In recent years, buckets and buckets of ink have been spilled over how much time we spend in front of our screens. That was before the world took an unprecedented turn and forced us to stay home, where our phones and computers provide our only link to the outside world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: