Two weeks before our holiday break, we were abruptly slammed into remote learning again. We had been face-to-face since September, so there was a lot of scrambling to make the switch. This time, it was very different than last spring because the kids were actually expected to show up and do some work. Obviously, this was a very good thing, but it required me to come up with some creative ways to take attendance for distance learning.
I ended up using Jamboard to create bell ringers that serve as a way to start or end class while taking attendance for my remote learners at the same time. Theses Jams worked so well that I want to share them all with you!
In case you don’t know, Jamboard is part of the Google Suite, and you can share Jams with your students just like you would any Google Doc. Each one of the bell ringer jams I created requires the students to answer a short question on one of the built in post-it notes; then I used them to do a quick scan to see who showed up and who was missing.
There are also some jams that you can use as exit and entrance tickets. These are my favorites because they allow you to do formative assessment and take attendance at the same time. If you would like to grab all of them to use with your students, click the link below.
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