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Online Teaching Resources

This is a new experience for all of us. Not only have we not taught anything online but we have mostly not been at the receiving end either. The skills we developed to teach in classrooms will be seriously challenged when we have to go online to teach.

For teachers the first experience is on the technology front. There are several products available and in most cases the school will have made the choice of what to use. For us the big hurdle is in getting comfortable with the technology in front of us.

However, as professional teachers we quickly become aware that technology is not our only challenge. Online teaching requires us to take a very fresh look at the pedagogy we have become used to.

Apps

Apps Explained

New Apps are appearing all the time and it is difficult to keep up with all of them. The website webwise.ie is an excellent source of reliable information on what’s happening in the Information technology area.

They develop and disseminate resources that help teachers integrate internet safety into teaching and learning in their schools. They also provide information, advice, and tools to parents to support their engagement in their children’s online lives. With the help of the Webwise Youth Advisory Panel they develop youth oriented awareness raising resources and campaigns that address topics such as cyber bullying.

Apart from ensuring that the App you choose actually does the job you want,  it is essential that you are thoroughly familiar with all its functions before you start to use it in your online teaching. Many sites provide helpful videos for you.

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Doodle

Doodle is the simplest way to schedule meetings with clients, colleagues, or teams.

Bring busy teachers, students, or administrators together in moments

Whichever educational sector you work in, meetings are probably a key part of your job. So, make sure they’re efficient, effective, and productive.

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Google Classroom

Google Classroom is a free web service developed by Google for schools that aims to simplify creating, distributing, and grading assignments. The primary purpose of Google Classroom is to streamline the process of sharing files between teachers and students.

Google Classroom integrates docs, sheets, slides, gmail, and calendar into a cohesive platform to manage student and teacher communication. Students can be invited to join a class through a private code, or automatically imported from a school domain. Teachers can create, distribute and mark assignments all within the google ecosystem. Each class creates a separate folder in the respective user’s drive, where the student can submit work to be graded by a teacher. Assignments and due dates are added to google calendar, each assignment can belong to a category (or topic). Teachers can monitor the progress for each student by reviewing revision history of a document, and after being graded, teachers can return work along with comments.

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Kahoot

To make learning awesome! At Kahoot!, we are all about lifelong learning. In life, we learn new skills through curiosity and play. By combining the two, in a fun and social way, we can unlock the learning potential within all of us, no matter the subject, age or ability.

Unleashing this potential within every learner is what drives us, which is why we are on a mission to make learning awesome. We do this by creating the most engaging and powerful experience, and through our vision of building the learning platform in the world.

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Kahoot! Academy makes it easier than ever to access high-quality learning material for a range of topics, curriculum standards, and languages. Get access to content from other educators and publishers, or add your own content to the Kahoot! Academy marketplace.

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Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is a communication and collaboration platform that combines persistent chat capabilities, video conferencing, file storage, and integration with many other Office 365 apps. To put it simply, Teams brings together the best parts of Office 365 in a single tool.

With Microsoft Teams, your school or institution can create collaborative classrooms, connect in professional learning communities, communicate with school staff, coordinate research across institutions or more easily facilitate student life efforts like clubs or extracurricular activities – all from a single experience in Office 365 for Education.

Courses on MS Teams here …

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SuperSaaS

SuperSaaS is an online appointment scheduling software known for its versatility and easy integrations. It caters to customers all over the world in more than 33 languages, and helps you create different types of schedule configurations for all sorts of booking needs. Some of the highly-customizable features you can use include payment processing, waiting lists, adaptable layouts, user access control, and more.

More than 115 millions appointments have been scheduled for more than 120,000 businesses worldwide using SuperSaaS.

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Top Hat

Top Hat is the perfect partner for your LMS. Top Hat’s student-centric experience engages and motivates learners with captivating virtual classroom features, interactive course content and built-in assessment capabilities.

Live-stream lectures remotely.

Keep students engaged with virtual classroom capabilities, all in one place.

