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Remote teaching creates huge opportunities for effective learning and collaboration outside the classroom. It is important to keep the following in mind before you explore the various online tools available:
With remote learning there are real concerns about loneliness, welfare and lack of interaction. It is important to find a way of keeping everyone in contact. You could do this by running a discussion forum or chat group. If your school has a learning platform or learning management tool you could use this. It does not matter what the platform is – the impact is in how you use it.
Look for ways to establish routines that allow everyone to get organised and be engaged. Remember to motivate learners. Written feedback can sometimes come across as harsher criticism than spoken feedback, so are there ways to use video tools instead? How can learners overcome potential issues in responding? And how can you make sure nobody feels isolated online?
One of the most effective ways to support remote teaching and learning is to give every learner an opportunity to deliver a topic area. For example, you could divide up the current areas of study and ask learners to teach the rest of the class. This may be as individuals or in small groups. You could ask learners to hold a seminar and include online tools to engage their audience. They might, for example, deliver a short, interactive presentation covering key information and then follow that up with an online challenge to gather feedback and assess understanding.
There are different ways of approaching this. A class could meet online one day, share their challenges and then agree to meet a few days later to explore their findings. The role of the teacher is key to establish and drive the learning expectations. However, there is a huge opportunity to open up the work further to the learners themselves.
No specific hardware or software is required beyond an internet connection. Standard office software tools are particularly effective to collate ideas online and develop collaborative responses. Here learners will develop skills for their future working life at the same time as completing their school work.
Below we list some of the online tools available for different teaching and learning purposes. Take advantage of the opportunities for creative solutions. Do not let a lack of familiarity with the tools or approaches be a barrier to trying something new – have the confidence to try them out. Also, stretch your learners and ask for their suggestions and ideas. And finally, keep classes talking, sharing and collaborating.
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There are lots of online resources, both free and paid-for, that you can use with your learners. The quality of the content can vary so it’s important to check any sites you recommend to your learners carefully.
To find resources that we have reviewed (but not endorsed), go to cambridgeinternational.org/pathway and find your qualification. Next, select the 'Published resources' link on the left hand side. You will see a list of all the endorsed text books for your subject, plus other suggested resources which include online materials.
These tools empower teachers and learners to continue their learning – supporting existing teaching methods yet also enabling new ways of delivering lessons. They include both synchronous (real time) and asynchronous (different times) opportunities online.
These tools help learners have fun and enjoy the learning experience. They are great ways of engaging remote learners to collaborate in real time using questions/challenges you have set. Learners can even use them to create their own micro assessments to share with others in the class.
Why? With these tools you can create bespoke learning activities based on your existing content. It takes time to build more complex activities, so ideally integrate them into an existing website or learning management system. It is even more effective to encourage learners to create their own.
These tools allow you to choose from existing questions and set online assessment tasks. You can track progress and identify specific teaching content that requires more support.
This is an opportunity to use online tools to gather a range of ideas collaboratively. You could start this as part of an online discussion and then ask learners to complete it with follow-up tasks.
These tools allow you to keep track of learner progress as you deliver lessons online. Ask for immediate feedback, gather comments and track engagement.