Teaching with Technology Portfolio: Communications (2 Examples) -- Google Calendar & Email
Communication is the cornerstone of education and I heavily rely on electronic communication when teaching. I provide two examples of electronic communication that I use:
Below is a screenshot of the course calendar I use for my Math 231 course. I find this to be an excellent way to document deadlines for students. Below is the "Agenda" view; however, students can click on the "Week" and "Month" tabs to view the information differently. It also allows students to add this information to their own calendar. So, if students choose to, they can transfer this information to their own Google calendar, their iCal, or their phone's calendar (regardless of the system). It's a simple tool, it takes only a couple of hours to set up, and it gives me an opportunity to present deadlines in a way that students can customize.
With Angel's Communication menu, sending out messages is fairly effortless. However, in cases when I haven't had such software at my disposal, I was able to make it through Google. Below are four examples of electronic communications from four separate classes.
Math 231 -- Fall 2013 Below is an email to my Math 231 students for Fall 2013. In it, I am reminding them of an adjustment made to a homework due the following day, a correction made in the notes titled, "Vectors," and I am reminding them of an unusual policy I have instituted: the opportunity to turned in revised homework. So far, the program has been very successful and there is no doubt in my mind that this reminder email had something to do with that.
Math 231 -- Summer 2013 Below is an email to my Math 231 students for Summer 2013. In it, I am asking them to take my mid-semester survey, which I use to collect data on student impressions of the class. You can find out more about these surveys here. In the email, I am explaining the purpose of the survey and why they should participate.
Math 251 -- Spring 2013 Below is an email sent out to my Math 251 students in Spring 2013. I sent this out on the day of the Late Drop Deadline. This can be a particularly stressful time of the semester for students, so in the email, I detail all the information they need to decide if they wish to drop the course. For many of my students, this took a great deal of pressure off the final because many had great scores from the first exam.
Math 100 -- Spring 2011 For this course, I did not have access to a tool like Angel, so I created a mailing list in google to communicate with students. In the email below, I am notifying students of the suggested homework assignment for the class and letting them know of a new extra credit problem posted.