  • Stream lectures in real time with built-in video conferencing tools
  • Record class meetings and embed videos directly in Top Hat for self-paced learning
  • Take attendance and present and edit slides
  • Create polls, quizzes and synchronous discussions to encourage student comprehension and participation

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Online Teaching

Articles about Online Education

Best Practice on Teaching Remotely

This section is designed to help you think about how you’ll teach online.

We’ve tried to keep it simple, focusing on the most common teaching practices that are effective in an online environment. Here you’ll see general advice, a variety of course types, and additional tips on student engagement. We’ve broken up the teaching tips according to the common teaching styles (lecture, case, small group discussion, and hands-on). You may want to jump to the section that is most appropriate to your course.

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Effective Online Teaching

The online teacher must use technology to enhance the course content. By utilising the positive aspects of technology, the online teacher can provide a quality educational learning experience. An effective online pedagogy is one that emphasises student-centred learning and employs active learning activities. “Interactivity, faculty, and student presence are essential in an effective online learning environment.

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Steps to Being a Better Online Teacher

Whether you’ve taught online a lot or a little, chances are you didn’t enjoy it as much as teaching in person. Maybe you didn’t experience that fizz after a particularly invigorating face-to-face class.

Most teachers have not taught online or studied in online classes, so the experience is new and fraught with pitfalls.

Most of us don’t know how to teach online or how to get better at it — and we may not be motivated to learn. Even more likely, we may not feel like we have time to learn.

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Understanding Online Teaching

Providers of education and training are increasingly moving to a blended or online learning model to improve and personalise the learning journey.

This shift is supported by the growing sophistication of learning management systems to track and capture learning analytics that provide information about online student participation and engagement. When used well, educators can analyse the data they collect about their students to improve the design and delivery of their courses and make learning more impactful and relevant.

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Planners

Doodle

Doodle is the simplest way to schedule meetings with clients, colleagues, or teams.

Bring busy teachers, students, or administrators together in moments

Whichever educational sector you work in, meetings are probably a key part of your job. So, make sure they’re efficient, effective, and productive.

Click here for more information …

SuperSaaS

SuperSaaS is an online appointment scheduling software known for its versatility and easy integrations. It caters to customers all over the world in more than 33 languages, and helps you create different types of schedule configurations for all sorts of booking needs. Some of the highly-customizable features you can use include payment processing, waiting lists, adaptable layouts, user access control, and more.

More than 115 millions appointments have been scheduled for more than 120,000 businesses worldwide using SuperSaaS.

Click here for more information …

Training

Staff Training in the Technology for Online Teaching

The Covid crisis has forced everybody to suddenly have to engage with the tools of online learning. As in other areas of administration it has long been observed that the introduction of new technology does not immediately bring greater effectiveness. Too frequently the missing ingredient does not come in the box but has to be developed locally – training of staff.

If this is omitted for whatever reason then there is likely to be a lot of difficulties that will have to be resolved by training at a later stage. In education this is not a good option. Teachers may have struggled with the technology and instead of it being a tool to solve a problem it becomes a barrier to the solution. Students at the receiving end of poor delivery will loose interest and may be difficult to win back later.

The ingredients of training are fairly simple.

Remember that this is a new teaching environment and the technology is only one element that is new, most of the classroom pedagogy that the teachers are familiar with does not work in a virtual environment.

With the software platform – don’t start with the assumption that staff can pick it up as they go along.

Learn how to use the software yourself first. Learning how to use these platforms is important – if anything goes wrong you don’t want to lose the attention of your audience while you take time to fix it. In addition, if you know what the platform is capable of, there could even be a better way of delivering the training.

Hire in an outsider to do the training if there is nobody in-house. Your local Education Centre may be able to help here.

Initially group training is most effective but it is essential that provision is made for one-to-one training afterwards. Not everybody picks up technology at the same speed.

Seek to develop in-house expertise to be on hand to solve problems later. This will avoid the delay in getting an outsider in and enable smoother running of the work.

After training plan to run some practice sessions. These should be done from both the presenters side and the students side.

Plan for training your students too, this may have to be done remotely and is essential if class delivery is to be effective. Here you may encounter problems like Internet access, hardware and a variety of domestic difficulties.

After you have mastered the new technology required for online teaching it is time to turn our attention to the question of pedagogy in this environment.

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