Remote Teaching & Learning
Welcome to Remote Teaching & Learning from EdTechTeacher. Below are the extensive webinars and virtual workshop offerings that our team can facilitate to help schools and teachers navigate and create a successful and meaningful online learning experience for their students. The offerings below are broken into phases of comfort, experience and prior knowledge regarding the use of technology.
As schools, classrooms, teachers and students begin to navigate Remote Learning, the EdTechTeacher team can help with two webinars and virtual workshops designed to help establish a framework and plan for an online environment.
Framework for Remote Learning
This virtual workshop focuses on the big picture thinking around remote teaching and learning. Fundamental, core concepts are explored that include the idea of synchronous & asynchronous instruction, rethinking lesson design, establishing effective means of digital communication and assessment in a remote learning environment. Participants will establish a solid foundation for the design and implementation of a remote learning experience.
Planning & Designing for
Planning for remote learning is challenging as it requires educators to rethink many face to face processes that work effectively in a classroom environment. From lesson and project redesign, to collaboration, feedback and assessment, teaching and learning may look and feel different in an online, remote environment. This virtual workshop is designed to help educators begin to rethink the design of student experiences online with an eye towards a meaningful redesign.
Effective and meaningful communication may be the most critical component of a successful remote learning experience. Whether communication be through text via email, website, class hub, blog or learning management system, educators must be able to comfortably navigate the digital space where they will be communicating with students and families. Synchronous video calls through platforms such as Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft teams and others also create a rich opportunity to connect with students in real time to maintain connection, collaborate, instruct and check-in with students.
Synchronous video calls are a central component of any remote learning environment. This virtual workshop will help educators explore the technical process, setup and best practices with live video conferencing. We will also explore practices to integrate synchronous video calling tools learning management systems, class website and digital calendars. The EdTechTeacher team can facilitate virtual workshops on Zoom, Google Meet and Microsoft Teams.
Designing a Class Hub or Website
Asynchronous digital communication plays a central role in a remote learning environment. The concept of a class hub where all communication flows to students can be exceptionally helpful for both teacher and student experience. Whether the hub be a learning management system, class website, or blog, this virtual workshop is designed to help educators create, maintain and effectively use technology to effectively communicate with students across text, audio and video.
Level 1 :
Developing Digital Proficiency
Developing a core set of skills around fundamental components of technology can empower teachers to create rich online learning environments for their students. The virtual workshops offered below are designed to help educators increase their core skills set around narrowly targeted aspects of creating, communicating and collaborating online.
Manipulating & Digital Text
A core environment for digital assignments and student experiences is a digital document. However, there are core skills within various text document environments that are often not utilized to the full degree that can allow for a student experience that is easy to navigate, interactive and rich with multimedia & hyperlinks. This virtual workshop is designed for educators that want to increase their comfort and proficiency with creating, manipulating and designing digital documents for remote learning. Participants will develop a core skill set to design interactive digital text experiences.
Images & Image Editing
From finding images on the web to understanding basic image editing and manipulation, this one hour session is designed to help educators take advantage of visuals in a distance learning environment. From integrating visuals into existing assignments, to editing, modifying and sharing, a participants will develop an increased comfort with digital images. Additionally, web tools that allow educators to customize and make images interactive will be explored.
Video & Screencast Creation Basics
Video has become a critical component of online teaching and learning. This one hour virtual workshop is designed for two purposes. One is to give teachers the skills and abilities to effectively use existing video content that is readily available online. Linking, embedding, organizing and sharing video will be explored. Second, participants will explore the process of creating their own instructional video content through screencasting or screen recording. Screencasting will be covered to give educators the ability to create video content across multiple devices that can be shared with their students online.
Creating, editing and sharing audio was at one point a technically challenging process. However, educators now have the tools and ability to leverage audio in a remote environment. This session will assist educators in learning about creating, editing & distributing audio to connect with students. Concepts include teacher created mp3 files posted on a class website or Google Classroom, collaborative audio discussion rooms and teacher created podcasts with distribution will be covered, explored and explained.
Polls & Surveys
Online polls and surveys provide an opportunity to receive immediate information or feedback from students in an online environment. In a remote learning environment, online polls and surveys can quite helpful because it can allow students the opportunity to share their thinking in either a synchronous experience (live poll) or asynchronously (online survey). This virtual workshop will explore how educators can create, distribute and integrate online polls and survey tools into their remote learning experience to facilitate informal information gathering, formative assessment, course feedback or student check-ins.
