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NowComment Emergency Transition Guide

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NowComment Emergency Transition Guide:

How to Successfully Transition Your Course Online in x Days!

What makes NowComment a good tool for this crisis:

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    It’s free, very reliable (10+ years of classroom use all over the world), can be used works on any Internet-connected computer or smartphone
  • It’s free, very reliable (10+ years of classroom use all over the world), works on any Internet-connected computer or smartphone
  • Easy to use (has been successfully used in classrooms by 2nd graders and does not require an email account)
  • Can be used with text, video, and image content

Does NowComment Have What You Need?

Learning to Use NowComment (just the basics)

Subtle Aspects of Successful Transitioning Online

(excepted from "Teachers Teaching Teachers" discussion with some additions)

Manage Expectations: You’re about to pull off this transition with almost no advance notice or prep time and little help from Administration; some aspects of face-to-face classroom won’t immediately translate to online (e.g. fully proctored test-taking, attendance). It won’t go perfectly, you can’t prepare for all the eventualities, and that’s OK. Take it a day at a time.

Reassure your students (who may be freaking out too, especially if they don’t have good Internet access) — Communicate the “it’ll be OK” attitude to them: we’re all in this new adventure together, we need to be patient and resilient with each other, we’ll make it through together. Be warm (smile a lot) and try to gently ease students into the online experience rather than abruptly dive into full-blown coursework. Invest in a good microphone, give them models of the kind of comments you’re looking for, let them know about our help videos and other resources

Online tools like NowComment give you teaching flexibility — It’s fine, and maybe a safe beginning, to record a video and upload it (to YouTube, Vimeo, a school server, or other); students will enjoy the agency of choosing when (by some deadline) to watch it. As you and they get more comfortable you can use NowComment to mix in some small group assignments (e.g they can upload documents for peer review). [[[ Troy Hicks-- trying puzzle through the concrete challenges of (for example) time management: how to use time in most productive ways.

Example: a traditional college art drawing class might meet for 3 hours and each student only gets 5 minutes of 1:1 direct teacher feedback; with creative use of online tools could probably improve on that (e.g. use Zoom to arrange higher percentage of 1:1 time + some intense small group interaction time). Supplement NowComment with chat tools or even phones for short 1:1 or small group live interactions.

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DMU Timestamp: March 12, 2020 00:41

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