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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Hi all
Following the post on "Returning to the classroom..." (https://greenexecutive.com/front-page/blog-categories/education/returning-to-the-classroom-will-be-a-chance-to-rethink-its-purpose#comments), I was wondering if people have any experience in balancing online and live teaching. Specifically, which parts of teaching are good for online teaching, how much time is spent on this (ideally/in reality), which tools do you use/what are the approaches? With tools I don't mean platforms (e.g., Zoom, Teams, etc.), but do you develop short intro's like 10 minutes per item, then question/discuss online, or do you make longer presentations/films for say 50 minutes? So, how do you organize the integration of offline and online teaching and how do you interact with students (or how would you like to), how do you get all students to join in, and how do you ensure that all students understand, given the variety in students' stronger and weaker capabilities? Or, do you have any good examples of how you think online and offline teaching can or should be developed?
Cheers
Arjen.
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Hi Arjen

I'm a big fan of flipping the classroom. It enables you to have students do passive learning outside of the classroom, so you can use the classroom for activities that involve interaction between students and students/teacher (ideally mostly the former). It's a more effective way to learn and it makes classroom time much more engaging.

But be warned, for flipping to work, it's important to get buy-in from your students. If significant numbers don't do the learning you've assigned for outside the classroom, it can be disastrous.

Here are some online resources in no particular order:

https://cft.vanderbilt.edu/guides-sub-pages/flipping-the-classroom/

https://facultyinnovate.utexas.edu/flipped-classroom

http://flip-it.hu/en/system/files/konyvek/flipit_book_en.pdf

https://academics.cehd.umn.edu/digital-education/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/CEHD-DEI-Flipped-Learning-Guide.pdf

https://www.edutopia.org/topic/flipped-classroom

https://www.washington.edu/teaching/topics/engaging-students-in-learning/flipping-the-classroom/

You should also check if your school/university has any books on "flipping the classroom" or "blended learning".
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Dear Jessica
Thanks for your reply! I will check the links and read up.
I can imagine this will best work with strongly motivated students. Would this work for fresh(wo)men as well? I am going to teach first years mostly coming year. Thanks.
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Hi Arjen

A flipped classroom can work with any students who are old enough to use a computer independently.

Of course, the more motivated they are, the better it will work. However, the main requirement is that they're willing to do the assigned homework. Does any of their grade come from classroom participation? If so, you can tell them that evidence of homework completion is mandatory for a good grade.
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Thanks again Jessica. I don't know if the grade co-depends on their attendance and homework completion (I am new at the university), but this surely is something I will look at.
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Hi Arjen Boon

Here's a video about flipped classrooms:



Here are some videos about face-to-face teaching from the Stanford Center for Teaching and Learning:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9CFC5AB18D6A96C5
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Due to pandemic online learning and Collaboration is necessity for the whole world. All the application ans software are working to make collaboration more secure and easy to users. Also for students there are lot of platforms who are ready help them for their essay or homework like one is Chicago format generator , Expert team who work for students.
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Thanks Lisa, these are interesting videos (haven't seen them all yet :D ), good resource!
Arjen.
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