I will admit that I can't get away with this with all of my classes, but my AP Comparative (which is AP US Government and AP Comparative in one year) is a motivated bunch. So while today is our second snow day (actually a "cold day" since it is 5 degrees right now) we have managed to work around the day off and not miss any time. How you ask?
- For my online kids I use Blackboard Collaborate so I created a class and gave my brick and mortar kids the link back in late October and we all agreed that at 10 am on a snow day we would have class. 24 of my 30 kids made the class and the others watched the session which was recorded.
- If you don't have something like Blackboard Collaborate you could you a Google Plus Hangout live stream where you could send a link to your students and they could watch a live lecture (here's how). You could then use Today's Meet to send a link to students and you could see their live questions. You would be able to do this by splitting your screen.
- Today based on what we are doing I decided not to how an online session and instead made the video above as both an introduction and a continuation of our material. Then my kids will watch this video and look up these court cases.
- I communicated with the kids by using Remind101, Blackboard and even using my gradebook which has all of the kids' emails. For the Remind101 message I used a shortened tinyurl (tinyurl.com/fcpscoldday) which linked to my normal homework e-sheet. so I didn't have to text the kids multiple times with the assignments.
- We will start our class on Thursday with questions (several have already emailed me with some) and then take a quiz where the kids can use their notes. Then we will move on and still be able to have our test next week without a hitch.
- So if you have a motivated bunch and you can afford to miss a day of school you might want to try some of the techniques.