Tips for Online Instruction
This new series continues a 25-post “blitz” that began on Aug. 1 supporting teachers as we enter a pandemic-fueled school year.
You can see all the posts from this month, as well as the 60 from the spring, at All Classroom Q&A Posts on the Coronavirus Crisis.
In Part One, Doug Fisher, Nancy Frey, Gina Laura Gullo, and Vivian Micolta Simmons shared their suggestions.
Today, Jared Covili, Jenny Edwards, Ph.D., and Toby Karten provide their responses.
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“Minimal but meaningful”
Jared Covili specializes in teaching strategies for classroom integration of technology such as Google tools, geospatial learning, social media, and digital devices. Jared’s background is in secondary education where he was a language arts teacher. Jared received his bachelor’s degree in English and his masters degree in instructional design and educational technology from the University of Utah:
“Online teaching” has become a vital part of our everyday school lives. With our in-person learning being affected by COVID 19, it’s important to think about ways to make our virtual classroom effective learning centers. Below are nine ideas to help you create effective online learning centers for your students.
- USE VIDEO AS PART OF CLASS
Use video and show your face! Your students want to see you. Don’t make long videos. A good rule of thumb is to make videos between 3-5 minutes long. Attention spans online are much shorter than face to face.
- MINIMAL BUT MEANINGFUL
Try to balance your assignments in your online classroom. Don’t feel compelled to create content that fills your “in-person” schedule. Focus on key learning concepts!
- SCHEDULE ONLINE ASSIGNMENTS
Have a set schedule to release new assignments/class materials to students and parents. Don’t release classwork randomly or late at night. Even though online learning is generally asynchronous, students and parents work better when they have schedules they can rely on.
- STICK WITH WHAT WORKS
Assign some of the same type of work you might have done in person. Have students use paper/pencil to complete some assignments and then snap a photo to submit online. If you would have a group discussion in class, use online discussion tools to do the same thing virtually.