this morning’s hawthorn
Good question. I am not sure. It is the pattern I’ve fallen into. I put a weekly post of learning ideas up on our blog. The pupils respond on their e-Portfolios, occasional e-mails and in our Class Team.
I put the audio of the weekly post up.
I’ve a class of 24 p4-7, so 8 to 11 year olds.
We only have one team, we had not used Teams much before this. Just an an example of a chat app really. We used e-Portfolios a fair bit (WordPress, Glow Blogs).
I am trying to get some interaction with the class, give them some fun and encourage them to keep engaged. I’ve heard from some parents that it is motivating.
I’ve only had a maximum of 15 pupils in a meeting. I think some get bored and drop out. The environment for them all is different both physically and digitally.
During the meeting I work through a few different areas, usually look at a poem, have a quiz, do some ‘number talks’. Based on a powerpoint. It takes a lot of prep.
Our teams lacks pupil video. Which might be a good thing.
No 1-2-1s I’d not thought of that, nor heard of anyone doing them here?
I’ve not seen any local or national guidance here, so just trying things out and seeing how they go.
I’d be keen to talk about this more and obviously need to think more too.
A few useful links for mixing audio and sending to Teams from a Mac.
This is not about the pros and cons of Teams. This is not about whether it is better than Slack, Zoom, Google Meet, Rocket.Chat or Jitsi. It is about a single feature that is so widely used in Zoom that I did not even think a serious competitor can lack the function – sharing your system audio with your colleagues and audience while presenting something on your screen.
The use case for that is pretty easily outlined: Prerecorded videos, reruns of an earlier session, or just some basic background music – all of that exceeds the basic capabilities of Microsoft Teams in its current iteration.
Loopback enables you to combine the audio from multiple sources, including microphones and applications, then provide that combined audio to voice chat applications to be heard by all participants.
You won’t use the Pass-Thru source which is included by default, so remove it by clicking to highlight it, then pressing the Delete button.
I wonder if removing Pass-Thru makes much difference.
BlackHole is a modern macOS virtual audio driver that allows applications to pass audio to other applications with zero additional latency.
GitHub – ExistentialAudio/BlackHole: BlackHole is a modern macOS virtual audio driver that allows applications to pass audio to other applications with zero additional latency. might be of interest to the #ds106radio diaspora #ds106
Markdown is a simple way to create html. I’ve found it useful it Teams. You can type it into a post editor and it is rendered as you go. Unfortunately from my pov posts in teams breaks if you paste in Markdown. But in the praise box you can paste in markdown and it renders on the published post.
For example **bold** *italics* [twitter](https://twitter.com)
bold italics twitter
I’ve got a wee script on my mac that will grab links to all my open tabs and make markdown from it so I can open all the pupils posts, copy all the links and paste into a praise thing.
This Morning’s Blue. For the micro.blog challenge 💭
Notes to self as I try and teach myself to teach remotely. See More lockdown learning for some sort of background.
Experimenting with Farrago & loopback to merge different audio devices into Team meeting, not successful so far, mic seems to lose volume & extra background noise. Seems like a good idea, can bring in other audio to meeting.
An online lesson that goes a bit wrong really effects my mood. Given the circumstances this is going to happen quite often. A lot of my eggs in one hour.
North Lanarkshire have decided that all Teams should follow a naming pattern, NLC School Name Class Name. This really spoils the readability of posts when I want to mention the class.
You can turn on text to speech in Minecraft, then you can listen to the chat while working. The music is quite relaxing too.
Children are bonkers.
Since I’ve not commuted for over 7 weeks I’ve not listened to a podcast. Tonight I walked the streets rather than the park, opened my podcatcher, a rather overwhelming list. I decided to listen to @jeremycherfas talking to @macgenie on micro Mondays. What a great choice.
green for For micro.blog challenge 📷 🌈