We’re pleased to announce that Teaching Online Masterclass (TOM) Series 2 is now available!
TOM is a free online professional development resource for educators making the leap into remote teaching and learning. With a catalogue of bite-sized videos produced in partnership with Innovate UK, TOM 2.0 will guide the skills K-12 educators can expand on to boost their online teaching. Watching and acting on the practical tips delivered in TOM series 2 will encourage confidence in teachers, and notably, create an enhanced online learning experience for students.Read More
Can I come to school tomorrow? Is an arts-based observation project that explores the isolating effect of teaching without pupils, and a tribute to all of the dedicated, creative, and selfless teachers and schools of the ‘virtual frontline’. Read about it and find out how to get involved.Read More
Motivating and engaging learners can be challenging in any learning environment. But understanding self-determination theory will give you a structure for helping you do this. Self Determination Theory represents a broad framework for the study of human motivation. It suggests that when people are motivated to grow and change, they become self-determined.Read More
2021 has started off with homeschooling in the UK. A webinar I attended earlier this week on Lessons Learned from Covid-19, made it clear the correct term is online learning and not remote learning as there is nothing remote about it. It certainly brings us closer together in that virtual way, but it also opens up new opportunities, such as amazing guest lectures from people who would have otherwise never traveled to give a lecture. You can watch Educate’s webinar here.Read More
Taking Classes Online is an interview and blog series where real educators share their experiences of teaching online. This month, I had the pleasure of talking to Kylene Simmons, Leader of Sport from Emmanual College in Australia. Kylene has been teaching Health and Physical Education (HPE) for over 20 years.
I was particularly interested to speak to Kylene and hear how she and her colleagues took HPE online. And, I wasn’t disappointed. Kylene works at a secondary school in Melbourne called Emmanuel College. In fact, I also worked at the College for many years when I was teaching in the classroom. What always struck me about the school was how far ahead of the curve they seemed to be, and how quickly they were ready to embrace new ideas and technology. And when you listen to this episode, you’ll know I’m not exaggerating.
Okay, enough from me, whether you teach HPE or any other subject, there’s a lot to learn in this episode. Enjoy!
Check Out Teaching Online Masterclass
If you haven’t checked out Teaching Online Masterclass (TOM) yet, I suggest you get started.
You’ll be sure to find something of interest to help you navigate the online teaching and learning space.
If you’ve got a story to share or would like to write a blog, send me an email and I’ll be in touch.
Make sure to check out the first two episodes of Taking Classes online.
In episode 1, I spoke to UK educator Dr. Heather McClue about the trials and tribulations of taking her law classes online.
In episode 2, I spoke to Mexican language teacher Eduardo Mórlan about teaching languages remotely.
I’ve tried to focus this month on finding some good news stories from the world of EdTech. Some of us might be in another lockdown, facing (more or continuous) school closures and other uncertainties, so we can all use some good news. I’m glad to say I’ve managed to find some.
First up is a story from Estonia, a country which is excelling at digital learning. Turns out the key is in early adoption and routine, so we’ll all be experts soon enough.
With knowledge from the above, it’s no surprise that Estonia ranks very high again in the list of countries which are best preparing their children for the future of work. “The best education systems are those that encourage students to analyze and think for themselves and create the right learning environments” according to the report. Developing critical thinking skills is crucial in this. For those of us who are worried about our children spending too much time online gaming. Rest assured, those critical thinking skills can also be developed playing fun games online!
For some educators and students, it’s been difficult to make the transition to an online virtual learning environment, especially when it comes to social-emotional learning. There are educators, however, who use EdTech to develop social-emotional skills such as collaboration. Some teachers are convinced using platforms like Microsoft Teams and Google Classrooms in a non-restrictive way teaches students flexible thinking and self-control. Have a read here.
The main thing though is that students are engaged in learning and we all know EdTech can achieve that!