Thoughts by Kris
Yep, that's what is happening here
For many countries and states, distance learning is here until this school year is out. This is a very hard pill to swallow especially for those who would be celebrating milestones. Non the less, there are alternatives that can provide families with a positive memory of this time. These unique ideas all share a common thread and that is one of celebration and positive memories. By all means, you should always try to replicate the same speech, words of affirmation, and awards that were handed out in the past. Your delivery will just need to be changed! Here are 5 ideas for how you can still have a graduation ceremony during distance learning.
Host a meeting that allows for families and students to attend. Dress up in your best attire and ask students to wear their cap and gown if applicable. Begin with your typical commencement speech and words or recognition before calling on each student one at a time. You could have them stand, walk into the screen, or simply wave as they are recognized. Be sure to record this meeting so that it can be saved and shared for the future.
Create a grid that is all about your students. Create one topic that is a celebration of each student. Spend some time talking about their positive contributions to the class and about what they meant to you as an individual. Create other topics allowing students to share their favorite memories. Open this grid up so that families can view, and download the recordings.
In Seesaw you can voice over content and splice together pages to create a flippable eBook. Create a page or a series of pages that talk about each individual student and voice over it with your words of recognition. This video can be shared, and opened up for families to download and save as a memory.
4. Google Slides
Create a slide or a series of slides that is all about each individual student. Embed videos of their work and embed an audio recording of you talking about their positive attributes. Take the time to create a positive monument that will stand for each student for many years to come.
Use this tool to record yourself talking about each individual student. Pull up some of their WOW work and be sure that your turn on the front facing camera. This tool allows for personalization that can be felt as a parent. when you are done with them all, combine them into one video to share with your class as a memory of this year