Today, I discovered it works best for my student(s) to share the screen in Zoom for SMART Learning Suite Online (SLSO). This made it possible for them to manipulate the activities and for me to see what they are doing. I also learned that gallery view allows you to see both yourself and your student(s). This helps you to know if you are in the viewing window and that what you are showing is visible to them. ( I had not figured it out in these screenshots, but once I did my window showed up below my stduent(s).
As you can see my student was practicing sight words in the activity called Flip Out seen on the left. And then sorting short i words in Super Sort on the right. These activities are only two of the options available. They have more options that will cover all grade levels. I used clipart I purchased from educlips on Teacher Pay Teachers to create my games and manipulatives. The background themes are included in the SLSO program. BONUS! Students love when they complete the sort and the spaceships take off.
I also figured out how to download an activity created by a teacher and manipulate to do what I needed. This saved me a bit of time. I needed a letter board and I found this one created by erinlily80. I made some changes and you can find the one above at SMART exchange by clicking here. You will need to download SMART Notebook to create or alter this board or you will need to add it directly to SLSO. SLSO is currently available for 45 days for teachers to use through a free access.
I am working through this learning curve and thankful companies have made it possible to try out some platforms. Just remember the ones I have shared are trials and have limites before you will need to pay for them.. I am also thankful for the today's successes, the learning that both my student(s) and I achieved,, the independence I am already seeing in my student (who is a kindergartner, help from my student's mom and the ability to stay connected..
Good Luck and Many blessings to all who are working hard to make a difference during these times.
April Padalino and Cyndi Dull
We are educational coaches with a passion for learning and empowering students, parents, and educators to Bring Education to Life.