In this article we look at seven (7) ways teachers can make online learning at home more interesting, educational, and not to mention, enjoyable.
We include links to our recommend list of important educational tools teachers can use to keep online students engaged.
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Teachers and the Online Classroom
The year 2020 in education brought teachers and online learning together in a significant way. Teachers are working hard to organize their online teaching strategies to allow for optimal learning in this new educational environment!
Read on to see our recommended 7 ways teachers may inspire great learning when it comes to online learning.
I. Establish Class Routines
Even in the online classroom, teachers need to set class routines and schedules.
Teachers may look to organize classroom routines as much (as is possible) in the same way as a traditional classroom setting with your daily routines.
Classroom jobs for the students may look a little different in the homeschool classroom, but teachers still need help, especially with helping others use the technology!
II. Understand Educational Management Tools
Online educational tools like Google Classroom or Office 365, can help students to organize all their materials, books and any homework ready and completed.
Online management tools can build bridges between teachers and online learning.
III. Include Online Presentation Tools
Animated feature tools like the ANNOTATE feature (Zoom) is an easy way to have students write their answers on the “virtual whiteboard”.
Tools such as: Google Slides, PowerPoint Slides, KeyNote, OneNote all allow for easy ways to make presentations.
IV. Ask Questions that Keep Students Engaged
Along with using the right tools to keep students active in participating, asking the right questions is very important.
Students may find it hard to concentrate in the homeschooling classroom because of the pressure they have to put on themselves to keep focused.
To help students stay focused, teachers can ask questions that show students the learning they will do will be easy and fun!
V. Keep Students Entertained with Educational Games
To keep engagement levels high in the classroom, the questions teachers ask should be both relevant and entertaining.
Teachers may use educational tools like: Kahoot!, Quizizz, or Quizlet to call on students to answer questions so students should be prepared at all times and ready to unmute their microphones! Tools such as these are great ways to keep students engaged with learning.
VI. Engage in Thought-Provoking Discussions
It is important to have student engagement in the homeschooling classroom.
Teachers can use online tools to ask engaging questions on a variety of topics from space to nature!
VII. Connect Online with Other Homeschooling Students
Parents may ask their children to work with other homeschooling students to allow for creative communications and building skills.
It is a misconception that students in the homeschooling environment don’t get the opportunity to connect with other students. In today’s technology world connecting is so much easier!
Take Students On A Virtual Field Trip
You as a teacher may plan a virtual trip to popular sites any place across the world, or under the ocean, or even to Mars in outer space.
A virtual class field trip excites students and strengths the relationships between teachers and online learning.
And Finally… To Make the Best Use of Online Learning Tools
Remember that this is something that will get easier with time, as do most things in life!
Teachers who love teaching will find it within themselves to overcome this new challenging to teaching, but the passion and desire to help others does not go away even though the environment has changed.
It is important to always maintain your teacher identity so you don’t feel overwhelmed by the technology which at times may seem to be more in control than the teacher in the online classroom.
With using online learning tools, homeschooling parents or teachers can present their students with a new virtual world that can help improve their creativity and critical thinking skills.
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