We’d say the obligatory “we’re all in this together,” but the truth is that as an educator, you are helping to lead the way through this.
The rapid shift to a distance environment is dizzying.
To do our part, we’ve spent the last several months talking to educators on the ground to tell their stories, share their strategies, and laugh and cry collectively. The result is this page.
How to Set Your Class Up for Distance Learning Success
In a matter of days, millions of students across the United States transitioned to distance learning environments. And now, the 2020-2021 school years looks to be an amalgamation of online and blended learning.
As this transition happens, educators are completely redesigning curriculum and instruction and optimizing teaching practices for this new environment.
To enable educators to quickly set their class up for distance learning success, we spoke to digital communication expert, A. Lee Judge, and eLearning designer, Nicasia Anzalone Caires, who shared strategies on delivering remote instruction, engaging students, and reaching out to parents and families at a safe social distance.
To help you launch your distance learning plan, they addressed the following topics:
- Configuring Your Distance Learning Tech Stack
- Developing Communication Strategies for Your Distance Learning Environment
- Optimizing Instruction for a Virtual Medium
Configuring Your Distance Learning Tech Stack
With the transition to online environments, educators, students, and parents had to explore and adopt a wide range of tools and pick up on new skills quickly to help manage this rapid change.
In this article, learn about the tools already at your disposal to deliver synchronous and asynchronous instruction online. Plus, review tips for keeping your students safe and your online classroom in order.⮕ Read: Configure Your Tech Stack: Distance Learning Basics Part 1
How to Use Screen Capture Tools to Record Instructional Videos
Teleconference Tools You Can Use for Distance Learning
Ways to Prepare School IT for the Transition to Digital Learning
Developing Communication Strategies for Your Distance Learning Environment
In the physical classroom, teachers are able to easily interact with students, encourage them as they learn, and communicate to them how they feel. In an online environment, teachers don’t have the benefit of that face-to-face connection.
In this article, learn how you can foster that sense of community and support by developing an effective communication plan that is consistent, simple, and cohesive for students and parents. Plus, explore different methods and formats you can use.⮕ Read: Develop a Communication Strategy: Distance Learning Basics Part 2
Why Relationships Are Essential to Virtual Learning
Strategies to Communicate with Students Online
How to Create the Perfect Email to Communicate with Parents Online
What You Need for an Online Learning Website
How You Can Use Padlet for Virtual Learning
Optimizing Instruction for a Virtual Medium
To begin optimizing instruction for virtual mediums, it’s important to consider what differentiates a physical versus virtual environment.
- How did you communicate?
- How did you manage your materials?
- How did you assess learning?
- How did you have your students collaborating?
Because of these differences, changing to a virtual classroom means evolving how you deliver instruction and the materials you use to foster learning. In this article, discover how you can redesign learning online for a synchronous or asynchronous environment, as well as the steps to set up a home video studio.⮕ Read: Optimize Your Teaching Practice: Distance Learning Basics Part 3
Five Strategies to Enhance Your Home Video Studio
Four Ways to Involve Students in Distance Learning
How You Can Optimize Instruction for Online Learning
Advice for Synchronous Learning in Online Environments
Advice for Asynchronous Learning in Online Environments
How Education Transitioned
Into this complex scenario has stepped a ragtag group of volunteers who have mobilized in garages, dens, kitchens, and vacant classrooms to use 3D printers to create tens of thousands of pieces of protective gear for those caregivers who are risking their lives to care for others.