Launch: Launch

 
 
 
Launch
Students In Action
 
 
Students In Action
 
 
 
Routines and Procedures

Launch

Launch is a quick and efficient way for students to prepare themselves to start working on digital content in my blended classroom. This strategy is a student-led process that includes passing out usernames and passwords on paint chips and issuing devices. Student helpers handle the devices and also provide light technical assistance to their peers as they get their assigned devices. Having a student-led Launch process helps to build a culture of student ownership and responsibility in my blended classroom. It also frees me up to complete other last-minute tasks before the beginning of each class.

Strategy Resources (3)
Students In Action
 
 
Strategy Explanation
 
 
While my students are checking out their devices, they are also expected to sign into their digital content within a specific allotted amount of time. Teacher created username and password cards for the digital content platforms are kept in the classroom and used daily in the first weeks of school (or as needed by students). During the Launch (this is the beginning of class) student helpers are tasked with handing out the cards.
Student Handout
 
 
Student helpers use this sign out sheet to facilitate the Launch. These sheets are placed in a report cover and can be marked with a dry erase marker.
Students In Action
 
 
Strategy Explanation
 
 
While my students are checking out their devices, they are also expected to sign into their digital content within a specific allotted amount of time. Teacher created username and password cards for the digital content platforms are kept in the classroom and used daily in the first weeks of school (or as needed by students). During the Launch (this is the beginning of class) student helpers are tasked with handing out the cards.
Student Handout
 
 
Student helpers use this sign out sheet to facilitate the Launch. These sheets are placed in a report cover and can be marked with a dry erase marker.
Reflection Questions
Questions to think about when implementing the strategy
  • How would you modify this strategy for your students?
  • What might be challenging about this strategy?
 
Tanesha Dixon
Wheatley Education Campus
Washington, DC


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Long
Subject:
Social Studies
Grade:
Eighth grade
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