As the use of technology has become more prevalent at home and school, it has become increasingly aware that boundaries need to be set on student expectations while online. As educators, we can provide those boundaries/expectations during live (synchronous) instruction. Just like we would teach our students about boundaries and expectations within a physical classroom, we can also do it during live instruction using resources such as Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship curriculum and Online Expectations posters.
This week (and next) I have the privilege of leading a training entitled "Tips & Tricks for Teaching Remotely." Below are some of the highlights of the presentation.
Teach the Tools and Programs:
Provide explicit instruction of how to use the digital tools and programs. Don’t assume students know how to use them. While many students participated in the Spring, not all did. Just like you would teach physical procedures in your classroom, teach the digital ones as well. Also, don’t be afraid to reteach...kids (and adults) need it.
Set clear expectations for live instruction. Review this every time you meet. Using visual images can be helpful for younger students. I created these visuals slides to help students.
Plan a consistent schedule that works for your age group. Have a regular routine. Make sure to include breaks in your schedule between live sessions.
The Tech Lovin' Teacher: Ed Tech TOSA, 15+ year educator, tech enthusiast, curriculum creator