The ability for classroom teachers to connect with their students in a virtual environment, enables purposeful teaching and learning opportunities. From an academic perspective, class pages represent an ‘entry’ point for students to access information, resources and activities created by their teachers and peers. In one interface, all class members can come together to communicate, collaborate and learn, in order to gain a greater understanding of the topics being studied.
As the space for direct interaction between students, teachers and the resources deployed to utilise in the learning journey, class pages in Schoolbox are central to where the learning can take place. When utilised as a ‘Resource Hub’, class pages are the essential link to course and unit pages that form the basis of the learning management system.
Find out how to make class pages a resource hub for learning with Schoolbox.
Class pages should be simple, easy to navigate, uncluttered, and where possible, templated, to provide a consistent user experience for students. This can support a focus on student engagement and learning.
When deciding where materials, resources, media and links should reside within the Schoolbox teaching and learning infrastructure, consider the following guiding principles:
Let’s take a look at five features of the Schoolbox class page to enhance learning.
If the information being conveyed on any of the teaching and learning pages is static, i.e. ‘set and forget’, using a text box component is highly effective and can look visually appealing. The text box has an inbuilt editor in which text as well as rich content such as video, images and audio can be embedded. In addition, the component offers users the ability to:
Other high value content components for class pages include:
Alternate source linking is a highly useful tool inSchoolbox, connecting content created from one page to another. Alternative source link is a great way to avoid creating content once, and re-use in multiple locations across Schoolbox. Some of the best components which utilise alternate source linking include:
Any tasks, activities orassessmentsset for students can be created through the course builder component on Unit pages. These can be imported to class pages via the course outline component.
If the task or activity is a one-off and will not be required in the future, it can be created within the course outline component itself. It is important to note that if any task or activity is created this way, it will not be connected to the unit, because once an activity has been exported from the unit page to the class page, it severs ties with the unit.
Just as a physical classroom environment encouragesactive participationby students, so should a virtual classroom. Students need the space to express opinions, ask questions and share content in a safe and secure place, where their class teacher and fellow students can respond and share.
Class pages are perfect for this purpose, and high value components for class collaboration include:
The news component is an excellent way to organise and direct student learning, particularly where students arelearning from home, or needing to catch up on classes they have missed.
By utilising thenews componenton a class page, you can easily provide class updates and access the following benefits:
To ensure success of the learning and assessment cycle, it’s important to ensure familiarity and understanding of the relationship between course, unit and class pages in Schoolbox. Utilised effectively, Schoolbox class pages provide an invaluable resource hub for students to access content, activities and assessments and interact with their teacher and peers.
Peter Cottle is an educator and e-learning specialist with over 13 years experience in K–12 schools. One of our Territory Managers and a passionate advocate of enhancing the learning experience of all learners, Peter is committed to assisting educators with navigating the ever-changing teaching landscape.
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