The iNacol standards for quality teaching address communication in many of their standards. This post will look at those standards and how they are being met through the materials covered in the Communicate lessons.

Standard C:The online teacher plans, designs, and incorporates strategies to encourage active learning, application, interaction, participation, and collaboration in the online environment.

This standard is fostered in the online environment through the use of discussion forums. The use of teacher involvement in the forum through responses and grading greatly enhances student involvement and interaction. The use of a DiscussionRubric gives students guidance so discussions require interactions with other students and active participation in the class.

Standard D:The online teacher promotes student success through clear expectations, prompt responses, and regular feedback

This standard should be part of any teaching. Students can’t produce work if the don’t know what needs to be done. They need to know what they are doing right, what needs improvement, and how to improve it. Comments on a google slide is one way to provide specific feedback to students. It is very important to provide feedback in a timely manner. This is something that I found difficult in my first few years but I have seen the value of. Providing audio feedback would make this much easier in many cases and have more impact on the students. I used Evernote to practice with since I already have the app. I’m not sure that is the program I would choose to use in a class since it emails from my personal account. I’m going to look for other programs since I feel this is a tool that would be useful in any teaching situation.

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

I feel this standard is also one that applies no matter the teaching environment. This is part of being a digital citizen and in feedback, directions, and rubrics this should be emphasized.

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

This standard relates to all communications that a teacher has. This applies to emails to students, parents, administration, and community members.  01WeeklyNewsletter should have all the information needed and once started, needs to be sent on a regular basis. All items posted such as the bulletin board on the homepage should be clear.Standard K: The online teacher arranges media and content to help students and teachers transfer knowledge most effectively in the online environment.img_0419

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

Presenting content is the heart of the class. If you don’t have effective content then your students aren’t going to learn. The class needs to be logically laid out. Teachers need to make sure students can navigate the class and know how all the different of the class work. A great way to do this is in Synchronous Session lesson outline. This gives the teacher and students a chance to interact. The teacher can introduce new concepts and check for understanding. The end of each session should have a time for students to ask questions and have them answered in real time.

Effective communication is a vital part of teaching. A teachers job is to communicate information and give effective feedback on how a student is showing mastery of that information. This module reviewed many different ways of communicating and reviewed best practices. I found the sites given for rubrics very helpful since I have always struggled with developing effective rubrics. I also learned about giving audio feedback and will be exploring that further.

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