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Teaching online during a time of need featuring Dr. Torrey Trust

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: 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!

  • Forgive yourself

  • 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.

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