As of April 2nd, the Waiting Room feature in our account will be automatically turned on by default to enhance the control that you have over your virtual classes. Going forward, you must admit your students to the virtual classroom.
How do I admit participants into my class?
It’s simple. As the host, once you’ve started the meeting, you’ll begin to see the number of participants in your waiting room within the Manage Participants icon. Next, select Manage Participants to view the full list. Then, you’ll have the option to admit participants individually by selecting the blue Admit button next to their name or all at once with the Admit All option on the top right-hand side of your screen.
How to Manage Your Waiting Room
Watch this 2-minute video breaking down how to manage participants. What’s more, read this blog post to learn how to secure your virtual classroom.
The Indiana Center on Teacher Quality (ICTQ), a State Professional Development grant funded by the IDOE, has developed free, online training modules on topics that may be of interest to your teachers, paraprofessionals and administrators. These include:
Universal Design for Learning framework (which includes modules on UDL, Culturally Sustaining Practices, Educational Neuroscience, Classroom Management, and Building Relationships)
Supporting Students with High Support Needs
The modules are on Canvas and the registration is fairly simple, requiring the creation of a password attached to your email address. The UDL framework is the longest module with five separate tutorials that can be viewed separately or as a part of the entire series (we encourage participants to ultimately complete the entire module as it is an integrated framework)
Upon completion of these modules, participants will receive a certificate that can be used for PGP points.
These were developed as universal modules to provide an overview and conceptual understanding of the topics. We have had great feedback on these modules from early users. We hope that your general and special educators find them useful. Please feel free to share with other members of your executive leadership team.