Welcome to our asynchronous digital cohort of how to design a learning space for #RVSEDLearningfromhome. This tool is meant to provide a shell of how teachers might approach this process with their students, amplifying the need for a dedicated home learning space for the foreseeable future. Follow along the 4 stages of RVS Learning Design process.

Several platforms could be used to share this message, whether it is schoolblogs, google sites or other platforms. For the purpose of this digital cohort, the videos will be showcasing Google Sites as that was the platform that was used to Document and Communicate the home learning space of two young learners.

To begin, screen recordings are used in these two videos below demonstrate how to begin using Google Sites and how to create pages that are customizable in layout and themes, easily link to documents in your google drive and are quick and easy to design.

Stage 1: Discover / Know your Content

Create conditions for students to uncover what needs to be learned, uncovered or explored on a daily or weekly basis. What could they discover about their learning and share their thoughts in a Zoom or Google Hangout session? Could they connect via Google Classroom or Google Slides to share ideas of what their learning space looks like with protocols for constructive feedback. What learning is being asked of their school? What resources are available from Rocky View Schools?

Stage 2: Define / Know your Students

What is unique about each person’s learning style? What types of environment are needed for learning different things? A quiet space for reflection and concentration? A place of motivation for creating artifacts or publishing their work? How is their choice and voice honoured in their creation of their learning environment: the schedule they create, the places they choose to work, the goals they set, and more.

Stage 3: Develop / Designing Powerful Learning

What opportunities for uncovering curriculum can be made to be engaging, hands-on, interactive and collaborative? What opportunities for support and feedback can be provided? What can they create to express their thoughts and ideas? What elements of play permeate through the experience? How can their learning environment, WHERE they learn, affect HOW they learn?

Stage 4: Document / Communicate Learning

What platforms can be used to share their space in which they learn? How could the process be honoured, iterated and reflected upon? What choice do they have in communicating their learning?
Many different mediums can be used to communicate learning. Inspired by showcasing on Youtube, the videos below capture their learning from their explorations and discoveries. Storytelling can take many forms from videos, photography, publishing written pieces to capturing work in an online portfolio.

The final collection of this learning journey is captured on the google site linked below. It will be adapted and iterated. It’s a prototype to capturing the online learning environment of where students learn, what they learn and how they learn.

Google site for documenting and communicating learning.