When teachers introduce tasks or assignments in the classroom, they often provide both text and verbal directions. They have the luxury of holding up papers or projecting online assignments to show students exactly what to do. Teachers working with younger learners who may not be strong readers or teachers who are introducing a complicated or multistep assignment will want to explore strategies for providing audio or video directions. Not only are audio and video instructions an excellent complement to text directions, but they can make students feel more connected to their teachers as they learn online.
Below are two strategies that teachers using Google Classroom can use to add audio and video instructions to assignments!
Add Audio Comments to Google Classroom Assignments
Teachers can add the Chrome Extension called Audio Voice Recorder to their browser to quickly record audio explanations for assignments. Once the teacher has recorded their explanations and instructions, they download the audio file onto their computer. That audio file can be directly uploaded into Google Drive and the link can be shared easily with students. When teachers create their assignments in Google Classroom, they can attach the audio file along with any other materials the students need to complete the assignment.
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Insert Video Directions Into Google Slides
I have encouraged teachers who are using Google Classroom to create a Google Slide deck for each week of distance learning. That way, all of the information and materials a student needs for the week are in one location online. I created a Google Slide template with an overview for the week that teachers can make a copy of and use to organize their assignments for a week.
Teachers who are using Seesaw or learning management systems, like Schoology, can use the audio and video features directly in those platforms to provide more detailed instructions to help students navigate tasks online.
Teachers can leverage different types of media to connect with learners asynchronously online and make the work we are assigning more manageable for them to complete while they are learning remotely. These strategies also work well for providing directions in the classroom if teachers are using blended learning models, like the station rotation or playlist, and want students to navigate tasks independently.