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Connection Before Content: Building Community in the Online Classroom

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Anissa Fontenot  
Holly Doga  

With more schools incorporating distance learning, teachers must find ways to develop a positive online learning environment where students feel comfortable engaging in the curriculum. Explore strategies and activities to use in online sessions to build a virtual learning community.

Audience: Principals/head teachers, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Topic: Distance, online & blended learning
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Language arts, Math
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this presentation is to provide educators with activities to incorporate within their online classroom that build community and foster engagement.
Participants will explore ways to incorporate restorative practices such as community circles and classroom agreements in the online environment.
Participants will receive a variety of online ice breaker activities to use within their virtual classroom.
Participants will review examples of daily check-in activities and how to incorporate them into their virtual classroom.

Supporting research

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Anissa Fontenot, Calcasieu Parish
Holly Doga, CPSB
ISTE Certified Educator

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