Out of class? Reach your students anyway
Lambert High teacher Brian DeRose addressing his marketing class in August 2013. DeRose uses itslearning actively in his teaching, and especially itslearning bulletins to communicate with students out of class time.
It was the night before the Lambert High football team squares off against their rivals. Marketing teacher Brian DeRose was looking for his shirt with a school logo to wear the next day to support the team when he is struck by a thought.
Wouldn’t it be great if his students wore their school spirit wear to support the team? Not sure if they remembered the game, Brian logged on to itslearning and created a bulletin to remind them.
“itslearning bulletins are great,” Brian says. “The kids can see notifications wherever they are instead of waiting for them to come to class so that I can tell them. With itslearning bulletins, I can remind them remotely. I can throw up a reminder and it notifies students when they are out of class.”
Brian says he uses bulletins almost daily in his marketing classes. He adds that his students read them simply because they know that he uses itslearning actively in his teaching. “I use them to publish the daily agenda. I can remind them about field trips or to bring school fees on a certain day. I can also remind them about assignment due dates. That’s what I love about the tool!” he says.
Brian’s students can access class notification anytime and anywhere with itslearning. Here, one of his students is working on the learning platform.
Create your own bulletin
Now that you have heard the benefits of using bulletins why not try it out for yourself? Follow these simple steps to create your own bulletin for your class. Give it a shot, and let us know how it went!
Click the courses tab and select your course.
After selecting a course you will be taken to the course dashboard.
To add a bulletin on the course dashboard, click ‘Add content block’.
In the top menu click aggregated (1) then click bulletins (2). The menu will disappear and the bulletin content block will appear on the dashboard.
In the bulletin content block, click ‘Add bulletin’.
Give the bulletin a title (1) and description (2) and click ‘Save’ (3).
Your new bulletin is now visible to your students on the course dashboard! Let the communication begin!
Posted on Fri, October 4, 2013
by Mark Macdonald