I think sometimes the Announcement tool is a forgotten gem, especially in a face-to-face or blended environment. I mean, some might think, "If I am teaching face-to-face or blending, why do I need to use the Announcement tool, when I can simply "announce" important classroom procedures, due dates, upcoming events in front of my students.
I encourage you to think about Announcements in a different way--that is, using announcements for methodology and pedagogy.
In short, teach through Announcements.
No matter the learning environment, Announcements can be leveraged to improve student learning.
Think about using Announcements in three ways:
In this post you will find a video recording of the CanvasLive session from yesterday, as well as a forced copy of the slide deck, and an infographic presenting differently the same information from the slide deck.
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Force a copy of the session's slide deck for your use, sharing, and modification.
You might prefer this information in an infographic form.
To open in a new window, click on Teaching through Announcements Infographic.
I would love to hear from you about other ways that you use Announcements or what struck you as meaningful and applicable with these resources.
I wanted to add this great blog post by Matt Miller from Ditch That Texbook. He has provided 20 great ideas for digital bell ringers and warm-up activities. As you construct announcements to celebrate, inform, and instruct think about using Bell ringers as an extension of the Instruct protocol. Many of these Bell Ringer ideas use the tools capture in the above slide deck and video recording.