Tolbert said he recognized the district’s transition to online learning as an opportunity to try new things.
For example, Tolbert uses Kahoot!, kahoot.com/what-is-kahoot/ “a game-based learning platform that makes it easy to create, share, or play learning games or trivia questions.”
“We have three hours where we have to be doing our lessons, but we can try new things and the kids love it,” he said. “We do a 20 minutes reading lesson where they are watching videos and analyzing things and the last few minutes are all quick questions where they challenge each other. It’s something they look forward to. They can get a leaderboard. They can be in second place the first question and be in the first place the next question. I post the results in Google Classroom, and they post comments ‘like I am gonna get you tomorrow.’ I think my main thing is to continue to teach them, but also make sure they have fun doing it.”