Updated: Oct 26, 2022
Do you have your coffee, and are you ready to take some notes? Let's jump right in on our conversation about emergency remote teaching. You can find all the resources here: www.sfecich.com/Torrey She shares her six strategies that are valuable for current educators, student teachers, and admins to work through. Friends, you can do this. You can have a fun, informative class with your students using educational technology in meaningful ways. Before we start with the steps, take a deep breath, give yourself grace, and let's get started to enrich the learning experience with your students.
Step 1 - Check in with your students K-higher ed
What do your students have access to?
How can students connect?
How are your students during this time in their life?
What tech, access, and skills do they have at home?
Step 2 - Design for variability
Use UDL best practices when designing content
Think about how you represent the content for your students.
Think about reading, listening, watching, etc.
How can we give students different ways to learn the content?
Think about images, videos, graphics, etc. Keep videos short and simple (no more than 5 minutes!)
Add a closed caption, too, through YouTube or Microsoft Stream!
Think through how students will engage in the content you are presenting
Share their interest and get their curiosity going during your chat.
Encourage engagement through intrinsic motivation through student choice
Consider a digital choice board, hyperdocs, playlists, and menus
Station rotation or (channels) remotely!
Make sure that your content is accessible to all
How will students show what they know in new ways?
Try something flexible for students to create to show what they know
Multiple means of expression
Step 3 - Use open education resources
Don't recreate the wheel
Have students crowd-sourced resources together
See what is out there! Find a new favorite resource to share.
Step 4 - Connecting with your students
It is important to continue to connect with your peers virtually
You are just as human and your students are to
Support one another
Love on your students
video resource classes
synchronous learning options for your students - discussion forums or using Flipgrid to have students interact with one another.
Give virtual tours, use e-books, and connect with what your students have access to
Use some text-based tools with your students, like a Facebook group, slack, Microsoft TEAMS, or a group for students to engage with
Step 5- Provide support for your students
This is a different experience for our students.
Set up reminders for your students
To-do list of sorts
Remind them to use tools they already have access to
Assist them as they go
Learning is already hard. Let's make this a positive learning experience for our students.
Be flexible with deadlines
Step 6 - Take care of you!
Give yourself grace
Have patience with yourself
Stay healthy and safe
Do something for your self-care - role model this for your students
Let's recap those 6 steps by Dr. Torrey Trust - check in with students, design for variability, find one edtech tool and try it out, use open education resources, design for accessibility, stay connected and take care of yourself can give to your students.