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Going Digital With Distance Learning

The words, ‘Digital’, ‘Paperless Classroom’, ‘Google Classroom’ and the likes have taken on new significance as most schools around the world transition to Distance Learning.

It was always at the back of my mind that the education system would sooner or later go all digital – that the use of digital devices to facilitate learning would take precedence and the old-fashioned pen and paper medium would be done away for good. What I didn’t envision was that this theory would come to fruition much sooner than expected and that too within a remote learning framework.

So when COVID-19 struck our world and the WHO and the United Nations declared it a pandemic, the need for digital learning in a Distance Learning setup became an urgent need. As our school is still in the transitioning stage of going paperless, there was much stress initially in terms of preparing for remote learning. The situation is more in control now as we are better informed and given time to prepare resources to accommodate remote teaching and learning.

Apart from other subjects, Reading needs to be at the core of an online course module. To practice the application of essential reading strategies, this resource on Reading Strategy Responses (tried by my students) would – I’m positive – be useful to any remote learning elementary/primary school classroom.

Read on further to see how you can use this resource in your classroom or simply scroll down to the end to access this freebie.

Students will reflect on a book they are reading or have read by typing their responses in a Google Form. This is an effective way to authenticate students’ reading logs.

A visual definition of the reading strategy in question aids in student responses.

A guiding question also facilitates response.

Students simply type in their answer in the text box and all responses are automatically saved for analysis.

The questions require an open-ended response and it would be interesting to read what each student has written.

Best of all, student responses can be remotely accessed by accessing the ‘Responses‘ tab on the Google Form.

The ‘Summary‘ tab gives an overview of all student responses for all questions.

The ‘Question‘ tab shows student responses for each question.

And the ‘Individual‘ tab reveals responses of each student.

Analyzing this data is indeed very useful to dictate further teaching and learning.

And if you want to export this data into an excel spreadsheet, all you have to do is access the green cross tab on the right.

Sharing this form with all student responses with the class is easy too – simply access the ‘Share’ tab.

To make a question mandatory for students to respond, access the ‘Required’ tab below on the right.

So, if you would like to assign this digital resource featuring 10 reading response questions to your students, then click on the image link below. All you have to do is upload the link to a safe online learning platform like Google Classroom and assign the task to students. Further instructions to setup are in the free download.

Like the resource above and looking to assign more reading response questions?

Then this set of 20 questions will do ample justice to gauge your students’ reading comprehension skills. Click below to access.


And if you’re looking for more digital resources to use in your classroom, you can find a lot more here.

Stay safe!

Until next time…

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