Communicate Reflection

Standard C:The online teacher plans, designs, and incorporates strategies to encourage active learning, application, interaction, participation, and collaboration in the online environment.
Standard D:The online teacher promotes student success through clear expectations, prompt responses, and regular feedback.

Standard E: The online teacher models, guides, and encourages legal, ethical, and safe behavior related to technology use.

Standard J: The online teacher interacts in a professional, effective manner with colleagues, parents, and other members of the community to support students’ success.

Standard K: The online teacher arranges media and content to help students and teachers transfer knowledge most effectively in the online environment.

The Communicate module prepare me to meet each standard listed above in various ways.  For example, by incorporating different ways to give feedback I encourage active learning as well as arranging media to help students transfer knowledge most effectively (Standards C and K) This can be found at http://andreajahall.edublogs.org/2016/08/23/communicate-4-2-2-digital-feedback/.

In the TOOL program, I learned how to clearly, efficiently, and effectively communicate while respecting communication laws (Standard E) which can be found here: http://andreajahall.edublogs.org/2015/04/29/communicate-1-1-2-laws-of-communication/

I learned how to give prompt and regular feedback (Standard D) as shown here http://andreajahall.edublogs.org/2016/01/28/communicate-4-1-1-evaluation-methods-and-communication-practices/ and here http://andreajahall.edublogs.org/2016/08/23/communicate-4-2-2-digital-feedback/

I learned to identify the stakeholders that I need to communicate with and explored different methods to best facilitate that communication such as emails, smore newsletters, and Flipsnack (Standard J) as shown here http://andreajahall.edublogs.org/2015/05/18/communicate-3-2-1-the-newsletter/.

I also explored differentiating communication for students not only in giving general information but also in providing different types of feedback (http://andreajahall.edublogs.org/2015/05/18/communicate-3-2-2-differentiation/).

There are so many ways to communicate effectively.  It is definitely not a one size fits all.

The most beneficial lesson to me was the differentiation lesson.  While online learning gives students some kind of differentiation in pace it can be difficult to think outside the box.  I enjoyed exploring how to communicate in different ways.

I plan to use Smores to help differentiate communication as well as FlipSnack to differentiate presentation of information to students.

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