Remote Curriculum Development: Creating Online Learning that Educates and Engages Students
- What You'll Learn
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- Having success teaching online starts with understanding the technology used to deliver it
- In challenging and uncertain times, altering priorities is completely acceptable
- Communication with students and parents keep everyone moving forward and be an outlet for challenges beyond school
In this Xello Remote Roundtable, we discuss with our panelists technology’s role in helping in a time of crisis. It starts with being comfortable with it and finding which tools are most beneficial in meeting goals. Finally, communicating with students both in and out of the classroom is imperative when dealing with challenging times.
Here are the educators who make up the panel.
How can you create online learning programs for students during usual times, like the COVID-19 pandemic? How can schools, districts and educators work together to craft remote curriculum that effectively engages students & ensures they continue to become future ready?
Over the course of this webinar our three expert panelists gave advice on creating engaging remote learning programs for students. Here’s our Remote Roundtable recap.
The following are some of the questions we covered and what the panelists had to say.
The first thing you should do as an educator who’s developing remote curriculum, is to figure out where you will house your lessons? Is it going to be on Google Classroom or some other place? Figure out the best tool for your school and district and then educate your teachers on how to use that tool before looking into additional tools.
Russell Driesen urged teachers to use this time to back up and review materials that have been previously taught.
“If you introduce new material at this point, the challenge of having to absorb new material in a new environment is going to be stressful for students.”
He also encouraged the audience to seek guidance from leadership and understand the types of students within each district before introducing new tools.
With these things in mind, teachers can begin to create lessons, assessments and select the right tools and technologies to deliver instruction.
There’s also a shift from just serving up content to building online interactions and really connecting with students; you must first re-connect with students before you begin engaging with the content.
“In a virtual setting you’re going to quickly learn that the connection you make with students is going to drive everything,” our panelist, Lyndsey Howe stressed.
Lyndsey emphasized the importance of trying to give parents a schedule for helping K-12 students learn from home.
This way, parents can stay involved with helping their kids continue their learning remotely, while also having a bit of structure to their day, as they try to juggle teaching their kids at home with doing their jobs remotely.
All three panelists stressed the importance of sending communications through one contact or teacher so that parents don’t have multiple educators reach out to them with different schedules and structures.
According to Lyndsey, it’s important to be open and vulnerable with students.
She also advised educators to send letters to their students as it adds a personal touch and lets students know you’re there for them during this uncertain time.
Remember, we’re all in this together!
In this Xello Remote Roundtable, our panelists discuss how to help students work through issues and simply give students an avenue to talk, vent, etc., while maintain their own sense of well-being.