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28 August 2020

improve your online classroom.

Distance learning started as an emergency, but find out how teachers are finding ways to make it better, even for students working on smartphones.

With departments of educations and schools around the world looking to maintain both teacher and student attendance while minimising the risk of Coronavirus outbreaks in their schools, we know that remote learning isn’t going away any time soon. 

Whether students are in classrooms part-time or are working fully from home, teachers will want to maintain personal contact with them, especially their most disadvantaged students. Frequent check-ins – over the phone, via email or through the class Learning Management System (LMS) – will help teachers better understand students’ needs, providing them the insight needed to design more relevant lessons that address academic, social and emotional learning for all of their students.

In the months since the pandemic caused an emergency rush to distance learning, many teachers have made significant strides in improving their remote teaching skills. Improving online lesson delivery by balancing the effective use of EdTech with good teaching practice.

These are two simple strategies to make online classroom teaching better.

1. Make lessons interactive and accessible 24/7
Teachers need to recreate interactive activities online to make their remote lessons engaging. One way to do this is to make each online lesson interactive and accessible 24/7, giving students the ability to learn and communicate at their own pace. 

Nearpod can help, through a student engagement platform designed to make lessons interactive and accessible with or without a facilitator. This feature aids learning remotely because it allows students multiple chances for capturing the content and improving their skills. Teachers can launch their lessons in a student-paced mode and can monitor the completion of the work.

2. Foster student collaboration via virtual breakout rooms
Having students work together in pairs during activities or in teams to complete a task or product is critical learning work in lessons that teachers do not have to eliminate when teaching remotely. Incorporating collaborative activities during virtual class meetups enhances instruction the same way it does when teaching in person. For this purpose, You can use Microsoft Teams, or Zoom platforms to place learners in breakout rooms at various points of a lesson. 
Students who lack Wi-Fi access and/or a computer can join live lessons via smartphones and still participate in all of the activities along with their peers.

Mastering these two tips will help your classroom and students!
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