My entrance into the Information Technology & Digital Media Literacy program at the University of New Haven required a deep submersion into the world of IT with an intensive 9 credit summer course load. I have spent the past 5 weeks reading online, blogging, screenshooting, screencasting, joining social media platforms and trying out software and apps. Many of my students have already dabbled in these skills and platforms. Most are much more proficient in these arenas than I am. But their parents are not. Therefore, I decided to create my multimodal tutorial on how parents can use Google Classroom as a window into their student’s lives.
In my district, 7th grade is the start of middle school. Many families struggle with the fine balance between allowing students the independence needed to flourish, allowing too much freedom, or acting like helicopter parents. Google Classroom allows parents to see every assignment and teacher communication without the dreaded, “What happened at school today?” conversation. Additionally, it gives parents a glimpse of the new literacies required for success.
In order to make my tutorial I had to request a student login from the IT department in my district. I had to create 4 pseudo classes and post assignments and
announcements in each course. I had to analyse multiple screen-cast tools and create a script for my screen-cast. The process was time-consuming but not especially difficult. Completing the multimodal has given me a lot of insight into the reality of my requests on students to learn something new. After many embarrassing takes, my multimodal is finally ready. I will be presenting this tutorial at our Step Up program where incoming 7th grade parents and students come to Dodd for a sneak peek of their school year.
And here is a sneak peek of my screen cast: