focused and easy to create content, such as:
And so on.
(Note: we will be writing articles about all of these)
We understand you have other things to do besides reading a manual or watching boring videos.
That's why ClassroomAPP comes with built-in Wizards, which are interactive hands-on tutorials to guide you in all major tasks.
We strongly recommend you go through the basic Wizards first (each takes about a couple of minutes) to get your bearing, then start thinking about the boundless possibilities for your digital classroom.
Provisioning refers to the process of loading students and their associated courses. For instance, course A, linked to Teacher B, with 25 students.
There are three ways to provision.
This means we link directly to your database. Don't worry, that's our job. We'll work with your IT group to get the data safely over. An advantage of this method is that it can be periodic, so your classrooms are always up to date.
Using codes is really a cool and simple way to provision your classrooms. You simply generate a Code (from the Code Panel) to allow students to register to a selection of Courses or Groups. Then you share the code with your students, who enter it in ClassroomAPP and they get registered automatically.
A more technical approach is to upload a list of students in the Members Panel of your Course using a CSV file (which you can export from MS Excel or any other spreadsheet).
If you provide a clean first row (i.e. header) in your CSV file, ClassroomAPP will then intelligently try to analyse your sheet and guess what each field is (e.g. email, first name, student number etc.)
Students who already have an account will get registered, new students will get an email with a Code to use when they register.
This short article covered the basics of deploying your Digital Classroom. There is more to cover, so keep watching this Blog page as we add more articles.