I started my master’s in Spring of 2019. Since then, it has been compulsory to use Zoom, screencastify, flipgrid, whiteboard, google suites, wordpress, and so many others.
When it all went down last March 2020, one of the first things that became ubiquitous was the Zoom. This is something to which I had been exposed in the summer of 2019. These zoom conferences varied in purpose: some to ask a professor a question, others to meet with group members for a project, other times, to attend a synchronous lesson. Then there was INFO…. where we learned the meaning of synchronous and asynchronous. I remember thinking that these terms were completely absent from my day to day jargon in the teaching field. I remember my first Flipgrid in INFO 5000 where I had to record myself saying a few things about myself.
Here we are, this master’s has not only helped me
Now, flipgrids are a vital part of both assessment and giving feedback to students.
Now, asynchronous and synchronous are just as normal jargon as saying “1st period”
Now, Zoom calls, TEAMS calls and Google Meets are comfortable and normal.
Now, I know what the digital divide is in the flesh.
Now, I know now more than ever, the importance, nay how critical it is to have tools to use with your students.