Curating & Bookmarking
Curating and organizing digital content might be one of the most critical skills that educators can develop when teaching in a remote, digital environment. With an abundance of information, resources, website and multimedia content available online, organizing these resources can be a challenging task. This session will help educators understand and leverage multiple approaches and web tools that can be used to help organize their digital resources into collections and an online inventory that can be accessed, searched and used effectively when creating digital experiences for their students.
G Suite Basics
G Suite is a powerful platform that allows educators and students to create, collaborate and connect in a remote learning environment. Within the G Suite environment are a host of core educational tools that allow educators to create rich text documents, presentations, websites, schedule events, run a digital classroom and organize their resources. To truly leverage the G Suite environment, the EdTechTeacher team has created focused virtual workshops and webinar experiences that target the specific tools within G Suite and Google Drive.
Understanding & Organizing Google Drive
Google Drive is a power environment that requires attention paid to maintain productivity and organization. This session will focus on understanding the Google Drive environment, the core tools available in Google Drive as well as the basics of creation, collaboration, organization and search within Google Drive.
Google Classroom is a learning space to organize and effectively manage digital course work. Learn how to create, maintain, and leverage Google Classroom as a means of streamlining workflow while also engaging students in authentic learning experiences.
Creating a unified class hub of all information for students in a remote learning environment can be a very helpful resource to ensure students can access information efficiently. Google Sites is a powerful, streamlined and intuitive website builder that integrates seamlessly with Google Drive. This virtual workshop focuses on the process of creating, updating, collaborating and sharing a class hub or website via Google Sites.
More than a simple text document for word processing, Google Documents is a rich environment that allows teachers to create rich experiences in document form for their students. From the technical skills of formatting, editing, hyperlinking & inserting drawings to approaches such as brainstorming, mind mapping, revising and publishing, we will examine ways to enhance and evolve your skill set with Google Documents and the capabilities of your students’ devices.
Learn how to effectively and creatively create classroom presentations with Google Slides that can include: text, images, video, audio and hyperlinks. Consider the potential for using Google Slides with students beyond the traditional presentation, such as digital notebooks and digital portfolios. This hour long virtual workshop will increase teacher comfort, skill and awareness of the possibilities of Google Slides in a remote learning environment.
Explore how Google Forms allows educators to create effective formative assessment tools to get timely and accurate insight into student learning. From multiple choice questions to open response and longer form check-ins, Google Forms allows educators to quickly and easily share a link with students to capture their thinking. Technical skills such as constructing, editing, sharing and collecting responses will be covered in this one hour session.
This session explores the ability for teachers to organize units, examine assessment data and to help students use sheets to organize research and group projects. An often overlooked tool, Google Sheets has countless applications in a remote learning environment and can act as a foundational tool to organize information, track progress and manage information effectively.
This session explores Google’s visual and graphic creation tool that allows educators and students to craft and edit powerful visuals within Google Drive. Understand the basics and meaningful applications of Google’s image editor that includes designing resources, embedding links and multimedia. Learn how to transform your existing visuals, PDFs and class materials into functioning digital activities for students.
Organizing events, meetings, student check-in video calls and planning meetings can all be effectively executed with Google Calendar. This one hour session explores the basics of setting up and managing both individual and collaborative calendars. Further, participants will understand how to create events, invite collaborators, attach files and schedule Google Meet video calls via Google Calendar.
Level 2 :
Designing Digital Experiences
When educators have established a solid foundation for the use of technology, they can start to consider the design of digital learning experiences. Often time these experiences consist of combining multiple pieces of technology into one unified experience. Whether educators are creating screencasts, audio files or HyperDocs, the one hour virtual trainings below can be used to help educators take next steps towards designing effective and engaging digital experiences.
Screencasts are typically short video recordings of what is taking place on the screen of a computer or mobile device. Screencastify and Loom are two free and easy-to-use Google Chrome extensions to produces screencasts that can be automatically sent to Google Drive, or downloaded to as an mp4 video file. Alternatively, screencasts can be created on iOS devices or with Quicktime on a MacBook. This one hour session explores the technical setup to begin creating screencasts as well as strategies to implement while creating instructional videos via screencasting.
Audio Creation &
From creating audio files that are shared privately with students, to editing audio segments with transitions and background music, audio can be a powerful tool for educators to connect with and instruct students in a remote learning environment. Additionally, the emergence of various web tools including Google Slides, Synth, Anchor and SoundTrap allow educators to create, edit and distribute audio or a multi-episode podcast to whatever scale makes them comfortable. Educators can publish globally, or simply share an audio file through Google Classroom for student consumption. This one hour virtual workshop moves beyond the basics of audio into editing, sharing and publishing.
