TDA Digital – Google Classroom
Our TDA parents are rock stars. We live in a community where homeschooling is very common, and if our parents wanted to homeschool their kids, there are many options and they could easily find a ton of support. But to choose to enroll their students at TDA, then enter into lockdown, and have school come back home…it has not been an easy situation to swallow! But the vast majority of our families have responded so very well, rising to the challenge, and partnering with us to finish the school year with excellence. We’ve always called the TDA model a ‘parent partnership’ model…but these last few weeks have shown us a new perspective in this partnership!
Introducing Online Learning
Your journey begins here!
Introducing Google Classroom
This will help you get up to speed with Google Classroom.
How To Join Your Students’ Classes (Image)
This is a supplement to the previous video–this changed in the last day, so to join your student’s class, once you’re logged in, click the “+” button in the image, choose, “Join Class” and enter the code your teacher sent you.
Introducing Google Meet
We will be using Google Meet for interactive learning starting our second week of online classes.
Using Evernote Scannable To Submit Homework
This is a brief tutorial on how to use Evernote Scannable to turn your paper assignments into PDFs and then upload to Google Classroom. You don’t need to have an Evernote Account to do this.
Useful Mobile Apps
This bundle of apps can be super helpful for online school.
Google Family Link App
If you want each one of your children to have their own logins, Google provides the Family Link App to create and manage Google Accounts for each of your children. This gives parents control over what the kids do and don’t have access to, as well as the ability to log in and shut down accounts, or to see what has been done on them.
Start and end each day with God.
Starting off the day reading the Bible, journaling, or just spending time with God will actually really help.
It’ll set the pace for the whole rest of the day!
Eat Well, Sleep Well
- Have a set sleep schedule. Most of the time, you probably don’t need to stay up till 2 AM “doing homework”. Try having a “ I will sleep at —- PM and wake up at —- AM” style sleep schedule. You will find yourself better rested, and have more energy throughout the entire day.
- Breakfast, it’s extremely important to have a full stomach so that you can have enough energy to get stuff done.
- Have snacks frequently; make teas in the morning. Eating regularly makes things more fun and doable.
Create a Workspace, Free From Distractions
- Put your phone in another room or set screen time restrictions so that you can focus.
- Make a space for yourself where you always “have class” and do your classwork, a dedicated space for school work.
- Make sure you feel comfortable in your work area, you are probably going to spend a lot of time there. Also, good lighting and a strong internet connection are important.
- Keep your work area clean. Put away stuff once you’ve finished it for the day.
- Sit up straight! Work at a table or desk. If you try to do school work in a recliner or something too comfortable, you won’t engage as well.
- Listen to music. Or maybe not!…depending whether it helps you work or not. Definitely no TV.
- If you are able to, take breaks away from the computer. This isn’t just to give your eyes a rest. The longer you’re on the computer, the less motivated and productive you will be.
- Take 20-30 mins and just go outside. Take a break, take a walk, especially when you are feeling overwhelmed! Your work will be right there when you get back, don’t worry.Have snacks frequently; make teas in the morning. Eating regularly makes things more fun and doable.
Scanning and Turning In Assignments
- Find a good scanning app, like Evernote Scannable. It’s free, super easy to use, and uses the camera on your smartphone.
- Turn in your assignments directly through the scanning app. You can hit share, then hit Google Classroom. You can choose the class and the specific assignment.
- Type as many assignments as possible. It is much easier to archive digital documents. Especially while at home it can be very easy to misplace or throw away random papers laying around. You also have a permanent copy in the cloud.
- Double check to make sure you clicked “turn in” on all of your assignments. You can attach your homework to the right assignment, but if you don’t hit “turn in”, it won’t get submitted for credit.
Time Management, Calendar, Alarms, and the To Do List
- Do your homework shortly after your class ends. The material will be fresh on your mind.
- Know the schedule for your classes.
- Set reminders or alarms 5-10 minutes before an online class so that you don’t forget, and so that you make it on time. Be sure you have all you need for class, before class actually starts.
- Use Google Calendar. Set up your class reminders, and put the Google Meet codes in your reminders, so that you don’t have to go looking for them every class.
- In your Google Classrooms, there is a “To Do” column. Use it to keep track of your assignments, and check it at the end of the day, to make sure you didn’t miss anything.
Attitude and Behavior
- Participate in class discussions. It’s a good way to stay social and engage in the content.
- Ask for help. Asking classmates and friends for help on how they figured out Google Classroom was helpful. And when you learn it, help others who are struggling.
- Be patient and diligent in learning the new system. Remember, everyone is in the same place, having to learn all of this from scratch. You are not alone.
- Think about getting a pair of blue light glasses. It works wonders for headaches and eye strain. With all of the newfound time on the computer, it is nice to relieve some of that harsh blue light strai