This is the part of the emails where I start talking in the first person and tell you all the cool things I did in my project “Happy Science” that exemplify this email’s subject area.
I already use a lot of digital assignment submission with my in-person classroom, so my plan was to build on what we were already doing by continuing to use Google Docs/Drive, Gmail, and Google Forms.
I organized all of the project activities and assignments into a single Google Doc with a full table of contents for the work they would do in the project. I likened this to a “Digital Project Binder.” I had students add assignments throughout the project and send one email every week with their document linked. In their email, I asked students to include a note about any missing assignments and what challenges or questions they had. I had to put a little energy into organizing my “digital filebox” (e.g. my Google Drive), but I tried to keep it really simple. I just created Class Folders to organize students’ works and made sure my students had consistent titles for their digital project binders (“Untitled” documents are useful for exactly no one).
For more complicated assignments like the reading logs for complex texts, I created an assignment submission form. The form is awesome for analyzing class trends, because it populates a spreadsheet so I can organize submissions by student name, and look across different parts of the form to see where students were having difficulty with the week’s readings.