A Remote/Blended option has been added to the Class Setup Wizard in the Schedule section. This option creates a class Lesson Plan optimized for a Remote/Blended classroom where the class days alternate between teacher synchronous instruction and student asynchronous activities.
This is a baseline starter layout that alternates between teacher synchronous instructions days (either remote or in-person) and student self-guided independent asynchronous activity days.
Teacher synchronous activities such as Instructions and Coding Technique Demo’s are grouped together on a day
Student asynchronous activities such as Coding Technique Practices and Code Writing exercises are grouped together on a day.
Reviews for all asynchronous activities are put on the following day for the teacher to review with students.
Once your class is created, you will be able to modify the lesson plan by moving Lesson Activities via drag and drop and adding and removing empty days.
NOTE: Not all Remote/Blended schedules will want to use this option. If your schedule follows a very structured schedule like a 70-80 min A/B Block schedule or meet on consistent days every week you may want to use the In-Person class setup option.
How to use
- In the Schedule section of the Class Setup Wizard select the Remote/Blended option.
- NOTE: Selecting the In-Person option takes you through the normal class setup process where you can enter the day and times that you meet with students.
- With the Remote / Blended schedule option you want to use the calendar tools to adjust where activities are on your calendar. Typically trying to get the Teacher synchronous days on the days that you meet with students. The calendar tools you have available are:
- Adding and Removing empty days
- Moving activities around by drag and dropping
- Plan 1 week at a time, and at most 2 weeks in advance. With it being taught remotely / blended, there is variability in how much can be done per day. So making adjustments at the end of the day to adjust where the class is at is the best approach.
Sample Skylark Calendar
- Teacher synchronous instruction is grouped together to enable students to work asynchronously on the other activities in the week.
- The following synchronous instruction day has Reviews for the teacher to review the asynchronous student activities. Also has the next Coding Technique Demo that enables students to work on the next group of asynchronous activities.
Sample Python Calendar
- Teacher synchronous instruction is grouped together to enable students to work asynchronously the following day.
- The day following student asynchronous work has Reviews for the teacher to review the work done by students independently.
- The curriculum alternates between Teacher synchronous days and Student asynchronous days as much as possible, but depending on the curriculum it doesn’t always make sense to do that.
- Student asynchronous days can still be taught on days that the teacher meets with students if desired.