1. Ben Parsons
  2. Education
  3. Tuesday, 24 March 2020
Hello all

So, I've been VERY busy recently doing two things: preparing to teach my students online; and preparing to teach my kids at home. The coronavirus crisis has brought a lot of disruption to our lives and I think it's important we adapt as best we can.

I've always been very interested in educational technology and digital transformation, and have been working hard recently doing a lot of technology training for my colleagues. Are you prepared for the coming disruptions? What are you doing to adapt? Do you need help adapting? I'd LOVE to hear from you, and get a conversation going. I'm going to post some resources below on using Microsoft Teams, Google Classroom, and various other software to connect with students and colleagues no matter what your role or industry. With technology and innovation, we can get throught this!!!

Here are some slides I've created for using various software packages to connect and collaborate remotely:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/14ZfpLnprme-7AKHOFA4BJqBHb8-rRna0Q0aGhM5wkLI/edit?usp=sharing

Below are three videos specifically on using Microsoft Teams to collaborate:

Part 1: Connecting with students and colleagues using the "meetings" function
https://youtu.be/kSegyVrzblU

Part 2: Setting privacy options and using the various chat features
https://youtu.be/9RRNWalPX7E

Part 3: Using group chat, presenting content, and collaborating using whiteboard
https://youtu.be/l7AKJHro0x0
References
  1. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/14ZfpLnprme-7AKHOFA4BJqBHb8-rRna0Q0aGhM5wkLI/edit?usp=sharing
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RRNWalPX7E
  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSegyVrzblU
  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7AKJHro0x0
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I've been online teaching for about 6 weeks now, teaching a practical subject like science has proven to be hard, but the functionality of Microsoft 365 has worked really well.

I use teams A LOT. The share function is particularly useful - projecting me powerpoints to all my students and providing a platform for discussions and the ability for AFL. However I don't like the assignments feature, it's actually really clunky and takes a while to load and return work and the formatting of work is limited as well as meaning that some students struggle to download/upload work. To rectify this I have spent a lot of time developing my understanding of OneNote and Class Notebook. This has been fantastic as it lets you import practically any type of file which you can then annotate/edit and has proven useful for all my students from 11 - 18 in creating digital folders of work, which with the lack of exams now from CiE means tht they have evidence to support grades in whichever way it turns out is required.
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Many thanks guys! I know quite a few members are educators and many are scrambling to get their teaching online. So these resources and the advice should be useful. If anyone else has something to contribute, that would be great.
Adam Thyer, Founder at GreenExecutive
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  2. Education
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FYI, I have moved this post to Education/E-learning.
Adam Thyer, Founder at GreenExecutive
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