Evaluate 3 – Personalized Teaching and Learning

The following is a blog for my EOTC course.  I am interested in this because I will be working with personalized learning next year.  I created the following  data for the project.  I had a similar data in my digital photography class that I was teaching.


For my class, the students had to take photos and turn those assignments in for a grade. If you look only 2 of the students did not spend several minutes everyday online for this class.  I would need to look to see if these 2 students were turning in assignments. I would compare the student's attendance with their grades. In this case I would also check with other stakeholders to be sure the students were still enrolled in the class.

Remediation Plan

If they were not I would suggest they spend more time online.  If there were students who were putting in a lot of time but not turning in assignments, I would recommend remediation. One thing I notice about my classes is you could download the assignment and print it out.  Then complete it and upload it when you were done.  This is what I would be hoping for the last 2 students.  I am not really concerned with the amount of time they put in online as long as they were doing the work offline.

If the student turned in work that did not show mastery, I would have the students redo the assignment using online photos. The student could simply provide links to examples of photos online. Assuming the LMS allows I would assign this to the students as a requirement.


Enrichment Plan

For the students who are turning in everything on time and spending enough online.  I might suggest some additional work to challenge them. One suggestion might be to create a video demonstrating the camera shots. Another suggestion might be to create a drawings to demonstrate the different shots or to demonstrate all of the different shots using the same subject.

From my understanding of personalized learning, the students might have a choice of assignments to choose from to show mastery. If the LMS allows I would like to give students different options of assignments to do. I think this might be accomplished by having student turn in work in a drop box.

For more information on my digital photography project check out this blog I wrote. I hope you have enjoyed this blog.


Communicate 2 – Ongoing Communication

The following is a blog for my EOTC class.  This is about ways to communicate with the parents and students regularly.

One way of communicating with the parents is providing updates to release grades through a grade portal.  At my new school I will be sending these through Infinite Campus.  With an online classes you can do this too.  Whenever I updated a lot of grades, I would always send out a message to students and parents to let them know they had been updated.  One thing to be careful about doing with these group emails is to send them via BCC because of FERPA.  I noticed that the program I was using was doing that but never understood why until now.

I do not have access to my old  emails but they looked something like this.

Dear Parents and Students,

I just finished grading the Photo Scavenger Hunt.  This was our 2nd major grade this semester.  Your updated and average and the grade for the assignment have been posted online.  

If you did not turn in this assignment your grade probable dropped significantly because there are so few grades in the grade book at this time.  Fall break is coming up and you may need to spend some of this time catching up on your work.  Your grade will go up when you turn in this assignment, so please do it soon.  

If you need any help please attend my online session on Tuesdays or email me.  

Another way of communicating with all the shareholders is by using newsletters.  This is something I have never done before but it looks like I am gong to be using . These look like a good place to brag about  what is going on in your classroom.  Here is the example I created using more.


 I hope you enjoyed my blog.  Let me know what you think about my newsletter.

Evaluate 1 – Formative Assessments

The following blog is part of my EOTC class.  I moved to a paperless classroom 5 years ago.  This has helped me out because I was forced to put my material online.  At the school I am leaving I had 90 GB stored on my Google Drive.  I am not going to say all of it was material that would have been printed.

So it should not be a surprise that my assessments are online too.  One of my favorite was to assess my students was to use Quizlet.  I encouraged my students to go to the site to study the words using the match game.  I had my students log into Quizlet so they could see the scores.  I would always play the game of few times.  The game kept a record of the high scores.  I would challenge the students to beat my scores, the scores of the other classes and old record holders.  While the student were playing the game, I would go around a look at the individual student scores to see how they were doing.  There were usually a few who get pretty competitive.  I judged the class on how the class as a whole averaged out.

When I finished the unit in my class,  It would be no surprise to find out that I used Quizlet again for 2 purposes.  One is I would use Quizlet live as review.  The students were fiercely competitive playing this game.  Once one group was ahead a few times, I would switch the groups.  The student would often use silly names, I would join in quietly from my computer under a false identity and play along.

The second way I would use Quizlet is to help me write the test at the end of the unit.  Whenever I would get stuck, I would use the Quizlet test mode to help me construct new questions.  I told the students this and I would see them taking the tests on their own.

