If you're running a mostly asynchronous emergency remote teaching/learning system right now, you may be finding weekly “office hours” a struggle. After my first few office hours went by, I had to ask myself: how could I make that more effective? How could I help more students take advantage of these? If you've been asking questions like these, you may appreciate this paging system that Dr. Charles Youngs rigged up. Charles is a high school English teacher at Bethel Park High School just outside of Pittsburgh. Below, he (delightfully) walks us through the process.
I have an Assignment in Google Classroom's “Classwork” that's not an assignment called “Office Hours.” I instruct my students to use the private comment feature anytime they need me during our school's assigned office hours. I have notifications set up on my phone so I get a “bling” anytime a student is stuck or has a question. Then we can have a real time texting conversation in private comments, and it's all safely recorded in Classroom.
Here's a complete walkthrough of Charles' setup.
Major thanks to Charles for making this!