Melissa - an Online School Teacher

Talked with a teacher about how she "makes" online school happen for her school/virtual classroom.

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The conversation started about the platform students at this online school uses. They use Moodle, but are moving to Canvas. The interviewee was very excited about what she had heard about the online platform. Lots of positive changes that may not even been known by administration at the school!

One of the downsides of teaching online is that the resources students use, my interviewee said, don't actually allow students to "make" things. The apps or resources or tools do the activity for the student.

She appreciates an online science lab that allows students to create a laboratory experiment from start to finish.

With limited face-time with her students, and students who have emotional challenges - anxiety and depression, her winning moments are watching the students who come to have face-to-face time have positive social encounters with their peers.

She wishes that the online curriculum would allow for more constructivist activities, but there is not a lot of room in the online curriculum her school uses.


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I guess my comment is actually for your interviewee but I have participated in two online courses where we were expected to make things as part of our homework--SF Exploratorium's Tinkering Studio offers an online class called Tinkering Fundamentals ( and Sonoma State's Maker Certificate Program offers classes where you need to make items (  If she's interested, I am sure that the people running those programs would be happy to chat about how to run an online course where students are expected to do hands-on making.

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