Digital Learning in the English Language Arts Classroom

Digital learning in the English Language Arts classroom can be a challenge if you are not prepared. Use these three tips to make digital learning in the middle school classroom go smoothly.

Digital learning in the English Language Arts classroom can be a challenge if you are not prepared. Teachers learned a lot about digital learning during the 2020 Covid-19 emergency digital learning that occurred. 

Below are my top 3 tips for digital learning.

1. Giving students choices is very important in a digital learning environment. Even small choices like offering students two options for a final project – give students control over their learning. Students are more engaged and interested in their learning when they can choose from a list of options.

2. Any paper or PDF lessons can be made digital by taking a screenshot of the PDF version or a photo of the paper version. Then take the image and insert it as a background in a Google Slide. Once you have created this Google Slide worksheet, you can add text boxes where you want students to write.

3. Due dates and/or deadlines are extremely important to help students manage their time. Students crave structure and they also want guidelines. By setting due dates, you help students manage their time. Time management is important not only for students but for teachers too.  It’s impossible to assess student learning if you never get work from a student. Setting due dates helps teachers and students maintain a home-school life balance so that both are not always working on schoolwork

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