5 Simple Ideas to Improve Student Engagement While Teaching Virtually

Posted by Craig Leager

Let’s face it, maintaining student engagement can be tough, even when you are with your students in the same physical space. That said, there are things you can do to increase students’ active participation in online learning sessions and activities.

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Topics: teaching online, distance learning, "remote learning", Making Online Instruction Work - Now!, virtual teaching, student engagement

Distance Science Teaching | Four-Part Video Series

Posted by Whitney Dove

In my last post, I shared my perspective on the choice I believe we, as a science education community, are facing as we make the transition to distance learning. To summarize, I believe that science educators are at a decision point. Do we allow our current challenges to move us backwards, toward teacher-centered, didactic science learning? Or do we move forward toward student-centered, constructivist science learning, embracing the current challenges along the way? I am taking the stance that we must move forward. We must apply the educational theories and paradigms that have guided our classroom approach to design high-quality distance learning. 

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Topics: science, distance learning, "remote learning", Making Online Instruction Work - Now!, virtual teaching

5 Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners Remotely

Posted by Craig Leager

It’s great that some of the same powerful strategies that support native-speaking students also assist English language learners (ELLs), even when they’re at various stages of English acquisition.  

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Topics: distance learning, Making Online Instruction Work - Now!, virtual teaching, student engagement, ELL, English language learners

Virtual Learning for Young Students

Posted by Craig Leager

Online instruction can present unique opportunities and challenges for students and teachers. This is certainly true for the youngest of our students and their teachers. 

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Topics: COVID-19, distance learning, "remote learning", Making Online Instruction Work - Now!, virtual teaching

Online Classroom Routines

Posted by Judy Zimny, Ed.D.

In addition to supporting student learning, routines build efficiency in the classroom, both on-site and online.

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Topics: COVID-19, distance learning, "remote learning", Making Online Instruction Work - Now!, virtual teaching

Science Education: Facing a Choice

Posted by Whitney Dove

The outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States has been hard on all of us. That’s for sure. Schools have closed for extended periods of time, some indefinitely, and parents are at their wits’ end trying to balance the regular demands of managing households while providing school-like structure and normalcy for their children. 

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Topics: teaching online, distance learning, "remote learning", Making Online Instruction Work - Now!, virtual teaching

Using Video Conferencing Tools

Posted by Craig Leager

One thing is for sure—there are a lot of great tools that support learning online! In fact, there are so many online resources, it can be hard to know where to start or what to look for as you plan for online instruction. 

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Topics: COVID-19, Digital, teaching online, distance learning, Making Online Instruction Work - Now!, video conferencing

Helping Students Learn at Home

Posted by Craig Leager

As students transition to online learning, educators must help them understand what “doing school” will look like as their home becomes their school.

In this third edition of the series Making Online Instruction Work – Now!, we explore ideas to consider and share with your students and parents to help their home become “school.”

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Topics: distance learning, Making Online Instruction Work - Now!, virtual teaching

Virtual Relationships Matter

Posted by Brian Whitney

Learning is a social endeavor. You already know this, but how do you honor this cornerstone of education when you teach virtually? Let us offer some ideas. 

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Topics: COVID-19, teaching online, distance learning, "remote learning", Making Online Instruction Work - Now!

Teaching Online? No worries. Let us help! | Making Online Instruction Work - Now!

Posted by Whitney Dove

Getting Started

Unexpected, extended school closures have required many teachers to provide online instruction with minimal training or practice. If you are feeling a little anxious or overwhelmed, that absolutely makes sense! In this short series of “Making Online Instruction Work - Now!,” we hope to help you see: 

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Topics: COVID-19, teaching online, nise, distance learning, Making Online Instruction Work - Now!

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