Digital Portfolios & Journals
Through a combination of tools available in Google Drive and the web such as SeeSaw, students can create a powerful evidence of learning in a digital portfolio. This session explores the purpose, process and setup of digital portfolios as a means to have students develop evidence of their learning over time through a combination of text, images, audio & video.
HyperDocs & Digital Notebooks
Traditionally, students are given one assignment at a time as individual digital documents. However, the concept and approach of HyperDocs focuses on the ability of educators to transform a single Google Document (or Slide) into a multi-unit, interactive, multimedia lesson. In this approach, one document can be constructed that serves as the single location where students will work during the duration of a unit or topic. This session will explore the technical process to setup and build HyperDocs, as well as consideration towards design and strategies to ensure student success.
Multimedia Book Creation
Through various web and app based tools, educators and students can create rich, multimedia eBooks that can be shared online. Educators can leverage this capacity to create multimedia text in the form of customized digital text that acts as a supplement to conventional learning materials. By combining text, images, hyperlinks, audio and video, teachers can create engaging multimedia eBooks. From the student perspective, storytelling with eBooks provides the student with the opportunity to construct narrative, express their ideas, and stretch their imaginations. With the Book Creator app, students of all ages can combine text, drawing, images, video, audio, and more to create and publish their own books.
Virtual Reality & Remote Learning
Virtual reality has the potential to immerse students in a rich learning environment or to even congregate in a multi-user virtual setting. In this hour long virtual workshop we will explore the potential of educators using Virtual Reality to support students in a remote learning environment. In an effort to make virtual reality accessible to both educators and students, we will explore tools and platforms that are openly available on the web and do not require specific virtual reality hardware / headsets to use. All tools explored can be accessed through the web, mobile devices in VR mode or VR headsets. Specific tools & platforms that will be explored in the webinar include: Google Tour Creator, CoSpaces, FrameVR, and Mozilla Hubs.
This one hour virtual session is designed to help educators learn about Google’s free online curriculum that combines real life skills with Google Tools in a self-paced, video-based lessons that are perfect for remote or home learning. From creating If-Then Adventure Stories, to researching and developing a topic, or managing a budget, the curriculum engages students in problem solving, critical thinking, and hands-on opportunities to develop skills and knowledge.
Explore how technology can be leveraged to facilitate differentiation and foster self-advocacy in students. Learn a variety of sites, tools and apps in order to leverage technology and scaffold student learning. We will focus on how technology can support teachers in differentiating: content (what students learn), the process (how students learn), the product (how they demonstrate their learning) and the environment (where and with whom students learn) in their classrooms.
Level 3 :
Unifying Student Experience
Teaching in a remote environment can be a challenging prospect. Processes that may have been effective in a face to face setting may not translate over successfully to a remote environment. Rethinking models of instruction that are student centered, foster inquiry, independence, problem solving and creativity can be ideal in a remote setting. Projects that are designed to span multiple days and weeks can be engaged with by students asynchronously over multiple days, but can be effectively completed remotely because of collaborative technologies.
Project Based Learning is a powerful classroom framework and when paired with collaborative technologies and platforms such as Google Drive and G Suite, PBL classrooms in a remote environment can run smoothly. Through organization, collaboration and communication, students can effectively and meaningfully engage in PBL. This session will explore the core components of a meaningful and well designed PBL unit and how to effectively integrate technology to help students organize, collaborate and present their findings in a remote setting.
Design Thinking is a framework for collaborative problem identification and solving that fosters creativity and innovation. This virtual session will explore how a design thinking approach to curriculum can help overcome the traditional structures in classrooms and nurture a culture of innovation. When applied to remote learning, educators can leverage the design thinking process to identify, test and implement new learning experiences for their students. In this interactive session, participants will gain hands-on experience with the design thinking process and discuss ideas for how they can begin implementing a design thinking approach into their curriculum.
Built upon a strong foundation of academic knowledge, deeper learning classrooms and schools foster learning environments that promote the application of student knowledge in authentic and challenging ways. These environments call upon students to develop questions, iterate on ideas, and apply what they have learned in real-world contexts. Participants will dive into the core competencies of Deeper Learning and learn about schools and districts across the nation that have effectively fostered deeper learning environments.
This session will demonstrate and explore effective strategies for integrating G Suite, Google Drive and Google Classroom to create powerful and helpful Blended Learning environments. Participants will learn how to create lessons and streamline the turn-in process, organize assignments with due dates, view student work and provide feedback, integrate a calendar, distribute resources and send announcements, share work with multiple classes, conduct polling and create links, integrate video, foster collaborative work, and much more.
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