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It was one of those days where everything about your lesson went right.  Students were engaged, discussions were blossoming, and you couldn’t wait to continue the conversation…and then the bell rang.  Or even worse, all that momentum was lost the next day.  By leveraging a few simple strategies, you can get students consistently thinking about what they’re learning and support increased retention of content, even when you aren’t face to face.

1. Announcements:  Sending a quick message to students can go a long way to keeping content fresh.  A follow-up question to an in-class discussion, or perhaps the next step in a process you were reviewing is an easy way to keep students connected.  If you use Converge, sending an announcement is simple – Just type your message and select the course or section.  The great news – with Converge, students can receive announcements by text so they never miss important information.

2. Listening Assignment: Keep it simple – a brief audio recording of you wrapping up key learning targets or introducing a writing prompt for the next day will allow students to engage with today’s content on the go.  A foreign language teacher might provide examples of wrongly pronounced words and request students report back on what they caught.  With so many web tools and apps to support voice recordings like the ClearRecord app and Vocaroo, third party content is easily shared.  In Converge, digital media is quickly posted within a course and instantly made available to your entire class on any device.

3. Real-World Connections: Don’t miss an opportunity to encourage student discovery of the world around them. Help them make real-world connections by capturing daily experiences that relate to your current topics.  Have them snap a picture at the grocery or in a magazine of an advertised sale to extend a discussion about percentages.  Leverage the camera on their mobile device and allow a picture or short video to demonstrate what they understand about this week’s lesson through everyday experiences.  If you use Converge, those images and videos can be immediately submitted from their device using the assignment feature.  Take it a step further by sharing some of the examples in class the next day.

Your face time with students is limited, but the opportunities to connect and extend your reach are limitless.  Don’t be afraid to try one of these strategies to promote deeper levels of understanding and extend learning after the bell.  Click here to learn more about how Converge Learning Management System can help keep students learning through anytime, anywhere access to content.

About The Author

Tiffaney Lavoie currently serves as the Director of Instructional Media and Design at Edvergent Learning. An educator with a business background, she has served over 60 school districts in Kentucky as an instructional technology consultant where she developed and delivered professional learning opportunities and partnered with school and district technology rollouts. A former middle school teacher, Tiffaney has a passion for effective technology integration and recognizes the importance of accessible digital tools to support teaching and learning. She has presented on a state, regional, and national level, and values immersive digital learning environments that better equip students to compete in a global society.

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