The following is a Quilt  over film terms I created for my class.  I broke down this unit over several days because it is a lot of material.  I would give the students time at the beginning or the end of class to use the computers.   Quizlett

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Create 1- Content Map

The following is a blog for my EOTC class. This unit was about creating content maps.  I use a program called C Map Tools to create content maps.    I am not sure if this software is still available .  I had to download some old software to make it work correctly with my computer.

I am creating a content map to explain the chain of command on a film set.  I have worked on this before and am going to attempt to do this again.

Communicate 3 – Feedback

The following is a blog for my EOTC class.  I have written about this scavenger hunt assignment before.  The assignment involves the students taking pictures to demonstrate camera composition.   Here is the student assignment.  I am revamping my grading tool for this assignment. Here is the upgraded rubric.

Please email me if you have any suggestions for the assignment holcomb.ca@gmail.com. Follow me on twitter and subscribe to my blog for more upcoming ideas for your media classroom. Subscribe to my youtube channel for iOS tips.


Communicate 2 – Discussions

The following is a blog for my EOTC class.  This assignment was about online discussion boards.  Online discussion boards are similar to a comments sections on social media.  Everyone has an opportunity to voice their opinion.  When they are good you want to read the comments.

This gives an opportunity for the students to participate in the class.  The instructor can tell that the students are participating through a variety of tools.  I had discussion boards in my previous online classes.  I was able to see how many posts my students were making and how they were responding to others.  This gave me both the quantity and quality of their post for grading purposes.

It is best for the instructor to be active in the discussion boards.  They can do this by participating.  It was suggested that the instructor use the socratic method to do this.  The instructor would gently prompt the discussion to keep it going my asking for more information.  I have not used the socratic method for my classroom but I am interested to see how it will go online.

If the instructor is not participating the students may not feel they are part of the class.  This help to give the class a community.  The instructor should keep the comments generic and not point anyone out.  I am looking forward to have discussions of my own.



Communicate 1 – Communication Guidelines

The following is a blog for my EOTC class.  In this blog I will be discussing guideline for working in a online environment.

When working in an online environment communication is key. The student and instructor need to communicate on a regular basis.

Heres is a copy of a sample welcome letter.

Welcome to the  Audio Video Technology and Film program. This is the first class offered in the AVTF pathway.  Film is the fastest growing industry in Georgia.  Last year it was a 7 billion dollar industry.  I have been teaching film and video courses for the last 18 years and have worked in the industry.  It is a great time to be studying film because of all of the opportunities available for the future. 

I will be conducting my online session for this class  on Tuesday at 7 PM.  This will be an opportunity for you to learn more about film and ask questions about the material covered.  At these session, you will have the opportunity to earn credit for participating.  If you not available at this time, you may watch the recording of the sessions.    We will have our first welcome session on August 22nd.

If you have any questions you can reach me at my GAVS email address located below.  That is the best way to contact me.  I have also included my Google voice number that you can text.  I will check my email several times a day but will not be available to test until the afternoon.  Depending on when you log in daily, it may take 24 hours to answer your questions.

If you have any question about this course or material contact me.  If you have trouble with you computer or accessing your course you should contact the GAVS help desk.


Chris Holcomb

Audio Video Technology & Film

Georgia Virtual School

Online  Hours  4-9 PM

Teacher Email: chris.holcomb@GAVS

Phone (678) 75#####

Generic email

Hello Student name

I noticed you have not logged in for several days.  I care about how you doing in my class. I didn’t know if there is anything to I can do to help you at this time.  If you would like I can call you.  Please let me know

Mr Holcomb.

Stakeholders email

Hello Mr Student name

I am Johnny AVTF instructor.  He had been making satisfactory progress on his assignments this semester.  This last week he has not logged in as much and was wondering if you encourage him to stay on track.  if you have any questions feel free to email me

Communication Policy
Please contact me via my GAVS email. That is the best way to contact me.  If there is an emergency you can text my number but I may not always be available to answer it quickly.

Tools for effective communication. I will be sending out weekly updates in D2l.

I hope you enjoyed my blog.