Tips for newly online teachers

May 1, 2020

School buildings over the globe have shut during the pandemic, therefore, teachers are being abruptly confronted with the test of how to proceed with their students’ education. While this may appear to be an overwhelming task, there are many ways educators can use innovation effectively to support web-based learning and guarantee quality classes. 

 

 

 

Here are some of the top tips from instructors from around the globe:

 

Plan Out The Needed Tech: 

Training and prep time for instructors and accessibility for students are key for web-based learning. Familiarize teachers and families early on with the tools they will need so they can both prepare for the transition online. Guardians might also be telecommuting, which means the number of people in need in one household could overwhelm the amount of computers on hand. So make sure all online applications will also be accessible on mobile in case a PC isn't available. 

 

For educators or students who don't have Wi-Fi at home, areas must plan for how to purchase or lease Wi-Fi hotspots and afterward have an arrangement for distributing the devices and hotspots to families.

 

Take Advantage of Available Apps: 

Numerous schools as of now use Microsoft systems, for example, Office 365, or Google apps, like Google Classroom. Both are free for classroom settings and can be downloaded or set up and ready to use quickly without any problems. There’s no need to be too fancy; right now is an ideal opportunity to keep things basic and use the tools effectively. 

 

You can also supplement with more online features like daily Facebook Live classes, YouTube videos and point students towards additional resources to explore.

 

Make Clear Communication With Parents & Staff Part Of The Routine: 

During the closures, correspondence between directors, staff, guardians and students is a higher priority than ever before. Post FAQs, set up messaging channels and make your team accessible to students and their families for questions and troubleshooting.

 

Encourage Healthy Behaviors:

Check in with students about their emotional state and how they may be handling stress(es) caused by this health crisis. Encourage them to take breaks, exercise/play, get enough sleep, disconnect from screens on a daily basis, and keep in touch with their family and friends. The balance outside the virtual classroom is instrumental in keeping students fulfilled and productive.

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