How to create a a Virtual Classroom using Google Classroom

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My Topic and Purpose

Distance Education has increased throughout schools across the country due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The online environment provides students with "... instruction delivered online via Internet or via an internal company intranet system, either synchronously or asynchronously. OLC reports that at least 80% of the content for such courses is delivered online" (Larson & Lockee, 14). Educators who are delivering instruction through online learning environments are likely teaching a majority of their content through this platform. The online platform of Google Classroom has the feature of Google Slides. Using Google Slides, you are able to create a Virtual Classroom! In this mini course, I will show you how to create a Virtual Classroom for your grade level and content. This mini course will give you all the necessary steps in creating a virtual classroom for your students!

There are many benefits to using this platform in your classroom. Using virtual classrooms with your students creates a positive and personal learning environment. Students will love seeing this platform in your lessons because it is much more interactive then traditional and boring PowerPoints. Virtual classrooms have the power to create a visual that looks familiar and "normal" to students. Many students have not been back in a classroom for many months and this could give them a sense of normalcy in the crazy time they've experienced lately.

Needs Assessment

1. Instructional Problem: There is a disconnect in current online learning environments. Research conducted through the International Journal of Indian Psychology by Deepika Nambiar regarding the shift to online learning from f2f instruction due to the pandemic brought up interesting points. The research stated that 53.9% of educators disagreed that online classes are more effective than traditional classrooms and 50% of educators agreed with the statement "Online classes trigger my anxiety." (Nambiar (2020), 787). Also, 75% of educators agreed with the statement, "Students show lack of interest and involvement during online classes" (787). These statistics all demonstrate the instructional problems that educators are facing with online learning. My mini-course creates a learning environment that can be familiar for students and become and engaging platform for them.

2. Learning Statement: This course is intended to provide educators with the confidence and skills in order to create a virtual learning environment through Google Slides. The participants in this mini course will learn how to create a virtual classroom for their grade level and content. The course will demonstrate how to add virtual classroom furniture, decorations, and an image of you into the Google Slides Deck. This creates a positive and familiar learning environment for your students that is engaging and active.

3. Participants: This course is intended for educators who would like to learn how to create a virtual learning environment through Google Slides. Educators who feel as if this would help their students feel more connected in the classroom if they can't physically attend school. Also, educators who need a platform to make their students more engaged and active through online learning. This could help teachers K-12 if they feel it would benefit their classrooms.

4. Intended Change: The goals of this mini course will be for educators to have this information to utilize in their own classroom. This strategy of creating a virtual classroom through Google Classroom can benefit educators who would like to create a more active, engaged and familiar environment for their students.

Analysis of the Learner and Context

Context: This mini course is designed to teacher educators how to create a virtual classroom setting through Google Slides. This creates a more engaged and active learning environment for students. Many students are having trouble adjusting to the online learning platform that is being forced upon some schools due to the pandemic. There are some prerequisite skills that would be helpful for this mini course. These skills are helpful to future success within the course but not all necessary as my instructions are pretty detailed.

Prerequisite Skills

Essential Prerequisites

1. Experience with instructional design

2. Ability to navigate Google Slides

3. Ability to follow instructions

4. Experience with lesson planning

Supportive Prerequisites

1. A desire to increase student activity and engagement with virtual lessons

2. Willing to experiment with Google Slides and utilize it in your lessons

3. Being open minded about virtual classrooms

Performance-Based Objectives

Unit 1: Introduction to Google Slides

1.1 Student will learn about Distance Education

1.2 Student will familiarize themselves with Google Slide tools

1.3 Student will learn Google Slides tools that apply to creating a virtual classroom

1.4 Student will reflect on their own personal goals for creating a virtual classroom

Unit 2: Creating a Virtual Classroom

2.1 Student will create learning goals for their own virtual classroom

2.2 Student will create a virtual classroom to address their learning goals

2.3 Student will reflect on their own virtual classroom and how they can apply this in their lessons

Unit 3: Planning a Lesson Using Virtual Classroom

3.1 Student will create a lesson plan to utilize their virtual classroom

3.2 Student will create a virtual classroom to apply to their lesson plan

3.3 Student will execute lesson plans and reflect on their lesson

Links to the Course Units

Unit 1: Introduction to Google Slides

This unit will focus on learning Google Slides and the different tools that you will use in order to succeed in this course. We will learn the essential tools in order to create a virtual classroom using Google Slides. The Unit will end with a Journal Reflection in order for you to understand your current knowledge and create future goals for yourself throughout the lesson.

Unit 2: Creating a Virtual Classroom

This unit will focus on applying what you've learned about the educational tool of Google Slides into your classroom. This will allow you to create your virtual classroom and assess your learning goals for the classroom. There will also be an opportunity to review your peers virtual classroom and offer helpful feedback and suggestions. The unit will end with a journal reflection for you to highlight your learning and address your thoughts and feelings about your virtual classroom.

Unit 3: Planning a Lesson Using Virtual Classroom

This unit will focus on applying the knowledge and skills you've learned related to creating a virtual classroom to creating your own lesson plan. This lesson plan will feature a virtual classroom for your students to utilize. This will be a lesson plan that aligns with your content, grade level, and current classroom. This lesson plan will be implemented into your upcoming plans for your classroom. The end of the unit will be a a journal reflection discussing the incorporation of your lesson plan into your classroom and how it support student's learning.


References and Resources

1. Andrew, M. (2019). Collaborating online with four different google apps: Benefits to learning and usefulness for future work. Journal of Asia TEFL, 16(4), 1268-1288. doi:http://dx.doi.org.libproxy.albany.edu/10.18823/asiatefl.2019.16.4.13.1268

2. Larson, M. B. and Lockee, B. B.(2020) Streamlined ID: A Practical Guide to Instructional Design. New York, NY: Routledge.

3. Lin, Y., Wen, M., Jou, M., & Wu, D. (2014). A cloud-based learning environment for developing student reflection abilities. Computers in Human Behavior, 32, 244–252. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2013.12.014

4. McTighe, J., & Wiggins, G. (2012). Understanding by design framework. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

5. Nambiar, D.(2020). The impact of online learning during COVID19: students' and teachers’ perspective. International Journal of Indian Psychology, 8(2), 783-793. DOI:10.25215/0802.094

6. Pritchard, A. (2018). Ways of Learning: Learning Theories and Learning Styles in Classroom. Fourth Edition. 1SBN-13: 978-1138207943

7. Simonson, M., Zvacek, S., & Smaldino, S.(2019). Teaching and learning at a distance: Foundations of distance education (7th ed.). Charlotte, N.C., Information Age Publishing. ISBN: 978-1-64113-626-6