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This post is part two in our series about enriching student connections digitally through digital check-ins. Click here to read part one, Digital Student Check-ins with Video Conferencing and Chat Tools. If you find the following tips useful, then be sure to sign up for the new accredited online course, Online Learning: Best Practices to Leverage the Power of Distance Learning. 

A student check-in in a physical classroom takes place daily. A teacher has students share a greeting and how they are feeling through a handshake, high five, or other strategy. In a digital classroom teachers can do a quick check-in with video conferencing tools, such as Zoom or Hangout Meets. Teachers can also have students check-in by completing an online form or posting a sticky note in a collaborative web wall. 

Form Check-ins

Text, post, or email a form that students can quickly respond to.  Students can share how they are feeling and what is going on in their lives. . Check out the following forms:

*Google Forms check-in 

*Microsoft Forms check-in

Sticky Note Web Wall Check-ins

Setup a Padlet or Linoit (free and accessible on any device) where students can click a sticky note and check-in. Check out the following resources:

*Example Padlet check-in with student responses

*Mental Health Board check-in that could be made into a Padlet or Linoit 

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Schools worldwide are in need of educators who can engage students of all ages in an online platform and facilitate students’ learning success virtually. In the course, Online Learning: Best Practices to Leverage the Power of Distance Learning, participants discover hands-on how to continue the learning process at a distance even during inclement weather, a health crisis or other safety issue. Additionally, participants will create distance learning products and receive feedback from their peers and the instructor, a global leader in online learning, Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell). 

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